Match reports for the Youth XVs

PREVIOUS YEARS:

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

MICROS
P1-P3 at Biggar
P1-P3 at Langholm
P1-P3 at Langholm #2
P1-P3 at Moffat
P1-P3 at Moffat #2
P1-P3 at Moffat #3
P1-P3 at Violetbank
P1-P3 at Violetbank 2
P1-P3 at Stewartry
P1-P3 at Dumfries
P1-P3 at Dumfries 2
P1-P3 at Stewartry 2
P1-P3 at Annan
P1-P3 at Stewartry 3
MINIS
P4-P7 at Biggar
P4-P7 at Langholm
P4-P7 at Langholm #2
P4-P7 at Moffat
P4-P7 at Moffat #2
P4-P7 at Moffat #3
P4-P7 at Violetbank
P4-P7 at Violetbank 2
P4-P5 at Scotstoun
P4-P7 at Stewartry
P4-P7 at Dumfries
P4-P7 at Dumfries
P5 at Carlisle
P4-P7 at Stewartry 2
P5 at Scotstoun
P4-P7 at Annan
P4-P7 at Stewartry 3
S1/S2 (U14)
Ardrossan (home)
Ardrossan (away)
Ardrossan (away)
Langholm (home)
Langholm (away)
Loch Lomond (away)
Moffat (home)
Moffat (home)
Moffat (away)
Moffat (away)
Newton Stewart (home)
Stewartry (home)
Stewartry (away)
Strathaven (home)
Strathaven (away)
Waysiders (home)
Waysiders (away)
U16/U17/U18
Alloa
Ardrossan (away)
Dumfries (home)
Dumfries (home)
Langholm (away)
Penicuik (away)
Langholm (home)
Strathaven (home)
Strathaven (home)
Dumfries Sevens

P1-P7 TIGERS AT STEWARTY
TOURNAMENT
28TH APRIL 2019

ANOTHER GREAT WIN FOR THE TIGERS

P1-P3 Micros report from: Emma Mechan

On Sunday 6 enthusiastic micro Tigers travelled to a festival hosted by the Stewartry Sharks. Their confidence was high, and their roars were loud! The micros played 4 games against teams from Moffat, Newton Stewart and Stewartry.

A fantastic start saw Annan score a total of 7 tries against the Moffat Rams (Travis 2, Daniel 1, Woody 4) The boys displayed great passing, runs and team work. Using opportunities to get through the Ram's defence and hold back their strong attacks.

In their second game the Stewartry Sharks gave the Tigers a run for their money and a 3-0 defeat saw the micros deflated. After a team talk from coaches Craig and Neil the micros spirits were lifted and they had their game faces on!

Noah and Travis displayed some excellent passing in the micro's next game against Newton Stewart. The Tigers had listened to the coaches advise and were spreading out and moving forward with the ball. Some super tackles by Reuben and Woody meant that Newton Stewart couldn't reach the try line and the game ended in a 5-5 draw (Travis 2, Reuben 1, Woody 2)

The micro's final game of the festival was against Moffat. The Rams had increased their defence and made the Tigers work hard for their tries. Harris displayed some great runs with the ball, while Daniel pushed through the Ram's defence with the support of his team. Some brilliant play was displayed by both teams and the game ended 4 - 4 (Reuben 1, Woody 3)

A fantastic day with lots of fun both on and off the pitch. A big thank you to Craig and Neil for stepping in and coaching, to the parents who attended and Stewartry for their hospitality.

Team: Travis McKenna-Johnston, Harris Newton, Reuben Moffat, Noah Irving, Daniel Farrell and Woody Mechan

P4-P5 Minis report from: Heather Tinning

On Sunday 28 April a squad of eight Annan P4/5 Tigers travelled to Greenlaw to take part in the Stewartry Sharks Micro/Mini Festival. A sunny morning for the Tigers, following a couple of showery days. The P4/5s played four 8-a side ten-minute games.

The Tigers played their friends from Moffat for the first game. A very close score game where the lead changed hands numerous times ending in a deserved draw 6 - 6 with the scoring being started by Ben Richardson.

A ten-minute break, before taking on home team Stewartry. The Tigers showing some strong defense in this game, again ending in some very close scoring with a 4 - 4 draw.

Annan P4/5s now warmed up and eager to play their next game, played against Wigtownshire. Tigers now on form and keen to continue scoring lots of tries, with Malachi Jones scoring the first try for Annan P4/5s. Wigtownshire were only able to find a way through the Tigers defense once, which resulted in a final score of 6 - 1.

Now having played 30 minutes of rugby, with 2 draws and a win so far the Tigers were determined to finish on a high. The last game of the Festival for the P4/5s was against Newton Stewart with players supplemented by Wigtownshire to make up a team of 7-a side. Ben Quinn scored the first try for the Tigers. The P4/5s showed some great team work in this game with some good offloads, working up the pitch towards the try line. Another win for the Tigers with a final score of 4 - 1.

Coach Jim Tweedie reported "A great morning of rugby from Annan P4/5 Tigers. All players put in a lot of effort and showed great commitment in the four games they played and there were good performances from all involved."

Many thanks to P4/5 Tiger Coach Jim Tweedie. Thank you to hosts Stewartry RFC in particular Susan Hind, and also to all the Parents for your continued support.

Team: Malachi Jones, Cooper Mechan, Elliot Oakes, Ben Quinn, Shaenagh Quinn, Ben Richardson, Dan Stevenson, Ryan Tinning

Try Scorers: Malachi Jones, Cooper Mechan, Ben Quinn, Ben Richardson, Dan Stevenson, Ryan Tinning

Next Training Session (Tartan Touch): P1 - 7 - Friday 3 May, 6:30 pm at Violetbank

Next Game: P1 - 7 - Sunday 12 May at Moffat (meet 10:30 for 11 am KO)

Team Manager: Heather Tinning

P6-P7 Minis report from: to be added


PENICUIK U16 XV v ANNAN U16 TIGERS
FRIENDLY
28TH APRIL 2019

ANOTHER GREAT WIN FOR THE TIGERS

Match report from: Gary Coupland

On Sunday 28th April, 2019 an Annan U16 Squad of 14 players, minus a few regulars, headed North to take on Penicuik U16 in a friendly. With the weather being bright and sunny, conditions were perfect for a game of rugby.

From the kick off, Penicuik pressed hard against Annan and had a sustained period of pressure in the Annan 22. With their backs metaphorically to the wall Annan managed to turn over possession 5 metres from their line and the ball was passed along the line to inside centre Aaron Carmichael, who spotted a couple of gaps in the Penicuik defence, which he exploited fully, before outstripping the remaining cover defence to run the length of the field and score under the posts. He was unable to convert however, when his conversion kick hit the upright.

This seemed to settle Annan and from the ensuing kick off they gather the ball and took the game to Penicuik, going through a number of phases before Alex Laurie crashed over between the posts to put Annan further ahead. Carmichael adding the conversion.

Annan went further ahead a few minutes later, when after another multi phase period of play, John Mackay drove over. Carmichael again adding the conversion. With Annan's line defence impacting on Penicuik's attacking efforts to great effect in terms of snuffing out attacks before they could get into their stride, Annan turned over the ball again which resulted in Hayden Hodgeson powering his way through the Penicuik defence to score, which was duly converted by Carmichael.

Penicuik then switched direction at the resultant kick off, which momentarily caused some confusion in the Annan defence, which allowed the home side to gain a bit of momentum and score a well deserved try out wide which was unconverted.

Annan had the last say in the half however, when from the resultant Annan kick off, the Annan lads managed to turn over possession again and set up a few phases, before Ryan Armstrong broke through the Penicuik defence to put the visitors further ahead. Carmichael bringing the half to a close with the conversion.

Half Time - Penicuik U16 5 v Annan U16 33

At the start of the second half, Penicuik came out of the blocks first and after some good interplay, the Penicuik winger managed to sidestep the initial Annan defence and run in to score from the half way line. This was unconverted.

This seemed to spur the Annan lads into action and from this moment on they upped the intensity and physicality of their game scoring at regular intervals for the remainder of the half through, Alex Laurie, Hayden Hodgeson, Ewan Campbell (2) and Callum McDougall. Carmichael adding 3 further conversions.

Final Score - Penicuik U16 10 v Annan U16 64.

The final score, probably doesn't do justice to a Penicuik team who individually matched the Annan boys in most departments, but weren't as cohesive a unit, with for once both the Annan pack and backline all singing from the same hymn sheet in terms of their support and interplay. Indeed at times towards the end of the game the Annan boys were barbarian- esque, with almost every player having an offload or pass in the build up to at least three of those tries, maintaining their cohesion and aggression to win the ball back and prevent Penicuik gaining any traction, when they had the ball. One low point from an Annan perspective was the number of penalties conceded due to high tackles, which i'm sure will be addressed at training before the return fixture at Annan in a couple of weeks.

Excellent shift put in by the Annan boys and this is the standard in terms of work rate, communication and intensity required as they go forward. Top Class display lads. Thanks to Penicuik for the game and the excellent welcome and hospitality. Thanks also to all the parents who travelled to Penicuik to support the boys, it is very much appreciated.


ARDROSSAN v ANNAN U14 TIGERS
FRIENDLY
28TH APRIL 2019

GREAT WIN FOR THE TIGERS

Match report from: Calum Heughan

Annan Tigers made the long trip up the coast to a sunny Ardrossan with a squad of 18 players still battered and bruised from Wednesdays game against Langholm. This was to prove a very different match as our hosts have struggled all season with lack of numbers and games which showed on the day.

From the kick off to the final whistle Annan were dominant throughout. On only one occasion did Ardrossan really threaten to score but some great cover tackling by Captain Render put paid to that.

Fraser McMillan was to score first on the day which was to see Annan score 16 tries in total. 13 of them converted. Though Ardrossan were handy at rucking there was not much else to stop a rampant Tigers from scoring at will with 11 different try scorers on the day.

Playing 3 x 20 minutes halves with the final being a development section Annan were 19 to nil up at the first break and 38 nil up at the second.

The final 20 the Tigers took off some of the more experienced players to even the game up only to see them go back on due to injuries.

Ardrossan stuck bravely to their task but lack of game time and experienced players this was a lost cause.

Players to mention were Niall Patterson playing his best game so far and getting his first try this season and Wallace Alexander who was running with great purpose every time he had the ball. Ruari Heughan having his best game of this campaign and James Plumstead working hard in close contact. Callum Kirk who has scored a few times this season was to score the Tigers 150th try this season and with a grand total of 156 tries from 20 different try scorers this is shaping up to be a great season for the u14s. A good day at a sunny office.

Team: A Render( capt 1 try) W Alexander, J Glendinning(2 tries),J Plumstead, D Henderson(1 try), C Kirk(2 tries), M Watret, N Patterson(1 try), J Nordon, A Hamilton(1 try, 1 con), E Bell, F Court, R Byers(2 tries), F McMillan 3tries, 12 cons), L Stevenson(1 try), R Heughan(1 try), R Armstrong( 1 try) A Kirkup.


ANNAN U14 TIGERS v LANGHOLM U14 XV
FRIENDLY
24TH APRIL 2019

ANOTHER CLOSE MATCH FOR THE TIGERS

Match report from: Calum Heughan

The Langholm U14s traveled over the hill to a blustery but dry Violetbank for a return match with the Tigers. The first game a few weeks ago produced a 14 try thriller at Langholm and this was to prove a bench mark both teams were aiming for.

After some scrappy play as both teams got used to playing on a very hard pitch Annan were first to put some phases together to give Fraser McMillan a gap to go through and score under the post. He converted his score.

Langholm hit back straight away with some powerful running with 2 quick scores to take the lead. 1 being converted by Brady Wilson. Annan rallied and put John Glendinning in to score to see the game tied at the end of the first period.

Langholm hit the ground running in the second period scoring early before Captain Aitken Render crossed the line to score a converted try. The reds hit back to score again and Callum Kirk crossed the line from a tap penalty to score from close range. The 2nd period finished 16 to 14 to the visitors.

The third period started with the light starting to fade but the rugby was shining on the pitch. Fraser Court finished a good move to score then Langholm replied with a converted try. The Tigers pushed on and Deacon Henderson barged over before Langholm scored another converted try.

Going into the final minutes Annan needed a converted try to draw and when Jake Mitchell burst free to score this was a possibility. The conversion was missed and Langholm were victors by a single point.

Another 14 try thriller served up by two evenly matched teams where the lead changed 6 times on the night. Another very physical game saw a number of players on both side leaking Claret at the end of a well contested match.

Mention must go to Jake Nordon and Lex Stevenson who are getting stronger by the game. Remo Armstrong battled well in a tough game supported well by all the forwards. Fraser Court was lively in attack and defense and Deacon Henderson played well in his first game back from injury.

I would like to mention Aaron Kirkup who picked up a knock in training and was struggling in the warm up who made the decision to pull out of the game. With more games coming up it was a tough decision to make by a young man and the coaches appreciate his maturity.

Also it was a debut night for Gregor Le Vin playing in his first match in front of his proud mum and grandfather.

A very physical night at the office for both teams and a very healthy relationship forming with more games planned already for next season.

Team: A Render(capt 1 try), J Glendinning(1try), G Le Vin(debut), J Nordon, M Watret, N Patterson, E Bell, J Mitchell(1 try), J Arthur, L Stevenson, C Kirk(1 try), R Heughan, A Hamilton, D Henderson(1 try), R Byers, F McMillan (1 try, 2 cons, 1 cut head) , W Alexander, A Kirkup, R Armstrong, F Court( 1 try).


U18 TIGERS AT THE DUMFRIES SEVENS
TOURNAMENT
14TH APRIL 2019

GREAT SHOWING FROM THE YOUNG SQUAD

Match Report from: Gordon "Gogs" Carmichael

On Sunday Annan teamed up with Moffat and sent a team to a 7's tournament in Dumfries.

Annan was drawn in a league with Stewartry, Dumfries and Newton Stewart with the winners progressing to a final.

First up for Annan was Stewartry who started off the stronger to score first. With Annan still trying to play a 15 a side game they managed to score before half time through the pace of Aaron Carmichael which he converted. Second half was all one way traffic and Stewartry ran out worthy winners with the final score being 32-7.

Second game against Dumfries was a much improved performance by the boys. With the lead changing hands several times before the home-side eventually ran out winners by only 1 point. With the boys picking up injuries along the way it meant Annan only played with 6 for the final 3 minutes making the final score 27-26 to Dumfries. Annan tries came from Ross Barlow and a hat trick by Aaron Carmichael and converting all three.

Final game was against Newton Stewart which turned out to be another close run game. In the first half Newton Stewart went ahead by scoring two tries with Annan coming back with a try by John James Palmer to bring the scores to 12-5 to Newton Stewart. Second half Aaron Carmichael came back on and managed to score another two tries which he converted making the final score 19-17 to Annan.

It was a steep learning curves for the boys who have not played 7's Rugby before and were playing against teams a year older than them. All boys contributed well despite injuries along the way as realizing the stamina and pace of the shortened game. Thanks to all who came and supported.


P1-P7 TIGERS AT LANGHOLM
TOURNAMENT
7TH APRIL 2019

TEAMS ON THE ROAD TO LANGHOLM

P1-P3 Micro Tigers Report from: to be added

P4-P5 Mini Tigers Report from: Heather Tinning

Twelve enthusiastic Annan P4/5 Tigers travelled to the 'Muckletoon' to take part in Langholm's Lions & Cubs Mini Rugby Festival. The Tigers played five 10-minute games throughout the Festival.

