Match reports for the Youth XVs

PREVIOUS YEARS:

All previous match reports etc can be found at the Archive page.

MICROS
P1-P3 at Moffat
P1-P3 at Stewartry
P1-P3 at Violetbank
P1-P3 at Stewartry
P1-P3 at Dumfries
P1-P3 at Dumfries
P1-P3 at Dumfries
P1-P3 at Moffat
P1-P3 at Stewartry
P1-P3 at Newton Stewart
MINIS
P4-P7 at Moffat
P4-P7 at Stewartry
P4-P7 at Violetbank
P4-P5 at Scotstoun
P4-P7 at Stewartry
P4-P7 at Dumfries
P6-P7 at Scotstoun
P4-P7 at Dumfries
P4-P7 at Dumfries
P4-P7 at Dumfries
P4-P7 at Langholm
P4-P5 at Moffat
P6-P7 at Windermere
P4-P7 at Stewartry
P4-P7 at Newton Stewart
P4-P7 at Violetbank
P4-P7 at Moffat
S1/S2 (U14)
Cambuslang v U14
U14 v Irvine
Langholm v U14
U14 v Moffat
Newton Stewart v U14
U14 v Stewartry
U14 at Moffat
U14 v Newton Stewart
U16
U16 v Oban Lorne
U16 v Stewartry
Loch Lomond v U16
Newton Stewart v U16
U16 v Loch Lomond
Kilmarnock v U16

13TH MAY 2018

TIGERS PLAY GREAT AT MOFFAT

P4-P5 Tigers match report from: Lynn Aitchison

14 of our Tigers travelled to the Holm at Moffat to Play in their tournament. Our Tigers played against Dumfries Whites, Peebles Blues, Wigtownshire & Bigger Reds.

Our Tigers played a blinder once again winning all four games keeping up their winning streak also being the P4/5 tournament winners, what a fantastic end to their season.

These young Tigers have played their socks of proving just how good & committed they are with fast hands, side stepping, dummy passes, line speed, excellent tackling but most of all their ability to play as a team.

I am all positive praise for these possible future Firsts & Warriors, they have all been a pleasure to spend time with!

Big shout out to Malachi for scoring his first try for the Tigers, you have worked hard for it keep it up.

Each of our Tigers deserves a write up because with out each other these wins wouldn’t of been possible. Good luck to the lads moving up next season. Heres to another good year.

Games

    Annan 5 v Dumfries Whites 0
    Annan 5 v Peebles Blues 0
    Annan 9 v Wigtownshire 2
    Annan 8 v Bigger Reds 0

Players: Josie Halliday, Shaenah Quinn, Dan Stevenson, Aidan Tinning, Cooper Mechan, Aaron Kerr, Archie Stodart, Brandon Lockerby, Jack Hutchinson, Malachi Jones, Ben Quinn, Kieren Halliday, Elliot Oakes & Ben Richardson.

Try Scorers: Malachi Jones,Ben Richardson, Aaron Kerr, Brandon Lockerby, Jack Hutchinson, Dan Stevenson, Shaenah Quinn, Kieren Halliday, Ben Quinn & Archie Stodart.

Coaches: Jack Tinning & Jim Tweedie.

Manager & Report: Lynn Aitchison.

Thank you to Moffat for their hospitality and to all who supported our Tigers over the year. Also thanks to Jack, Jim & Ross for their coaching.

P6-P7 Tigers match report from: Rob McMillan

Sunday saw the Tigers away at Holm park Moffat for their final tournament of the season.

A sizeable 15 Tigers made the trip. Split into 2 sections the Tigers would play against Dumfries, Peebles, Wigtownshire and finally Biggar.

First game up was Dumfries and unusually for the Tigers this season they got off to a great start, playing some flowing rugby. Although on the end of a 3-2 defeat (scores coming from Adam Hamilton and Zak Stevenson) this game could easily have gone the Tigers way.

Next game against a very large and powerful Peebles team (who would go onto win the tournament). The Tigers didn’t show the same intensity in this game and were on the wrong side of a 5-0 scoreline

Wigtownshire followed and we had to reduce the team size from 10 to 7 due to the limited numbers brought by our opposition. A close 3-2 score line but the Tigers went down again.

Scores from Zak Stevenson and Captain Oban Nicholson who played a true captains game and is developing into a fine player and not just a “wrecking ball” – well done Oban.

Last up and in the case of our P7’s their last game for us before moving up. We took on Biggar. Some lovely flowing rugby from the Tigers again but still just coming up short. A 2-1 defeat with our sole try coming from Niamh Ross capping off a fine display from one of the Tigers most consistent players throughout the season.

Well how do I sum up this one? Apart from the Peebles game, the Tigers were in every game and had a bit of luck or a decision gone our way we could have been looking at one of our best days. Great performance and effort from all.

To all the P7’s that are moving up. Good luck its been a pleasure coaching you. To all the parents, thanks for bringing kids in all weathers, all over the county. To our manager Julie Stevenson, big thanks from all of us for your tireless work keeping everybody right. To all the coaches, well done guys, good season – roll on next year

Team: Niamh Ross , Remo Armstrong, Adam Hamilton, Oban Nicholson ©, Zak Stevenson, Nathan Grierson, Ayda Chierchia, James Farrell, Finlay Halliday, Ellie Smith, Tyler Smith , Harry Nordon, Mason Watret, Matt Irving, Logan Blacklock

Coaches: Rob McMillan, Callum Patterson and Kieron Watret


HOME TOURNAMENT
6TH MAY 2018

TIGERS PLAY GREAT AT ANNAN

P4-P5 Tigers match report from: Lynn Aitchison

Our Tigers were at home this weekend for their mini tournament along with Stewartry & Moffat.

The sun was shinning a perfect morning for rugby & the Tigers were eager to play well. They played four games winning all four this young team have really come into their own.

The Tigers played strong, showing some good quick hands and good off loading at the break down area.

All played exceptional rugby today nothing but positive praise from myself and others. Big shout out to Ben Quinn & Cooper Mechan for scoring their first tries for the Tigers also to Archie Stodart for his outstanding play.

Lets keep this positive winning streak going Tigers!

GAMES
Annan 6 v Moffat 1
Annan 4 v Stewartry 0
Annan 4 v Moffat 0
Annan 4 v Stewartry 0

Players: Dan Stevenson, Josie Halliday, Shaenah Quinn, Jack Hutchinson, Innes Johnstone, Malachi Jones, Archie Stodart, Brandon Lockerby, Aidan Tinning, Aaron Kerr, Cooper Mechan & Ben Quinn.

Try Scorers: Dan Stevenson, Jack Hutchinson, Brandon Lockerby, Archie Stodart, Ben Quinn, Cooper Mechan Aidan Tinning & Aaron Kerr.

Coaches: Jack Tinning, Jim Tweedie & Ross Johnstone.

Manager & Report: Lynn Aitchison

Big Thank you to all who helped on the day & to visiting teams.

Next week Sunday the 13th of May the Tigers are away to Moffat their last tournament of this season 11am kick off.

P6-P7 Tigers match report from: Rob McMillan

Sunday saw the Tigers on home soil for their annual tournament. Welcoming teams from Moffat and Stewartry. The format would be round-robin playing each side twice.

First game up was Stewartry and the usual lethargic start from the Tigers (note – need to move these games to later in the day when the Tigers wake up )

A heavy tackle on Frazer Court early in this game meant we lost the flyer for the rest of the tournament with a suspected concussion (hope to see you back on the pitch soon – but not too soon) .

The hard Violetbank pitches throwing up a few impact injuries. A 3-0 score-line to the visitors

Next game against Moffat . The Tigers starting to find their way more in this game but still not showing some of the fluid rugby we all know they can play. A 4-2 loss with Annans scores coming from Captain for the day Adam Hamilton and Oban Nicholson

Stewartry again and the still slumbering Tigers fell to a 6-0 defeats – positives from this game? The sun was still shining.

Final game of the day against Moffat and finally the Tigers awoke from their malaise and started to move the ball from side to side, supported the ball carrier, put in the tackles.

A thrilling 3-3 draw entertained the crowds. Annans scores coming from Remo Armstrong and 2 from the ever improving Tyler Smith who made 2 excellent breaks down the wing – see what you can do when you believe in yourself

Not the finest display by the Tigers but we are seeing glimpses of what they are capable of doing. All we need now is more consistency.

Standout player on the day was Ayda Chierchia whose work at the breakdown was some of the best we have seen all season securing ball, rucking and counter rucking, always going forward, no retreat in this young ladies dictionary - well done Ayda.

Tigers – you need to be more consistent. When you play the rugby we know that you can it’s a coaches joy to watch but it tends to be at the end of the day. One tournament left, lets see if we can hold the level for the whole day

Finally thanks to AJ for his excellent refereeing on the day, keeping all the teams well informed and letting the play flow.

Thanks to all in the Grubber for feeding the hoards. And finally thanks to all the parents for coming and supporting you family, I know it means a lot to them.

Team: Niamh Ross, Remo Armstrong, Adam Hamilton ©, Oban Nicholson, Zak Stevenson, Nathan Grierson, Ayda Chierchia, James Farrell, Findlay Halliday, Ellie Smith, Tyler Smith , Harry Norden, Frazer Court

Coaches: Rob McMillan, Callum Patterson, Mark Norden


TIGERS DO WELL AT NEWTON STEWART
29TH APRIL 2018

TIGERS SHINE IN THE SUN

P1-P3 Micro Tigers match report from: Heather Tinning

Annan Micros were invited to take part in a Tournament at Newton Stewart on 29th April. A team of five took part in some friendly games, supported by Coach Neil Moffat.

The Micros played three games against teams from Newton Stewart, Stewartry and Dumfries.

Annan Micro Team Members: Meris Lockerby, Reuben Moffat, Harris Newton, Ryan Tinning and Joe Wyllie.

There was some great teamwork, with Annan players working hard on their passing skills. Thanks to all who travelled with the Micros to support them on the day, and also to Coach Neil Moffat.

P4-P5 Mini Tigers match report from: Lynn Aitchison

11 of our Tigers travelled up to Newton Stewart to play in their mini tournament along with Dumfries & Stewartry.

They played 3 games winning all 3. This team of Tigers are on a roll playing outstanding rugby with great team effort by all, right from the start the Tigers had victory in mind and they did not disappoint.

As soon as the ball was in play in each game they took control with good line speed making ground very quickly with constant tackling and in the attack showed commitment keeping the ball alive allowing endless tries good going Tigers nothing but praise for them.

Games: Annan 9 v Newton Stewart 0, Annan 3 v Stewartry 1, Annan 4 v Dumfries 2

Players: Dan Stevenson, Aaron Kerr, Aidan Tinning, Elliot Oaks, Brandon Lockerbie, Kieren Halliday, Josie Halliday, Archie Stodart, Jack Hutchinson, Ben Richardson & Innes Johnstone.

Try Scorers: Dan Stevenson, Ben Richardson, Aidan Tinning, Archie Stodart, Brandon Lockerbie & Aaron Kerr.

Coaches: Jack Tinning, Jim Tweedie & Ross Johnstone

Manager & Report: Lynn Aitchison

P6-P7 Mini Tigers match report from: Kieron Watret

Annan P6-P7 Tigers travelled to Newton Stewart with eight keen players, due to other commitments and injuries.

Annan started slowly v Newton Stewart and were two tries down before they got into gear with a fine bulldozing try by Remo, followed shortly after by a try by Adam, just before the full time whistle.

Annan then played Stewartry with the help of two players from Stewartry to make it ten a side. Stewartry started the better of the two teams scoring a couple of quick tries. Annan upped their game to start getting a few tries themselves. With the game going back and forth it finished it finished Stewartry 8 - Annan 4.

Annan scores were Adam (2), Remo (1) and Oban (1).

Annan’s final game was against Dumfries. With Annan getting tired due to only having a five minute break, they were still putting in a great effort though going down five tries to two. With the tries coming from Fraser and Oban.

All players played well with Oban, Remo and Adam powering forward and being hard to stop. Fraser ,Finlay and Tyler making some good runs and options .Zak tackling everyone who came his way, even the biggest boy on the pitch. Nathan getting stuck into the rucks and mauls and supporting well in attack.

>Players: Remo Armstrong (c), Adam Hamilton, Oban Nicholson, Zak Stevenson, Tyler Smith, Fraser Court, Finlay Halliday, Nathan Grierson.

