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STRATHAVEN v U14 TIGERS
WEST T4 A DIVISION
15TH SEPTEMBER 2018
LOSS FOR THE U14 TIGERS
Match Report by: Calum Heughan
Annan Tigers took to the Strathaven 4G pitch on a blustery Sunday afternoon to face a large home team in our second match of this seasons busy campaign.
With a healthy squad of 23 players made up of new and experienced players this was sure to be a stern test for the black and yellows.
Annan were asleep at the kick off letting Strathaven capitalize on some loose hands to score straight away under the posts. A shell shocked Tigers were not in for an easy afternoon. This was the story for the first ten minutes as the host scored 2 more tries before Annan got going. A try from Callum Kirk stunned the hosts and set up a better passage of play for the crowd to enjoy.
The 2nd half was a lot better from an Annan point of view but the constant infringements by Strathaven were taking its toll. The high tackle count going into double figures and the ref speaking to the home coaches and players didn`t seem to stop the crime count.
As coaches we have to protect our players as best we can but this was becoming a joke. Some hard running by Fraser McMillan was rewarded with 2 tries and a lovely intercept by Aitken Render to score his first of the season with Ben Latimer adding a conversion gave our team some hope.
Our poor tackling haunted us throughout the game and some poor decisions let the hosts score from distance and the final score of 26 - 13 to Strathaven flattered the home team a little.
The referee was effective in spotting issues on the pitch but at this level there are no yellow cards as he said after that he would have sin binned 4 of the home team for dangerous play if it had been in his power to do so.
We finished with a 20 minute development game to give so much needed game time to players and this went the same as the first 2 periods.
Good Annan play let down by loose tackling and foul play took the shine off a good days rugby. Mention must go to Callum Kirk whos powerful running was a joy to watch and Fraser McMillan and John Glendinning get stuck in at all times.
Captain Render lead by example and our set piece was good with great hooking by Remo Armstrong and accurate throwing in by Niall Patterson.
All in all a tough day at the office but players need to step up as we have a long season ahead of us.
Annan Team: A Render capt (1 try), N Grierson, R Byers, M Watret, C Kirk (1try), L Anderson, A Hamilton, F McMillan (3 tries), L Stevenson, R Heughan,D Henderson, J Arthur, N Patterson, J Glendinning, J Plumpstead, F Court, A Byers, R Armstrong, A Kirkup, B Latimer (1 con), J Mitchell, L Ewing.
U14 TIGERS v WAYSIDERS DRUMPELLIER
WEST T4 A DIVISION
8TH SEPTEMBER 2018
DEVELOPMENT WIN FOR THE U14 TIGERS
Match Report by: Rob McMillan
Sunday saw the Tigers on home soil for their first match of the season in the T4 conference. A large squad assembled to try and get the season off to a good start.
Our guests made their way down from the east side of Glasgow bringing an 11 man squad. Due to the low numbers the match was played as a development game with Annan supplying 4 players to bring the team to 15 a side.
So game time 3 x 20minute periods. The first 20 minutes saw tries see-sawing back and forward between the 2 teams. Annan would score first followed by an immediate Waysiders riposte.
The Annan tries coming from some good handling and individual skills. Fraser Court, John Glendinning and Fraser McMillan touching down and Fraser McMillan adding the conversions. Waysiders tries coming from their very large forward pack.
The 2nd 20 minutes saw the sides share 4 tries , 2 a piece. Annan scores coming from Deacon Henderson and Fraser McMillan.
The last 20 minutes saw another even contest both sides scoring 4 tries. Annans tries this time coming from Fraser Court, Callum Kirk, Jake Mitchell and John Glendinning.
Positives for the day: - We scored 9 well worked tries coming from 6 different players which is great progress from last years. (Have a look on facebook at the tries). Some great play by some of the newer U14’s. Well done to Fraser Court for a great debut, 2 tries and some lovely tackling.
Captain Aitken Render led the team well as usual laying down markers for others to follow. Callum Kirk made some rampaging runs and produced some great linking play.
Well done also for everyone that pulled on a Waysiders shirt. As we were in a development situation we were trying to give everyone as much game time as possible but also I think everyone got time in an Annan shirt.
Going forward the Tigers need to improve on their tackling as a great many of the Waysiders tries came through a lack of tackling. Hopefully we will put that right as we travel to Strathaven on Sunday for the next T4 league game
Well done Tigers.
Thanks to the grubber staff for feeding the ravenous hoards, to AJ for another great refereeing display and to Billy Jardine for videoing the game - very much appreciated by everyone
Team: Captain Aitken Render, Jamie Arthur, Finlay Halliday, Callum Kirk, Adam Hamilton, Deacon Henderson, Aaron Kirkup, Niall Patterson, Mason Watret, Lennon Anderson, Ewan Bell, Jake Mitchell, Ben Latimer, James Plumpstead, Fraser McMillan, Fraser Court, Nathan Grierson, Remo Armstrong, Jake Nordon, John Glendinning and Lex Stevenson.
