‘Frus­trat­ing and de­mor­al­is­ing’ call-off by an­nan’s op­po­nents

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An­nan’s 1st XV were left without a game once again on Satur­day when league op­po­nents He­lens­burgh called off as they were un­able to raise a team.

Club pres­i­dent Gary Cou­p­land said: “This was the third game this year to be called off by teams trav­el­ling to An­nan for a BT West 1 league fix­ture, the other teams be­ing Oban and Cam­bus­lang.

“It is ap­pre­ci­ated that much of this is out­with the con­trol of the league author­i­ties but it is very frus­trat­ing and de­mor­al­is­ing for all the staff, coaches, play­ers, vol­un­teers and sup­port­ers at An­nan that this has oc­curred so of­ten this sea­son, par­tic­u­larly when peo­ple rear­range their days ac­cord­ingly to play and as­sist at the games and re­lated after-match ac­tiv­i­ties.

“It is for­tu­nate that our 2nd XV fix­ture still went ahead against Cum­nock 2nds on this oc­ca­sion which al­le­vi­ated any sig­nif­i­cant im­pact on the club.”

Sec­onds win

The 2nd XV had an em­phatic 76-0 league win against Cum­nock 2nds at Vi­o­let­bank on Satur­day.

In a su­perb dis­play of run­ning rugby, An­nan scored four tries in the first half and dou­bled their haul in the sec­ond half with an­other eight tries.

All in all this was a fine per­for­mance from the hosts with both for­wards and backs putting in solid per­for­mances both in at­tack and de­fence.

It has to be said that the visi­tors fought hard es­pe­cially con­sid­er­ing they ar­rived with only 14 men with an­other two hav­ing to re­tire in­jured in the sec­ond half al­beit An­nan sup­plied a cou­ple of re­place­ments to bol­ster their ef­forts.

An­nan’s try scor­ers were Lo­gan Johnstone (2), Zak Locker­bie (2), Gavin Lynch (2), Tam Sloan, Max Thor­burn, Jack Ogilvie, Fin­lay Lau­rie, Corey Park and Neal Cou­p­land. Adam Carlyle added eight con­ver­sions to com­plete the scor­ing.

This week­end

With the Au­tumn in­ter­na­tion­als tak­ing cen­tre stage for the next three weeks, An­nan’s se­nior male teams have no games this week­end. On Satur­day the Scot­land v Samoa game is on in the club­house. Doors open at 1.30pm for the 2.30pm kick-off.

an­nan War­riors

After last week’s loss in Ed­in­burgh to Broughton Ladies in the league, it’s the turn of an­other Ed­in­burgh team to take on the War­riors at Vi­o­let­bank on Sun­day. This time it’s Wat­so­ni­ans Ladies in the third round of the Sarah Beaney Cup.

In the Cup, the War­riors first round game against Ar­dross­san was a walkover and they beat Glas­gow Uni Ladies in the sec­ond round. This is the first game for Wat­so­ni­ans Ladies in the Cup as Premier League teams en­ter the cup in round three.

In the league, Wat­so­ni­ans ladies started off slowly and lost their first three games but have since found their form and have won con­vinc­ingly in their last three.

The Ed­in­burgh team are over­whelm­ing favourites in this match and it’s go­ing to be a big ask of the War­riors to get a re­sult in the game but they are not called the War­riors for noth­ing!

Youth rugby

U14 Tigers are at home to Pais­ley in a West Con­fer­ence game with a 12pm kick-off. All play­ers meet as ar­ranged.

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