Coaches: Kieron Watret, Calum Patterson


U16 TIGERS GO DOWN FIGHTING
22ND APRIL 2018

U16 TIGERS RUN OUT OF PLAYERS!

Match Report from: Gary Coupland

After the fantastic sunshine of the previous day, it was on an initially dreich morning of Sunday 22nd April, that Annan U16 travelled up to Kilmarnock to play their Chairman’s Trophy Semi Final against Kilmarnock U16. Annan being without 6 of their regular squad due to injury and other commitments.

On arrival, Kick off was put back a few minutes to allow time for the travelling team to get cars parked at nearby supermarkets etc as the Kilmarnock Rugby Car Park had been taken over by a funfair.

From Kick off, Kilmarnock began using their big forwards to soften up the Annan midfield and exert control in the scrum. Despite some excellent defence for around 10 minutes, the line was eventually breached by this pounding for Kilmarnock’s first try which was converted. This was closely followed by another converted try scored in similar circumstances to put Kilmarnock into a 14-0 lead after about 20 minutes.

Three inspirational tackles from Aaron Carmichael, Findlay Graham and Ryan Armstrong to deny three clear try scoring opportunities within 5 metres of the Annan line, together with some tactical coaching input to exploit the fact the big Kilmarnock forwards were now tiring, resulted in the boys upping a gear and using their better mobility in the loose. This resulted in them running the ball from their own 22 and after putting the ball along the back line, Euan Muirhead was put free to round the final Kilmarnock defender and run the length of the pitch to score, which was converted by Aaron Carmichael.

Kilmarnock then hit back with a further unconverted try, before after another excellent display of hands from Annan, Findlay Graham was put through for another try, which was unconverted.

Half time: Kilmarnock U16 19 - Annan U16 12

At the start of the 2nd half both teams re started the game with some gusto and again after good interplay Aaron Carmichael was put through, sidestepped and outstripped the remaining Kilmarnock defenders to run in from the half way line and score under the posts. Aaron adding the conversion to put Annan within two points.

Kilmarnock added another unconverted try after some poor tackle attempts by the Annan midfield to restore a 7 point buffer between the teams.

A few minutes later good pressing by the Annan backline allowed Duncan Smith to intercept a Kilmarnock pass, skip past a couple of defenders and run in for another Annan try which was converted by Aaron Carmichael, to level the scores at 24 apiece.

This was short lived however, and due to poor concentration and tackle attempts Kilmarnock scored a further two tries in a 5 minute spell to increase their lead to 38-24.

The boys dug deep however and that man Findlay Graham was set free again just inside his own half and through some aggressive running and nice footwork, he burst through the Kilmarnock line and outstripped the remaining defence to score under the posts,. This was again converted by Aaron Carmichael to put us back within one score.

Unfortunately as a result of his efforts Findlay Graham sustained an injury and had to come off for the remainder of the game, with Annan playing a man down.

After a few minutes Kilmarnock exploited their numerical advantage to go further ahead with a converted try.

The boys stuck in however and good handling again put Duncan Smith in the clear to score Annan’s final try of the day which was again duly converted by Aaron Carmichael. For the final 15 minutes of the game Kilmarnock were able to exploit their numerical advantage, their use of a full bench to overcome the tiring Annan defence and score on two more occasions.

Final Score: Kilmarnock U16 59 Annan U16 31.

This was by far the best performance collectively in terms of effort and attacking nouse by the Annan boys at this level all season, with all the boys who played showing glimpses of what they are capable of if they apply themselves and concentrate on the task in hand.

All of the Annan tries coming from either team or individual alertness on the counter attack to punish positional errors on the part of Kilmarnock or mismatches in speed. Given the size of the Kilmarnock pack, the fact they had the availability of a full bench to rotate on and off throughout the game and obviously in the latter stages Annan were a man down this was an excellent performance.

The minus points were the lack of fitness to be able to sustain the high tempo for a sustained period, together with lapses in concentration and poor communication at times. But this can be worked on by both the boys individually and with the assistance of the coaches.

Good luck to Kilmarnock in the final against Hamilton and thanks for the game and hospitality.

Special thanks to Ali Steven for refereeing. His management of the game was very good and made it the entertaining spectacle it was. The boys were also impressed with his advice and clarity throughout.

Special thanks to all the parents who attended support the boys not only at this game but throughout the season. It is very much appreciated by all the boys and the coaching team.


P1-P7 TIGERS AT STEWARTRY SHARKS
22ND APRIL 2018

TIGERS TEAMS DO WELL

P6-P7 Match Report from: Neil Bell

Annan Tigers travelled along the A75 to Castle Douglas to play in the Stewartry Sharks Mini Festival. Annan had 12 players for this tournament.

Annan 1st game was against Dumfries A. From the start Annans tackling was way better than last week. Annan gave Dumfries a really good game of rugby with Dumfries winning this by 5 try’s to 2. Annan try scorers were: Finlay Halliday and The Wrecking Ball Nicholson.

With no rest, Annan next played the hosts Stewartry. When Annan play Stewartry they usually get beaten at the breakdown so it was nice to see Annan actually beating Stewartry at the breakdown and pushing them back for a change. Annan lost this game 5-1. The Annan try from the Captain Remo Armstrong.

The Tigers had a 15 minutes rest and then played Dumfries B. Annan lost this game 3 nil but every player never stopped trying and that’s what us coaches like to see.

So with no rest again, Annan played Wigtownshire, who only had 7 players so it was agreed to play 7 a side. This gave Annan more space which suited us. First on the scoresheet was Wrecking Ball Nicholson, then Wigtownshire scored from the restart. Annan next scorer was Fraser Court followed by Zak Stevenson.

So it’s been a long time since a certain boy scored a hat trick since moving up from P4/5’s so Oban The Wrecking Ball got his 3rd try of the tournament. But not wanting to be outdone by the Wrecking Ball, Fraser Court also got his 2nd Annan try and Mason Watret finally getting a try for his hard graft he been doing at the breakdown. Annan winning this game 6-3.

So another 15 minutes rest before we played Moffat. From the start both teams were out for win and first on the scoreboard was Annan from Fraser Court getting his Hat trick. From the restart Moffat, working hard on the Annan defence, got the score.

Next up was Oban for Annan, then Moffat came back to score 2-2. Sadly a Moffat player got injured so we played 9 a side. Next to score was Remo Armstrong, followed by another Moffat try - 3 all with a couple minutes left. Annan working hard on the Moffat defence 2 metres out and Ayda Cierchia picks the ball up and charges over the line!! Annan winning this 4-3.

Buzzing from winning 2 games in a row, Annan straight onto the pitch to play Newton Stewart. First on the scoresheet was Annan through Fraser Court. Next to score was Newton Stewart. This remained the score for 5 minutes. There was some good attacking rugby played by both teams as well as tackling.

Next to score was Annan, as Remo Armstrong broke a tackle and ran up the wing to pass to Fraser Court to give Annan the lead 2-1. Annan sealed the win with Mason Watret scoring at the last minute. Annan Winning 3-1.

I could write a report up individually on each player today, but it was nice to see Annan tackling better but still work to be done. Supporting play is improving each week now, so keep up the hard work boys and girls you can only get better.

May I thank all the boys and girls I’ve coached over the season it’s been a pleasure (most of the time) as I’ve seen you all getting better and always trying.

To the parents many thanks for bringing your child along to training and traveling around the parish on these wet cold Sunday mornings, maybe you’ll get some sunshine next weekend.

A special mention to a lady for the last 2 years who’s been a great help to us coaches, Julie Stevenson. Thanks for being our manager and keeping in touch with kids parents. You’ve been a great help and there’s a drink or 2 waiting for you!!

I would also like to thank my fellow coaches Callum, Rob and Kieron. Cheers guys it’s been a pleasure.

Next week we are away to Newton Stewart. Please take note that this will be played at the 3G pitch so look out for Julie texts and let her know if your child is coming.

Thanks P6/7 tigers it’s been a blast training with you all and I’ll see you next season ARFC - Belly

P6/7 Team today was: Zak Stevenson, Remo Armstrong (captain) Finlay Halliday, Tyler Smith, Oban Nicholson, James Glendining, Fraser Court, Harry Nordon, Liam Ewing, Ayda Chierchia, Mason Watret, James Farrel

Coaches for today: Neil Bell, Callum Patterson and Mark Nordon

P4-P5 Match Report from: Lynn Aitchison

11 Annan Tigers travelled to Castle Douglas to Stewartry Sharks home ground to play in their mini festival along with Moffat, Wigtownshire, Newton Stewart & Dumfries.

This was a great day at the office for our Tigers playing six games & winning all six!

The Tigers were switched on from the get go on this wet & windy morning. Each game they played they took control very early on in the game with quick hands and a solid defence against some strong teams.

Our Tigers showed just how well they can play as a team putting in some mighty fine tackles, off loads & couple of well executed legal dump tackles.

After their six games, three of out Tigers: Jack, Aidan& Aaron played another two games for Moffat helping out after injuries - great sportsmanship - good on yah lads !

GAMES

    Annan 6 v Dumfries A’s 0
    Annan 3 v Stewartry 1
    Annan 3 v Dumfries B’s 0
    Annan 7 v Wigtownshire 1
    Annan 9 v Moffat 1
    Annan 7 v Newton Stewart 0

Players: Dan Stevenson, Jack Hutchinson, Brandon Lockerby, Aaron Kerr, Aidan Tinning, Shaenah Quinn, Ben Quinn, Archie Stodart, Kieren Halliday, Josie Halliday & Ben Richardson.

Try Scorers : Shaenah Quinn, Jack Hutchinson, Archie Stodart, Brandon Lockerby, Kieren Halliday, Aidan Tinning, Dan Stevenson, Ben Richardson & Aaron Kerr.

Coaches: Jack Tinning & Jim Tweedie.

Report & Manager: Lynn Aitchison

Thank you to Stewartry for their hospitality &all who travelled to support our Tigers .


P1-P7 TIGERS ON THE ROAD
8TH APRIL 2018

TIGERS AT WINDERMERE

P6-P7 Match Report from: Rob McMillan

Sunday saw the Tigers on the road to the Lake District and a 4 team tournament in Windermere. Two teams from Scotland, 1 from England and 1 from Northern Ireland made up the tournament.

The Tigers had to adapt to English age-grade rules for this tournament – essentially a lot of what they had been taught was thrown out of the window. With only 1 training session under the new rules this was always going to be a steep learning curve.

The Tigers took a squad of 13 down and first up were a strong squad from Doncaster. The Tigers continued the slow starts they have made to most tournaments year (need to wake up on a Sunday morning) and were well beaten on the day. The 20 minute games were not helping our cause.

Next up Ballymoney , a better performance this time , but not helped by too many basic errors , again we only came away with a silver medal. Highlight probably a try saving tackle in the corner from Oban Nicholson (we think he’d just woken up).

Final game against our old rivals Stewartry. Some hasty coaching between games produced a much better performance. The majority of tries against us coming because of our errors (cut those out and the score would have been much closer). The final half of the game provided a consolation try for the travelling faithful, Oban diving over after a very powerful run - we could have done with more of that.

The whole performance in that 2nd half was what we needed to produce in the tournament. These are the games we need to learn from. There were a few dejected faces after this but you can’t win every game. We’ll have a roundup at the next training session and go over the good and bad points of our performance.

Not a huge amount of positives from the game. Fitness remains an issue – parents please get them out running, cycling, walking – not easy but it will help their games. Positives , good captains performance from Niamh Ross who missed the last game due to a head knock. Obviously Obans try.

Best all round performance came from Zak Stevenson who covered every blade of grass on the pitch was at all the breakdowns and competed like a terrier for every ball and tackled himself to exhaustion – well done Zak.

Going forward the recurring theme is that we still need to work on our fitness , this will help with the basic skills and make the game easier – its up to you guys to put the work in there. Finally thanks to International mini rugby for the chance to take part in the tournament , all the parents for their support throughout the day and to Neil for driving the bus.

