Weekend Review

The Ayrshire Bulls managed to scrape victory over Stirling County at Bridgehaugh on Sunday, battling the elements as much the opposition.

 

The rain did its' best to deter any attacking rugby, but the Bulls managed to muster a solo try and penalty to secure a 0-8 victory.

Speaking afterwards, Peter Murchie was happy with how his men managed the conditions: "We learnt a lot. We learnt that guys are willing to dig in for each other.

 

"We have got guts".

 

A Ross Thompson penalty was the only difference for majority of the match, before Nico Griffiths sealed the win with a score five minutes from the final whistle. Even then the score came in benny hill fashion, with neither side mustering a convincing threat for the full eighty.

 

The ball spewed out the back of a ruck on County's try-line for Griffiths to legally dive over and get a palm on the ball. There was a brief period of confusion before the ref confirmed the score with his assistants.

 

Ross Thompson was named FOSROC Man of the Match, after weathering (quite literally) the storm better than his Stirling counterparts.

 

The sides don’t get much of a break from each other, with the two going at it again this Saturday. Ayr are the hosts this time, welcoming Stirling to Millbrae at 14.00.

 

It was similar fortunes for the Club XV the day prior, securing victory over Boroughmuir at Millbrae. A 26-12 win got Stuart Fenwick's men back on track after a disappointing month of November.

 

At the final whistle, Stuart said: "This feels much better. The spirit amongst the boys has been good as well, it is a big weight off their shoulders getting that win.

 

"It would have been really easy to batten down the hatches in those conditions, but we stuck to our game plan and continued to play rugby".

 

Matt Donaldson was named Slaters Menswear Man of the Match.

 

They will look to build momentum into this Saturday’s fixture against league leaders Biggar. They play after the Bulls on the 1st XV pitch at 16.00.

 

The Ladies team lost on Sunday to Cartha in the Tennent's Premiership Play-offs. Despite a close first half, with Cartha leading 7-0 at the break, the hosts broke away to secure a 33-0 win and league safety.

 

 

The Ladies will now face Heriots this weekend in a relegation shootout. A neutral venue is still to be decided.


Action-Packed Weekend!

After the big freeze last weekend all four senior sides are back in action over the next two days.

 

It is a double header at Millbrae tomorrow with the Club XV and Ayr/Millbrae both in action. The Club XV will look to get their season back on track when they welcome Boroughmuir. A settled pack has been named, with a re-jig in the backs.

 

U18s star Dylan Wilson has been cleared for adult rugby and makes his debut at 13. Sam Gray comes onto the bench and will also make his debut if used.

 

Ayr/Millbrae host Glasgow Accies.

 

On Sunday the Bulls travel to their nearest opposition, Stirling County.

 

The ladies are also in action, and face Cartha Queens Park in the Tennent's Women's Play-offs. Action gets underway at Dumbrek from 16.00. The team is yet to be announced.

 

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Team News

It is another busy weekend for the Millbrae sides, with all four senior sides in action.

 

Tomorrow the Ayrshire Bulls host Watsonians Rugby at Millbrae, the Club XV head to Myreside and Ayr/Millbrae travel to Hamilton.

 

On Sunday the Ladies face Cartha Queens Park in the Tennent's Women's Premiership Play-offs.

 

Here are how your teams will line-up:


Reid pens partnership contract with Warriors

The Ayrshire Bulls and Glasgow Warriors have agreed a partnership deal over prop Gordon Reid, which will see the Scotland International train full-time at Scotstoun.

Photo - Craig Watson.

 

Reid will remain an Ayrshire Bulls player, but will train with Dave Rennie’s squad and provide cover at loosehead prop for the remainder of the Guinness PRO14 and Heineken Champions Cup campaigns.

 

 

 

Speaking to glasgowwarriors.org, Reid said: "I'm excited to be back at Scotstoun.

 

 

 

 

"I'll still be playing with the Ayrshire Bulls, but will also be available for the Warriors, so it is a win-win situation".

 

 

 

Reid starts in the number one jersey tomorrow at Millbrae, when the Bulls welcome top-of-the-table Watsonians Rugby.

 

 

 

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Ayr Rugby Announce Partnership with Trump Turnberry

Ayr Rugby and Trump Turnberry, A Luxury Collection resort has today, Friday 29 November, announced a partnership for the 2019/2020 season, which sees them come onboard as a key sponsor.

The partnership will allow Turnberry to work alongside the Ayrshire club in their quest to position the game of rugby to all, whilst contributing towards education, wellbeing, employment and inclusiveness across the Ayrshire community.