Games varied from 8-a side to 6 or 7-a side, dependant on players in the opposing team. With 50 minutes of play the Coach substituted the twelve Tigers during the five games to allow for equal game time on the pitch throughout the Festival.

Tigers were on form for their first game against Dumfries. Although Dumfries took the first try, Dan Stevenson followed through with a try for the Tigers. Annan P4/5's continued with some good offloads to the supporting runners and some strong defence and completed their first game with a win of 4-3.

The Tigers continued with a strong defence during the next three games, with close results in all games. Tigers keen to play against new team Jedforest, with some great tackling from both sides. Each team keen to increase the number of tries, eventually ending with a very close score to winners Jedforest who took the last try ending the game with a score of 8 - 7.

A short break for the Tigers before play commenced this time against Hawick. Again, good offloading and defence from the Tigers, but the Hawick team winning on the overall tries with a final score of 5 - 3.

Annan P4/5's were now up against the hosts Langholm. Although two strong teams the Langholm P4/5's managed to beat the Tigers with a final score of 4 - 2.

A half hour break for the Tigers before the last game of the Festival, playing an 8-a side game with Gala. Some great game play and ball retention with hard running from Annan to finish the day's play ended in a draw for both teams of 4 - 4.

Coach Martin Hutchinson reported "Excellent play from all the kids today, with support play improving every week. Some very close and well fought games to be proud of. Well done Tigers!"

Many thanks to the P4/5 Tiger Coaches Martin Hutchinson and Graham Richardson. Thank you to hosts Langholm RFC, and also to all Parents for your continued support.

Team: Torrin Duncan, Jack Hutchinson, Oliver Hutchinson, Ryan Martin, Elliot Oakes, McKinley Power, Ben Quinn, Shaenagh Quinn, Ben Richardson, Dan Stevenson, Ryan Tinning, Joe Wyllie

Try Scorers: Jack Hutchinson, Oliver Hutchinson, Elliot Oakes, McKinley Power, Ben Richardson, Dan Stevenson, Ryan Tinning, Joe Wyllie

Next Training Session: P1 - 7 - Friday 12 April, 6 pm at Violetbank

Next Game: P1 - 7 - Sunday 28 April at Stewartry (meet 10:30 for 11 am KO)

Team Manager: Heather Tinning

P6-P7 Mini Tigers Report from: Jack Tinning

On Sunday all roads led to Langholm for the P6/7 Tigers. On a good morning for rugby, the team had 5 games to play.

First up was Jed Jaguars with Archie Stoddard burrowing under a host of bodies for the first try and Matt Irving out sprinting the defence for the second score to finish the game 2-0 for Annan.

Next up was Peebles (who went on to win the tournament) with 2 tries from Zak Stevenson, with the game finishing 2 - 2. Although this game ended in a draw it felt more like a win as the Tigers played with a player down for most of the game with Peebles being very slow to take a player off and even trying to put an extra one on after the tigers went 2-1 up but was noticed by the ref (games have to be played by the same number of players).

Third game was against Dumfries which ended in a 1 - 0 win for Dumfries.

The Tigers then played Hawick which was probably the best game of the tournament. It ended in a 4 - 3 win for Hawick with Annan's tries coming from Oban Nicholson and Archie again.

During this game a Tiger put a big tackle on a Hawick player and then helped them up and made sure he was ok, as a Coach this is great to see from our team as it's not all about winning.

Last up was Langholm. Annan Tigers were tiring now as we were playing 10 aside with no subs so everyone was playing each game. Even though they made Langholm work hard for their 2 - 1 win with Oban scoring the Tigers try. Langholm getting the win with the last touch of the ball.

A good morning's rugby for the Tigers with lots of hard work in defence. This was the first full tournament that the Tigers played at P7 rules. It was noted by all the Coaches how tight and even all the games were with nobody running away with it.

Players: Aaron Kerr, Aidan Tinning, Zak Stevenson, Archie Stodart, Mollie Stodart, Harry Nordon, Oban Nicholson, Ethan McDairmant, Matt Irving, Maddy Grierson, Dan Stevenson

Coach: Jack Tinning

Manager: Lynn Aitchison

It looks as though Oban may have played his last game for the P6/7s as he has now had an injury to his wrist while practising his landings for high altitude parachute jumps ('jumping off his swing'). Get well soon big lad - big season for you next year.


P1-P7 TIGERS AT DUMFRIES
TOURNAMENT
31ST MARCH 2019

TEAMS ON THE ROAD TO DUMFRIES

P1-P3 Micro Tigers Report from: Ghislaine Duncan

On Sunday 31st March seven players from the Annan Micros Team travelled to Dumfries Saints RFC to take part in their tournament. Annan Tigers played five games against the Moffat Rams, Newton Stewart, Stewartry Sharks, Dumfries Red and Dumfries White micro teams.

It was beautiful weather and everyone was feeling positive in the first sunny day we'd had in a while.

The players really came together as a team with good tactical positioning displaying some great passing. When on the attack gaps in the opposition defence were expertly exploited with some spectacular tries being scored from the centre line.

Spirits remained high despite the powerful physical onslaught from the opposition teams, and even full on tackles couldn't diminish our Tigers' enthusiasm for the fight.

With how well Annan played you wouldn't have realised we were one player short for some of the matches, it was a day to be proud of our youngest players.

Thanks to Coaches Andrew Jancey and Nicole Barlow whose unwavering patience and encouraging approach keeps little minds on track. Sometimes it's like herding cats!

Team: Daniel Farrall, Imoen Duncan, Jake McEwan, Reuben Moffat, Rory Vallance, Travis McKenna-Johnston and Woody Mechan.

Team Manager: Ghislaine Duncan

P4-P5 Tigers Match report by: Heather Tinning

Twelve Annan P4/5 Tigers played five games at the Dumfries Tournament at Park Farm on Sunday 31 March. Plenty of tries from the Tigers, with some good offloads and good tackles from the P4/5s.

Ben Richardson and Elliot Oakes offered to join the Langholm team to make up numbers for the first game. Ben Richardson scoring the first try of the game for Langholm. Annan Tigers held their own, but didn't manage to get the winning score in a tight game ending Langholm 5, Annan 3.

The Annan coaches rotated their players throughout each game to allow equal play for all players. Annan players now fully awake and ready to take on their next game against Wigtownshire, with the Tigers scoring the first try of the game. Annan showed some great ball retention and finished the game with a winning score of 4 - 0.

A rest for the Tigers before their next game against Team Dumfries White. Some tough competition for the Tigers, with Dumfries getting an early first score. The Tigers lost the game with a final result of 6 - 2.

Determined to get a win in the next game, Oliver Hutchinson got the first try against the Dumfries Blacks. Some great team work during this game resulted in a winning score to Annan of 2 - 1.

Final game with a 2 - 2 draw which finished the day for the Tigers against Stewartry.

Many thanks to the P4/5 Tiger Coaches Ross Johnstone and Neil Moffat. Thank you to hosts Dumfries Saints, and also to all Parents for your continued support.

Team: Torrin Duncan, Oliver Hutchinson, Malachi Jones, Cooper Mechan, Ayda Nelson, Elliot Oakes, McKinley Power, Ben Quinn, Shaenagh Quinn, Ben Richardson, Dan Stevenson, Ryan Tinning

Try Scorers: Oliver Hutchinson, Malachi Jones, Ben Quinn, Ben Richardson, Dan Stevenson, Ryan Tinning

  • Next Training Session: P1 - 7 - Friday 5 April, 6 pm at Violetbank
  • Next Game (Festival): P1 - 7 - Sunday 7 April at Langholm (meet 10:30 for 11 am KO)

    Team Manager: Heather Tinning

    P6-P7 Tigers Match report by: To be added


    STEWARTRY U14 BOYS v ANNAN U14 TIGERS
    FRIENDLY
    31ST MARCH 2019

    TIGERS JUST LOSE

    Match report from: Calum Heughan

    After a short trip along the A75 to Greenlaw, Annan Tigers took on Stewartry in our 2nd friendly against the Black and Reds this season. Stewartry tapped off and attacked Annan in perfect conditions for Rugby. Annan got hold of the ball and Robbie Byers broke free to run in a good score.

    The home team struck straight back with a barging run from one of their big players when Annan tackles went missing. Callum Kirk took the play to the opposition and scored a nice individual try which Fraser McMillan converted.

    And as the hosts tapped off and ran down the pitch and scored this looked like the play was going to produce a real hat full of scores. Stewartry were to put 2 more converted scores on the board before Annan replied with a nice finish from Jake Mitchell to go in at 10-15 down at the break.

    Both teams made changes and Annan took the game by the horns and scored 3 tries from Kirk, Byers and Ben Latimer with 2 being converted.

    Decisions were going against Annan which was frustrating to the Tigers during the game but what was to follow was to perplex spectators from both teams. Annan not being allowed to take quick tap penalties for some reason became frustrated as Stewartry were freely taking them and pushing Annan back.

    3 tries by the home side were to follow and by the time Annan touched down in time added on from a long passage of play Fraser McMillans score was to prove the end of a frustrating game for the Black and Yellows.

    A match the Tigers, having a fair crack of the whip, would normally have won but sometimes things are not meant to be.

    Plus points on the day were plentiful despite the 26-25 result with Robbie Byers scoring 2 nice tries with a return to form from long term injury. Captain on the day Callum Kirk led his team from the front with 2 scores.

    The hard rucking home team gave the forwards a tough game but Wallace Alexander and Euan Bell took every opportunity to go forward with ball in hand.

    Annan now have the Easter Holidays to enjoy before our next game and a rest of weary bodies is well deserved. A frustrating day at the office but onwards we go with a lot left to play this busy season.

    Team: C Kirk(capt 2 tries), L Anderson, J Plumstead, J Nordon, N Patterson, J Mitchell(1 try), M Watret, L Stevenson, B Latimer(1 try 2 cons), R Heughan, E Bell, F Court, A Hamilton, R Armstrong, R Byers(2 tries), F McMillan(1 try 2 cons),W Alexander, A Kirkup.


    LANGHOLM U14 BOYS v ANNAN U14 TIGERS
    FRIENDLY
    26TH MARCH 2019

    CRACKER OF A MATCH

    Match report from: Calum Heughan

    Annan Tigers made the short trip over the hill to play our near neighbours Langholm on a perfect night for rugby. Both teams with healthy squads this was going to be a derby game to remember.

    Annan took the game to the hosts from the off and were over to score with some powerful running from Callum Kirk. Langholm hit straight back with some strong running to level the score. Aitken Render made good of some missed tackles to touch down behind the posts to take the lead into the first interval of the game.

    Both teams made plenty of changes which did not slow the game down into the next period of play. Langholm scoring 2 tries in quick succession before captain Render replied with his second on the night. The second interval saw Langholm with a 15 to 12 lead.

    The final session kicked off and it was the Tigers to score first with Jake Mitchell using his pace to round the Langholm defense. A score from Langholm then Fraser McMillan pounced on a loose pass to score. Langholm hit back with some good play to score before Callum Kirk drove over for a great individual try. Langholm pressured Annan and with a lineout in the dying moment Brady Wilson dived over to take the win for the home team.

    A great game of rugby where the lead changed 6 times on the night was watched by a large crowd of well entertained spectators.

    A number of Annan players raised their game tonight with Euan Bell carrying well in contact and Wallace Alexander puting in a good shift in the front row. Messers Kirk and Render led by example supported by Adam Hamilton and Remo Armstrong. Mason Watret and James Plumstead worked hard in the ruck to give good quick ball.

    Annan put together some great passages of play with Aitken Renders try in the first period coming after 12 phases of play by Annan. A good number by any standards. A good night at the office and thanks to Langholm our hosts for a great night of sport.

    Team: A Render (capt 2 tries), J Nordon, F Court, L Anderson, J Mitchell( 1 try), M Watret, L Stevenson, A Hamilton, J Glendinning, C Kirk( 2 tries), J Arthur, B Latimer( 1 con), E Bell, W Alexander, A Kirkup, R Armstrong, R Byers, R Heughan, F McMillan(2 tries, 5 cons), J Plumstead, N Patterson


    P1-P7 TIGERS AT MOFFAT
    FRIENDLIES
    24TH MARCH 2019

    GREAT DAY OUT AS ALWAYS AT MOFFAT RAMS

    P1-P3 Micro Tigers Report from: Craig Johnston

    The Annan Micros travelled to the grey sky's of Moffat on Sunday 24th March. They took on a strong enthusiastic Rams team with strong touch line support. Annan Micros did not disappoint with an equally strong and enthusiastic display themselves, scoring an amazing 13 tries in the process (Travis 5, Reuben 3, Jake 3 and Daniel 2).

    The Micros displayed some great team spirit with Alo and Asten regularly breaking the Rams defence. Woody, Reuben and Harris putting in some great passing and zigzag runs. Whilst Rory, Jake, Daniel and Travis put in some great defensive tackles, holding back some strong Rams attacks.

    A big thank you to Coaches Andrew Jancey and Nicole Barlow for their continued support, coaching at both Friday training sessions and Sunday match days. Also a big thank you to all Parents and Spectators that attend and support the club.

    Team: Jake McEwan, Alo Murray, Reuben Moffat, Asten Bell, Woody Mechan, Daniel Farrell, Rory Vallance, Harris Newton and Travis McKenna-Johnston.

    Team Manager: Ghislaine Duncan

    P4-P5 Mini Tigers Report from: Heather Tinning

    Ten Annan P4/5 Tigers joined their friends from Moffat on Sunday morning at The Holm for some games against Moffat P4/5s. Three ten-minute games were played, allowing for plenty of tackling and try scoring from both sides.

    The Annan Tigers rotated their players to play a seven-a side team. Although a chilly day, with intermittent rain this didn't deter either side as both teams showed their determination resulting in close scoring games.

    Moffat won the first game, with a final score of 6-5. Play continued and Annan ended the second game with a winning score of 11-9.

    With a great game from both sides to finish the days play with Moffat narrowly taking the score of 6-5 against the Annan Tigers.

    Coach Martin Hutchinson reported "Another enjoyable trip to Moffat with some entertaining rugby on show from both sides. Plenty of tries, tackles and impressive support play. The P4/5s have come a long way since the start of the season and continue to gel as a unit every week. Well done to all players and thanks to supporting parents."

    Many thanks to the P4/5 Tiger Coaches Martin Hutchinson and Jim Tweedie. Thank you to hosts Moffat Rugby Club, especially Ashleigh Douglas. Thank you also to all Parents for your continued support.

    Team: Jack Hutchinson, Oliver Hutchinson, Cooper Mechan, Ayda Nelson, Elliot Oakes, McKinley Power, Ben Quinn, Shaenagh Quinn, Dan Stevenson, Ryan Tinning

    Try Scorers: Jack Hutchinson, Oliver Hutchinson, Ben Quinn, Shaenagh Quinn, Dan Stevenson, Ryan Tinning

    Next Training Session: P1 - P7 - Friday 29 March, 6 pm at Violetbank

    Next Game (Tournament): P1 - P7 - Sunday 31 March at Dumfries (meet 10:30 for 11 am KO)

    Team Manager: Heather Tinning

    P6-P7 Mini Tigers Report from: To Be Added


    ANNAN U16 TIGERS v STRATHAVEN U16 BOYS
    FRIENDLY
    24TH MARCH 2019

    GREAT WIN FOR THE TIGERS

    Match report from: Gary "Tag" Coupland

    On Sunday 24th March, Annan Tigers U16 welcomed Strathaven U16 to a blustery Violetbank. This being the third game between the teams this season and would be the decider in terms of bragging rights, with each team having a victory from their two previous encounters.