Team: Niamh Ross © , Remo Armstrong, Mason Watret, Adam Hamilton, Oban Nicholson, Zak Stevenson, James Glendinning, Logan Blacklock, Nathan Grierson, Murray Ker, Ayda Chierchia, Tyler Smith, Findlay Halliday

Coaches:- Rob McMillan, Neil Bell, Keiron Watret

P1-P5 Match Report from Lynn Aitchison

On a lovely dry Sunday morning nine of our tigers travelled to Moffat for some friendly game time. They played a couple of games mixing up teams & putting in some development time. All played well and I am sure our Tigers could play all day long as there’s no tiring them out they just strive to play!

Players: Brandon Lockerby, Dan Stevenson, Aaron Kerr, Aidan Tinning, Jack Hutchinson, Archie Stodart, Ben Richardson, Shaenah Quinn & Ben Quinn

Coaches: Jack Tinning & Jim Tweedie

Manager & report: Lynn Aitchison.

They were joined by Torrin Duncan and Ryan Tinning of the micros who trained along with their Moffat pals. Good effort by all.

Thank you to Moffat for their kind hospitality and to those who came to support our Tigers.


P4-P7 TIGERS AT LANGHOLM
8TH APRIL 2018

TIGERS DO WELL AT LANGHOLM

P4-P5 Match Report from: Lynn Aitchison

Annan travelled to Langholm with 13 players to play in a tournament with Hawick, Gala, Dumfries, Peebles, Langholm & Selkirk.

First game was against Hawick which was a close game resulting in Annan getting the decisive try holding on for the win. Annan winning 1-0 try scored by Dan Stevenson.

Next game was against Gala, both teams where good in the defence with not much ground being made resulting in a one all draw. Try scorer Aaron Kerr side stepping two players to score in the corner.

Game three was against Dumfries, Annan got off to a slow start resulting in Dumfries scoring two tries very quick ,but Annan came back with some impressive tackling bringing them back into the game scoring a hard earned try by Aidan Tinning with a 2-1 win for Dumfries .

Next up game was against Peebles where our players stepped up a gear showing good handling skills and ball retention at the break down area. Annan continued to pressurise Peebles resulting in a 3-1 win for Annan tries scored by Ben Richardson, Aaron Kerr & Aidan Tinning.

Game five was against the home team Langholm where our Tigers were keen to to keep up this winning streak. Langholm showed some good fast hands but Annan where continuously pressurising Langholm with hard hitting continuous tackling forcing Langholm backwards and creating turnovers, resulting in a 1-0 win for Annan with Brandon Lockerby scoring winning try.

Last game was against Selkirk, Annan continuing to pressurise their opponents ,good line speed and constant tackling and in attack showed good commitment also keeping the ball alive allowing Ben Richardson to score three tries with Annan winning the game 3-0.

Annan finished second equal with Gala. With the Gala coaches wanting a play off to decide who would receive the runners up medals. The game was try less after 10 minutes play with both teams showing excellent defensive skills which was a great crowd pleaser.

Medal receiver was then decided on a flip of a coin which Annan lost but our players can hold their heads high having finished second equal against some good borders teams. All players deserve a mention but big shout out to Brandon Lockerby for scoring and his continuous improvement.

Players: Ben Quinn, Shaenah Quinn, Jack Hutchinson,Oliver Hutchinson, Josie Halliday, Kieran Halliday, Aaron Kerr, Dan Stevenson, Archie Stodart, Aidan Tinning ,Malachi Jones, Ben Richardson& Brandon Lockerby .

Coaches: Jack Tinning & Jim Tweedie.

Manager: Lynn Aitchison.

Thanks to Langholm for their hospitality and to all who came and supported. Also big thank you to David Oliver for his refereeing skills and keeping the excited supporters grounded lol

P6-P7 Match Report from: Neil Bell

On Sunday 8th April Annan P6/7 travelled to Langholm for their annual tournament. Annan arrived with 15 players, which is the best turnout we have had for away tournament.

First up Annan played Selkirk. Annan started well and after 5 mins they were only down by 1 try. Then Annan started to get tired and Selkirk won 5-0.

Next up was Peebles and Annan team was mostly P6 at the start of the game. Annan losing this game 7-0 but credit to those young boys for sticking in the full 10 mins.

After a 30 minute break next played Dumfries, Annan lost this game 5-0.

Next up was Hawick. When it was mentioned who they playing a few players thought they were going to get beaten. After a talk from the coaches, Annan started to play better as a team within in 2 mins Annan finally got on the scorecards from Tyler Smith next up for Annan was Remo Armstrong running along the wing to score in the corner. Hawick scored one back then Finlay Halliday scored the final try of the match, Annan getting their first win 3-1.

Yet another 30 min break for Annan then they played the host Langholm. This was a good derby game and Annan lost Oban the wrecking ball, due to a head knock so he was taken off for precaution. Annan lost this game 3-2 Annan try scorers Niamh Ross and Adam Hamilton. From coaches point of view Annan were much better at their rucking and never lost any ball at the breakdowns. A credit to everyone for getting stuck in Annan are playing more as a team now by passing more rather than one player trying to beat 10 players on the pitch.

Niamh Ross lead well as captain and was very vocal. Here hoping she moves up to the hornets next season as well as the other girls who come to training.

Good to see Nathan Grierson getting more confident every game and nearly getting his 1st try you will get one soon Nathan.

Many thanks to those Parents who come along to support to your child and the team. Training is finally back at Violetbank on Friday night so mind on to pack a bin bag parents for those dirty clothes you’ve missed so much over these last 5 months!!

Next tournament will be at Windermere on Sunday 15 April.

Team for today was: Zak Stevenson. Harry Nordon. Niamh Ross( Captain) James Glendinning. Remo Armstrong. Adam Hamilton. Oban Nicholson. Mason Watret. Finlay Halliday. Aiden Richardson. Nathan Grierson. Murray Ker. Matt Irving. James Farrell. Tyler Smith

Coaches: Neil Bell and Callum Patterson

Manager: Julie Stevenson


P1-P7 TIGERS AT DUMFRIES
18TH MARCH 2018

GREAT PERFORMANCES BY THE TIGERS

P1-P3 Match Report from: Heather Tinning

Annan Micros were invited to take part in a Tournament at Dumfries on 18th March. A squad of four took part in some friendly games on a very bitter Sunday, supported by Coaches Andrew Jancey and Nicole Barlow. The two clubs mixed the teams and the players took part in friendly mini games.

Annan Micro Team Members: Zander McKay, Harris Newton, Ryan Tinning and Joe Wyllie. Some great play by all the Micros, with the Annan players working hard and scoring several well deserved tries.

Thanks to all who travelled with the Micros to support them on the day, and also to Coaches Andrew Jancey and Nicole Barlow.

P4-P5 Match Report from: Lynn Aitchison

On this Baltic Sunday morning 8 of our tigers travelled to Dumfries to play against Stewartry, Marr & Dumfries.

On arrival it was decided to play friendly touch matches for the safety of the players due to the elements.

The Tigers played in the driving snow & icy wind which didn’t faze them until time was called due to the adverse weather conditions.

Players on the day: Dan Stevenson, Ben Quinn, Ben Richardson, Brandon Lockerbie, Aidan Tinning, Danny Bell, Archie Stodart & Aaron Kerr.

Coach: Jack Tinning. Manager: Lynn Aitchison

Thank you to Dumfries for their hospitality, also to all who braved the cold to support our Tigers roll on the Summer sunshine.

P6-P7 Match Report from: Rob McMillan

Sunday saw a heavily reduced Tigers squad arrive back at park farm for a 3 way tournament with our hosts and Marr rugby. Conditions on the day were bitterly cold and we were informed on arrival that this would now be a touch tournament due to the pitches being solid in places. After the improved performance last week this was a bit of a blow to the team who were looking forward to improving the tackling and breakdown work.

However we can only play the hands that we are dealt and 1st match pitched us against a predominately P7 Marr team who came away with a fair 4-1 win. Annan’s score coming from Fraser Court. Marrs more direct running causing Annan’s slow retreating defence problems. We seem to be the proverbial slow starters on a Sunday morning.

Next up Dumfries. Getting a feel for the touch game , Annan played much better and even though they went down 2-1 (Fraser Court again scoring) the play was much improved. Final game was against Marr again and this time a predominately P6 side. The game saw a fair 2-2 draw with Annan score coming from Fraser Court and Mason Watret.

Well what can we get from this tournament , very little if truth be told. The playing conditions did little to encourage attractive rugby. When you see half the players wearing coats and hats you can see the appeal of summer rugby.

On the day great credit to the 9 players who turned up and put in a good shift. Captain Remo Armstrong again acquitted himself well leading the team. Zak Stevenson put in and excellent shift and seemed to be first at every breakdown. Well done Fraser and Mason for taking your tries well. As a team we still need to put more effort - going forwards as well as backwards – we’ll work on that in the coming weeks. Well done guys for turning up and performing in very difficult circumstances

Thanks to Marr and Dumfries who loaned us players on the day and to our host for their hospitality. Finally thank to the parents who turned up to support the team on what was as a cold a day as I’ve felt at park farm.

Team: Remo Armstrong (c) , Mason Watret, Adam Hamilton, Oban Nicholson, Zak Stevenson, Tyler Smith , Logan Blacklock, Fraser Court, Murray Ker

Coaches:- Rob McMillan, Callum Patterson


P4-P7 TIGERS AT DUMFRIES
11TH MARCH 2018

TIGERS DO WELL ONCE AGAIN

P6-P7 Tigers Match Report from: Rob McMillan

Sunday saw the Tigers arrive at park farm for the annual Dumfries tournament. Had to explain early on to the lads that this green stuff we were about to play on was grass. Its been a long time since they’ve seen the proper stuff.

Annan were drawn in a group with Ayr, Dumfries ,Wigtownshire and Stewartry. The winners of the group progressing to a final.

First up were Ayr Black. Annan were slow out of the blocks (still in bed most of them) but still managed a respectable 3-1 defeat to the Ayrshiremen. Annans sole score coming through captain for the day Remo Armstrong.

Next up a very large and well drilled Dumfries outfit , wrong end of a 5-1 scoreline with once again Remo putting in a score.

Third game of the day against Wigtownshire. The coaches set off a few rockets before this game and it seemed to work. Much more urgency and accuracy was shown and we came away on the right side of a 5-0 scoreline. Tries coming from Mason Watret, Oban Nicholson , Fraser Court and 2 again from the captain fantastic Remo. Although play was much improved Annan would have to be better for their next game against a well performing Stewartry side.

Taking to the field for what would be their last game the Tigers put in a display befitting the club. Although on the wrong side of a 3-1 scoreline , the Tigers gave everything their coaches asked of them. The sole Annan try in the game coming from Tyler Smith who drove himself over from a long way out for an excellent score.

Highlights of the tournament:- once they woke up some of the play from the Tigers was getting where we want the team to be playing , high tempo , go forward rugby.

Congratulations to Captain for the day Remo who has set the standard that others should try to achieve. I could go through each player and highlight many positives from the day.

Hopefully I got around them all on the day and they appreciated how well they played at the end.

Going forward we still need to work on our fitness , this will help with other skills and make the game easier – its up to you guys to put the work in there.

Finally after my long rant , thanks to Dumfries Rugby club for the chance to take part in the tournament and special thanks to our Referee on the day who coached the team through the game really well and made the experience all that more enjoyable

Team : Remo Armstrong (c) , Mason Watret, Adam Hamilton, Oban Nicholson, Zak Stevenson, James Glendinning, James Farrell , Tyler Smith , Aiden Richardson, Liam Ewing, Logan Blacklock, Nathan Grierson, Fraser Court

Coaches:- Rob McMillan , Neil Bell , Callum Patterson

P4-P5 Tigers Match Report from: Lynn Aitchison

Eight of our P4/5 Tigers travelled to Dumfries Saints Rugby Club to take part in their mini tournament where eight teams were split into two leagues.

Our Tigers played Ayr Blacks, Dumfries Whites, Stewartry & Wigtownshire.

We played Ayr Blacks first who played a strong defensive game taking the upper hand to win the game 2-1, then we played Dumfries Whites our Tigers started to come into their own playing well & winning 2-0.

Annan then played Wigtownshire taking control of the game from the get go putting in some tremendous tackles & off loads winning 5-0.

Last game was against Stewartry which was a good game to watch both teams were strong & not much ground was made by either team resulting in a 1-1 draw .

Players: Aaron Kerr, Dan Stevenson, Aidan Tinning, Ben Richardson, Brandon Lockerby, Archie Stoddart, Ben Quinn & Shainagh Quinn.