 

Passionate about opening up the sport to all, the hotel has focused its sponsorship on the Ayr Ladies and Junior teams. Ayr Ladies; which was formed in 2012 and have risen quickly to compete in the top tier of Scottish women’s rugby, will proudly display the Turnberry logo on their shirts as part of the partnership. Another keystone for the hotel is getting youngsters into sport and developing their skills. This is seen in the various junior golf camps that the hotel runs throughout the year and the golf skills development that the PGA Professionals attend at local schools. The partnership with Ayr Rugby will see Turnberry named as the sponsor for the Ayr Rugby Mini Tournament.

 

Ayr Rugby has recently announced the launch of the new semi-professional Super6 side, the Ayrshire Bulls. This positive development in the club teams also brings about the signing of Scotland internationalist, Gordon Reid to the Ayrshire Bulls. Hailing from Ayrshire, he re-joins Ayr Rugby; playing in the new Super6 team, after nine years of playing for Glasgow Warriors and London Irish.  ‘Gordy’ has recently returned from Japan after competing in the Scotland team at the Rugby World Cup.

A mainstay of Scottish hospitality and golf for over 100 years, Turnberry is well known for its luxurious bedrooms, outstanding dining options, championship golf courses and recently renovated spa and fitness facilities. The iconic resort was recently recognised by Condé Nast Traveler as one of the Top 30 Resorts in Europe.

Ralph Porciani, General Manager at Trump Turnberry, said: “We are delighted to be partnering with Ayr Rugby this season. This felt like a natural partnership as both the rugby club and the resort have a long history in Scottish sport. We recognise that sport should be for everyone, which is why we are focusing our sponsorship on the junior and ladies teams. We wish the club the greatest of success for the future.”

Jim McKay, Ayr RFC President, said: “It is great to have Turnberry on board as a prestigious, Internationally renowned brand and an Ayrshire hotel with close ties to the community. As a club, we have grown our ladies and junior sides and recently launched the Ayrshire Bulls. The partnership with Turnberry will further enhance the clubs position in the heart and centre of the community.”

 

For more information on Turnberry, visit http://www.trumphotels.com/Turnberry

For more information on Ayr Rugby Club, visit https://www.ayrrugbyclub.co.uk/


The Bulls charge to five points at the Greenyards

The Ayrshire Bulls bagged their second win on the bounce with an emphatic 10-29 victory over Southern Knights at the Greenyards.

 

 

It was a slow starter, with the teams locked horns at 3-3 after 35 minutes before two scores in quick succession sent the Bulls on their way.

On the full-time whistle Head Coach Peter Murchie was elated with his sides performance: “I’m really happy to come down to the Southern Knights and get five points.

 

“The Knights gave away a lot of penalties in the first half and that gave us field position. We were frustrated we weren’t taking opportunities… we then managed to get one, then a yellow card (to the knights), then we executed a good backline play so went in with a fairly healthy lead”.

 

Scotland U20s star Ross Thompson, who was selected over club stalwart Frazier Climo to start, was named FOSROC Man of the Match after a 14-point haul. Peter Murchie was delighted with his performance: “We need to give guys opportunities. We have a 35-man squad… He has done well off the bench in the first two games and we gave him an opportunity tonight.

 

“He did well, managed the game well in the first half and scored a good try”.

 

The 3-3 stalemate was broken on the 37th minute by Sam Kitchen, who barrelled over from the back of a rolling maul. Thompson converted before adding a score of his own a minute later.

 

The fly-half palmed off his opposite number to spring through the line and finish masterfully. He added the extras for good measure, too.

 

Half-time: Southern Knights 3-17 Ayrshire Bulls.

 

The hosts struck first after the break with Russell Anderson dotting down in similar style to Kitchen’s earlier effort. Jason Baggot slotted the conversion to make it 10-17.

 

The Bulls’ hooker wasn’t done yet and stretched the lead on the 55th minute. Once again latching onto the back of the maul, this time kitchen broke off on a slowly run. He dived clear in the corner, unphased by his trademark red scrum-cap being ripped off on the charge.

 

The final try for Ayr came courtesy of Glasgow Warrior Stafford McDowall, who charged down a kick in the 22, gathered and ran home. Thompson poetically ended the scoring with the conversion.

 

Full-Time: Southern Knights 10-29 Ayrshire Bulls.

 

 

It was different fortunes for the Club XV, who struggled to get going against Heriots Blues, losing 38-0.


PREVIEW - Busy weekend for the Millbrae Men

It is a busy weekend for Ayr's Men's senior sides, with the Club XV away to Heriots and the Ayrshire Bulls at the Greenyards.