    Strathaven kicked off with the wind and some confusion in the Annan receivers allowed the ball to bounce through to the Annan 22, where it was fortuitously picked up by Aaron Carmichael who run it straight back at the advancing Strathaven forwards. After a handing off an attempted tackle, Carmichael found himself in the clear and ran the length of the pitch, side stepping and evading the last Strathaven cover on his 5 metre line to score between the posts which he then duly converted.

    Annan went further ahead, when from a well won lineout, the Annan forwards put on an initial drive towards the Strathaven line, which allowed number 8 Alex Laurie to spin free and through the retreating defence to score. This was unconverted.

    Strathaven then reduced the deficit, when after winning a scrum in the centre of the field some excellent handling in the backs, the winger crashed over out wide in text book fashion.

    Annan went further ahead a short time later when, scrum half Ross Barlow, passed to the onrushing Aaron Carmichael, from the base of an Annan scrum, which allowed him to exploit a gap in the Strathaven defensive line to score his second of the game. This was unconverted.

    Strathaven hit back a few minutes later when they won a scrum, wide right on the Annan 5 metre line, which allowed their number 8 to pick up and crash over, just inside the corner flag.

    From the resultant kick off Annan applied some good pressure to the Strathaven defence, keeping them in their own 22, this eventually resulted in a turnover by the Annan forwards, which was pounced on by Aaron Carmichael, again coming at pace from depth to exploit gaps and score his hat trick. This was unconverted.

    Strathaven again reduced the deficit, when their centre crossed over to score between the posts following an attacking scrum in the Annan 22 and some good inter-play between the Strathaven back line. This was duly converted.

    Annan had the last say in the half however when after some prolonged pressure on the Strathaven line, Finlay McMillan charged down an attempted clearance kick to score. This was unconverted.

    Half time: Annan Tigers U16 27 - Strathaven U16 17.

    Shortly after the interval Annan went further ahead when after a good line out wide left and some interplay between the backs, Annan won a couple of mini rucks in front of the Strathaven posts, with Ryan Armstrong picking up from the 2nd to power over between the posts. This was converted by Carmichael.

    From the resultant kick off, Eben Levin picked up the ball and charged hard into the Strathaven midfield, some good rucking and handling by the Annan boys released winger Findley Graham to outstrip the remaining defence and score out wide nearto the corner flag.

    A few minutes later Ryan Armstrong turned the ball over around the half way line and charged up into the Strathaven 22, before being tackled, Annan maintained possession and an excellent pop pass from the tackle by Eben Levin allowed Ewan Campbell to burst through the Strathaven defence on their line to score. This was unconverted.

    Not to be outdone, Alex Laurie picked up the ball just outside his own 22 and after making ground put Callum McDougall clear, who committed the final defender to release Ryan Armstrong for his 2nd of the day.

    Strathaven then hit back when from inside their own half some poor tackling and lack of concentration by the Annan lads allowed the Strathaven 7 to dance and run through to score between the posts, which was converted.

    With Annan having to make a number of changes to both personnel and positionally due to injury, Strathaven managed to exploit the lack of cohesiveness in the Annan defence to score a couple of late tries one of which was converted.

    Final Score Annan U16 Tigers 49 Strathaven U16 36

    Both teams are to be praised for an entertaining game of rugby, with lots of skill and endeavour on show to keep the crowd who attended entertained. In terms of the Annan boys they continue to progress, but need to be better at communicating at times and maintaining their concentration and workrate for the whole game.

    Thanks to the Strathaven lads for another keenly contested game, played in good spirit and Andrew Jancey for refereeing.

    Thanks also to Elaine, Laura and Sara in the Grubber for feeding the boys and to all the parents and supporters from both teams who attended it is very much appreciated.


    P1-P7 VIOLETBANK TOURNAMENT
    TOURNAMENT
    17TH MARCH 2019

    GREAT RUGBY ON SHOW FROM ALL THE TEAMS

    P1-P3 Micros Match report by: Ghislaine Duncan

    On Sunday 17th March thirteen players from the Annan Micros Team took part in a grand tournament held at Annan RFC, with 6 visiting clubs participating across the three sections.

    Annan Micros took on Dumfries, Moffat, Stewartry, and Lanark Micro teams in 5 matches throughout the bitter cold morning. Despite the temperature players were hot on the field with some great passing and displays of team work; rising to the occasion and giving a good fight against the other teams in some pretty physical games.

    Finding gaps in defence Annan scored some excellent tries, the little players like lightning bolts zig zagging through their opponents. Overall everyone played really well and the players across all the teams should be proud of their performance.

    Thanks to Coaches Andrew Jancey and Nicole Barlow, also thanks to all the parents and spectators that attended to support the club and to those whom donated their home baking and time to make this home tournament a phenomenal success. These events wouldn't happen without you.

    Team: Alo Murray, Asten Bell, Daniel Farrall, Graham Cavender, Gregor Hogg, Harris Newton, Imoen Duncan, Jack Fieldston, Lewis Evans, Reuben Moffat, Rory Vallance, Travis Johnstone and Woody Mechan.

    Team Manager: Ghislaine Duncan

    P4-P5 Minis Match report by: Heather Tinning

    After a wet and wintry start to the weekend, the sun shone through for our Home Tigers P1 - 7 Festival at Violetbank on Sunday 17 March. Teams from North and South of the Border were welcomed including Stewartry, Moffat, Wigtownshire, Lanark, Dumfries, Carlisle and Penrith. Over 200 children attended, playing over 2 hours of 9 minute round robin games with 3 minute change over. The players welcomed the challenge of meeting new teams.

    Two Annan P4/5 Tiger Teams (Annan Gold and Annan Black) showed some smart and impressive moves during their games against their opposition.

    Coach Jim Tweedie reported "A great day of rugby at Violetbank for our Festival. Really good to see so many different clubs coming to take part. Great play from both Annan teams in their groups. All players were able to have lots of game time and there was great teamwork and lots of effort on show from everybody. A big well done to all players and thanks to everybody who helped in any way to make the Festival a huge success"

    The first match of the day for the Annan Gold team was against Moffat. Annan Gold set the bar high, winning 7 - 1.

    Annan Gold were eager to continue their winning streak but the second game against Dumfries Whites tested the Tigers and ended in a narrow loss for Annan with a score of 6 - 4 to Dumfries.

    Games continued with Annan Gold's third game against Stewartry. An excellent game for both sides, ending in a draw of 5 - 5.

    The last game for Annan Gold was against Carlisle A team, exciting for both teams, with Carlisle's first visit to the Tigers Tournament at Violetbank. Tigers held their own against new opposition on their own home ground, with a winning result of 4 - 1.

    After supporting the Annan Golds, the Annan Black team were warmed up and ready to play their first game against Penrith, welcoming Penrith to their first Tigers Tournament, unfortunately ending in a loss for the Tigers.

    Eager to move on to the second game for the Annan Blacks against Dumfries Black, and although some good play from the Tigers again the score ended in a loss of 5 - 1 to Dumfries.

    After a team talk from the Coach, play continued against team Carlisle B. Carlisle substituted one of their players to join the Annan Black team. Annan Black improved their play with a lot more teamwork, ending in a draw of 4 - 4.

    Annan Black now determined to finish on a high, with determination and skill the Tigers came through with a final score of 8 - 6 against Wigtownshire.

    As the last games arranged for both Tigers 4/5 Teams did not take place, the Annan P4/5 Tigers decided to conclude their day with a friendly against each other. Although no scoring was recorded, both sides equally scored tries.

    Many thanks to the P4/5 Tiger Coaches Martin Hutchinson and Jim Tweedie. I would also like to personally thank all the helpers who volunteered their time to support the Festival on Sunday.

    The level of support at the Festival was outstanding, including the Referees, Time Keeper, Car Park Attendants, the Ladies and Gents who served the Soup, Teas/Coffees, Home Baking and the BBQ (donations of home baking and soup). Thank you also to Parents for your continued support, and to all teams who attended our Festival.

    Team: Torrin Duncan, Amie Halliday, Josie Halliday, Jack Hutchinson, Oliver Hutchinson, Brandon Lockerby, Ryan Martin, Lucas McLatchie, Cooper Meechan, Elliot Oakes, Ben Quinn, Ben Richardson, Duncan Richmond, Dan Stevenson, Ryan Tinning, Joe Wyllie

    (Annan Gold) Jack Hutchinson, Oliver Hutchinson, Brandon Lockerby, Ben Quinn, Ben Richardson, Duncan Richmond, Dan Stevenson. (Annan Black) Cooper Meechan, Elliot Oakes, Ryan Tinning, Joe Wyllie

    Next Training Session (P1 - 7) - Friday 22 March, 6 pm at Violetbank

    Next Game (friendly): P1 - 7 - Sunday 24 March at Moffat (meet 10:30 for a 11 noon KO)

    Team Manager: Heather Tinning

    P6-P7 Minis Match report by: Jack Tinning

    On a cold but dry Sunday morning (unlike the previous days monsoon), Annan Minis held their home Festival. Annan P6/7 hosted teams Stewartry, Moffat, Carlisle, Wigtownshire and Dumfries.

    First up for Annan were Carlisle Red team. Unlike their usual Sunday morning Festivals the Annan team got stuck in straight away and had a good 3 - 1 win with tries coming from Harry Nordon, Mollie Stodart and Oban Nicholson.

    Next up were Dumfries Whites which were a P7 team. Annan stuck in well but succumbed to a 1 - 3 defeat with Harry getting his second try of the day.

    Games were coming thick and fast and old rivals Stewartry were next. In a very tight game with lots of good play it ended all square at 2 - 2 with Archie Stodart and Oban getting the scores.

    Carlisle Whites were next for Annan P6/7. This ended in a 3 - 0 win for Annan with try scorers Harry again, Zak Stevenson and Aidan Tinning.

    Last game of the day was against Dumfries Blacks which finished 2 - 1 to Annan with that man Harry Nordon getting both tries.

    All in all a good morning's rugby for the P6/7 Tigers. The team showed lots of pace when on the ball. Things to work on are rucking and remembering to pass, as it's a team game and it doesn't matter who scores. Too many times players hold onto the ball instead of passing to the first free player.

    It was great to see so many parents and friends up watching the games with people turning up on the day and volunteering for help in anyway. It made for a really enjoyable day. Many thanks for the refs for the day who did an exceptional job talking the players through their games. Also thanks to the volunteers that helped out in the grubber and delicious cake stall.

    Players: Liam McCarthy, Aidan Tinning, Mollie Stodart, Oban Nicholson, Matt Irving, Aaron Kerr, Archie Stodart, James Glendinning, James Farrall, Harry Nordon, Zak Stevenson, Ethan McDairmant, Innes Johnstone, Filip Wisniewski.

    Manager: Lynn Aitchison

    Coaches: Jack Tinning and Ross Johnston


    ANNAN U14 TIGERS v MOFFAT U14 RAMS
    FRIENDLY
    17TH MARCH 2019

    18 TRY THRILLER!

    Match report from: Calum Heughan

    Annan Tigers welcomed their guests to Violetbank on Friday night for the next instalment of our long running relationship with the Holm Park outfit. In what would be perfect conditions for rugby mother nature was kind to us and both teams put on a show that anyone would have liked to watch.

    Moffat referee Scott Galloway blew the whistle to start a great game between these two teams. Annan took the ball to Moffat from the off and with scores from Callum Kirk and Fraser McMillan the Tigers took the lead. Moffat hit back with 2 well work scores and a touchdown from Jake Mitchell would see the first 20 minute period finish 13 to 7 for the home team.

    With a big squad the Tigers made a raft of changes to the team and this seemed to unsettle them as some nice play by Moffat was to see them score twice more with an individual try by Callum Kirk as our only response until the team began to work together.

    Pressure on the visitors line was to lead to an Adam Hamilton try from close range and then a well worked team score which was to see Aaron Kirkup finish off some fine handling play to score his first try for the club. 22 to 14 was the score at the end of the second period.

    With a large squad Annan made a lot of changes to the team for the last period to try players in new positions and give valuable game time with the Tigers already looking towards next season.

    This was Moffa''s best passage of play scoring 5 tries to Annan`s 2 from John Glendinning and Jake Mitchell`s second. A lot of changes to the team gave Moffat a different picture in front of them and they punished Annan who were a bit lost position wise with players in new combinations and positions. The Rams played well for a team who had spent all night on the pitch and thoroughly deserved to take the win on the night.

    The final score of Tigers 29-31 Rams was a fair reflection on the night. Two attacking teams scoring 18 tries and with only 2 conversions separating them shows how well matched they are.

    Annan now lead the series 3-1 this season against or friends from up the M74. But Moffat are growing as a team all the time and now regularly putting out a full team and playing good attacking rugby we look forward to our next game later in the season.

    Key players for Annan on the night were Adam Hamilton who worked well in contact and Jake Mitchell who brings his pace to the game at every opportunity. We also welcomed back Robbie Byers from a long injury lay off and a highlight was to see Aaron Kirkup scoring his first try for the club and the reaction from the other players was brilliant to see.

    Lots to work on in the coming weeks with more games organised this season has a long way to go with plenty more required from all involved. Thanks to Scott Galloway for officiating on the night and to the helpers in the Grubber who cater for the lads after the game. A losing night at the office for the u14s will focus the players and coaches but the lessons learned from our developmental attitude to the game will pay dividends in the future.

    Team: A Render(capt) C Kirk(3 tries) E Bell, R Armstrong, A Hamilton(1 try), N Greirson, W Alexander, N Patterson, J Plumstead, M Watrett, J Arthur, R Heughan, F McMillan(1 try, 2 cons) F Court, J Glendinning(1 try) J Nordon, J Mitchell(2 tries) L Stevenson, A Kirkup( 1 try), R Byers, D Henderson, L Anderson.


    ANNAN U16 v DUMFRIES
    FRIENDLY
    8TH MARCH 2019

    HUGE WIN FOR THE LADS

    Match report from:Gary "Tag" Coupland

    On Friday 8th March, Annan Tigers U16 entertained Dumfries Saints U16 for an evening game under the floodlights at a driech and blustery Violetbank. With a number of late call off's to the Annan Squad the coaches had to do a number of positional changes to the team prior to kick off .

    Despite the enforced changes the Annan boys took to the field with a positive and determined mindset, taking the game to the visitors, from the outset. Following a lineout just inside the Dumfries half, Annan retained possession and successfully picked and drove their way towards the Dumfries line. This was rounded off by Ryan Armstrong, who picked up from the base of a ruck to score between the posts, with Aaron Carmichael adding the conversion.

    Annan went further ahead a few minutes later when the forwards turned over from Dumfries possession and Aaron Carmichael hit the line at speed to cut through the disjointed Dumfries defence to score. He was unable to convert however.

    After a further turnover and some good interplay and rucking Annan increased their lead through John James Mackay, when he picked up and dived over from close to the Dumfries line, which was duly converted by Carmichael.

    Annan finished off the half with another try scored in a similar vein by Alex Laurie which was converted by Carmichael.

    Half Time: Annan Tigers U16 26 - Dumfries Saints U16 0.