Games

  • Annan 1 v Ayr Blacks 2
  • Annan 2 v Dumfries Whites 0
  • Annan 5 v Wigtownshire 0
  • Annan 1 v Stewartry 1

    Try scorers: Dan Stevenson 2 ,Ben Richardson 1,Aidan Tinning 3 &Aaron Kerr 4 .

    Coaches: Jack Tinning & Jim Tweedie

    Manager: Lynn Aitchison

    Thank you to Dumfries for their hospitality & big thank you to all the mums who gave up their Mother’s Day long lie to be at the rugby.


    U14 TIGERS v NEWTON STEWART
    FRIENDLY
    25TH FEBRUARY 2018

    THE TIGERS EDGE IT

    Match Report from: Calum Heughan

    The Annan u14s welcomed their visitors Newton Stewart from along the A75 to a sun drenched Everholm for a return fixture in the T4 conference. It may have been the first time this century an Annan u14s had played on this pitch and they relished to challenge from the Red and Blues as this was a very tight affair at Bladnoch park in the first game.

    Tigers won the toss and elected to kick to the visitors. The game kicked off in perfect weather for open rugby. There was some early loose handling from both sides before Newton got some possession to work off and scored a well taken try to stun the Tigers. The Annan lads hit back straight away with some good handling to put Ewan Muirhead in for a try.

    This was quickly followed up by another try for Annan from Josh Cairns which was converted by Ben Latimer.

    The second half started as the first with our guests taking the game to Annan from the off. Two tries from a powerful set of forwards which were both converted put pressure on Annan to get hold of a fast paced game in the sun. Annan stuck to their task and after some tense play managed to put Ewan Muirhead over for a nice individual try converted by Ben Latimer. This caught the visitors on the hop and Josh Cairns powered over for another fine score which was also converted by Ben Latimer.

    Time running out the Wigtonshire outfit kicked off and gathered a loose ball which saw them rumble over for a nice score at the death. Unfortunately they could not convert the score and Annan finished 15-14 winners over the 40 mins.

    As it is in our conference a further 20 mins is played as a development game to try out players and facets of the game not usually played in the main game. We agreed to try pushing in the scrums which is limited to 1 and a half metres at this age group. Annan took the opportunity to change some players around and the game kicked off with a different looking Annan side. The visitors were up for the fight and some loose tackling from Annan let in some easy scores for the visitors. The scrum held up against a big pack but the visitors were to run out this part of the game 4 tries to Annan 1 from our try machine Ewan Muirhead.

    Annan need to work harder in the development part of the game as this is working toward next season with players looking to move position after the summer.

    Mention to captain Aitken Render who tackled his heart out along with John James Mckay in the forwards. Ewan Muirhead and Josh Cairns for some powerful running throughout. Euan Bell for his shift in the front row at hooker who did himself proud in the meet grinder of the front row supported by McKay and Big Deac Henderson. Like the away fixture Annan won by a single conversion with Ben Latimer slotting 3 from 4 on the day. It was a very physical game with the Tigers losing some players to some heavy hits but the 19 strong squad stood up to the task to make it 3 wins from 3 in matches in 2018. Our record of 7 wins from 9 games so far is a great testament to the players in the squad. A good day at a very sunny office.

    Team: A Render(capt) , J Glendinning, D Henderson, C Kirk, J Mitchell, R Byers, JJ Mckay, A Byers, N Patterson, J Nordon, E Bell, L Anderson, A Kirkup, B Latimer ( 3 cons) F McMillan, E Muirhead ( 3 tries) L Stevenson, J Cairns (3tries) J Robertson


    P1-P7 TIGERS AT DUMFRIES
    18TH FEBRUARY 2018

    SOME GREAT RUGBY ON DISPLAY

    P1-P3 Tigers Match Report from: Ian “Hammy” Hamilton

    Annan micros went to Park Farm on Su NJ day 18th to play with Dumfries, Stewartry and Carrick counterparts.

    Annan travelled with 6 players, Zander, Daniel, Torrin, Reuben, and Lealand.

    Zander scored a hat trick and the team played well with some good passing play with everyone getting there hands on the ball and improving.

    Canny beat rolling in the mud on a Sunday. All under the tutelage of coach AJ (Andrew Jancey)

    P4-P5 Tigers Match Report from: Lynn Aitchison

    Annan Tigers travelled to Dumfries to play against Dumfries, Stewartry & Carrick.

    Our Tigers had a great morning of rugby showing some fantastic team work with fast hands, excellent tackles & good support all must of had their weetabix for breakfast!

    They played four games with 3 wins & a draw our players really showed how well they can play as a great team well done all !

    Big shout out to Jack Hutchinson for scoring his first try ,his smile said it all well done.

    Players: Aidan Tinning, Aaron Kerr, Archie Stoddart, Brandon Lockerby, Ben Richardson, Dan Stevenson, Jack Hutchinson & Ryan Thomson.

    SCORES
    Annan 4 v Dumfries P5 2
    Annan 3 v Carrick 3
    Annan 4 v Stewartry 0
    Annan 3 v Dumfries P4 2

    Try Scorers: Jack Hutchinson 1, Aidan Tinning 1, Aaron Kerr 8 & Ben Richardson 4.

    Coaches: Jack Tinning & Jim Tweedie

    Manager: Lynn Aitchison

    Big Thank you again to Dumfries for Hosting the tournament & for their hospitality Also to all who came to support our Tigers

    P6-P7 Tigers Match Report from: Callum Patterson

    On Sunday 18th February, Annan P6/7 Tigers travelled to Dumfries to play a mini tournament against two Dumfries teams, Stewartry and Carrick.

    First game was against Dumfries mixed team. This was going to be an “arm wrestle” as the Dumfries team looked so much bigger than Annan, but our boys and girls got stuck in and never gave up trying.

    Good rucking and presentation skills from Ayda, as usual but the quicker counter rucking from the Dumfries side just destroyed our hopes of gathering the ball. Some good running and passing from Fraser, Harry and Niamh, but the Doonhamers were just too strong on this occasion and beat Annan 5 tries to nil.

    Next up, with about five minutes of getting their breaths back and a wee swally of water, the Annan team were raring to go once again for a game with Stewartry.

    This was a good game of rugby!! These boys and girls were fired up and ready for a battle, good passing and gathering of the ball on the ground from Captain James Glendinning, who is growing with confidence every game. Good single runs from Oban Nicholson and offloading to give the ball out wide to Fraser Court and score our first try. Stewartry went on to score the next two, but a great game by all.

    Next up Dumfries 2nd team who looked even bigger than the 1st!!! Annan still stuck in, with great tackling by Harry Nordon and Zak Stevenson and even though they got knocked down they got back up again and continued to the end. Good game for all Dumfries won this game 3 tries to zero.

    Last game Annan v Carrick. Carrick only had 5 players so Stewartry loaned then 3 and Annan loaned them Fraser Court.

    This was a faster game of rugby, with our Fraser Court breaking away out front and scoring 2 tries for Carrick (Shame on you!!!!) – ONLY JOKING. Annan still didn’t give up, with the rest of the players digging deep into their energy reserves to plough through the rucks with good rucking from Liam and Aiden, passing by both the James’s’ and Nathan and good running by Tyler, Niamh and Harry. We eventually lost this by 4 tries to 0.

    All in all, they all played remarkably well and should give themselves a big pat on the back. They should all be very proud of themselves as Kieron Watret and myself were.

    Thank you to all spectators who came to watch and thanks to Dumfries Saints for your hospitality.

    Players in attendance:- Aiden Richardson, Ayda Chierchia, Fraser Court, James Glendinning (Captain), James Farrell, Zak Stevenson, Oban Nicholson, Liam Ewing, Tyler Smith, Nathan Grierson, Niamh Ross, Harry Nordon.

    Coaches:- Kieron Watret, Callum Patterson.

    Manager:- Julie Stevenson.

    SCORES
    Annan 0 v Dumfries Mixed 5
    Annan 1 v Stewartry 2
    Annan 0 v Dumfries 3
    Annan 0 v Carrick 4


    P6-P7 TIGERS AT SCOTSTOUN
    TOURNAMENT
    16TH FEBRUARY 2018

    TEAM DOES WELL AT SCOTSTOUN

    Match Report by: Neil "Belly" Bell

    On Friday night Annan P6/7 Tigers travel up the M74 to scotstoun to play in a tournament against other teams in Scotland.

    Annan were drawn against Helensburgh, Oban and Perthshire. The top 2 teams out of this group would get to play at half time on the Glasgow warriors pitch

    First up Annan played Helensburgh. Annan were 2 nil down within 2 mins before they started to play.

    First on the score sheet was Niamh Ross, straight away from the restart Helensburgh scored.

    This seemed to rile Annan up as Ayda Chierchia scored next, then Fraser Mcourt so 3-3 but alas Helensburgh scored straight away again from the restart

    Next on the score was Remo Armstrong. So scores tied 4-4 with 2 minutes remaining

    Helensburgh was next on the scorecard so with 1 minute remaining could Annan score ? Annan charged up all the way to Helensburgh 5 meters and put the ball out to Adam Hamilton on the wing who seemed to score in the corner but the referee said he was out!! Where the tv cameras when you need them?

    Annan lost there 1st game but it was a great game of rugby to watch. Next up Annan played Perthshire and the great Scottish weather decided to turn up for this game. Annan played against a really good team who were drilled well at the breakdown and always pushed Annan back Annan lost this Game 3-1 Annan try scorer coming from Remo Armstrong

    Last game Annan played Oban. From the start Annan scored from Niamh Ross Followed by Remo Armstrong for his hatrick

    Fraser Mcourt then to finish the match The wrecking ball Oban Nicholson scored at the end. So no final game at half time for our tigers but they were Guards of honour cheering out the Warriors at the start and after the final whistle got to meet some of the players for autographs and photos

    Many thanks to the parents and grandad that came up to support the Tigers

    Special Mention to Tracy Whiteside for saving for stepping in to drive the other bus

    Hopefully you’ll have a better navigator on the way home the next time than the Hammy Nav!!!

    Annan team: Adam Hamilton, Remo Armstrong, Fraser Mcourt, Zak Stevenson, Matt Irving, Harry Nordon, Niamh Ross, Oban Nicholson, Mason Watret (captain) Ayda Chiercha


    U14 XV AT MOFFAT
    4TH FEBRUARY 2018

    2 WIN FROM 2 FOR THE U14 TIGERS

    Match Report by: Calum Heughan

    Annan u14 Tigers traveled up the M74 to Holm Park for a 3 way mini tournament with our hosts Moffat Rams and Stewartry in glorious February sunshine. On a very heavy churned up pitch 3 well contested games of rugby took place to delight the small crowd who had come out to enjoy the sunshine.

    First up was a straight shoot out between Stewartry and Annan. Both teams with full squads plus subs would go head to head in 2 halves of 10 minutes each way. Stewartry were quicker out of the blocks having played last week against our hosts with some heavy pressure on the Tigers who had not played a full game since before christmas. Some scrappy play on the uneven ground led to them going over to score a converted try.

    Annan hit straight back with some nice passing play to put Euan Muirhead over the line. This spurred Annan on and the black and golds never let their intensity drop from then on. Tackling was good and some good kicking from hand kept the play in the right part of the pitch for Annan who went on to score 3 more tries.

    A couple of barnstorming runs from returning player Josh Cairns gave him a brace and a second for Euan Muirhead which was converted saw Annan run out comfortable 13-4 winners. Tries at this age group scoring 3 and conversions being 1 point.

    The 2nd game was Moffat v Stewartry. The hosts only had 9 players so Annan filled the gaps in their team with players from our squad. This was a tight game with the Annan and Moffat players working very well as a team against a good well drilled side. The first half ending scoreless was testament to the physicality on the pitch.

    Annan changed a couple players and the second half was another arm wrestle of a game. Stewartry were first score but Annans Josh Cairns hit back with another power play to even the score. Big Kieran rounded the black and reds defence late on to score a nice individual try to take the win.

    Game 3 was Annan v Moffat with Stewartry giving Moffat what seemed to be all of their biggest players in the deciding match of the day. Moffat were first on the score sheet after some lax tackling from Annan let them in for a converted try.

