Finn and Gordy for Rugby Park action
Finn Russell will claim his fifth cap on Saturday as Scotland take on Tonga at Rugby Park in Kilmarnock. Gordon Reid is again named amongst the replacements, but fellow Ayrshire lad Mark Bennett is absent. He will be out of action for twelve weeks with a hamstring injury. We wish him a good recovery, and also wish Finn, Gordy and all the Scotland team good luck!
Although Pat MacArthur has missed out on international duty this autumn, he will be turning out for Glasgow Warriors in their Guinness Pro12 match against the Scarlets on Friday evening. He recently won the Warriors' Player of the Month award.
Ayr Ladies pipped by Cartha in the Cup
Ayr Ladies 12 Cartha Ladies 15
It was a dramatic encounter between Ayr Ladies and Cartha Ladies at Millbrae in the second round of the Sarah Beaney Cup, with a few scuffles breaking out, a yellow card for the visitors and an ambulance called for one of the pink ladies - we all wish second row Ruth Barclay-Paterson a speedy recovery from injury. It was the more experienced Cartha Ladies who snuck the win, despite two tries from Ayr centre Laura Turner and a terrific conversion under pressure from Jackie O'Neil. Read the match report here.
Robbie wins player of the month
Robbie Fergusson has been voted October's player of the month. He took 28% of the vote in our online poll, leaving his team-mates trailing in his wake. The 21-year-old has been on great form since making his comeback against Currie (pictured above) a few weeks ago.
Scotland players drop into Millbrae
As part of their Backing Blue Road Trip, Sean Lamont, Sean Maitland, Rob Harley, Stuart Hogg and former Ayr players Finn Russell, Gordon Reid and Mark Bennett dropped into Millbrae on Wednesday night with members of the Scotland Women's team. They answered questions from the minis and talked to Fiona Shields from West FM as they looked to increase the anticipation of the first ever Scotland international rugby match taking place in Ayrshire against Tonga in Kilmarnock.
Thousands raised for CLIC Sargent
August's Ladies' Lunch at Millbrae raised a tremendous £3762 for charity. The bi-annual festivities are organised by the club's social co-ordinator Eilidh Rankin who always puts a huge effort into not only planning a great day for the ladies but also supporting a good cause.
This time round, it's something close to all our hearts as the funds raised have been donated to CLIC Sargent, who support children, and their families, affected by cancer. 1st XV player Robbie Fergusson, pictured above with Eilidh and Maxine from CLIC Sargent, is currently undergoing treatment for Hodgkin Lymphoma, so donating to this cause was more than apt.
A huge thank you to everyone who attended Ladies' Day at the end of August and gave so generously.
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, Ed Kalman, Jon Welsh and Al Kellock, to name but a few, played for Ayr whilst Pat MacArthur, Gordon Reid, Mark Bennett 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Rugby contact:
Stephen Field - 07793 555946 email@example.com