    Kicking against the wind in the 2nd half, Annan continued to pressurise the Dumfries defence and scored first through Aaron Carmichael who after some good ball retention by the Annan forwards, he was set free to score out wide. This try was not converted. This was followed soon after by Ryan Armstrong who again penetrated the Dumfries defence from close in, with Carmichael failing to add the conversion.

    Dumfries then managed to get some consistency in their play and reduced the deficit with a converted try. They scored again a few minutes later when a dropped ball in the Annan 22 allowed one of the Dumfries players to kick through and score. This try was unconverted.

    In the final minutes of the game Aaron Carmichael, scored his hat trick when he gathered a clearance kick from Dumfries, just inside his own half and exploited gaps in the Dumfries defence to score the final try of the game which he also converted.

    Final Score: Annan Tigers U16 43 - Dumfries Saints U16 12

    This was a tremendous effort by all the boys who played, with the improvised backline exceeding expectations and constantly putting Dumfries under pressure, with both Carmichael and Smith, forming an effective and prominent centre partnership. The Annan forwards also put in a hard shift dominating in the loose for large periods of the game.

    Thanks to Colin Warrick for refereeing and the Dumfries Saints boys for a good hard game.

    Thanks to all the parents and supporters from both clubs who turned up to watch the boys on such a poor night,weather wise, it is very much appreciated. Thanks also to Laura, Elaine and Fiona for feeding both teams after the game.

    Special mention to Duncan Smith who was birthday boy on the night and celebrated after the game by scoffing a chocolate cake with his victorious team mates. Happy Birthday Duncan.

    Annan Squad: C Bell, JJ Mackay, E Wright, H Hodgeson, K Johnstone, R Armstrong, E Levin, A Laurie, B Latimer, R Barlow , D Templeton, A Carmichael, D Smith, J Cairns, M Coupland, C Irving.


    ARDROSSAN v U16 TIGERS XV
    FRIENDLY
    3RD MARCH 2019

    LAST GASP DRAW

    Match Report by: Gary Coupland

    On Sunday 3rd March, Annan Tigers U16 travelled to Ardrossan to play a friendly fixture where the conditions and pitch being almost perfect. What an entertaining game of rugby then ensued between two well matched teams.

    Annan took the game to Ardrossan from the outset, having the majority of possession and territory with some ferocious defence preventing the visitors from scoring. The Ardrossan line was eventually breached about 20 minutes in, when after some further prolonged phases of attack, Ryan Armstrong scored from close in, which was unconverted.

    From the ensuing restart, Armstrong gathered the kick off from just outside his 22 and after some nifty footwork, a sidestep and a hand off, he found himself in the clear sprinting the length of the pitch towards the Ardossan line, calmly fixing the last remaining Ardrossan defender on their 5 metre line before putting Eben Levin, who had supported from inside his own 22, in for Annan's 2nd try, which was unconverted.

    Ardrossan then upped their work rate and pressurised the Annan 22, with the visitors now having to work hard in defence. With the Annan defence at its full ferocity, they managed to turn the ball over and after some good interplay by the Annan backline in their 22, Josh Cairns was put free on the wing and sprinted the length of the field to be denied 5 metres out by the Ardrossan full back who had scrambled across to cover.

    Half time: Ardrossan U16 0 Annan Tigers U16 10

    The start of the 2nd half was almost a reversal of the 1st with Ardrossan now taking the game to Annan and having the majority of the possession and territory. With the Annan defence tiring Ardrossan managed to cross the line for two tries, one of which was converted to give them a narrow two point lead.

    Ardrossan scored a penalty a short time later after the Annan defence was adjudged to have infringed at the breakdown to increase their lead to 5 points.

    The Annan boys were not to be outdone however and from the resultant restart exerted some pressure of their own on the home defence. Their efforts were rewarded when after a serious of phases Aidan Craik crashed over from short range to score Annan's third, which was converted by Aaron Carmichael. Annan continued to press and after an Ardrossan infringement, Carmichael added a penalty to increase the visitors lead to 5 points.

    Annan were then forced to make a couple of changes due to injury, this also resulted in positional changes, which disrupted the Annan defensive system. This resulted in Ardrossan levelling the game with a try out wide in the final seconds which was unconverted.

    Full time: Ardrossan U16 20 Annan Tigers U16 20

    This was an improved performance from the Annan boys against a big Ardossan side and both teams gave there all for the whole game.

    Onward to the next fixture against Dumfries U16 on Friday 8th March.

    Thanks to Ardrossan for the game and after match hospitality.

    Thanks to all the parents who travelled to support the boys, it is very much appreciated by both the boys and coaches.


    P5 TIGERS AT SCOTSTOUN
    FRIENDLIES
    24TH FEBRUARY 2019

    GREAT DAY OUT FOR THE P5 TIGERS

    P5 Tigers report from: Heather Tinning

    Annan P5 Tigers were invited to play at the Glasgow Warriors Mini Festival on Sunday 24 February.

    Thirteen enthusiastic Tigers chose to take part in the games at Scotstoun. Annan played against three teams on the main pitch beating Aberdeen Wanderers 3 - 2, losing closely to Biggar 4 - 3. Annan Tigers continued their successful try scoring exploits with the third game resulting in a 7 - 1 win against Cartha Queens Park.

    Moving to Pitch 3 for Round 2, Annan then played against Cumbernauld with a loss of 2 - 1, moving on to their second game with a win of 6 - 1 against Whitecraigs and a final win against Mackie of 4 - 1 to Annan. Players are now supporting the ball carrier more and are looking for the offloads from him/her.

    With a team of thirteen players and the majority of games playing 8 - a side, the Coaches rotated the players equally throughout each game allowing lots of game time for all Tigers.

    Cumbernauld invited five Annan Tigers to make up numbers for their final game, helping them achieve a win. (Annan Tiger Players - Oliver Hutchinson, Ben Quinn, Ben Richardson, Duncan Richmond and Ryan Tinning).

    Overall it was a great day for Annan Tigers playing new opposition and making new friends.

    Coach Jim Tweedie was proud of all of the players, reporting "A great experience today for Annan P4/5 Tigers getting to play on the main pitch at Scotstoun. Great effort from all involved and well done for showing the same commitment for all the games played. Good to play against some new teams and seeing some different styles of play. Thanks to all the kids who made the journey who should all be feeling pleased with themselves"

    Many thanks to the Coaches Jim Tweedie and Martin Hutchinson. Thank you to all who attended to support the Annan Tigers, at the Glasgow Warriors Mini Rugby Festival. And finally a special thanks to our bus driver for the day Neil Bell.

    Team: Amie Halliday, Josie Halliday, Jack Hutchinson, Oliver Hutchinson, Malachi Jones, Brandon Lockerby, Cooper Meechan, Elliot Oakes, Ben Quinn, Shaenagh Quinn, Ben Richardson, Duncan Richmond, Ryan Tinning

    Try Scorers: Jack Hutchinson, Oliver Hutchinson, Malachi Jones, Brandon Lockerby, Ben Quinn, Ben Richardson. Next Training Session (P1 - 7) - Friday 1 March, 6 pm at Galabank

    Next Game (P1 - 7) - Sunday 3 March at Dumfries (meet 11:30 for a 12 noon KO) Team Manager: Heather Tinning


    P1-P7 TIGERS AT STEWARTRY
    FRIENDLIES
    17TH FEBRUARY 2019

    GREAT SHOWING FROM THE TIGERS

    P1-P3 Tigers report from: Ghislaine Duncan

    On Sunday 17th February seven players from the Annan Micros Team travelled to Castle Douglas to play a friendly against Stewartry RFC Micros.

    Despite the freezing rain and bitter wind our little players kept up the pace and fought hard against a well drilled Stewartry line up, managing to score a few tries and demonstrating their improved defence.

    Thanks to Coach Andrew Jancey for keeping spirits up and enthusiasm going throughout the morning and to Stewartry for their hospitality.

    Team: Daniel Farrall, Gregor Hogg, Harris Newton, Imoen Duncan, Jake McKewan, Rory Vallance and Travis Johnstone

    Team Manager: Ghislaine Duncan

    P4-P5 Tigers report from: Heather Tinning

    Fifteen Tigers travelled to Stewartry on Sunday 17 February to play some friendly games at Greenlaw. Players were split into two teams, Annan Gold and Annan Black, playing 5 minute games.

    The weather turned increasingly cold with heavy rain as play continued. Each Annan team played Stewartry twice. The two Annan teams also played each other with a resulting draw of 1 - 1.

    Coach Martin Hutchinson was proud of all of the players, reporting "A great turnout meant we could split the group into two teams, and both the Annan teams played some great rugby. Tackling was on point as usual and the support play was fantastic. Well done to all the players and supporting parents who braved the cold and rain".

    Many thanks to Coach Martin Hutchinson, and also to Graham Richardson and Danny Lockerby. Thank you to all who attended to support the Annan Tigers, and also to our friends Stewartry RFC for your hospitality.

    Team: Ciaran Cannon, Torrin Duncan, Jack Hutchinson, Oliver Hutchinson, Malachi Jones, Brandon Lockerby, Ayda Nelson, Elliot Oakes, McKinley Power, Ben Quinn, Shaenagh Quinn, Ben Richardson, Duncan Richmond, Dan Stevenson, Ryan Tinning

    Try Scorers: Jack Hutchinson, Brandon Lockerby, Ben Quinn, Ben Richardson, Duncan Richmond, Dan Stevenson, Ryan Tinning. A special mention to McKinley Power who scored his first try for the club

    Next Training Session (P1 - P7): Friday 22 February, 6 pm at Galabank

    Sunday 24 February: P5s invited to Scotstoun to take part in the Glasgow Warrior Mini Festival

    Next Game (P1 - P7): Sunday 3 March at Dumfries (meet 11:30 for a 12 noon KO)

    Team Manager: Heather Tinning

    P6-P7 Tiger report: to be added


    MOFFAT U14 RAMS v ANNAN U14 TIGERS
    FRIENDLY
    17TH FEBRUARY 2019

    ANOTHER WIN FOR THE TIGERS

    Match report from: Calum Heughan

    Annan Tigers made the short trip up the M74 to play our old friends Moffat at a cold and damp Holm Park with a healthy squad of 21 players. Moffat have developed well and are now able to field a full team with subs so it was a straight battle between the 2 clubs over 60 minutes.

    Playing 3 halves of 20 minutes gives Annan more opportunity to rotate players into the game and that is what we did. Taking the game to the hosts from the off Annan secured some good ball which they took up to the Rams try line and with some stuffy forward play Callum Kirk pushed over the line for a try. The blustery conditions were not kind to the goal kickers today. Annan took the game to Moffat again at the restart and with some good handling in the wet conditions Jake Mitchell raced over for a try in the corner.

    The second period got off to a good start with Annan making 6 changes to the team. Deacon Henderson powered over for a good score and Lennon Anderson supported well to get himself on the score sheet. Moffat fought back with some strong running and with some missed tackles they were able to touchdown twice before John Glendininning broke the line to score under the posts. Ben Latimer stepped up to convert in the windy conditions.

    The third half started with the Tigers making more changes to the team to give all players maximum game time. Moffat struck first with a converted try before Lennon Anderson scored from a nice passing move from the breakdown. Fraser McMillan converting this time. Moffat were not done and put in another couple of scores to keep the tension up. The nerves were settled when Jake Mitchell rounded the defense for his second of the match. With the clock ticking down both teams tried running the ball from deep and when the final whistle went it brought the curtain down on an entertaining match in cold wet conditions.

    A wet and windy day at the office for the Tigers bolstered with the return to the squad by a number of players. Niall Patterson laid low with the dreaded "Fechan Lergy" brought accuracy to the line out in tough conditions and Deacon Henderson bringing some well needed power to the attack. The outside pace of Wingers Anderson and Mitchell are causing havoc to opponents out wide and good handling and groundwork by Remo Armstrong and Mason Watret is working well. James Plumstead is getting back on form after a long spell off and Jake Nordon and Jamie Arthur are striving to get more running with ball in hand. All players are relishing their time on the pitch which is important for player development.

    Coaches Patterson and Heughan are already looking towards next season at U14 with Patterson and other members of the Annan coaches undertaking their UK Level 2 coaching certificate at Annan in the coming weeks. Lots of work for all in a busy part of the season.

    Annan Team: A Render (Capt) J Arthur, J Nordon, D Henderson (1 try) M Watret, N Patterson, F Court, J Mitchell (2 tries) L Anderson, B Latimer (1 con) J Glendinning (1 Try) C Kirk(1 try) J Plumstead, F McMillan (1 con) R Armstrong, L Stevenson, W Alexander, E Bell, A Kirkup, R Heughan, A Hamilton


    ANNAN U16 TIGERS v LANGHOLM U16 XV
    FRIENDLY
    15TH FEBRUARY 2019

    LAST GASP LOSS

    Match report from: Gordon "Gogs" Carmichael

    On a Friday night when weather conditions were perfect for a game of rugby Annan hosted local rivals Langholm in what turned out to be a well matched entertaining game of rugby.

    The first twenty minutes was very evenly matched with both teams making mistakes. It was the home team that made the first breakthrough with some good pickups and drives close to the rucks by the forwards, Euan Wright found a gap in the defence to power in from ten meters out to score. The try was duly converted by Aaron Carmichael to give Annan a 7-0 lead.

    After the score Langholm then took control of their half and ran in two tries which one was converted to give the visitors a half time lead of 12-7. Annan kicked of long at the start of the second half and with a good chase managed to charge down the clearance kick, the ball was quickly recycled and put out to the backs and Aaron Carmichael hit the gain line at pace to score which he also converted with the score now at 14-12, to the home side.

    Langholm again fought back and scored in the top corner to take the lead 14-17. The home side then kicked to the corner and after some good ball retention Captain Ryan Armstrong forced his way over to regain the lead 19-17.

    With a scrum in the centre of the pitch Annan tried a set move, scrum half Aaron Carmichael picked up and went blind and out paced the defensive to score in the corner 24-17 to the home side. The away side again pushed forward and with some good handling by the backs scored again to bring the score to 24-24. With the score tied Annan's clearance kick was missed and the away team capitalised on it and got with several good pickups scored with the last play of the game to ring the final score to 24-29 to Langholm.

    Both teams can take a lot of credit from the game which was played in a great spirit and proved to be an entertaining game to watch for the good crowd that turned up, which was greatly appreciated by the boys.

    As a whole Annan played really well the forwards put a good shift in, scrums went well and with Ryan Armstrong and Eben LeVin the pick of the forwards. The backs played well at times but need to work on their line speed, with Aaron Carmichael the pick of the backs.

    Thanks to all who turned up to watch and support the Boys and to the ladies in the Grubber.


    P5 TIGERS AT CARLISLE
    TOURNAMENT
    10TH FEBRUARY 2019

    4 FROM 4

    Match Report from: Heather Tinning

    Carlisle RFC Youth Section invited players from the Annan Tigers to play in their U9s County Festival on 10th February.

    A squad of twelve eager players from the Annan Tigers travelled to Carlisle to play four games, against Carlisle, Kirby, Penrith B and Cockermouth, a mix of six and seven-a-side, eight minute straight games.

    The Annan Tigers returned home with their heads held high, winning all four games.

    Coaches Jim Tweedie and Martin Hutchinson were extremely proud of their team. Jim reported "A great performance from P5 Annan Tigers in their first trip over the border. All our players competed well in each of their games and it was good experience for them to play against some new opponents".