Coaches: Callum Patterson, Andy Render and Rob McMillan
ANNAN U16/17 TIGERS v DUMFRIES
4TH SEPTEMBER 2018
FIRST GAME FOR THE U16/U17 TIGERS
Match report from: Gordon Carmichael
After having the Summer off, Annan U16/U17 XV having only trained for two weeks had their first warm up game against local rivals Dumfries Saints.
Tn the first half, Annan started the stronger with the forwards picking and driving round tight to the rucks and breakdowns, keeping hold of the ball for several phases before letting the go out to the backs. With the backs running straight they were posing questions for the opposition backs.
With Dumfries having the bigger set of backs they managed to breakthrough Annan's defensive line and crossed the try line on three occasion in the first half and with them converting two of them to finish the half 19-0 up.
The second half started brightly for Annan who started to pick up the pace of the game and of a quick tap penalty on half way, Aaron Carmichael took off, outpaced and out stepped the opposition, scoring under the posts which was converted by Duncan Smith. Score 19-7.
Dumfries got straight back into Annan's half and some lacklustre defending scored two more trys to take the score out to 29-7.
With the home teams scrum on top and their never say die attitude, Annan scored a further two well worked tries with again some great picking and driving. Alex Laurie and Ryan Armstrong both went over under the post which were both converted to take the score to 29-21.
Dumfries again broke away and scored there final try which was converted. So the final score finished 36-21 to Dumfries.
The Annan team can take a lot of positives from their performances. The forwards worked tirelessly, both in defence and attack, and one especially great interception from prop Aidan Craik will be remembered.
The backs threatened in attack and pushed up hard in defence and tackled well.
Well done to Callum McDougall and Josh Cairns on making their debuts for the club. Both had fine games.
All in all, a good start to the season.
Big thanks also to the ladies again in the grabber who looked after the opposition team after the game.
P1-P7 TIGERS AT MOFFAT
2ND SEPTEMBER 2018
GREAT TURN OUT FROM THE TIGERS
P1-P3 Tigers match report from: Heather Tinning
Six players from the Annan Micros Team travelled to Moffat for training and some friendly games with Moffat Micros and Lanark Micros on Sunday 2nd September, hosted by Moffat Rugby Club. Players had a great time, practising their passing and catching skills and try scoring during some friendly games.
Thanks to Coach Andrew Jancey and to all that attended to support the Micros. The next training session is Friday 7th September, 6 pm at Violetbank.
Team: Asten Bell, Travis Johnston, Jake McEwan, Louie Moffat, Reuben Moffat, Rory Vallance.
Team Manager: Ghislaine Duncan
P4-P5 Tigers match report from: Heather Tinning
Seven enthusiastic Annan Minis P4/5 players travelled to Moffat on Sunday 2nd September.
The team played well and won all three games showing some fantastic skills and great ball play. The players did the club proud defeating Moffat and Lanark in all games.
Players were substituted as they played 6-a side 10 minute games. Some coaching in between games to practice their passing and catching skills. Players adapted their game well to suit the new age grade variation rules.
Many thanks to Coaches Jim Tweedie and Martin Hutchinson and also all that attended to support the Annan Minis P4/5 players. Thanks also to the hosts, Moffat Rugby Club.
Team: Macaully Crawford, Jack Hutchinson, Brandon Lockerby, Elliot Oakes, Ben Quinn, Shaenagh Quinn, Dan Stevenson.
Try Scorers: Jack Hutchinson, Brandon Lockerby, Dan Stevenson, Ben Quinn
The next training session is Friday 7th September, 6 pm at Violetbank.
Team Manager: Heather Tinning
P6-P7 Tigers match report from: Jack Tinning
On a damp dreich Sunday morning at Moffat Rugby Club, P6/7 Minis started their first friendly of the season. It was supposed to be Annan, Moffat and Lanark but with a lack of numbers Moffat and Lanark joined forces to play Annan. Annan turned up with 14 players, an excellent turnout for the first game.
It was decided to play three games to allow all the players plenty of game time. The first game lasted slightly longer than the usual 10-minutes but ended with a 4-1 win for Annan, with 2 tries each from Oban Nicholson and Aidan Tinning.
The second game was a 3-0 win for Annan with tries from Oban Nicholson, Maddy Grierson and Zak Stevenson.
The last game was tight, ending 1-0 to Annan with, you've guessed, Oban Nicholson scoring the decisive try. Overall an enjoyable morning for all players.
Moffat/Lanark played really well however with some excellent tackling from Annan, kept the opposition from crossing the try line.
This was everyones first outing under the new age grade laws and all players adapted to them very well (may take some time for the adults watching to get used to the new age grade laws).
Moving forward, looking to work on the rucking technique, though that was offset by great handling and tackling.
Many thanks to all who travelled to support the players and thanks also to the host, Moffat Rugby Club.
The next training session is Friday 7th September, 6 pm at Violetbank.
Team: Cameron Vivers, Aidan Tinning, Murray Ker, Oban Nicholson, Ethan McDairmant, Harry Nordon, Aaron Kerr, Zak Stevenson, Maddy Grierson, Innes Johnston, Danny Bell, Kieran Halliday, James Glendinning, Archie Stoddart.
Coaches: Jack Tinning, Kieran Watret
Manager: Lynn Aitchison