Close encounter brings opening win
Ayr 28 Gala 24
Ayr got their first BT Premiership win under their belt as they beat Gala 28-24 in a close and at times fiery match at Millbrae which saw Gala lock Chris Weir sin-sinned for throwing a punch. The visitors got on the scoreboard after a minute with a George Graham try, but Ayr struck back via scrum-half David Armstrong, who was voted man of the match after a sterling first XV debut. Blair Macpherson (pictured above) and Grant Anderson also scored, with Ross Curle adding the conversions and penalties. Read more in the match report.
Ayr Ladies got their pre-season underway with a 40-10 victory over Greenock Ladies at Millbrae. It was only the fourth game for the visitors, who put in a good showing.
Ayr U18s retain 10s trophy
It was the fourth annual Ayr Under-18s pre-season 10s tournament at the weekend and the hosts retained the trophy for the third year in a row. Six teams competed, including two school sides for the first time - Marr College, Wellington School, Ayr RFC, Cartha QP RFC, Livingston RFC and Stewartry RFC. Ayr beat Marr to get to the final where they triumphed over Wellington, who had beaten Cartha in their semi-final. The bowl final was contested by Stewartry and Livingston, with the former victorious.
Everyone at Ayr sends their best wishes to Cartha player Taylor who was injured during the tournament. He has been released from hospital and is now recovering.
Youth registration now open
As we head towards pre-season for the seniors, it's also time to get the youngsters ready for 2014/15. Please find the youth registration form here.
PLAY RUGBY AT AYR RFC
Winners of the RBS Premiership, RBS Cup and first ever on the McLaren Shield.
Would you like to play rugby at one of Scotland's top clubs? Then come along to Ayr RFC which has teams at every age group from the youngest Minis ( and teams at P3 - P7), S1s, S2s, Under 15s, U16s, U18s - all sucessful in their leagues, cups and festivals and tournaments. Our 2nd XV play in the top division of the national reserve leagues and of course our 1st XV are one of the best sides in the RBS Premiership and are the only Scottish team to have reached the knock-out stages of the British and Irish Cup.
There are qualified coaches at every age group and at the top level we have three UKCC Level 3 coaches as well as SRU Coach Educators. The club runs its own Academy to enhance player development and we have a close working relationship with Glasgow Warriors. You can really put yourself in the shop window at Ayr including training with the professional team if you're up to the mark.
Ayr and Glasgow Warrior Gordon Reid leads the charge against Munster in the British and Irish Cup supported by Glasgow Warrior Calum Forrester and Moray Low, the Warriors and Scotland prop.
Last season James Eddie, Mark Bennett, Ed Kalman, Jon Welsh and Al Kellock, to name but a few, played for Ayr whilst Pat MacArthur, Gordon Reid and Finn Russell have all been capped for Scotland.
The club offers 2nd XV rugby in the top Reserve League and at every age group down to the minis at 4/5 years old.
Senior Rugby contact:
Calum Forrester - 07752552972 email@example.com
Youth Rugby contact:
Stephen Field - 07793 555946 firstname.lastname@example.org