    Annan woke up and hit straight back with a score from Euan Muirhead which ignited Annan into some of their best play of the season. Tries from Lex Stevenson, JJ McKay, Ben Latimer and Muirhead again, 2 of which Ben Latimer converted saw the Tigers run out comfortable winners 17-4.

    Pick of the bunch Lex Stevenson power over through a number of defenders to round off a great team effort and Ben Latimer running from his own half up the wing to score in the corner. Some weary legs were happy to hear the final whistle.

    Our first games for a while were going to be tough but the Annan lads were outstanding in heavy conditions. Mention to Drew Sharkey coming back from injury who put in a good shift in the 2nd row. Josh Cairns a returning player who will add power to the squad. Fraser McMillan who is leading his backs like a pro and Aitken Render who plays from the front as captain. Nathan Williamson had some good runs and Callum Kirk showed his defensive prowess throughout. Technically our play is progressing with our lineout throwing from Niall Patterson being the best in our conference which gives us good platform ball.

    All in all a good day at the office for the Tigers getting 2018 off to a winning start.

    Team: Aitken Render (capt) John Glendinning, Jake Pollock, Drew Sharkey, Niall Patterson, Deacon Henderson, Callum Kirk, Nathan Williamson, Ruari Heughan, Aaron Kirkup, Jake Mitchell, Lennon Anderson, Lex Stevenson (1try) Euan Muirhead( 4 tries) Robbie Byers, Ben Latimer(1 try) Josh Cairns( 3 tries) Fraser McMillan, JJ Mckay ( 1 Try).


    U16 XV v LOCH LOMOND
    4TH FEBRUARY 2018

    START OF THE CUP FOR THE TIGERS

    Match Report by: Gary Coupland

    On Sunday 4th February, 2016, Annan U16 entertained Loch Lomond U16 in their West Youth U16 Cup group B fixture at a for once crisp, bright and sunny Violetbank.

    This was the U16 first competitive Fixture of 2018 and their first since the 19th November, 2017, with a variety of other league and cup fixtures being cancelled or postponed due to weather and pitch issues. It was also the boys first home game at Violetbank since October.

    The Annan boys knew they were in for a hard game after being well beaten by a bigger Loch Lomond outfit up at Alexandria in their League encounter last year.

    That said, what an entertaining and competitive match the two sets of boys served up for the spectators who attended at Violetbank to support both teams.

    Both sides played with intensity and commitment, with no quarter being asked or given at the contact area. The bigger Loch Lomond runners eventually began to suck in the Annan defence however and they gained a couple of quick scores in succession midway through the first half with kicks over the top, which caused some confusion in the Annan back line allowing the Loch Lomond outside centre and winger to capitalise on defensive errors when trying to clear the ball.

    That said however, Annan played some good stuff and were unfortunate not to score on about 4 occasions, due to a poor final pass under defensive pressure or taking the ball into contact when there was a clear overlap and scoring opportunity.

    The remainder of the game was played in the same fashion with the Loch Lomond defence repelling all that Annan could throw at them and they in turn capitalising on any Annan errors in ruthless fashion, particularly in the latter stages when the Annan boys began to tire.

    Final Score: Annan 0 Loch Lomond 26.

    After the long lay off the Annan boys were a little rusty in terms of match readiness, however this was one of the best performances they have collectively produced as a team all season.

    The Scrum and lineout performed well in terms of securing their own ball and pressurising the opposition put in. The Annan attack also caused their opposite numbers problems throughout the game and for long periods they were generally sound in defence, with Loch Lomond exploiting and capitalising on a few individual and collective positional errors at critical moments.

    If the boys can cut out some of the individual errors, poor decision making, improve their communication at key moments and get back up to match fitness then that should stand them in good stead for the games ahead.

    Thanks to Loch Lomond for the game and all who came to support at Violetbank yesterday it is very much appreciated by the boys and coaches.

    Special thanks also to AJ for refereeing and Susan and Elaine for feeding the boys and keeping everyone supplied with hot drinks and refreshments throughout the game.


    P1-P7 TIGERS AT DUMFRIES
    28TH JANUARY 2018

    ANOTHER GREAT SET OF PERFORMANCES

    P1-P3 MICRO TIGERS

    Match Report by: Heather Tinning

    Annan Micros were invited to take part in some friendly games at Dumfries on 28th January. A great turnout for the Micros with a squad of seven, who played on Sunday, supported by Coach Andrew Jancey.

    The two clubs mixed the teams and the players took part in friendly mini games getting to know each other.

    Annan Micro Team Members: Lealand Buck, Torrin Duncan, Daniel Farrall, Meris Lockerby, Harris Newton, Ryan Tinning, Joe Wyllie.

    Some great play by all the Micros, with some well deserved tries from the Annan players, who all worked hard on their game with different team mates.

    Thanks to all who travelled with the Micros to support them on the day, and also to Coach Andrew Jancey.

    P4-P5 MINI TIGERS

    Match Report by: Lynn Aitchison

    Nine of our keen P4/5 Tigers travelled to Dumfries to play some friendly game time.

    They played four games with two wins ,one draw & one loss.

    Our players showed some impressive tackling and excellent ball handling skills making the Dumfries teams work hard.

    Some of the young players showed continuous improvement they just need to gain confidence in themselves.

    All done well after playing four games back to back as we played nine aside with no subs against the two Dumfries teams.

    Big thanks to Dumfries for their hospitality.

    Players: Brandon Lockerby, Ben Quinn, Shainah Quinn, Elliot Oaks, Jack Hutchinson, Dan Stevenson, Ben Richardson, Aidan Tinning & Aaron Kerr .

    Games:

  • Annan 2 v Dumfries P4s 0
  • Annan 1 v Dumfries P5s 0
  • Annan 0 v Dumfries P4s 1
  • Annan 1 v Dumfries P5s 1

    Try Scorers: Brandon Lockerby 1, Ben Richardson 1, Aaron Kerr 2.

    Coach: Jack Tinning.

    Report & Manager: Lynn Aitchison

    P6-P7 MINI TIGERS

    Match Report by: Ian Hamilton

    On Sunday the Annan P6/7 Tigers had a run-out versus their Dumfries saints counterparts at Park Farm. This was planned to be a home fixture but due to the pitches at both Violetbank and The Everholm being unavailable, Dumfries kindly offered to host. This was most appreciated as too many games have been cancelled due to weather in the previous two month.

    There was a good turn-out of players for Annan and all of the boys and girls had plenty of playing time throughout the games. Dumfries split their kids into 2 teams and we played 12 a side round robin between the three groups.

    Annan started against Dumfries “A”, this was a closely fought encounter with both teams having the upper hand for prolonged periods. The 2 x 8 minute halves culminated in a 2-1 victory for the hosts with Annan’s Niamh Ross being the Tigers scorer.

    Annan stayed on to play Dumfries “B”, which was a slightly more one sided affair. This may be down to the fatigue of playing 2 games on the bounce. The hosts had the bulk of possession and scored 4 tries to 1. The Tigers showed a great never say die spirit and finished the game on the front foot with a score from Mason Watret.

    All games were played with a great team spirit and all the players acquitted themselves well showing some good defence and enterprising attack play, keeping the ball alive at every opportunity.

    The following 15 players were in attendance and played well under the guidance of coaches Callum Patterson and Ian Hamilton and subcoat carrier/manager Julie Stephenson. This is a good turnout but as we normally train with 25+, where were the other ten??

    Those in attendance were: Kaitlin Lockerby, James Farrel, Nathan Grierson, Fraser Court, Liam Ewing, Aisen Richardson, Matt Irving, Niamh Ross, Ayda Cherchia, Adam Hamilton, Zak Stevenson, Harry Nordon, Oban Nicholson, Remo Armstrong and Mason Watret.

    No game this week so training as usual on Friday night and Sunday (weather permitting).


    P1-P7 TIGERS AT STEWARTRY
    14TH JANUARY 2018

    COLD BUT GREAT PERFORMANCE FROM THE TIGERS

    P1-P3 Match Report by: Heather Tinning

    On Sunday 14th of January 2018 the Annan P1-P3 Tigers had their first run-out of the year, at Stewartry RFC.

    It was a good opportunity for them to put into practice the lessons learned at training both prior to Christmas and since returning after the holidays.

    There was a good turn-out of players for Annan on a very cold and sleety Sunday morning. Big thanks to the parents for braving the elements to get them there.

    There were two games played between Annan and Stewartry which were evenly contested. At this level we don’t keep the score merely ensuring that everyone gets a touch of the ball and no one gets lost in the mud. To this end Sunday was a big success!

    As Annan only had 6 kids the host club “loaned” us 3 players to even the numbers up and make sure there were no kids on the touchline waiting to get on. We would like to thank the 3 guys for their efforts as it’s not easy playing against your mates.

    All games were played with a great team spirit and the players acquitted themselves well. It’s worth pointing out that the P4/5 and P6/7 kids had succumbed to the cold but the micros played on and were last group to run for the heat in the clubhouse. #justsaying

    The following were all in attendance and played well, as guided by coach Ian Hamilton, manager Heather Tinning and their (very cold but supportive) adults.

    P1-P3 Team: Ryan Tinning, Daniel Farrall, Meris Lockerby, Harris Newton, Jake McEwan and Joe Wyllie.

    No game next week but training as normal. Next game at home to Dumfries on Sunday 28th January 2018. Hope it’s warmer.

    P4-P5 Match Report by: Lynn Aitchison

    12 keen Annan P4-P5 Tigers travelled to Greenlaw to play a friendly with Stewartry.

    The weather was testing for the young players being very wet & sleety making play hard.

    They had two games playing six aside with Ben Quinn & Brandon Lockerby filling in the Stewartry rank due to injuries.

    The referees called time after the two games due to the awful weather.

    The Tigers did well for their first game if 2018.

    First game: Draw 1-1

    Second game: 5-0 to Annan

    Try Scorers: Aaron Kerr, Archie Stoddart, Kieren Halliday, Dan Stevenson & Aidan Tinning

    P4-P5 Team: Aaron Kerr, Aidan Tinning, Dan Stevenson, Ben Quinn, Shainah Quinn, Kieren Halliday, Josie Halliday, Innes Johnstone, Archie Stoddart, Ben Richardson, Brandon Lockerny & Jack Hutchinson.

    Coaches: Jim Tweedie & Ross Johnstone

    Manager: Lynn Aitchison

    Thanks to Stewartry for their hospitality & to all who braved the weather. Next tournament will be at home on Sunday 28th January 2018

    P6-P7 Match Report by: Neil Bell

    On Sunday 14 January Annan P6/7 travelled to Castle Douglas to play Stewartry. If I said this was a good day to play some rugby!! Well Jack Frost would certainly have been happy to play. Annan came with 13 players and since it was only Stewartry we were playing it was decided to play 3 10 minutes games. The 1st game Annan lost this 5 tries to nil but to be fair Annan played some good rugby and obviously not been able to train for tackling over the last 6 weeks showed

    The next game Annan played a lot better and Were competing Stewartry at the break down and actually winning some ball.

    Annan lost this game 2-1 Annan try coming from Fraser Mc Court.

    Last and Final game Annan saved the best for last by moving the ball more and working as team Annan try scorers were Fraser Mc Court And Oban Nicholson. Annan drew this game 2-2.

    Annan team was: Mason Watret, Ellie Smith (captain for the day) Fraser Mc Court, Aiden Richardson. Logan Blackstock James Glendinning, Harry Norden, Oban Nicholson, Zak Stevenson, James Farrell, Ewan Bell and Niall Patterson.

    Special mention to Nathan Grierson who played his 1st game for Annan and played well and I hope his parents were proud to?

    A huge thanks to all those Parents that came and stood at the sideline cheering your kids on in those Baltic conditions. You made a great wind breaker for the coach on the sideline!!!

    A special mention to the players for playing in those conditions your all stars.

    Player that caught the coaches eyes were Harry Norden who done some great runs down the wing and some good tackles and is gaining confidence every game. Stick in Harry.

    Just a little reminder that training is on most Sundays at Violetbank 10.30am to 12pm. This a great chance for the kids to come up and work on tackling Rucking etc basically all the rough and tumble stuff that we can’t do at Galabank on a Friday night till the weather improves . So we hope to see you there this Friday and Sunday .