For those not making the trips east and south respectively, the Ayr/Wellington U18s will be at Millbrae to take on Highland - with a win securing top spot in the Mitsubishi Conference.

The Bulls will look to kick-on from their 32-27 win over Boroughmuir Bears last Saturday. After two rounds with home comforts, they hit the road for the first time, traveling to face newly-named Southern Knights in the Borders.

 

A rebrand of similar intention to ours, the foot of Eildon Hill has been a happy hunting ground for Peter Murchie. In his former role at Ayr he went last season unbeaten, downing the then-defending champions in the league and Scottish Cup Semi-final.

 

He makes a few tweaks to his side, particularly in the backs. Craig Gossman comes in for Tom Lewis, with Rory Hughes exchanged for his Warriors teammate Robbie Nairn. Fellow Warrior Stafford McDowall retains the 12 jersey joining Tyler Beary in the midfield, replacing Danny McCluskey. Frazier Climo is dropped to the bench for Ross Thompson, who starts at fly-half.

The pack is relatively unchanged from the one that played majority of last week, with Graham Geldenhuys in for Blair Macpherson. In the front row Nicolas Griffiths replaces Ruairidh Sayce.

 

The game kicks-off at 17.30 and you can follow the action every step of the way on Twitter @AyrshireBulls.

The Club XV travel east to face Heriots Blues at Goldenacre. A disappointing loss to Kelso last time out will still be fresh on their minds, with tomorrow providing an opportunity to get back on track.

 

It'll be no easy feat, with the capital side currently sitting second in Tennent's National 1.

 

Some injuries have forced Head Coach Stuart Fenwick's hand, who selects an array of changes from last week's squad.

 

Ben Cree comes in for Scott Clelland at tight-head, with Zander Howie entering the engine-room for Craig Brown. David Young is busy tying the knot so U18s star Cameron Young comes into the back-row. Congratulations David, from all at Ayr Rugby.

 

Camie Black moves to nine replacing Matt Donaldson. A new midfield of Andy Morrison and Ewan Aitken sees the later make his debut. Skipper Johnny Mccorkindale shifts back to his familiar position of full-back.

 

Jack Finnie, Iain Coleman and Nathan Gilmour come onto the bench, and will all make their debut if used. Craig Doolan returns from injury to complete the substitutes.

 

The game kicks-off at 14.00 and you can follow the action on Twitter @OfficialAyrRFC.

Millbrae will still be in action, with the U18s hosting Highland.

 

The squad all but confirmed the Mitsubishi U18s Confrenece last week with a historic win against Boroughmuir at Meggatland - a win tomorrow confirms it.

 

Head Coach Bryan Crossan has named a strong side for the contest, with a scattering of Ayr Rugby Senior Academy players and Glasgow and the South prospects lining up. Their passionate leader, Michael Lafferty, captains the side.


ACR EPOS Systems Join Ayr Rugby Family

Ayr Rugby are delighted to announce that ACR Epos Systems have come on board as sponsors of both Ayr Rugby and the Ayrshire Bulls. Pictured is ACR Director Paul Steven alongside his courtyard advertising board and sponsored player Harry Warr. The company have also sponsored Bull’ Ollie Smith.

ACR supply a wide and varied range of innovative hardware and software solutions. As one of the largest resellers of Sharp POS they are able to meet the most demanding requirements for every hospitality and retail business; from a single café to a large chain of pubs, hotels and restaurants, improving your business efficiency and increasing your turnover.

 

Paul, who also coaches with our Ayr/ Wellington Minis section, expressed delight with coming on board: “As an Ayrshire based company what better way to show your support to a local club and the youngsters, these are very exciting times for Ayr Rugby Club and the Ayrshire Bulls and ACR are proud to be part of it.”

 

 

Ayr Rugby C.O.O Glen Tippett was equally positive: “Our youth system is the spine of our club and that is down to the hard work of guys like Paul taking time out of their busy schedules to coach. We are delighted he has decided to further that support and come on board as a sponsor of both the club and the Bulls.

 

“The service ACR Epos Systems provide at the club is fantastic, allowing us to meet the demands of busy match-days and our extensive social calendar”.


Ayr fall to Kelso in high-scoring affair

On Saturday Ayr Club XV fell short against a powerful Kelso side in a high scoring affair which ended 33-43. Ayr looked in control for most of proceedings, but a lapse in concentration to start the second half resulted in the visitors running in three scores in quick succession. From then on it would have been a tall order for the hosts to salvage a result.