    Many thanks to Coaches Jim Tweedie and Martin Hutchinson and also all that attended to support the Annan Tigers.

    Thank you to Carlisle RFC for their invite to Annan to join their U9s County Festival.

    Team: Josie Halliday, Jack Hutchinson, Oliver Hutchinson, Brandon Lockerby, Cooper Mechan, Lucas McLatchie, Ben Quinn, Shaenagh Quinn, Ben Richardson, Duncan Richmond, Dan Stevenson. Ryan Tinning also joined the team (replacing Malachi Jones).

    Try Scorers: Josie Halliday, Jack Hutchinson, Ben Quinn, Ben Richardson, Dan Stevenson.

    Next Training Session - Friday 15 February, 6 pm at Galabank

    Next Game - Sunday 17 February at Stewartry (meet 10:30 for an 11 am KO)


    ANNAN U14 TIGERS v STEWARTRY
    FRIENDLY
    10TH FEBRUARY 2019

    GREAT MATCH FROM THE TIGERS

    Match report from: Calum Heughan

    Annan U14 Tigers welcomed our visitors Stewartry to a sun drenched Violetbank for our first match with our near neighbours of this season. Both teams having healthy squads it was agreed that a full match of 2 halves of 30 minutes would be played which is a new format for Annan.

    Stewartry kicked off and Annan took the play to the black and reds from the off. Some good handling and driving play put Annan into scoring position early and James Plumstead took advantage to score his first try of the season from close range.

    Some poor tackling at the restart was to cost Annan with the visitors running downfield to score a well worked try in the corner. Tigers were to regain their composure and strong running in the backs was to put John Glendinning in for a fine score. Stewartry hit straight back with a try before Fraser Court jinked over for a historic try which was Annan Tigers 100th try of the season. This was converted by Ben Latimer who was on form with the boot all day.

    The half time oranges were sweet as the black and yellows were up 12 to 6 at the break.

    The visitors were first out of the blocks at the restart after some poor cover tackling was to let them in for an easy try under the posts which was converted. Annan then got to grips with the game and some excellent running was to set up a scrum on the 5 yard line where Fraser McMillan powered over to start a purple patch from the home team.

    Stewartrys driving game was to push Annan back throughout the game but the Tigers defence was to prove sturdy and prevented their opponents from finishing off their moves. 2 well taken tries from Jake Mitchell whose pace was too much for the defence was to knock the stuffing out of the visitors and when John Glendinning raced through for his second of the day the writing was on the wall. McMillan stepped up for the conversion and that was the scoring over for the day. The final whistle blew and 2 tired teams shock hands on the pitch.

    Some good performances on the pitch today with captain Aitken Renders tackle count well into double figures. Adam Hamilton was outstanding in the forwards with his partners in crime Callum Kirk and Remo Armstrong running well in close contact. Fraser Courts work rate was high in the centre and with Ruari Heughan getting better at scrum half as the game went on this gave Annan more front foot ball to exploit. Ewan Bell worked hard in contact in a physical game and the pace outside from Jake Mitchell was to prove a turning point in the game. Mention must go to our referee on the day Andrew Jancey who kept the game flowing as much as possible as well as instructing players during the game.

    All in all a good day at the office against a team who turned up to play good technical driving rugby. A lot to take from this match and this will be put into training straight away. The return fixture in a few weeks time will be tough so lots to get to grips with before then. A footnote to our history making try scorer Fraser Court who had a great weekend as a Scotland mascot at Murrayfield on Saturday and centurion for the Tigers on Sunday.

    Team: A Render (Capt) O Nicholson, L Anderson, J Nordon, M Watret, A Hamilton, J Mitchell (2 tries), B Latimer (4 cons), J Glendinning (2 tries), C Kirk, J Plumstead (1 try), E Bell, R Armstrong, Z Stevenson, W Alexander, R Heughan, L Stevenson, F McMillan (1 try, 1 con), F Court (1 try)


    ANNAN U14 TIGERS v NEWTON STEWART
    FRIENDLY
    27TH JANUARY 2019

    GOOD DEVELOPMENT MATCH

    Match report from: Calum Heughan

    Annan Tigers started their 2019 campaign hosting Newton Stewart on a sunny blustery day at Violetbank. A contrast to the horrible conditions the day before for the senior teams. The visitors travelling along the A75 with 10 players it was decided to play a development game with Annan giving them 3 players for each of the 3 sessions that the coaches agreed to play. Annan only having a squad of 17 on the day meant that 13 aside was the order of the day.

    The game kicked off and Annan took the game to their opponents from the off. Callum Kirk scoring a try early on which would be his first of 3 on the day. The Tigers kept the pressure on throughout and scored some well worked and individual tries against a stuffy side who gave a lot more than the score suggests. Adam Hamilton was next to score for Annan using his strength to power over the line for his trade mark try. More tries from Fraser Court, John Glendinning and Fraser McMillan with McMillan converting 3 of them was to see the scoring end in this part of the match.

    The second period started off with Annan switching over a different 3 players to the Reds to give as many game time in different positions. Callum Kirk was to start the scoring again followed by Fraser Courts 2nd of the day. A nice bounce from a kick over was to prove lucky as Lex Stevenson took this piece of good fortune to run down the touchline for a fine score. Adam Hamilton was to finish this section with a nice score for a brace on the day.

    The 3rd and final section kicked off with Annan giving the visitors 3 players who would tackle well and fight for the ball on the ground. This gave the Reds some good ball which they did not waste. Taking their opportunities well the Newton lads took the game to their hosts with vigour. The Tigers were shell shocked when the Reds crashed over for a well worked try and instantly knew this would be a harder passage of play. Deacon Henderson hit back from the restart with some fine running and this was to be the way of the last 20 minutes with scores coming from both sides. Tries from McMillan and Kirk would mirror the Newton lads scores as the visitors rallied after a tough couple of sessions on the day. McMillan would convert 2 and Aaron Kirkup stepped up to kick his first conversion for the club in blustery conditions.

    The final score of 43 - 10 to Annan does not truly reflect on the effort put in by Newton Stewart who battled well on the day and we very much appreciate the lads travelling such a long way without a full team. It was valuable game time from Annan who have 4 games in the space of 2 weeks in a very busy start to 2019. Mention must go to Mason Watret who worked tirelessly in the ruck and Deacon Henderson who is fast becoming the big hitter in the tackle stakes. Zak Stephenson stepped up to u14 level for the first time and played a blinder on the wing in conditions that wingers hate. Not a bad day office for the Tigers who next play in 2 days time over at Langholm on Tuesday night in another development match on the 4G under the lights.

    Team: A Render (capt) A Hamilton(2 tries) J Glendinning(1 try) D Henderson(1 try) L Stevenson(1 try) M Watret, C Kirk(3 tries) B Latimer, J Arthur, E Bell, F Court(2 tries) R Armstrong, Z Stephenson, R Heughan, F McMillan(2 tries,6 cons) W Alexander, a Kirkup( 1 con)


    LANGHOLM v ANNAN U16/U17 TIGERS
    FRIENDLY
    18TH DECEMBER 2018

    FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHTS

    Match report from: Gordon "Gogs" Carmichael

    On Tuesday night Annan travelled to play their old rivals, Langholm on their local 3G pitch. Due to a number of late call offs and excuses, Annan only travelled with 12 boys so it was going to be a hard night for them.

    The local side had around 20 boys so with 3 Langholm boys coming across to play for Annan that made the sides even.

    First half started brightly with both teams matching playing so great flowing rugby. With Annan playing some boys out of position it was inevitable that some mistakes would happen and the opposition was quick to capitalise on them and run in several tries.

    Second half started better for Annan and after some great pickups and drives close to the ruck eventually it fell to John James McKay to power over in the corner for a well deserved try.

    Just after that a good solid scrum in the centre of the field, Aaron Carmichael playing to stand off hit the gain line at pace and broke through several tackles to score under the posts which he then converted.

    Annan lost their fullback, Duncan Smith with a head knock so we were down another man and Langholm who were getting stronger were starting to run in tries against a tired Annan side. The away side eventually finishing with 13 men were glad of the final whistle in which the home side ran out convincing winners of the night.

    The plus side for the coaches was that the Annan team never gives up attitude and working as a team. The work rate of the forwards and line speed of the backs was very encouraging. All in all it was more game time under their belts!

    A big thanks to the boys that played, to Langholm for the game and to all parents who transported them over it's much appreciated by the coaches.


    ANNAN U16/U17 TIGERS v STRATHAVEN U16/U17 XV
    FRIENDLY
    9TH DECEMBER 2018

    10 TRY THRILLER

    Match report from: Gordon "Gogs" Carmichael

    On a lovely winter's afternoon, Annan entertained Strathaven to Violet Bank which turned out to be an exciting game, played in good spirits by both teams.

    For once Annan started the better of the teams keeping possession of the ball for long periods of time. After some good work by the forwards the ball was worked wide through the backs and Kieran Armstrong was on hand to score in top corner for the home side.

    Annan forwards again showing some good driving and pickups from the base of the scrum with the visitors being on the back foot Annan scrum half, Aaron Carmichael found a gap in the defence and sliced through to score under the post which was converted by Duncan Smith

    The restart went deep and some good pressure on the opposing team meant that they kicked out of defence and went straight to arms of Kieran Armstrong who beat his opposite number and scored in the corner yet again.

    Annan now playing with bags of confidence and broke through middle of defence with some good handling between forwards and backs eventually finding its way to Ryan Armstrong to score Annan's 4th try. Making it Annan 22-0.

    The final play of the half found Strathaven getting the ball to their centre who managed to evade some soft tackling by Annan and running and scoring from 60m out to make the half time score Annan 22 v Strathaven 5

    Second half started the same as the first with Annan's forward dominating the set piece and breakdown. After some good interplay which allowed Finlay McMillan to score in the corner

    Annan's last try came with the forwards taking the ball wide one way then the other and passing to Eben Le Vin who touched down in the corner (only to realise he was 5 meters short of line). It was then picked up by Aaron Carmichael who dived in and scored over the try line. This put Annan into a 32-5 lead with only 10 minutes to go. With Annan thinking the game was all over Strathaven had other ideas and scored 3 tries in quick succession after some soft defence on Annan's behalf.

    Score line now Annan 32 Strathaven 22, the home side team managed to weather the storm till the final whistle to record a well deserved victory.

    All in all it was a good day at the office with some good tries and interplay between backs and forwards. Annan still need to work on their first up tackles and fitness levels to be able to compete for the full game.

    Thanks to Elaine and Laura in the grubber. AJ for refereeing. Looking forward to our next game on the 18th December 2018 against our old rivals Langholm.


    ANNAN U14 TIGERS v MOFFAT U14 RAMS
    DEVELOPMENT MATCH
    30TH NOVEMBER 2018

    14 TRY THRILLER

    Match report from: Calum Heughan

    On a windy but dry night Annan u14 Tigers welcomed their visitors Moffat Rugby Football Club to Violetbank for a night of development rugby. This fixture has delivered great matches in the past and tonight both teams delivered some great rugby for the hardy group of spectators to enjoy. With Moffat now being able to field a full 15 player side it was agreed to play Annan v Moffat rather than mix all the players up. This would give the Home Park outfit some valuable game time as a team.

    The Rams have been working hard and took the game to Annan from the off. Some strong running and good handling putting the visitors in for some early scores. Annan took some time to get up and running and Moffat took advantage of this to pile pressure on at every opportunity.

    Moffat were to score again before Fraser McMillan scored in the corner to get some well needed points on the board. Some poor tackling was to let Moffat in for another try to give the visitors a 13 to 3 lead at the break.

    The second half was a different story however with Annan making a number of changes to their team due to the size of the squad. John Glendinning was to score one of his trademark long run tries to set up the Tigers for a far more productive 20 minutes.

    Some good handling saw Callum Kirk cross the line to set up Mason Watret for an easy score under the posts. Good handling and support play was to deliver a beautiful passage of play taking the hosts from one side of the pitch to the other for Jake Nordons first try of the season.

    With Fraser Court powering over for the fourth Annan score and Moffat touching down for an unconverted try this was to see the game end with the Tigers winning 17 to 16 over the 40 minutes.

    For the final 20 minute development phase Annan made a large number of player and positional changes with the emphasis on what will be playing u14s next season. This gave Annan a lot of options and a couple of tries to boot.

    Adam Hamilton pouncing on a loose lineout ball to score and Remo Armstrong driving in from close range to score. Moffat were not done and proved this with 2 converted tries of their own. No mean feet considering they had all played to entirety of the match.

    The Rams were to run out deserved winners of the section 8 to 6 and Annan learned a lot and will use this to take the team forward.

    Once again this fixture was a feast of scoring rugby with 14 tries on the night. With each team touching down 7 times it shows how evenly poised the game was. A well disciplined game from both teams cements the great relationship between the clubs and with more games planned for this season we are already looking forward to the next match.

    Annan having a good sized squad on the night meant we were able to try some different combinations on the pitch in good rugby playing conditions. Moffat now having better numbers and the hard work they are putting in is certainly paying dividends and we hope they are able to continue with their improvements on the pitch.

    In conclusion a good night at the office for both teams with some great play on show. Plenty of rugby coming up in the new year to look forward to from the squad who have now scored an amazing 85 tries from 17 different try scorers.

    Team: A Render (Capt), A Hamilton (1 try), L Anderson, F Court (1 try), J Glendinning (1 Try), C Kirk, M Watret (1 try), D Henderson, J Mitchell, B Latimer, J Arthur, N Patterson, E Bell, J Nordon (1 try), W Alexander, R Heughan, N Grierson, R Armstrong, A Kirkup, F McMillan (1 try, 2 cons) L Stevenson.


    P1-P7 TIGERS AT VIOLETBANK
    TOURNAMENT
    25TH NOVEMBER 2018

    GREAT PERFORMANCES ONCE AGAIN

    P1-P3 Tigers report from: Ghislaine Duncan

    On Sunday 25th November thirteen players from the Annan Micros Team took part in a grand tournament held at Annan RFC, with 5 visiting clubs participating. Annan Micros took on Moffat, Stewartry, Langholm, Carlisle and Lanark Micro teams in 5 matches throughout the morning. Never relenting our team played well, demonstrating some great passes and scoring a few tries in their matches.

    Having fun both on and off the pitches spirits were high despite the bitter weather and a fun morning was enjoyed by all.

    Thanks to Coaches Andrew Jancey and Nicole Barlow, also thanks to all the parents and spectators that attended to support the club and to those whom donated their home baking and time to make this home tournament a great success.

    The final training session before Christmas is Friday 7th December 6pm at Violetbank, and the childrens Christmas party will be at Bank St on the 8th December from 4-6pm.

    Team: Alo Murray, Asten Bell, Braden Lockerbie, Cody Power, Daniel Farrall, Gregor Hogg, Harris Newton, Imoen Duncan, Jack Fieldston, Reuben Moffat, Rory Vallance, Travis Johnstone and Woody Mechan.

    Manager: Ghislaine Duncan

    P4-P5 Micro Tigers report from: Heather Tinning

    A large squad of nineteen players from the Annan P4/5 Tigers turned out to take part in the Annan home Tigers Festival. The Coaches decided to split the players into two teams 'Annan Gold' and 'Annan Black' (the Annan colours), allowing for plenty of game time. Although a dry day, it was a very chilly day for the kids and spectators.