    ANNAN U14 TIGERS v STEWARTRY
    WEST CONFERENCE
    3RD DECEMBER 2017

    TIGERS LOSE....JUST

    Match Report by: Calum Heughan

    On a bright sunny Sunday morning Annan U14 Tigers hosted our near neighbours Stewartry in the final West B Conference game before the Christmas break. A healthy squad of 18 were there to defend our unbeaten record in this development league.

    A small crowd of supporters had got out of bed early to watch a thrilling 40 minutes of rugby on show at Violetbank. This being the only Annan side to play this weekend the first team pitch was the perfect stage for a seesaw game which saw nine tries in total.

    Annan drew first blood with our top scorer Ewan Muirhead crossing the line for a class individual try which Fraser McMillan converted. More positive play followed from the Tigers which saw Muirhead cross again for an unconverted try a few minutes later.

    This spurred the Greenlaw lads into some excellent passing play of their own which lead to them scoring 2 tries of their own with one converted. The half finished even stevens which was a fair reflection of the game.

    The black and reds started the second half stronger and quickly scored 2 tries with some powerful forward play with one converted. Annan were rocked but not out of the fight. Annan pressure paid off with some great phase play to see Callum Kirk power over on the left wing taking 2 defenders over the line with him.

    This gave Annan a much needed boost which saw them draw level on points with another converted Ewan Muirhead try late on. This set up for a tense finish and with the visitors capitalizing on some slack Annan play we watched from the sidelines as the Stewartry lads crossed the line for the winning score in the dying seconds for a deserved win.

    The Tigers were beaten by a better team on the day by the smallest of margins but our youngsters have grown so much in such a short time they are a credit to themselves, their families and their coaches in the way they handle themselves on and off the pitch.

    A final 20 minute development game was played and as usual we took this chance to move players around to give valuable experience in new positions. A very tired Annan side took the field and were well beaten by our visitors who were bolstered by their win. A plus point was a nice try by Fraser McMillan to cap a good day for the young stand off.

    The players and coaches from Stewartry were full of praise for our team as we were for them on a fine day for rugby. The lads from along the A75 have worked hard to get to this point with a large contingent of S3 players in their team.

    The Tigers being mainly S1 did a sterling job against a big well drilled side and can hold their heads up and look forward to a return trip to Greenlaw next week for a 3 way friendly with Stewartry and Moffat.

    Mention to JJ Mckay who fought well in getting a lot of turnover ball during the game and Deacon Henderson for some powerful running backed up by Nathan Williamson in the second row. 4 wins from 5 games is a good return in any teams books and the Tigers have much more to give this season.

    U14 Team: A Render (capt) J Glendinning, N Patterson, R Heughan, D Henderson, J Robertson, N Williamson, J Mitchell, JJ Mckay, C Kirk (1 try) B Latimer, E Muirhead (3 tries) F McMillan (1 try) R Byers, L Stevenson, L Anderson, J Nordon, A Kirkup.


    WIGTOWNSHIRE/NEWTON STEWART v ANNAN U16 TIGERS
    WEST CONFERENCE
    19TH NOVEMBER 2017

    GREAT EFFORT FROM THE LADS

    Match Report by: Gary Coupland

    On Sunday 19th November the Annan U16 team travelled to Bladnoch, Wigtown the home of Newton Stewart Rugby Club to take on a combined Newton Stewart/Wigtownshire U16 side in their latest match in the Mitsubishi Motors West U16 T4 Conference.

    Annan could only manage to take 12 players due to 8 of the usual squad being unavailable on the day due to injury, illness and other commitments. Fortunately the home team had a healthy squad and loaned Annan a couple of players so the game could be played at 14 side each.

    That said the Newton Stewart/Wigtownshire boys were by far the biggest set of forwards the lads had played so far this season and used that advantage from the outset with strong driving runs into the heart of the Annan defence. This led to a couple of quick scores and just as it was thought the Annan team had started to come to grips with the game Findlay Graham sustained a head knock resulting in his withdrawal from proceedings.

    This further disrupted the Annan side, with Graham having been one of their better players up to that point. The home side then began exploiting the additional space out wide to add to their earlier scores prior to half time.

    Early in the the second half Annan lost another two players through injury with Duncan Smith sustaining a leg injury and Ollie Ferdinand a cut to the head, resulting in their both having to leave the field. The resultant effect was a comfortable win for the home side with Annan’s only response being a well executed Aaron Carmichael penalty.

    Well done to all the boys who travelled, many of whom were playing out of position, they got stuck into their bigger opponents right from the start. Special mention must go to Captain Alex Laurie who led by example from the start and was continually at the forefront trying to drive his team forward. His personal tackle count being well into double figures.

    Thanks to Newton Stewart/Wigtownshire for the game,to the boys who played for Annan during the game, Jamie Muir for refereeing, to the ladies for feeding the boys and everyone for the usual warm Bladnoch hospitality.


    NEWTON STEWART v ANNAN U14 TIGERS
    WEST CONFERENCE
    19TH NOVEMBER 2017

    TOP OF THE TABLE CLASH

    Match Report by: Calum Heughan

    On a cold crisp sunny Sunday morning the Annan u14s took 18 players along the A75 for an unofficial top of the table clash between the 2 unbeaten teams in section B of the West conference. This was to be the toughest test yet for our Tigers and when the smoke of battle was to clear it was Annan who were victorious on the day.

    In near perfect conditions the game kicked off and it was the black and golds who would strike first with some well worked play leading to Euan Muirhead rounding the defence to score under the posts. An easy conversion for Fraser McMillan was to follow. The Newton Stewart lads were to rally straight from the kickoff and some great play from both sides was on show with the blue and reds edging it just a little to put their inside centre in at the corner. The conversion missed was to prove costly later on.

    Annan got back on track straight away with some brilliant team interplay up the left wing and recycling quick ball lead to Ben Latimer powering over in the corner for a great team try. Sadly he was unable to convert his own score.

    The hosts were not taking this lying down and came back at their visitors with a couple well worked tries which they managed to convert.

    The second half of the match saw the Newton lads extend their lead with another well worked try which they were unable to convert into 4 points. Tigers with their backs to the wall must not be taken lightly and this was to be the comeback we know our players are capable of.

    With good handling and solid forward play the Tigers put Euan Muirhead over the line for 2 more well worked tries which were converted by Ben Latimer and Fraser McMillan to give the Annan lads the most slender of leads going into the final minutes of the game.

    With the clock ticking the home side put immense pressure on Annan who tackled like Trojans to a man and when the Blue and Reds spilled the ball forward we were one scrum and a kick out from victory. Keeping a cool head Ruari Heughan put the ball in the scrum where Jamie Robertson good a lovely clean hook to send it back to Captain Render at no8 who controlled it nicely. Heughans pass to Euan Muirhead was on the button and we watched the ball sail over our heads to seal the win.

    The final 20 minutes of the game being a development game Annan moved players around to give valuable experience to players in new positions. With the result of the match decided in the first 40 minutes this is a great time for teams to try new things in a game situation.

    This was to be Newton Stewarts time to triumph with Annan taking their feet off the gas a little too much and trying some plays which were a mystery to the coaches on the sidelines. On a tough day at the office Annan dug deep for this victory and once again it was the quality of our goal kickers which was to be the difference on a day when two unbeaten juggernauts were to clash on the Bladnoch Showground.

    The Tigers fully deserved their win over a solid set of opponents and this bodes well for us in future encounters. There is a good buzz around the u14s at the moment with player numbers on the rise, the coaches Callum Patterson and Calum Heughan are happy with the way the players are developing week in week out.

    Team: Aitken Render (capt) John James McKay, Callum Kirk, Niall Patterson, Jake Mitchell, Jamie Robertson, Nathan Williamson, Lex Stevenson, Euan Bell, Aaron Kirkup, Jake Pollock, John Glendinning, Ruari Heughan, Alex Byers, Robbie Byers, Ben Latimer (1 try) Euan Muirhead (3 tries) Fraser McMillan.


    ANNAN U14 TIGERS v MOFFAT RAMS
    WEST CONFERENCE
    7TH NOVEMBER 2017

    10 TRIES FOR THE TIGERS

    Match Report by: Calum Heughan

    On a great night for Rugby under the lights at Violetbank Annan u14s took on Moffat u14s in a re-arranged league match in near perfect conditions for playing. Moffat making the short trip down the M74 with 10 players meant Annan with a squad of 20 could help our neighbours out with 5 players to make a 15 a side game. With 2 sessions of 20 minutes for the game and a further 20 for development the game kicked off in front of the small crowd for some of the players first full game under floodlights.

    Annan took the game to the visitors from the off and some quick scores by Euan Muirhead and Fraser McMillan lifted the Tigers and the players were all wanting to get involved in the match.

    Some good handling play saw the ball moved around and excellent rucking gave Annan good platform ball to run the Rams around the pitch. The visitors fought well but when you have 5 new players on your side it is hard to play against a team with their tales up. Moffat hit back at Annan with 2 well deserved tries of their own but the final score after the 40 mins was Annan 27 Moffat 7.

    The final 20 saw Annan move some players around in positions and change some of the Tigers who were on the Moffat side to give some less experienced players a chance in positions they may be playing in in future games. Annan won this part tries from John James McKay and Callum Kirk with Moffat scoring 1 try in consolation.

    On the whole a good workout for the team in great playing conditions under the lights at Annan which keeps the players confidence up but also lets us see what we need to work on for the future.

    Tigers Squad: Aitken Render (capt) John James McKay (4 tries) Jamie Robertson, Deacon Henderson, Drew Sharkey, Alex Byers, Ewan Bell, Jake Nordon, Max Coupland, Niall Paterson, Nathan Williamson, Callum Kirk ( 1 try) Ruari Heughan, Ben Latimer ( 1 try) Fraser McMillan ( 1 try, 6 cons) Lennon Anderson, Jake Mitchel, Euan Muirhead ( 3 tries) John Glendinning, Lex Stevenson ( 1 try)


    LOCH LOMOND v ANNAN U16 TIGERS
    WEST CONFERENCE
    5TH NOVEMBER 2017

    A YOUNG U16 TEAM GO DOWN

    Match Report by: Gary Coupland

    On Sunday 5th November, Annan U16 travelled to Alexandria to take on Loch Lomond U16 in their latest match in the Mitsibushi Motors West T4 Conference. Annan were without 6 of their usual team and drafted in John MacKay and Euan Muirhead for their first game of the season at this level to help out.

    On arrival conditions in Alexandria were perfect for a game of rugby with bright sunshine and clear sky.

    From the outset it was obvious that the Annan team were going to be outgunned by their larger opponents, who took advantage early on of the disrupted Annan line up, with a number of players playing out of position. Injuries to Ryan Armstrong and Duncan Smith, further impacted on the Annan team which let the Loch Lomond team take full advantage and score regularly.

    That said this was a very good performance by all the boys, with captain Alex Laurie leading the boys by example, them all working hard and tackling their hearts out throughout the game.

    Small errors and lapses of concentration costing them at key times. The only score for Annan being an unconverted Euan Muirhead try out wide after some good interplay in the backs.

    Final Score: Loch Lomond U16 55 Annan U16 5

    Based on the effort shown today if the team can continue to improve and get a settled XV out most weeks things should start to progress and it should be borne mind that this was only their third game of the season and almost half the Annan team were at the lower end of the age spectrum.

    Special mention should also go to John Mackay and Euan Muirhead who stepped up to help out at this level, both had very good games considering the jump in physicality and pace from their usual U14 level. Well done lads.

    Thanks to Loch Lomond for the game and after match hospitality and also to all the parents and family who travelled to support it is very much appreciated by the boys and coaches.


    ANNAN U16 TIGERS v STEWARTRY
    WEST CONFERENCE
    29TH OCTOBER 2017

    STRONG STEWARTRY TEAM PREVAIL

    Match Report by: Gary Coupland

    On Sunday 29th October Annan U16 entertained Stewartry U16 at a sunny Violetbank in their rearranged T4 League match which had previously been postponed due to a waterlogged pitch.

    Due to some players being unavailable in the home squad the game was played at 14 a side. From the outset a well drilled Stewartry outfit took the game to Annan and scored regularly throughout the game to give the visitors a comfortable victory.

    That said in places the Annan boys did hold their own but this was very inconsistent and the old dual Achilles heels of missed tackles and lack of communication regularly cost the home side when they tried to build any cohesion, momentum and phase play.