Ayr took an early lead just five minutes in. Scrum half Matt Donaldson took a few steps out from the ruck before feeding the charging Zac Howard, who ran against the grain to cut through Kelso’s line and under the posts. Donaldson added the extras from the tee.

 

Kelso retaliated in kind, bagging two converted scores to assert themselves in the match. On both occasions it was centre Frank Robson penetrating through the midfield to score.

 

The lead didn’t last long and soon it was all chalked up courtesy of early-substitute Ross Gilmour. The utility back, who was making his 1stXV debut, managed to squeeze over out wide with a man advantage. Donaldson slotted the touchline conversion to level the game.

 

The Millbrae Men found themselves back on top soon after when Euan Hamilton, charged down, kicked on and retrieved the ball to score. Donaldson made it a 21-14 game.

Ayr failed to pull away, and Robson secured his first half hat-trick to level proceedings at the break.

 

Half-time: Ayr RFC 21-21 Kelso RFC.

 

The visitors struck first with the game back underway. A powerful scrum got the better of the Ayr pack and a good shove-on managed to drive the hosts over their own line for Kev Dryden to tap down.

 

They stretched the lead further by latching onto a stray Ayr pass and hacking the ball downfield for Paudie Lawlor to dive clear.

 

Ayr were dealt another blow soon after, with Kelso fly-half Craig Dodds throwing a whizzing pass out to open winger Mark Wilson. Dodds’ conversion made it a 21-40 lead.

 

The hosts got themselves back into the contest when a bit of quick-thinking from Craig Brown seen him tap a penalty and charge over before Kelso could react. Adam MacDonald, also a debutant, made it a 12-point game from the tee.

 

The final act for Ayr came courtesy of Seth Rae, who dotted down from the back of a scrum.

 

Craig Dodds concluded events, slotting a penalty to take the game away from Ayr.

 

Full-Time: Ayr RFC 33-43 Kelso RFC.

 

Zac Howard continued in his rich vein of form to be named Slaters Menswear Man of the Match. The winger was Octobers Player of the Month and followed up with a well taken try and gutsy 80 minute display.

 

 

The Club XV will aim to bounce back this Saturday when they travel to Goldenacre to face Heriots Blues. The game kicks off at 14.00.


Bulls edge Bears in high-scoring thriller

Earlier today at Millbrae the Ayrshire Bulls bounced back from opening round defeat to muscle past Broughmuir Bears 32-27.

The Bulls were crusing with the game reaching its' conclusion, but a beligerent Bears team grabbed two at the death to flatter the opposition.

Despite not putting the visitors to bed late in the contest, Peter Murchie is happy with the final outcome: "When you have worked hard for a 70 minutes period to concide to late tries is dissapointing, but the main focus of the performance is that we are pleased because we can't beat guys with a stick all the time".

 

The head coach was also delighted with how the new faces to Millbrae took their opportunities: "They (the newcomers) looked dangerous and we managed to get in behind a few times. The guys who came in did a good job and the experience the pro-players in the backline brought helped us".

 

It was a dream start for the Bulls, with Warriors duo McDowall and Hughes linking up to draw first blood. McDowall put a dink through the line into the dead ball area for Hughes to dive clear. Frazier Climo, kited out in his beloved Taranaki colours, slotted the conversion.

 

The Bears retaliated in kind, with a quick try and penalty snatching control of the game after 13 minutes.

 

Sam Kitchen got the next score, latching onto the back of a devastating rolling maul which marched up the field from the 22.  The score was followed by another, with winger Tom Lewis diving clear moments later. Lewis was a busy man in the first half, popping up in the backline to provide go-forward for the Bulls.

 

Half-time: Ayrshire Bulls 19-10 Boroughmuir Bears.

 

The bears opened up the second half with a penalty to scrape back the deficit.

 

After an hour played Ollie Smith hit a beautiful inside line to weave past the defence. He fed the supporting McDowall, who inturn fed Hughes to bag his second.

 

The result looked confirmed when Climo stretched the lead on 68 minutes, with a routine penalty in front of the posts to make it (27-13)

 

With seven minutes left to play Graham Geldenhuys put the icing on the cake, with a score out wide to make it 32-13.

 

With the result put to bed the Bulls took their foot off the gas, allowing Bears to run in two late tries and steal a losing-bonus point.

FULL-TIME: Ayrshire Bulls 32-27 Boroughmuir Bears.

 

For an all-round abrasive performance and a nifty 40 yard break, Lars Morrice was named FOSROC Man of the Match.

 

On the seconds pitch It was defeat for the Club XV, who secured a try- bonus point against Kelso, losing 33-43.