    The two teams played various games against our visitors Moffat, Stewartry, Langholm and Lanark. Playing 12 minute straight games, with a mix of 6 a-side to 8 a-side. Some very good play from Annan Tigers, showing great enthusiasm and hunger for the game. Final scores:

      Annan Gold v Moffat 7 - 6
      Annan Black v Stewartry 5 - 3
      Annan Gold v Stewartry 3 - 8
      Annan Black v Moffat 3 - 3
      Annan Gold v Langholm 6 - 6
      Annan Black v Lanark 5 - 2
      Annan Gold v Lanark 7 - 5

    The final game to finish off the day was between Annan Black and Langholm. An excellent game for the Annan Blacks ending with a winning result of 9 - 2.

    The Annan Tigers showed great sportsmanship throughout the Festival, and their eagerness was obvious throughout their games. Coach Jim Tweedie reported that: "It was good to see so many boys and girls at each age group being involved in playing rugby. It was also good to be in a position to be able to field two P4-5 teams and they all enjoyed having extra game time as a result of this. Well done to all players that took part"

    Special mention to Macaully Crawford and Duncan Richmond who both scored their first tries for the Annan P4/5 Tigers. Well done both.

    Many thanks to Coaches Jim Tweedie and Martin Hutchinson and also all that attended to support the Annan Tigers. Thanks also to all who helped out in the Grubber.

    Team: Ciaran Cannon, Macaully Crawford, Logan Donaldson, Torrin Duncan, Jack Hutchinson, Oliver Hutchinson, Cohen Lockerbie, Brandon Lockerby, Ryan Martin, Cooper Mechan, Ayda Nelson, Elliot Oakes, McKinley Power, Ben Quinn, Shaenagh Quinn, Ben Richardson, Duncan Richmond, Dan Stevenson, Ryan Tinning.

    Try Scorers: Macaully Crawford, Jack Hutchinson, Oliver Hutchinson, Brandon Lockerby, Cooper Mechan, Ben Quinn, Shaenagh Quinn, Ben Richardson, Duncan Richmond, Ryan Tinning.

    Next Training Session - Friday 7 December, 6 pm at Violetbank (last training session before the Christmas holidays) Saturday 8 December, Christmas Party at Bank Street, 4 to 6 pm

    Team Manager: Heather Tinning

    P6-P7 Minis report to follow


    LOCH LOMOND v ANNAN U14 TIGERS
    T4 WEST A LEAGUE
    18TH NOVEMBER 2018

    ANOTHER WIN FOR THE TIGERS

    Match report from: Calum Heughan

    On a beautiful sunny day, 19 intrepid Tigers made the long trip up to Loch Lomond for our last game in the T4 conference. This would be our only game against them as the home fixture was called off due to lack of numbers from the Loch siders. This was also an issue today as they only had 12 players. A development game was offered where we mix the squads and play 15 a side but the hosts wanted 12 a side rugby only. As the saying goes "Our game, Our rules"

    So Annan fielded 12 players at the kick off and got straight into their hosts from the off. With smaller teams on a massive flat pitch Annan took the game out wide at every turn of play and this was a good tactic against a stuffy home team. John Glendinning was the first to score with a good run quickly followed by Callum Kirk with 2 and Fraser McMillan with 1. All 4 converted by McMillan. A lot of good play in this half by a strong Annan team.

    The second 20 kicked off with an Annan side that had 7 changes due to the size of our squad. This was a different type of game as Annan looked to bring a kicking element to their play. This proved successful in some ways as it gave us territory but without an effective chase it didnt give us what we were after all the time. Some slips in our tackling let the home team in for a couple of tries but we hit back with scores from Lennon Anderson out wide and McMillan in for his second. The game was to finish with Tigers winning 22 to 7 which was a fair reflection on the day.

    The final 20 being development Annan made a large number of changes again being both positional and players. With so many changes this was a difficult session for Annan but we use these games to develop players and if you dont try things you never learn. The hosts were to score 3 converted tries to Annans 2 in this part of the game. A powerful drive from close range for Adam Hamilton to score and a short sniping run from McMillan for his hat trick. Both converted by Ben Latimer which was to finish the scoring in the fading sunlight.

    Captain Render was his usual industrious self with good support from all on the pitch. Niall Patterson taking the ball forward into contact was nice to see and Euan Bell also got involved in this. Deacon Henderson was good going forward with Adam Hamilton in close support. Jamie Arthur got his hands on a few of the opposition in defence and Alex Byers gave a good account of himself out on the wing. Lennon Anderson found his scoring wings again and is developing very nicely in defence.

    All in all a good day at the office from a depleted squad of Tigers, but our strength in depth gives us the means to field a full team after so many physical games in recent weeks. We look forward now to playing games against our local teams and fixtures will be relayed as they are arranged.

    Team: A Render (Capt), F Court, R Heughan, J Glendinning (1 try), M Watret, D Henderson, B Latimer ( cons), L Anderson(1 try) N Patterson, E Bell, J Arthur, L Ewing, C Kirk (2 tries), F McMillan (3 tries, 4 cons), L Stevenson, W Alexander, A Hamilton (1 try), R Armstrong, A Byers.


    ANNAN U14 TIGERS v ARDROSSAN
    T4 WEST A LEAGUE
    11TH NOVEMBER 2018

    18 TRIES FROM THE TIGERS

    Match report from: Calum Heughan

    On a wet and heavy pitch Annan Tigers kicked off in the fading light against our visitors from Ardrossan an hour and 20 mins late due to transport issues with the travelling team. As the saying goes "Good things come to those that wait" and this was to be a feast of great rugby for the crowd who patiently waited in the cold for the match to begin.

    Callum Kirk was to take the game to the visitors first and his try was to be the first of 18 on the day from the Tigers. Ardrossan had plenty of big players with one wearing an Annan first team change strip as none of Ardrossans blue tops would fit him. They used their bulk to power up the middle but Annan's superior ground work was to give the home team plenty of turnover ball which was spun out through the hands for players to score. Captain Render was next over the try line quickly followed by Jake Mitchell, Fraser McMillan (2), Ruari Heughan and Lex Stevenson with McMillan adding 5 conversions and Ben Latimer 1.

    The second half was more of the same with some great play under the lights from Annan. Good handling in the wet conditions was to set up tries from Kirk, Render, McMillan and Stevenson with John Glendinning, Mason Watret and Remo Armstrong getting on the scoresheet for their first scores of the day. Ardrossan were not out of the fight and were to drive over for their own score late in the half which was converted by Ben Latimer who was playing for the visitors at this time. The final score was to be 53-4 to the home side who never let up throughout.

    The final 20 being a development game Annan moved some players around to try some different player combinations and this was to pay dividends for the team. Ardrossan were to take a couple of scores in this 20 with one being converted. A simple try from Deacon Henderson was to set the Tigers up for more scores from Mitchell and McMillan with Alex Byers to get his first and very popular try for the club to round off the try fest on show. Ben Latimer with 2 successful conversions to add more points.

    A very good day at the office from Annan though working late is always tough. You can only play what is put in front of you and the Tigers did this with some ruthless efficiency. Good running in attack and some tough first time tackles were to put pressure on the visitors which never relented throughout. Annan are developing into a competent side and with discipline being very good today they are maturing all the time.

    With as many opportunities to score today Annan didn`t waste many which can happen in these situations. Great support from Wallace Alexander who is learning the game fast and Nathan Grierson who always gets involved in close quarters combat the players are developing every time they pull on the Black and Yellow jersey. Onwards to the next game away to Loch Lomond.

    Team: A Render (Capt 2 tries) L Ewing, R Armstrong(1 try) D Henderson(1 try) M Watret(1 try) W Alexander, C Kirk(2 tries) J Plumstead, R Heughan(1 try) F McMillan(4 tries 10cons) J Mitchell(2 tries) F Court, J Glendinning(1 try) L Stevenson(2 tries) B Latimer(4 cons) N Grierson, E Bell, A Hamilton, N Patterson, L Anderson, A Byers(1 try) A Kirkup


    P1-P7 TIGERS AT DUMFRIES
    TOURNAMENT
    11TH NOVEMBER 2018

    TIGERS ON FORM ONCE AGAIN

    P1-P3 Tigers report from: Ghislaine Duncan

    On Sunday 11th November nine players from the Annan Micros Team enjoyed some friendly games with Dumfries and Moffat Micros hosted by Dumfries RFC.

    The players gathered on the pitch and all observed a minutes silence at 11am to mark Remembrance Sunday and honour all those who gave the ultimate sacrifice.

    Play commenced and Annan played three games; two with Dumfries A and B teams and the final against Moffat.

    Play was intense with some really good passes and tries on both sides, the whole of the pitch was well utilised and Annan fought well.

    Thanks to Coach Jim Tweedie and to all that attended to support the Micros.

    The next training session is Friday 16th November, 6pm at Violetbank and please look forward to welcoming you all at the home tournament on Sunday 25th November at Annan.

    Team: Daniel Farrell, Graham Cavender, Gregor Hogg, Harris Newton, Imoen Duncan, Noah Irving, Reuben Moffat, Rory Vallance and Travis Johnstone. Team

    Manager: Ghislaine Duncan

    P4-P5 Micro Tigers report from: Heather Tinning

    A wet Sunday morning didn't dampen the spirits for the thirteen young rugby players from Annan P4/5 Tigers. The Tigers turned up at Dumfries Rugby Club eager to play three games against Dumfries and Moffat, observing the minute silence before kick-off.

    The first 8-minute game against Dumfries P4s warmed the Tigers up with some great tackling ending in a final score of 6-2 to the Annan Tigers.

    Now keen to move on to the second game, the Tigers were up against Dumfries P5s. The second game resulted in a narrow defeat by 3-4 to Dumfries. Even though a narrow defeat to the more experienced Dumfries P5 team, all the Tigers kept going to the final whistle.

    Some great attacking play from the Annan players during a very close final game against a strong Moffat team. Annan held their own and managed to end the game with a final result of 7-6.

    With a team of thirteen Tigers, the Coach substituted players throughout the games which allowed all Tigers to take part. The Tigers didn't disappoint their club, with their eagerness to play and developing rugby skills on show. Coach Martin Hutchinson reported "that it was great to see so many players playing their first games. All the team played really well with some great tackles and passing out of contact".

    Many thanks to Coach Martin Hutchinson and also all that attended to support the Annan Tigers. Thanks also to the hosts Dumfries RFC and for your kind hospitality.

    Team: Macaully Crawford, Torrin Duncan, Jack Hutchinson, Oliver Hutchinson, Brandon Lockerby, Ryan Martin, McKinley Power, Ben Quinn, Shaenagh Quinn, Ben Richardson, Duncan Richmond, Dan Stevenson, Ryan Tinning.

    Try Scorers: Jack Hutchinson, Brandon Lockerby, Shaenagh Quinn, Ben Richardson, Dan Stevenson.

    Friday 16 November, 6 pm at Violetbank - next training session.

    Sunday 25 November, 1030 meet for an 11 am KO - Home Game at Annan.

    Team Manager: Heather Tinning

    P6-P7 Tigers report: Jack Tinning

    On a cold damp Sunday morning Annan P6/7 turned up at Dumfries to play games against Moffat and the hosts. First up for Annan were Dumfries P6 team. Dumfries were never allowed to settle in this game and were beaten 5-0 with scores coming from Harry Nordan, Liam McCarthy, Oban Nicholson, Aaron Kerr and Aidan Tinning. It was good to see 5 tries from 5 different players.

    Next up was the much larger P7 team. This ended 3-1 to Dumfries with Annan's score coming from Oban. Even though playing against a team made up of all P7s, the Annan players gave a very good account of themselves and with a better bounce of the ball could have took more from this game.

    Last up for Annan were our old friends from Moffat. This was a hard game for both teams as both were very good on defence. This time Annan ran out victors 5-1 with Oban, Aaron and Harry getting single scores and 2 from Aidan. Special mention to Filip Wisniewski on his first game for the club and playing very well. All in all a good morning rugby for the Annan P6/7.

    At the moment we are blessed with a lot of pace in the team which makes them very dangerous from anywhere on the pitch and also Annan P6/7 are now working hard to support the attacking player to give them the option to pass which is pleasing for the coaches to see.

    Things that the players need to work on are setting their defence line instead of everyone being near the ball.

    Many thanks to the parents that travelled to Dumfries to support the players and to Dumfries for their hospitality. On behalf of everyone at Annan RFC we would like to say a big get well soon to Kieran Halliday and hope to see you back playing soon.

    Players: James Farrall, Matt Irving, Aidan Tinning, Oban Nicholson, Aaron Kerr, Zak Stevenson, Liam McCarthy, Archie Stoddard, Mollie Stoddard, Harry Nordan, Filip Wisniewski.

    Manager: Lynn Aitchison

    Coaches: Jack Tinning and Kieron Watret


    P1-P7 TIGERS AT BIGGAR
    TOURNAMENT
    4TH NOVEMBER 2018

    TIGERS LOOK GREAT AGAIN

    P4-P5 Tigers Report by: Heather Tinning

    Ten young rugby players travelled to Biggar RFC on Sunday 4th November 2018. The Annan P4/5 Tigers played 4 ten-minute games against Biggar and Boroughmuir (new opposition for the Annan 4/5 Tigers).

    The first game against Biggar Black to warm up the Annan P4/5 Tigers resulted in a score of 6-2 to Annan.

    Game two against Boroughmuir Green finished with a very close score of 5-4 to Boroughmuir.

    Now fully warmed up and desperate to show their attacking skills and score more tries, the Tigers finished the game with a winning score of 7 - 2 against team Biggar Blue.

    An exciting game for the Annan team to conclude the day against Boroughmuir Blue resulted in a draw as the final score.

    Coaches Jim Tweedie and Martin Hutchinson were very proud of the way their team performed. Although some skills are to be improved, the team are showing great determination on the pitch and with their eagerness to play it is an exciting time ahead for the Annan P4/5 Tigers. Special mention to the youngest member of the Annan P4/5 Tigers, Ryan Tinning, who scored four tries today for the team (his first for the club).

    Many thanks to Coaches Jim Tweedie and Martin Hutchinson and also all that attended to support the Annan Tigers. Thanks also to the hosts Biggar RFC and for your kind hospitality.

    Team: Macaully Crawford, Josie Halliday, Jack Hutchinson, Oliver Hutchinson, Brandon Lockerby, Ben Quinn, Shaenagh Quinn, Ben Richardson, Dan Stevenson, Ryan Tinning.

    Try Scorers Jack Hutchinson, Brandon Lockerby, Ben Quinn, Ben Richardson, Dan Stevenson, Ryan Tinning.

    Friday 9 November, 6 pm at Violetbank - next training session.

    Sunday 11 November, 1030 meet for an 11 am KO - Game at Dumfries.

    Team Manager: Heather Tinning

    P6-P7 Tigers Report by: Jack Tinning

    On a surprisingly dry day after a wet Saturday, Annan P6/7 travelled to Biggar to take on the hosts Biggar Rugby Club and Boroughmuir (a new team for the Tigers to play against). Biggar's new pitches were very dry and in good condition which helped to have very open games.

    First up for the Tigers were hosts Biggar. Annan scored 3 well worked tries with 2 from Oban Nicholson and 1 from Aaron Kerr. Some excellent tackling kept Biggar from scoring. All the team played their part as Biggar were a well drilled team.

