Armstrong and Macpherson share POTM
In a first for our online poll, there is a joint winner of the player of the month. David Armstrong (pictured above) and Blair Macpherson both secured the exact amount of votes to be named Ayr's 1st XV player of the month for August/September. It's little wonder they each took 23% of the vote as both have been on excellent form during the first five matches of the season. Congratulations to David and Blair!
Macpherson at the double
Ayr 23 Edinburgh Accies 17
Blair Macpherson scored a brace of tries to help Ayr past a very stubborn Edinburgh Accies at Millbrae on the fiftieth anniversary of the first fixture played at the Alloway ground. Grant Anderson also flew over for a try, whilst Sylvain Diez kicked a penalty and a conversion and Tom Hiddleston added three points on his first XV debut. Read the match report here.
There was another disappointment for the second XV as they were beaten 20-25 by their Accies counterparts.
Three from three for Ayr Ladies
Ayr Ladies 31 Watsonians 24
Ayr Ladies beat Watsonians at Doonside to record their third straight victory of the season and top the BT Women's National League Division 1 table - for the moment at least, as one other result in their division is still be announced. Whether first or second in the table, it's still a great result as the Ladies were missing a few regulars.
The Ladies' next match is away to Cartha QP on Sunday 5th October, kick-off 2pm.
Thousands raised for CLIC Sargent
Last month'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 affected by cancer and their families. 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, 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 firstname.lastname@example.org
Youth Rugby contact:
Stephen Field - 07793 555946 email@example.com