‘Frustrating and demoralising’ call-off by annan’s opponents
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.”
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.
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.
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!
U14 Tigers are at home to Paisley in a West Conference game with a 12pm kick-off. All players meet as arranged.