    Next up were Boroughmuir. By this time the P6/7 had the bit between their teeth and were wanting to show off their abilities against their city opposition. This was a more one sided game with Annan running out 7-1 winners with Liam McCarthy and Aaron Kerr getting 2 tries each, Zak Stevenson Ethan McDairmant and Aidan Tinning scored the other tries.

    Last up was a joint team of Biggar and Boroughmuir players. This was played over 12 minutes with 10 players on the pitch, allowing all players to be involved. Once again Annan Tigers triumphed with score of 5-0 with 2 tries from Aaron Kerr and one each from Oban Nicholson, Zak Stevenson and Aidan Tinning. Annan finalised the day with an overall score of 15 - 1.

    Annan's play was out of the top drawer today. They rucked, tackled and supported each other as a team. At one point every player touched the ball before it was taken into a contact situation. Every player played their part in defence and attack. Hopefully all of the players have taken confidence from these games.

    It was great to watch the Annan Tigers play in such an open and successful way.

    Many thanks to hosts Biggar RFC. Next game away to Dumfries on Sunday 11 November.

    Players: Innes Johnston, Aidan Tinning, Oban Nicholson, Aaron Kerr, Zak Stevenson, Ethan McDairmant, Liam McCarthy, Archie Stoddard, Mollie Stoddard, Maddy Grierson, Kieran Halliday, Harry Nordan.

    Manager: Lynn Aitchison

    Coaches: Jack Tinning and Ross Johnston


    U14 TIGERS v STRATHAVEN
    WEST T4 A DIVISION
    4TH NOVEMBER 2018

    GREAT MATCH

    Match Report by: Calum Heughan

    For only the second time this season Annan Tigers were at home for their T4 conference game against our visitors for today Strathaven. Having gone down 26-13 in the away fixture Annan were looking for revenge against the unbeaten team in our conference. Strathaven were a big side up there and they brought a fair sized bunch to Violetbank for game 6 in our season.

    The visitors were first on the score sheet after some missed tackles let them in, but this only fired up the Tigers who took control of the game from then on. Some good technical play from the home team moving the ball at will led to tries from Fraser Court 2 and Callum Kirk 1. Annan finished the half 10-4 ahead.

    The second half was more productive for the visitors as the piled pressure on their hosts and some strong running from the bigger players proved costly as the ran in 3 tries to the Tigers 1 from Callum Kirk.

    Annan pushing for the win decided to kick for goal from a penalty and this was to prove a good choice as the point was to be decisive at the end. Kicking penalties is not promoted at this level but with the penalty count for high and dangerous tackles by the visitors well into double figures it was thought to be the right thing to do. Strathaven pushed the Tigers hard and broke through to score late to tie the game at 15 all. Annan had a late chance but failed to score at the death so the game ended a draw. A result most coaches would have taken at the start considering the size of the visiting team.

    The final 15 minute session being a development game Annan put on their younger and smaller players to give them some valuable game time at this level. On paper this was very much a mis-match of size and ability in favour of the visitors. The Tigers had other ideas and set about the bigger side with a great sense of urgency and this proved to rattle the Strathaven lads.

    A couple of tries from Fraser McMillan and some gutsy play from all in black and yellow was a joy to watch for the decent sized crowd. Two tries from the visitors with one converted didn`t dampen the lads spirits and at the final whistle the score being Annan 6 Strathaven 7 the players came off having given a good account of themselves. Mention must go to Callum Kirk for his play toda

    y with great support from Fraser Court and John Glendinning. Good running from out wide with Jake Mitchell and Lennon Anderson running well in space.

    Close in driving work from Mason Watrett and James Plumstead backed up by Remo Armstrong and Adam Hamilton was good to see and Aaron Kirkup dropping the shoulder to dislodge the ball with a crunching tackle will do his confidence the world of good. Lex Stevenson played his best game of the season so far with good running in attack and solid tackling in defence.

    All in all a good day at the office. The coaches asked players to stand up and be counted in the face of bigger opposition and stand up they did. Always there are things to take from a game to work on but the players are responding to this and moving forward in confidence and ability.

    Captain Render led his team well today and will be happy to see his troops maturing and some feedback from senior players Andrew Jancey and Kierran Warrick was welcomed. We are improving as a squad and this is being noticed throughout the club as a whole. Long may it continue.

    Team: A Render(capt) J Arthur, R Heughan, J Glendinning, B Latimer(1 con), J Mitchell, C Kirk(2 tries) L Anderson, L Stevenson, M Watrett, D Henderson, A Hamilton, N Patterson, J Plumstead, L Ewing, J Nordon, W Alexander, F Halliday, A Byers, A Kirkup, R Armstrong, F McMillan(2 tries 1 con 1 pen) E Bell, N Grierson, F Court(2 tries).


    WAYSIDERS DRUMPELLIER v U14 TIGERS
    WEST T4 A DIVISION
    28TH OCTOBER 2018

    TIGERS COME CLOSE

    Match Report by: Calum Heughan

    Annan Tigers traveled up the M74 to play Waysiders Drumpellier in their 4th away game of this busy first half of the season. Kicking off in the bright sunshine this would be a tight game if the home encounter at Annan was anything to go by. In the home game Annan were the victors and the home team were to prevail again today. As the old cliche goes it was a game of 3 halves.

    Waysiders with some very big u14s got out the starting gate a lot quicker than Annan and some poor passing and lacklustre tackling let the home team score some very easy tries. Some strange refereeing decisions didn't help Annan either as they struggled to get a foothold in the game. It was late in the first period before the Tigers got some decent ball which led to a John Glendinning try which Ben Latimer converted from wide out.

    This score was to spur Annan on and finishing the half 15-4 down the Black and Yellows got stuck into their much bigger opponents to play some nice rugby. The home team were quickly on the back foot with tries coming thick and fast from good technical Annan play. Callum Kirk, John Glendinning and Fraser McMillan crossing the try line in quick succession with Ben Latimer converting 2 of them.

    The home side rallied a little to score a converted try but they were on the back foot for most of the second half. The home side eventually hung on to take the win 19-15 but Annan certainly feel this game was for the taking.

    The 3rd half being a development period Annan set off with the same game plan as the 2nd half. Some great phase play resulting in 2 tries from Callum Kirk and Fraser Court respectively. Kirks try finishing off some great team play which included as our educated coach Andy Render was sure included 15 phases of play.

    That kind of ball recycling would make any senior side happy and it was a credit to the lads commitment on the pitch. Ben Latimer had now forgone the kicking tee and was now drop kicking the conversions for fun. Annan ran out winners of this part of the game 8-4 with some nice play to finish off the day.

    Mention to John Glendinning who had another strong game today. Liam Ewing making his first start in the front row. Ruari Heughan who ran well from deep at fullback. James Plumstead with some good driving work in contact and Nathan Grierson undaunted against some opponents more than a foot taller than him.

    Plenty to work on at training and with Strathaven coming to Annan next week there is no let up in the intensity of games coming our way. A could do better on the U14s school report card today but some great entertaining play for the family members who made the trip north. Valuable game time for the 19 strong squad today as places in the starting 15 are now being contested by all members of the Tigers squad.

    Team: C Kirk (Capt 2 tries) F Court(1 try) N Patterson, L Ewing, D Henderson, L Stevenson, M Watret, J Glendinning(2 tries) B Latimer(5 cons) E Bell, A Kirkup, A Hamilton, R Armstrong, W Alexander, A Render, J Plumstead, F McMillan(1 try) R Heughan , N Grierson.


    P1-P7 TIGERS AT STEWARTRY
    TOURNAMENT
    21ST OCTOBER 2018

    TIGERS WOW ONE AGAIN

    P4-P5 Tigers Report by: Heather Tinning

    A squad of nine from the Annan P4/5 Minis travelled to Greenlaw on Sunday 28th October to play against Stewartry Sharks. Three sixteen minute games were played, 8-a side.

    The Annan P4/5s were in good spirits on Sunday, showing some great attack play against Stewartry, resulting in some high try scoring, with scores of 10-2, 12-2 and 11-3 to Annan.

    Annan players showing eagerness with their determination to score and with a little work on remembering to pass the ball to their team mates, there are a lot of promising players amongst the team.

    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, Stewartry Rugby Club for inviting us on Sunday and for your kind hospitality.

    Team: Macaully Crawford, Jack Hutchinson, Oliver Hutchinson, Brandon Lockerby, Ben Quinn, Shaenagh Quinn, Ben Richardson, Dan Stevenson, Ryan Tinning.

    Try Scorers: Jack Hutchinson, Oliver Hutchinson, Brandon Lockerby, Ben Quinn, Shaenagh Quinn, Ben Richardson, Dan Stevenson.

    Team Manager: Heather Tinning

    P6-P7 Tigers Report by: Jack Tinning

    On a glorious Sunday morning for rugby Annan P6/7 Minis travelled to Greenlaw to take on Stewartry Sharks in three games.

    With fewer than normal players due to holidays, illness and injuries, the Annan 7 were helped out by 2 Sharks to make the games 9 a-side.

    All 3 games were played in good spirit with a lot of excellent rugby to keep the parents and coaches enthralled. It was decided at the beginning as it was a friendly not to keep scores.

    The tries came thick and fast with lots of different scorers. It was noticed as the games were on the Annan players were gelling together well, with Innes Johnston having his best game in an Annan shirt and was unlucky not to score after a great run.

    As was Ethan McDairmant after a storming run with players hanging off him, getting stopped inches from the line.

    Also well done to Liam McCarthy, his first game in the Annan colours getting a couple of scores and showing up well in the loose. There will be a lot more to come from Liam in the future.

    Many thanks to Stewartry for hosting and to all the parents for supporting the players.

    Positives from the game were the rucking and the support play but players need to work on passing to the support player instead of trying to run through the tackler.

    Players: Innes Johnston, Aidan Tinning, Oban Nicholson, Aaron Kerr, Zak Stevenson, Ethan McDairmant, Liam McCarthy.

    Manager: Lynn Aitchison

    Coaches: Jack Tinning and Ross Johnston


    P1-P7 TIGERS AT MOFFAT
    TOURNAMENT
    14TH OCTOBER 2018

    TIGERS DO AMAZING AGAIN

    P1-P3 Tigers Match Report by: Ghislaine Duncan

    On Sunday 14th October six players from the Annan Micros Team enjoyed some friendly games with Moffat Micros hosted by Moffat RFC.

    After concerns over the weather it turned out to be a bright sunny Sunday, prefect to enjoy some rugby. Equally matched against Moffat Micros our little Tigers were fierce on the pitch playing a well balanced game of defence and attack.

    They played for over an hour without any substitutions and never relented, scoring plenty of tries and demonstrating excellent passes.

    Thanks to Coaches Andrew Jancey and Nicole Barlow and to all that attended to support the Micros.

    The next training session is Friday 19th October, 6pm at Violetbank and the next tournament Is on Sunday 26th October at Stewartry.

    Team: Daniel Farrell, Gregor Hogg, Imoen Duncan, Jake McEwan, Reuben Moffat and Woody Mechan.

    Team Manager: Ghislaine Duncan

    P4-P5 Tigers Match Report by: Heather Tinning

    Following a stormy couple of days, the weather cleared to allow a squad of nine Annan Minis P4/5 players to travel to Moffat for some friendly games on Sunday 14th October.

    Annan and Moffat P4/5s played 3 games.

    Both sides played well with scores 8-5, 7-5 and 5-4 to Annan.

    Referee offered some friendly advice to both sides including remember the low tackling and to work on a few more passes.

    Many thanks to Coach Martin Hutchinson and also all that attended to support the Annan Minis P4/5 players.

    Thanks also to the hosts, Moffat Rugby Club.

    Team: Torrin Duncan, Jack Hutchinson, Oliver Hutchinson, Cooper Mechan, Ayda Nelson, Ben Richardson, Dan Stevenson, Ryan Tinning, Joe Wyllie.

    Try Scorers: Jack Hutchinson, Oliver Hutchinson, Ben Richardson.

  • Friday 19 October, 6 pm at Violetbank - next training session.
  • Friday 26 October, 6 - 7:30 pm Halloween Party at Bank Street.
  • Sunday 28 October, 1030 meet for an 11 am KO - Tournament at Stewartry.

    Team Manager: Heather Tinning

    P6-P7 Tigers Match Report from:To be added.


    P1-P7 TIGERS AT LANGHOLM
    TOURNAMENT
    7TH OCTOBER 2018

    GREAT RUGBY ON SHOW

    P1-P3 Tigers Match Report by: Ghislaine Duncan

    On Sunday 7th October ten players from the Annan Micros Team enjoyed friendly games with Dumfries and Langholm Micros hosted by Langholm RFC.

    Even the dreich weather couldn't dampen our p123's who's enthusiasm and energy was evident on and off the pitch.

    They all played really well using some excellent defence tactics against the opposition's bigger players, even managing to score some tries!

    Thanks to Coaches Andrew Jancey and Nicole Barlow and to all that attended to support the Micros.

    The next training session is Friday 12th October, 6pm at Violetbank and the next game is on Sunday 14th October at Moffat.

    Team: Alo Murray, Asten Bell, Daniel Farrell, Graham Cavender, Gregor Hugg, Harris Newton, Imoen Duncan, Lewis Evans, Travis Johnston and Woody Mechan.

    Team Manager: Ghislaine Duncan

    P4-P5 Tigers Match Report by: Heather Tinning

    A squad of fourteen Annan Minis P4/5 players travelled to Langholm on Sunday 7th October to take part in a 4 team draw with teams Dumfries A, Dumfries B and Langholm.

    Annan showed some good tackling and off loading in the first game against Dumfries, with a final result of 9-7 to Dumfries.

    The second game against Dumfries ended in a draw of 5-5. Annan players were determined for the win in the final game against Langholm, and came out on top with a final result of 5-1.

    Many thanks to Coaches Jim Tweedie and Martin Hutchinson and also all that attended to support the Annan Minis P4/5 players on a cold day. Thanks also to the hosts, Langholm Rugby Club.

    Team: Macaully Crawford, Torrin Duncan, Jack Hutchinson, Oliver Hutchinson, Brandon Lockerby, Cooper Mechan, Ayda Nelson, Elliot Oakes, Ben Quinn, Shaenagh Quinn, Ben Richardson, Dan Stevenson, Ryan Tinning, Joe Wyllie.

    Try Scorers: Jack Hutchinson, Oliver Hutchinson, Brandon Lockerby, Ben Richardson, Dan Stevenson,

    The next training session is Friday 12 October, 6 pm at Violetbank.

    Team Manager: Heather Tinning

    P6-P7 Tigers Match Report by: Jack Tinning

    On a chilly blustery Sunday morning at Langholm 14 players from Annan P6/7 squad turned up for a game of rugby. They had 3 games against Dumfries P7s and P6s and Langholm.

    First up was Dumfries P7s which Annan lost 3-0. A lot of players looked half asleep maybe due to the primary school tag rugby festival on Friday taking a lot out of them. Given this, it was still not too bad a performance against a full P7 team.

    Next up was Dumfries P6 team which resulted in a 3-0 win with trys from Ethan McDairmant (x 2) and Matt Irving. Everyone seemed to have woken up by now and the handling was a lot better and rucking on our own ball.

    After a half hour break, Annan played Langholm P6/7 team which was a good game to watch and ended 3-2 to Annan with trys from Oban Nicholson (x 2) and Matt Irving.