    One plus point for the home side was the lineout, where they won the majority of their throw ins.

    There were also some good individual performances with the back row of Ryan Armstrong, Eben Le Vin and Alex Laurie showing up well in and around the breakdown area and at times the backs handing was good, however often failed in that last execution going awry due to pressure from an advancing Stewartry player.

    This was the boys second game of the season, with many having just returned from October breaks literally a couple of days ago, so a lack of game fitness was also a contributory factor for some of the cohesion issues etc.

    Onwards and upwards though lads.

    Thanks to Andrew Jancey for refereeing and the ladies in the Grubber for feeding all the boys after the game.

    Thanks also to all the friends and family who came up to support the boys it’s very much appreciated.


    ANNAN U14 TIGERS v IRVINE
    WEST CONFERENCE
    29TH OCTOBER 2017

    TIGERS TOO STRONG FOR IRVINE

    Match Report by: Calum Heughan

    Annan 14s had a near full strength squad for our home game against Irvine in the Autumn sunshine at Violetbank on Sunday. With our visitors struggling for numbers with only 7 players making the trip down from Ayrshire it was decided to award Annan the points for the game and mix up the players for a development afternoon of rugby for the decent crowd to enjoy. And enjoy it they did.

    Annan fielded a strong 14 to begin with and set about the visitors from the off. Euan Muirhead scoring very quickly from so loose ball. Irvine hit back straight from the restart with a nicely worked score of their own which shocked the home side.

    Annan got back on track from the kick and some powerful running from John James saw him power over for a good score. This was the story of the first 20 minute session with Annan scoring at will with tries coming from Nathan Williamson and Fraser McMillan as well as more from Euan Muirhead. Fraser McMillan and Ben Latimer adding points from conversions.

    The second session saw Annan give Irvine some more experienced and bigger players to even up the contest and this showed in the way both teams played. Ben Latimers experience and John James as a big ball carrier added some bite to the Irvine attack.

    Annan did not have it all there own way but still scored a number of well worked tries. Callum Kirk took the bull by the horns with some strong running with some good support play meant some very entertaining rugby was enjoyed by the crowd.

    The third and final session started with Annan giving the visitors some more bulk and experience which showed immediately with John Glendinning bursting the Annan defence to run up for a great score for the Purple and Reds. Annan were tired and this showed in the tackling with Callum Kirk now running riot against his Tiger team mates.

    Ewan Bell being very physical in contact was nice to see as well as Deacon Hendersons powerful running was a delight. Annan went to sleep from penalty kicked to touch with the quick tap and go allowing Ben Latimer to waltz through for a lovely well taken try which he converted with a smile on his face.

    The final score of 76-30 not being relevant due to the make up of teams it was more a question of much needed game time for our players which they all got with everyone playing 60 minutes on a heavy pitch.

    Some standout performances on the day were Euan Muirhead with 9 tries, Fraser McMillan with 7 conversions for Annan and Ben Latimer with 3 conversions in total for Annan and Irvine. Handling was good all round and Aitken Render led the tackle count.

    A massive thank you to the Irvine players for making the long journey down to play us. We greatly appreciate their efforts on the day and look forward to the return fixture. Both sets of players needing the game time will benefit from todays play. Overall a good day at the office with a large crowd well entertained by the rugby on show.

    Team: Aitken Render (capt) Drew Sharkey, Niall Paterson, John Glendinning(1 try), Deacon Henderson, Jake Mitchel, JJ Mckay (1 try), Jamie Robertson, Nathan Williamson(1 try), Callum Kirk, Jake Nordon, Jake Pollock, Ewan Bell, Ruari Heughan, Robbie Byers, Euan Muirhead(9 tries), Ben Latimer, Fraser McMillan, Lex Stevenson, Lennon Anderson, Aaron Kirkup.


    CAMBUSLANG/UDDINGSTON v ANNAN U14 TIGERS
    WEST CONFERENCE
    8TH OCTOBER 2017

    GREAT WIN BY THE TIGERS

    Match Report by: Calum Heughan

    On a sunny Sunday morning a very healthy squad of 20 Annan u14 Tigers made the trip to Cambuslang to play Uddingston/Cambuslang in our first T4 league match of the season.

    Spirits were high at the prospect of a game after losing out to bad weather in recent weeks. The players were a little apprehensive to be honest when they saw the size of some of their opponents who seemed to tower over our pack. They were big lads I can tell you.

    The game plan was to move the ball wide at every opportunity and not get into an arm wrestling match with what can only be described as a massive set of forwards for this age group.

    This was the plan and the Tigers stuck to it throughout. Moving the ball around from the off Annan showed their ball handling skills were superior to the hosts and Euan Muirhead quickly crossed the line for our first score.

    The hosts hit back with a try of their own after some strong running from the giants put them in for their first points. And so the game ebbed and flowed with Annan scoring through swift handling and Cambuslang replying with barnstorming runs from lone forwards. Annans tackling was not up to standard which let the green and reds in for some softer tries.

    Annan however used the ball wisely by varying the kick offs which led to easy tries for us as our opponents did not read what was going on and did not react to our inventiveness.

    Captain Aitken Render led from the front with some great tackling and was rewarded with some fine turnover ball as we stole the ball time and again on the floor. Quick ball out to the backs meant tries were on offer and Euan Muirhead capped off a great performance scoring 4 tries out wide.

    Captain Renders support of Muirhead on a bursting run paid off with a nicely taken try under the posts. Our kickers in Ben Latimer and Fraser McMillan added valuable extra points slotting 2 each which was the difference at the end. In this age group tries are 3 points and conversions are 1 point so the final score of 19-15 for Annan was a fair reflection of the game.

    In T4 the match is played over 2- 20 minute periods with a third 20 as development at the end. Annan put some of our less experienced players on for this and told them to try some moves out. This was a great end to the match with kick overs and flick passes all over the place.

    This was a huge improvement on our last match with the hard work in the lineout proving vital in securing ball and the scrum being solid to give the backs a good platform to run.

    Callum Patterson has trained the forwards hard and their work is bearing fruit. The backs are moving the ball outside very well and confidence on the ball is growing. The buzz in the club house and on the bus home was well deserved from a team who had a Good Day at the Office.

    Team: Aitken Render (capt 1 Try), Aaron Kirkup, Callum Kirk, Deacon Henderson, Nathan Williamson, JJ Mckay, Jamie Robertson,Euan Muirhead (4 tries) Ben Latimer, Ruari Heughan, Jake Pollock, Lex Stevenson, Max Copeland, Robbie Byers, Simon Graham, Niall Patterson, Lennon Anderson, Alex Byers, Drew Sharkey, Fraser McMillan.


    P4-P5 TIGERS AT SCOTSTOUN
    TOURNAMENT
    29TH SEPTEMBER

    AMAZING TOURNAMENT WIN AT SCOTSTOUN

    Match Report by: Jack Tinning

    On a wet and blustery Friday evening the Annan Tigers travelled Scotstoun to play in a tournament before the Glasgow Warriors v Treviso Game.

    In game 1, Annan Tigers lost 2-1 to Birkmyre with Kieran Halliday getting the score. The Tigers didn’t hit top gear until the second game with a 5-0 win against Cumbernauld. Scores came at regular intervals from Ben Richardson (3), Aidan Tinning (1) and Aaron Kerr (1).

    Maybe they were looking to impress old Annan player Alex Dunbar who had come to watch the future players with Glasgow’s Australian Winger Ratu Tagive and Callum Gibbins.

    In game 3, Tigers won 1-0 against Strathendrick with Archie Stoddard scoring. Annan’s tackling was immense with Glasgow Winger Ratu Tagive commenting that “these kids really tackle…….hard” as a Strathendrick player was dumped at his feet.

    This was enough for Annan to play in the finals at half time of the Warriors Game in front of 7,500 supporters.

    Annan played Ardrossan in the final game. Annan’s defence was to the fore yet again with Ardrossan not able to get over the half way line, never mind the try line.

    Annan scored 4 tries through Aidan Tinning (2), Ben Richardson (1) and Aaron Kerr (1). Final Score: Tigers 4 – Ardrossan 0.

    A superb night for the Tigers and their families with lots of pictures and autographs of the Glasgow Players.

    Thanks to all who travelled to support t the Tigers, and to Alex Dunbar for coming and spending time with the Tigers.

    Team: Kieran Halliday, Aaron Kerr, Elliot Oakes, Ben Quinn, Shaenagh Quinn, Ben Richardson, Dan Stevenson, Archie Stoddard, Ryan Thomson, Aidan Tinning

    Coaches: Jack Tinning, Jim Tweedie


    P1-P7 TIGERS AT VIOLETBANK
    TOURNAMENT
    24TH SEPTEMBER 2017

    GREAT DAY AT VIOLETBANK

    P1-P3 MICRO TIGERS

    Match report to be added

    P4-P5 MINI TIGERS

    Match Report by: Lynn Aitchison

    Sunday was our home tournament at Violetbank with visiting teams Newton Stewart, Langholm & Moffat attending.

    We has 17 keen players on Sunday letting us have two teams Annan Golds & Annan Blacks both teams played four games each, fantastic play by all players!

    Big shout out to Danny Bell for scoring his first try of the new season unluckily missing a second try.

    The lads & lassies made their coaches Jack & Jim proud with their first class tackling & open play.

    Players: Ben Quinn, Shainah Quinn, Jack Hutchinson, Oliver Hutchinson, Danny Bell, Brandon Lockerby, Malachi Jones, Dan Stevenson, Josie Halliday, Kieren Halliday, Aidan Tinning, Aaron Ker, Ben Richardson, Elliot Oaks, Innes Johnstone, Scott Little & Archie Stoddart.

    Games Played

  • Annan Gold 2 v Moffat 1
  • Annan Black 0 v Newton Stewart 2
  • Annan Gold 4 v Newton Stewart 0
  • Annan Black 5 v Langholm 2
  • Annan Gold 4 v Langholm 3
  • Annan Black 0 v Newton Stewart 2
  • Annan Black 2 v Moffat 3
  • Annan Gold 4 v Annan Black 2

    Try Scorers: Danny Bell, Brandon Lockerby, Kieren Halliday, Archie Stoddart, Ben Richardson, Aaron Kerr, Oliver Hutchinson, Ben Quinn & Aidan Tinning.

    Coaches: Jack Tinning & Jim Tweedie

    P6-P7 MINI TIGERS - ANNAN BLACK

    Match Report by: : Ian Hamilton

    Opposition Langholm RFC, Newtown Stewart RFC, Moffat Rams and Annan Gold P6/7 minis. Sunday 24th September saw Annan host a 4 way tournament at Violetbank. Due to a good number of players Annan Rugby were in a position to field 2 teams at both P4/5 and P6/7 level. This is a report for Annan “Black”.

    First game was a tough fought encounter v Langholm Lions. The game was played with tremendous intensity from both teams and defences held the upper hand with the only score being from the visitors with the final play of the game. A disappointing ending for The Blacks but there was much good work to build on.

    Next up came Newtown Stewart who had travelled from the paddy field conditions at home with 8 players. Mason Watret kindly volunteered to play for Newtown Stewart and the game was played as a 9 a side. Again both teams played with big hearts and this culminated in a 3 try to 3 try draw. Annan’s scorers were Kaitlin, Remo and Ellie. Oh and Mason scored for Newtown Stewart.

    The games came thick and fast as next up was Moffat Rams. This game was more one sided with some good individual performances but also some tired legs resulting in a final score of Moffat 5 Annan Blacks 2. Scorers for the home club were Remo and Tyler.

    Finally the big one, Annan Blacks v Annan Gold. Pride was at stake and of course bragging rights between the coaches. Another hard fought and very entertaining ten minutes of rugby with no quarter given. The Blacks, confusingly now playing in white, ran out victors 3 tries to 1. With the final scorers being Remo with 2 and Ellie with one.

    All players played well throughout the day and some were pleased to score their first tries in an Annan shirt. There’ll be plenty more to come.

    Annan Blacks on the day were: Oban Nicholson, Mason Watret, Remo Armstrong, Ellie Smith, Harry Nordon, Kaitlin Lockerby, James Farrel, Liam Ewing, Tyler Smith and Niamh Ross. Coach was Ian Hamilton and manager Julie Stephenson.

