Nailbiter secures home semi-final
Melrose 13 Ayr 14
Tries by Robbie Fergusson and Danny McCluskey (above), both converted by Grant Anderson, saw Ayr pip Melrose to the post in the last league game of the season at the Greenyards. It means that the two teams will play each other again next Saturday at Millbrae in the play-off semi-finals. The win also sees the Bill McLaren Shield making its way west. Read the match report here.
Ladies and U16 boys final-bound
Lismore 0 Ayr Ladies 94 Ayr U16s 31 Strathaven U16s 0
Ayr Ladies racked up a huge scoreline to defeat Lismore 94-0 in the BT Plate semi-final in Edinburgh on Sunday, meaning they've made it to Finals Day at Murrayfield in some style. They will face their old rivals Stewartry Sirens in the final.
The U16 boys will have the chance to follow in the U18s' footsteps after they beat Strathaven 31-0 at Millbrae on Sunday to reach the West Regional Cup final. After sharing the National Youth Cup a few weeks ago, they'll be looking to add to their collection of silverware.
Congratulations go to the U15 boys who won the West Regional League on Sunday when they beat GHA 22-5.
Ayr U18s win West Regional Cup
Ayr U18s 22 Dumfries Saints U18s 17
It was a final of great quality and great excitement as Ayr just edged the Saints to claim the West Regional Cup under the floodlights at Millbrae. In their last fifteen-a-side match of the season, the home team were cheered on by a large crowd. Kyle Wood, Johnny McCorkindale and Sam Gray scored the tries, with Paddy Dewhirst kicking two conversions and a penalty. Read the match report here. Congratulations to all players, coaches and parents from everyone at Millbrae!
It was a learning curve for Ayr Ladies' U15 and U18 teams at Murrayfield on Friday evening as they were both runners-up in the Brewin Dolphin Bowl finals. The U15s were beaten 50-24 by Oban, whilst Auchterarder beat the U18s 34-0.
U16s share National Youth Cup
Ayr U16s 17 Stirling County U16s 17
Ayr and Stirling County under-16 boys each played their part in a thrilling National Youth Cup final at Murrayfield on Sunday. They were neck-and-neck the whole way and with seven minutes remaining, it was 14-14 before both sides rustled up three more points to share the trophy. Well done to all players, coaches and parents from everyone at Millbrae!
PLAY RUGBY AT AYR RFC
Ayr has a long and proud tradition of rugby for all, young, old, male and female. Our men's first XV has nurtured the talents of four Scottish international players recently in Gordon Reid, Pat MacArthur, Mark Bennett and Finn Russell. We have a close connection with Glasgow Warriors, with Al Kellock, James Eddie and Dougie Hall, to name but a few, all having donned the pink and black shirt in the past few seasons, as well as our own players training with the Scotstoun side.
There is also a men's second XV and de facto third XV in the shape of Millbrae RFC. The youth section is thriving, with teams from P1s and P2s all the way up to under-18s, as well as girls under-15s and under-18s. The ladies' section is on the rise and currently plays in the BT Women's National League Division 1. Ayr Ladies players Megan Thomson, Lisa Croniken and Emily Irving have represented Scotland under-20s and Irving has one senior cap.
Senior rugby contact - Calum Forrester 07752552972 email@example.com
Youth rugby contact - Stephen Field 07793555946 firstname.lastname@example.org
Women's rugby contact - Stuart Fenwick 07736320624 Stuart.Fenwick@south-ayrshire.gov.uk