    Overall a good mornings rugby. Things to work on are rucking on the opposition ball as too many times Annan P6/7 players stand and look at the ball when they could win it.

    Many thanks to Langholm for the invite and also to the parents for their support. The players were lucky enough to be refereed by a premiership referee on Sunday so there was no arguments about decisions. They also learned a lot of new rugby hand signals (the ref did say afterwards that this is the first time he had done mini rugby and it was a lot harder than an Ayr v Melrose top of the league clash).

    Players: Aidan Tinning, Oban Nicholson, Matt Irving, Aaron Kerr, Maddy Grierson, Archie Stoddart, James Glendinning, James Farrall, Cameron Vivers, Danny Bell, Harry Nordon, Zak Stevenson, Ethan McDairmant, Kieran Halliday.

    Manager: Lynn Aitchison

    Coaches: Jack Tinning and Ross Johnston


    MOFFAT/ANNAN U14 XV V ANNAN U14 TIGERS XV
    DEVELOPMENT MATCH
    7TH OCTOBER 2018

    GREAT RUGBY ON SHOW

    Match Report by: Calum Heughan

    Annan U14 Tigers made the short trip up the M74 to our friends Moffat Rams for a development game as both teams had no conference games to play. Annan having 21 players and Moffat 9 meant that both squads were mixed up to make 2 full teams of 15 to play 3 periods of 20 minutes.

    This is a format which gives players a chance to get valuable game time before the October break and coaches to try out players in different positions.

    Kicking off in good conditions for running rugby both teams got stuck into what would evolve into a great afternoons rugby for the small crowd to enjoy. Getting used to new player combinations and positions made for a scrappy start but as the game progressed this became less of an issue as players started crossing the try line to score with some well worked play.

    After the first 20 minutes were up there were some changes made to even up the teams. This lead to 20 minutes of some of the most evenly played and hotly contested rugby you will see on any pitch on a Sunday. Tries were plentiful as both sides took their opportunities well to put men over to score. Some good refereeing kept the play moving at a nice pace which meant for good clean play in a game with few penalties to disrupt play.

    The final 20 saw the movement of more players to give the Rams players a chance to play on the same team together for the first time on the day. This was a more one sided period of play with the Tigers side scoring more tries but with the score being irrelevant it was more about giving players time to work together as the team that they train with week in week out.

    Mention must go to Callum Kirk, John Glendinning and Lennon Anderson who all scored 3 tries on the day. Fraser McMillan and Jake Mitchell who scored 2 and Fraser Court who scored 1. A good day with the boot saw Ben Latimer kick 6 conversions and Fraser McMillan 3.

    Some great play by both teams with Jake Nordon playing his best game in an Annan strip on the wing. Adam Hamilton strong in contact and Euan Bell getting stuck into the hard yards area. Nathan Williamson used his power to great effect and Mason Watret was busy around the pitch linking between forwards and backs. Wallace Alexander made his debut for the club today and enjoyed his time on the pitch. Alex Byers and Ruari Heughan both started their first games at fullback and acquitted themselves admirably in a new position.

    Many thanks to Moffat Rugby Club for being hosts on the day. You are always well looked after at Holm Park and today was another nice trip up the road.

    We now have a short break for the October holidays and with the Tigers having played 4 games scoring 40 tries from 11 different try scorers this has been a good opening to the season.

    Lots of work still to do but a rest from playing will give some weary bodies a time to heal. Coaches are always looking to the future and training will evolve throughout the season to reflect the improvements being made and the challenges ahead of us.

    Team: C Kirk (3 tries) J Glendinning (3 tries)L Anderson (3tries) F McMillan (2 tries,3 cons) J Mitchell (2 tries) F Court (1 try) B Latimer (6 cons) R Heughan, J Nordon, A Kirkup, A Byers, W Alexander, N Patterson, N Williamson, M Watret, A Hamilton, D Henderson, L Stevenson, E Bell, J Arthur, R Armstrong, A Render (linesman).


    U16/U17 TIGERS XV v ALLOA U16/U17 XV
    FRIENDLY
    7TH OCTOBER 2018

    GREAT WIN FOR THE TIGERS

    Match Report by: Gary Coupland

    On Sunday 7th October, an Annan U16/17 Development Squad took on their counterparts from Alloa Rugby Club at Violetbank. The visitors stopping off for the game on the return leg of their journey home from a team building trip to Yorkshire.

    With the conditions blustery Alloa kicked off into the wind, which fell to winger Josh Cairns, who promptly skipped past the Alloa defence to score the opening try in the corner.

    Annan continued to press and after a some good interplay between both forwards and backs through a number of phases Alex Laurie added another a few minutes later near to the posts with Duncan Smith adding the conversion.

    Alloa then had a period of extended pressure in the Annan half, primarily caused by indiscipline by Annan in and around the breakdown area. This pressure eventually allowed one of the big Alloa forwards to score an unconverted try from close range after yet another Annan infringement.

    From the kick off Annan took the game again Alloa and after some exchanges in the forwards the ball fell to Josh Cairns who after some deft footwork found himself in the clear to outstrip the Alloa defence and score again in almost a replica of his earlier try. This was unconverted.

    Annan went further ahead almost immediately from the kick off, when after a couple of quick rucks and an offload in the tackle, Duncan Smith managed to snake through the advancing Alloa defence to run from his own half to score, which he duly converted.

    Some further indiscipline allowed Alloa to gain a foothold in the Annan twenty two and after a further period of pressure they reduced the deficit with a further unconverted try.

    In the dying minutes of the half Annan managed to put together some good phases of possession and put the ball through the hands for debutant Kieran Armstrong to score in the corner, which was unconverted.

    Half Time: 29 -10.

    From the start of the second half Alloa took the game to Annan and after a period of extended pressure scored a further converted try.

    The game then ebbed and flowed with Annan having to run almost everything from their own half due to the strong wind negating any clearance Kicks, The status quo remained until about ten minutes from time, when a quick of the top pass from an Annan line out allowed Aaron Carmichael to use his guile and speed to break through the Alloa defence to score under the posts, which was duly converted by Duncan Smith.

    After some further exchanges the final whistle blew, thankfully just as the rain started.

    This was a good display from the Annan boys, with improvement from their previous outing against Dumfries, that said however some work will be required at training to iron out some of the areas around the breakdown in particular which resulted in them being penalised regularly. On a calmer day this may have proved costlier in terms of the final result.

    Special mention to Kieran Armstrong, Callum McDougal and David Templeton who played their first game at this level for Annan.

    Thanks to Alloa for the game, to Colin Warrick for refereeing and to Elaine and Laura in the Grubber for feeding the teams and keeping the spectators refreshed with hot drinks throughout.

    Thanks also to all who came and supported the boys today it is very much appreciated.


    P4-P5 TIGERS AT SCOTSTOUN
    TOURNAMENT
    29TH SEPTEMBER 2018

    UNBEATEN ONCE AGAIN

    Match Report by: Heather Tinning

    Nine players from the P4/5 Annan Minis Team travelled to Scotstoun Stadium on Saturday 29 September, to play in pre-match games, before the Glasgow Warriors v Dragons game, with the opportunity to also play on the main pitch at half time. The Annan players showed their composure on the ball by defeating the opposing teams in all three pre-match games.

    First game: Annan v Bishopton, ending in a 6-2 score to Annan. Try scorers: Ben Richardson 4, Jack Hutchinson 1, Brandon Lockerby 1.

    Second game: Annan v Oban, with a 3-1 score to Annan. Try scorers: Ben Richardson 2, Brandon Lockerby 1.

    Last but not least the third pre-match game: Annan v Greenock, 5-0. Try scorers: Jack Hutchinson 1, Malachi Jones 1, Brandon Lockerby 1, Ben Richardson 2.

    Annan Players eagerly watched the Glasgow Warriors v Dragons first half, waiting in anticipation for their turn to play on the main pitch at half time. The nine players did themselves, their parents and the Annan Rugby club proud as they won their final game against Garnock with an overall score of 4 - 1.

    All players excelled themselves during the four games on Saturday. Some great skills and sportsmanship were apparent from all the players, who will be hoping for the opportunity to play at Scotstoun Stadium again in the future.

    Players: Jack Hutchinson, Oliver Hutchinson, Malachi Jones, Brandon Lockerby, Ayda Nelson, Ben Quinn, Shanaegh Quinn, Ben Richardson, Joe Wyllie.


    P1-P7 TIGERS AT VIOLETBANK
    TOURNAMENT
    23RD SEPTEMBER 2018

    GREAT PERFORMANCES FROM ALL THE TEAMS

    P1-P3 Match Report by: Ghislaine Duncan

    On Sunday 23rd September ten players from the Annan Micros Team enjoyed friendly games with Newton Stewart, Stewartry, and Langholm Micros at Violetbank, hosted by Annan Rugby Club.

    They played three 10 minute 6-a-side games, one against each of the other teams, and everyone got to play.

    It was the first time playing touch for a lot of the young players but they played really well with a handful of team tries scored! Lots of fun was had by all the participants and spectators on the sunny Sunday.

    Thanks to Coach Andrew Jancey and to all that attended to support the Micros.

    Team: Asten Bell, Daniel Farrell, Greg Copland, Harris Newton, Imoen Duncan, Jack Fieldston, Jake McEwan, Lewis Evans, Rory Vallance and Woody Mechan.

    Team Manager: Ghislaine Duncan

    P4-P5 Match Report by: Heather Tinning

    A squad of enthusiastic Annan Minis P4/5 players took part in their Home Tournament on Sunday 23rd September. The team played well, playing 12 minute games and did the club proud winning all three games.

    Some great tackles and skill from all the players. Brandon Lockerby and Ryan Tinning helped out Newton Stewart to make their numbers in the last game, showing great sportsmanship.

    Scores: Annan 8 - Langholm 2. Annan 4 - Stewartry 2. Annan 4 - Newton Stewart 3.

    Many thanks to Coaches Jim Tweedie and Martin Hutchinson and also all that attended to support the Annan Minis P4/5 players.

    Thanks to Referee Bingo, and to the Grubber staff Clare and Ghislaine.

    Team: Macauly Crawford, Torrin Duncan, Josie Halliday, Jack Hutchinson, Oliver Hutchinson, Malachi Jones, Brandon Lockerby, Cooper Mechan, Ayda Nelson, Ben Quinn, Shaenagh Quinn, Ben Richardson, Dan Stevenson, Ryan Tinning, Joe Wyllie.

    Try Scorers: Jack Hutchinson, Oliver Hutchinson, Malachi Jones, Brandon Lockerby, Ben Richardson, Dan Stevenson

    Team Manager: Heather Tinning

    P6-P7 Match Report by: Jack Tinning

    On a glorious sunny morning for playing Rugby, Annan Minis hosted Stewartry, Langholm and Newton Stewart.

    The players from all the teams didnt let anyone down with the standard of play, all achieving great skill with some good running rugby.

    First up for Annan P6/7's was Langholm. This is a traditionally hard game for all teams with very little between the players in the last few years as they grow up playing each other.

    Annan ended up winning 4-1 with trys from Oban Nicholson, Aaron Kerr and a pair from Harry Norden.

    Next up Stewartry. Stewartry had some big lads playing against Annan's smaller mix of players. This was an end to end game where neither team was on top for any length of time. A 2-2 draw was a fair result with trys from Oban Nicholson and Aaron Kerr.

    Annans last game was against Newton Stewart. Due to a lack of players Newton Stewart were loaned several players from the other teams for all their games. Annan ran out 5-2 winners in this game with trys from Matt Irving, Ethan McDiarmant, Oban Nicholson and Harry Norden.

    All in all a good mornings rugby with the games being played over 12 minutes with a half time allowing coaches to get all players lots of game time.

    Annan need to work on their rucking on opposition ball and needless kicking. As usual the tackling was very good when the ball gets passed to a player in space we have players that can score out wide.

    Annan Minis would like to thank 'Shazza' for being their referee for the day (great effort, talking to the kids all the way through games and let the game flow). Also a big thank you to the Grubber ladies, Clare and Ghislaine.

    Players: Aaron Kerr, Zak Stevenson, Cameron Vivers, Aidan Tinning, Oban Nicholson, Archie Stoddart, Molly Stoddard, Danny Bell, Harry Norden, Matt Irving, Innes Johnstone, Murray Kerr, James Glendinning, Ethan McDiarmant, James Farrell.

    Coaches: Jack Tinning, Ross Johnstone

    Team Manager: Lynn Aitchison


    ARDROSSAN v U14 TIGERS
    WEST T4 A DIVISION
    23RD SEPTEMBER 2018

    GREAT WIN FOR THE U14 TIGERS

    Match Report by: Calum Heughan

    In great conditions for rugby Annan u14 Tigers took on our hosts for the day Ardrossan in what was to be an interesting game of rugby beside the sea.

    Annan elected to go with the wind in the first half and quickly used this to our advantage gaining a quick try from a powering run from Deacon Henderson.

    This was to be a half dominated by Annan as scores started to mount up with regular trips over the home line. Callum Kirk and Ben Latimer scoring well worked tries quickly followed by touchdowns from Fraser Court, Robbie Byers and Adam Hamilton. Fraser McMillan converting 3 and Ben Latimer 2.

    The first half ended with the Tigers 23 to 4 up.

    The second half would see Ardrossan come back at Annan and this was a stiffer test for the youngsters. Ardrossan scored a couple easy tries as Annan let their hosts into the game with some poor tackling. The black and yellows fought back with 2 scores from John Glendinning and 1 from Fraser McMillan with 2 McMillan conversions.

    Some strange and very poor refereeing decisions led to frustration on all sides which led to some ill discipline on the pitch which the coaches dealt with accordingly. The final score of Ardrossan 20 Annan 34 was not a true reflection on how Annan played but a win is a win.

    As usual in this league a 20 minute development game was played to try out players in different positions and give valuable game time to players. And as usual Annan were the only team to use this period correctly.

    Most teams just try to win it where the Tigers use this development time wisely. With 2 great tries from Lennon Anderson on the wing and another from Callum Kirk which he converted this looked like a good period of play for Annan. Unfortunately an injury to Robbie Byers in the last moments of the game put an end to match and our winger now has a bit of time on the sidelines with an injured arm. A better performance from the 21 man squad is a lift and with more games coming thick and fast everyone needs to buckle down.

    Mention must go to Callum Kirk again who played well on his birthday. Liam Ewing playing a full 40 minutes in the front row and Lennon Anderson showing what good support play by a winger can produce. Adam Hamilton was very physical in contact and Finlay Halliday who had a great spell at scrumhalf showing good passing to give the team quick ball from the ruck.

    All in all not a bad day at the office for Annan but improvements can always be made and get well soon Robbie from all the u14 players and staff. Hope to see you back on the pitch soon. A nice stat from the day was 12 tries from 8 different scorers. Well done lads.

    Team: A Render(capt), D Henderson( 1 try), R Armstrong, A Hamilton(1 try), N Patterson, J Plumstead, M Watret, C Kirk( 2 tries, 1 con) B Latimer(1 try,2 cons) F McMillan(1 try, 4 cons) J Glendinning( 2 tries), F Court( 1 try) F Halliday, L Stevenson, R Byers( 1try, 1 broken arm),L Anderson(2 tries) A Kirkup, E Bell, L Ewing, J Arthur, J Mitchell.


    STRATHAVEN v U14 TIGERS
    WEST T4 A DIVISION
    16TH 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
    FRIENDLY
    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
    FRIENDLIES
    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