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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
3RD DECEMBER 2017
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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
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.
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
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
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.
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.