    On a personal note I would like to say a huge thank you to referee’s Cameron, Eve and Colin, as well as those who stepped in to ref at P4/5 level. Also a big thanks to Grubber / Barbecue staff for keeping players and spectators fed during a most enjoyable couple of hours of rugby.

    P6-P7 MINI TIGERS - ANNAN GOLD

    Match Report by: Neil Bell

    On Sunday Annan had their home tournament. 3 teams from the region came to play. Annan had 21 players so it was decided that we would have 2 teams playing Annan Gold and Annan Black.

    1st up was Moffat which was a good game of rugby Annan lost this game 3-1 Fraser Court the Annan try scorer.

    Next up was Newton Stewart who only had 7 players so Murray Kerr played for the visitors and Annan played with 8 players

    Newton Stewart went a head 2 tries to nil in the first 2 mins before Annan started to play as a team. Fraser Court scoring first, Adam Hamilton getting 3 and Ayda Chierchia getting her first ever try right in front of her proud mum. Final score 5-5

    With a 15 minute rest and a Jaffa cake hit!, Annan played Langholm. This was not Annan best game losing this 6-0. Annan players know their tackling was to blame and must learn to come up in defence to put more pressure on the opposition.

    Last game of the day was Annan Blacks. The Blacks were the stronger team winning this 3-1 Blacks try scorer Ellie smith and Remo Armstrong with 2. Annan Gold try scored by Fraser Court

    Annan players that stood out in this tournament was Mason Watret for his breakdown steals Ellie smith getting more confident running with the ball that I saw in the final game.

    Annan Gold Finlay Halliday who put some good tackles in and improved a lot over the coming months Zak Stevenson who only played 3 tournaments from moving up and looks comfortable playing at this level.

    All players are improving and you can only get better by coming to training and playing more games and learning the love of the game of rugby

    Annan Gold team was: Adam Hamilton, Fraser Court, Ayda Chierchia, Zak Stevenson, Matt Irving, Finlay Halliday , Murray Kerr, Aiden Richardson, Logan Blackstock , James Glendining, Jenna Williamson


    LANGHOLM v U14 TIGERS
    FRIENDLY
    24TH SEPTEMBER 2017

    HARD SHIFT AT THE OFFICE

    Match Report by: Calum Heughan

    As Baptisms of Fire go you could not have had a tougher one for your first game of the season than the Annan lads faced at Miltown against a big well drilled Langholm side. On a big heavy pitch it was a battle from start to finish for the black and golds which they stuck to throughout.

    The move up from P6/7 to U14s is not easy as so many aspects of the game change which was prevalent throughout the match as Annan were caught very narrow as players did not hold to their positions and came in to the breakdown area leaving space out wide for the Langholm lads to exploit which they duly did.

    Annan had some good passages of play during the game but the home defence was up to the task of holding the line. This was only broken once by a lovely individual piece of running by Euan Muirhead which shows we have the weapons in our team if we can use them properly.

    Mention must go to John James McKay who battled all game against some big opposition and made good ground when he got the chance. Euan Muirhead is a player to watch with his running and John Glendinning and Fraser McMillan put in some nice tackles.

    Ben Latimer kept players right when positional changes were made and he also swapped with Ruari Heughan to give the youngster 30 mins at scrum half for the first time in this format. Alex Byers made his debut for the club today and we hope to see more of him in the future.

    The coaches now have a good idea going forward what to work on and this will start on Tuesday at training.

    Many thanks to Langholm for the game and excellent hospitality afterwards which is much appreciated.

    A special mention must go to the referee on the day Ross Mabon who was exemplary in his officiating and was kind to the Annan side on a number of occasions. A referee who looks to make a game more playable when the teams are so mismatched is a credit to himself and his club.

    The drawing board will be well scribbled on in the weeks to come but this is only the start of a long road for these players and the only way is up for a team who never gave up on a tough day at the office.

    Annan Team: John James McKay, Jamie Robertson, Ewan Bell, Niall Robertson, Deacon Henderson, Nathan Williamson, Callum Kirk, Ruari Heughan, Ben Latimer, Fraser McMillan (capt) Euan Muirhead 1 try, John Glendinning, Jake Nordon, Alex Byers, Lex Stevenson, Aaron Kirkup.


    U16 TIGERS v OBAN LORNE
    WEST CONFERENCE
    17TH SEPTEMBER 2017

    TALE OF TWO HALVES FOR ANNAN

    Match Report by: Gary “Taggart” Coupland

    Annan U16 finally got their season underway on Sunday 17th September, when they entertained Oban Lorne U16 at Violetbank in the rearranged T4 fixture originally scheduled for the 29th October.

    With the weather also for once being kind the game kicked off in near perfect conditions The Annan lads started off well against a bigger more physical Oban team and more than held their own with both teams scoring three tries and two conversions.

    Annan scorers were Finley McMillan, Findlay Graham and William White with Aaron Carmichael adding two conversions.

    All the Annan tries coming from some excellent running and handling skills with the boys using the full width of the pitch to exploit space and outflank the Oban defensive line.

    In the second half however Oban began to exert a lot more control as the Annan boys began to tire and ran in a further 6 tries, the majority towards the end of the match.

    That said this was a good first outing for Annan U16 at this level with their first half display being probably one of their best performances to date and played at quite a high intensity.

    Unfortunately they were unable to sustain that for the full 60 minutes which allowed Oban who have had a lot more game time this season to exert control in the last quarter of the game, where their better cohesion and match fitness began to tell.

    Full Time Score: Annan U16 Tigers 19 v Oban Lorne 55

    Thanks to Andrew Jancey for refereeing and to Susan and Elaine in the Grubber for feeding all the boys after the game.


    P1-P7 TIGERS AT STEWARTRY
    17TH SEPTEMBER 2017

    GREAT DISPLAY FROM THE TIGERS

    P1-P3 Match Report by: Jim Tweedie

    On Sunday 17 September Annan Micros travelled to Stewartry Rugby Club at Castle Douglas to take part in their first tournament of the season.

    Annan played games against Wigtownshire, Dumfries and Stewartry.

    The team played well in each of their games and adapted to playing Tag Rugby rather than Touch Rugby, which they are more used to

    The try scorer for Annan was Ryan Tinning, with tries in the games against Dumfries and Stewartry.

    Ryan Tinning, Meris Lockerby and Joe Wylie, also helped out Wigtownshire during the tournament, who were short of numbers.

    Annan Team: Ryan Tinning, Meris Lockerby, Lewis Cowan, Joe Wylie, Grant Little, Harris Newton, Daniel Farrelll and Torrin Duncan.

    Coaches on the day were Cameron Ewing and Jim Tweedie.

    P4-P5 Match Report by: Lynn Aitchison

    Annan travelled to Castle Douglas with 13 keen young player to play in Stewartry tournament.

    They got to play 5 games in total with 2 wins, 2 draws & a loss.

    They played against Dumfries Whites, Dumfries Blacks, Wigtownshire & Stewartry. The lads & lassies played mightily well with some hard hitting tackles by Aidan, Aaron, Dan, Ben R & Kieren

    Tries were slow in the beginning but came thick & fast as they found their feet good play by all! Also well done to all our new P4's in their first big contact tournament.

    Players: Dan Stevenson, Aaron Kerr, Aidan Tinning, Malachi Jones, Brandon Lockerby Elliot Oaks, Ben Quinn, Archie Stoddart, Ben Richardson, Innes Johnstone, Kieren Amie & Josie Halliday.

    Games:
    Annan 0 vs Dumfries Whites 4
    Annan 4 vs Newton Stewart 0
    Annan 2 vs Dumfries Blacks 2
    Annan 5 vs Wigtownshire 0
    Annan 4 vs Stewartry 4

    Try Scorers: Aidan Tinning 2 , Brandon Lockerby 1, Ben Richardson 6, Dan Stevenson 1, Aaron Kerr 5.

    Coaches: Jack Tinning & Ross Johnstone.

    Manager & Report: Lynn Aitchison.

    Thank you to Stewartry for their hospitality & to all the parents who travelled to support the Tigers. Next tournament is this Sunday the 24th at home at Violetbank. 11am kick off .

    P6-P7 Match Report by: Neil Bell

    Annan P6/P7 Tigers traveled to Stewartry for their first big tournament of the season. Annan arrived with 14 players.

    First up was a Dumfries P6 team. This was a nice game of rugby from start to finish and a special mention must go to Fraser McCourt who did some outstanding tackles and scored 2 tries. You would not of thought this was the first time he played a game of rugby. Annan won this game 2-1

    Next up from Annan was Newton Stewart. From the start Annan we're on the back foot and were defending a lot in their own half Newton Stewart were 2 nil up with 5 mins to go Annan seemed to spring into action. Oban the wrecking ball went over the try line to get his first try at this level. I'm sure there will be many more to come over the next 2 years. Within a minute Remo Armstrong scored and in the final play Adam Hamilton scored. So Annan winning this 3-2

    After 1/2 hour break Annan played Wigtownshire who only had 6 players. 3 Annan players helped out so special mention goes to James Farrel, Aiden Richardson, Logan Blaclock for helping Wigtownshire

    From the start Annan dominated this game winning this 6-0. Try scorers were Remo Armstrong (2) Fraser McCourt Adam Hamilton Finlay Halliday and Jenna Williamson both Finlay and Jenna getting their first tries at this level

    Next up was Dumfries black this was a strong Dumfries side which Annan lost 6-0. Last game of the day was versus the hosts Stewartry. Cameron Ewing stepped in to referee as the original referee had to depart. Stewartry won this game 6-1. Annan’s try came from Oban Nicholson

    In all, this was a good tournament for Annan and every player as improved since we last played Moffat by being more confident in tackles and running with the ball. Also playing better as a team, so with more training and game time I'm sure this team will be giving Stewartry and a strong Dumfries a run for their money

    Stick in Boys and girls.

    A special mention to all those parents that came today it's must appreciate you giving your time up to taxi the future of Annan Rugby Club around the country

    Team for the day were: Remo Armstrong, Oban Nicholson, Zak Stevenson, Aiden Richardson, Kaitlin Lockerby, James Farrell, Logan Blacklock, Mason Watret, James Glendinning, Jenna Williamson, Tyler Smith, Adam Hamilton, Fraser McCourt and Finlay Halliday.

    Coaches were: Neil Bell, Kieron Watret and Callum Patterson


    P1-P7 TIGERS AT MOFFAT RUGBY
    3RD SEPTEMBER 2017

    GREAT DISPLAY BY THE TIGERS

    P1-P3 Match Report by: Ian Hamilton

    A group of intrepid micros ventured forth to Moffat on Sunday 3rd September for their first outing of the year.

    There they combined with Moffat for an hour of coaching, assault course and games. All went well and it was good to see the 6 Annan Tigers bond well with the 2 Moffat Rams. Big thanks to Cammy Little of the host club for running the session.

    The Annan Tigers present were:
    Greg Copland, Daniel Farrall, Grant Little, Meris Lockerby, Harris Newton and Ryan Tinning, Plus 2 from Moffat – Sophie and Jack.

    The P1-P7 Tigers next outing is away to Stewartry on 17th September.

    Kids to be at Greenlaw for 1030 to allow 1100 kick off.

    P4-P5 Match Report by: Ian Hamilton

    On Sunday the Annan P4-5 Tigers had their first run-out of the season, at Moffat. It was a good opportunity for them to put into practice the work they have been doing at training for the last few weeks.

    There was a good turn-out of players for Annan and all of the boys and girls had plenty of playing time throughout the games.

    There were two games played between Annan and Moffat which were evenly contested, Annan eventually came out as winners in both games, the scores being 6-3 and 6-5. Annan had a greater number of players and a further two games were then played with both teams consisting of a mixture of Annan and Moffat players.

    All games were played with a great team spirit and all the players acquitted themselves well.

    The try scorers for Annan in the first two games were: Ben Richardson, Elliot Oakes, Aidan Tinning, Ben Quinn and Kieren Halliday.

    The following were all in attendance and played well, as guided by coaches Jim Tweedie and Ross Johnstone:Aidan Tinning, Aaron Kerr ,Danny Bell , Ben Quinn, Shaenagh Quinn, Innes Johnstone , Elliot Oakes, Ben Richardson, Kieran Halliday, Amy Halliday, Josie Halliday, Scott Little, Ryan Thompson Dan Stevenson & Archie Stoddart.

    P6-P7 Report: to be added.