Fosroc Named Title Sponsor for Super6

Fosroc Constructive Solutions has today been named as the title partner of Scottish Rugby’s new part-time professional competition Super6 for its inaugural season.

The leading international manufacturer is currently the official academy sponsor for Scottish Rugby and this strengthens the partnership between the two.

Ayr Rugby C.O.O Glen Tippett was delighted with the news, stating: "Having a company of Fosroc's stature come on-board with the Super6 is massive.

"The league is starting to piece together nicely and we cannot wait for our opening game on November 10th".

Scottish Rugby’s Chief Operating Officer, Dominic McKay said: “I am delighted Fosroc is continuing to invest in the future of the game in Scotland and helping to develop Scotland’s pipeline of talent. It gives me great pleasure to welcome Fosroc into the Super6 competition which is now in a strong position ahead of its inaugural season beginning in November.”

Scottish Rugby Commercial Operations Manager, Al Kellock added: “Having Fosroc’s support of our Academy has been hugely beneficial to Scottish Rugby. The recent Scotland match against France saw the first academy graduate since their support began, Grant Stewart, win his first cap.

“Each Super6 team will have five players from the Fosroc Academy playing for them, which is designed to link the development of young players into the player pathway - Super6 gives these players a high level of competition within Scotland.”

“The Fosroc Super6 is really starting to take shape and this important new title sponsor adds to the already fantastic range of partners we have on board.”


Ayr seal five-pointer at Meggetland

Ayr 1st XV secured a massive road win this afternoon at Boroughmuir in a game that hung in the balance from start to finish. Despite trailing at half-time Ayr set up their stall defensively after the break and held the host scoreless to win 16-22.

A harsh wind plagued proceedings resulting in an unsavory error count but Head Coch Stuart Fenwick is proud of how his men dogged out a result: "It wasn't pretty, but it was a bonus-point win away from home, so we will take the positives from that.

"It is a tough place to win in a very unknown league but the young boys involved showed character to get a result in a game that could have gone either way".

The hosts drew first blood with a routine penalty kick four minutes in but Ayr were first to cross the whitewash. Fly-half Andy Morrison floated through an illusive tackle to trot up the field before drawing the last man and finding Harry Lynch with a one-handed offload. The centre, who was at the heart of the majority of Ayr's go-forward in the fixture, cantered clear.

Boroughmuir's 14 answered back with two scores of his own to take a controlling 13-5 lead after just 20 minutes. They managed to stretch their lead seven minutes later with a penalty.

Those 16 points were to be their only of the game, and Ayr mounted a charge with the half coming to a close.

Ayr's control was generated from the set-piece. The scrum punished Boroughmuir and Stuart Collier had the line-out orchestrating superbly.

Zac Howard was to be the next scorer when the ball was shipped wide for the winger to dive clear through contact.

Half-Time: Boroughmuir Rugby 16-10 Ayr RFC.

The next score came from a Boroughuir mishap. A dropped ball at the back of their scrum allowed Matt Donaldson to pounce and dive clear unscathed. Jamie Bova nailed the conversion to take a 16-17 lead.

The final score of the match came through James Pinkerton. The crafty back started the play with a slicing run through the defence towards the try-line. The ball was then shipped wide to the forwards before coming back for Pinkerton to dot down out wide.

Full-Time: Boroughmuir 16-22 Ayr RFC.

Stuart Collier was named Slaters Menswear Man of the Match.


Preview - Settled squad for Boroughmuir Clash

Ayr RFC 1st XV will look to kick on from last week's rampant victory when they travel to Meggetland tomorrow to face Boroughmuir.

 

The young squad is starting to settle after a few games together, and five points on the opening weekend of the league was the perfect catalyst for development.

Stuart Fenwick has made a handful of changes to his squad ahead of tomorrow's encounter. In the front row Stuart Collier comes in to replace Scott Clelland and Ben Paterson starts at loose-head, with Dave Young reverting to the flank. The engine-room remains unchanged.

Matt Donaldson returns from a hand injury to start at nine, partnering Andy Morrison. Jamie Bova moves to the wing to make way for James Pinkerton in the midfield. James Baird drops to the bench.

 

Ayr/Millbrae are in action closer to home tomorrow. They welcome Hamilton to Millbrae in their first test of the new season. Kick-off is at 15.00 on the 2XV pitch, with the U18s hosting Boroughmuir U18s on the 1s pitch at 14.00. A repeat of the 2019 Scottish Youth Cup Final, it promises to be a cracker.

If you can't make it to Meggetland or Millbrae tomorrow follow the action every step of the way on Twitter @OfficialAyrRFC.


Bulls to play Newcastle Falcons in Friendly

Scottish Rugby has confirmed that the six semi-professional Super6 franchises will all face Newcastle Falcons XV in a series of friendlies. The Ayrshire Bulls will travel to Kingston Park on Saturday 1st of February, kicking-off at 19.30.

The game falls in-between the domestic Super6 season and the cross border fixtures with Wales.

Speaking of what it means to test themselves against English opposition, Murchie said: "I think the fixture against Newcastle is an excellent addition to our fixture list. Traveling to the North of England and taking on what I am sure will be a very tough opponent will be a great challenge for the squad.

"It also further exposes our players to different teams and playing styles that can only add to our players' development".

Super6 On-Field Development Lead, Sean Lineen, added: “It’s great to be able to extend our partnership with Newcastle Falcons and we’re pleased that these fixtures have been added to the calendar for the Super6 clubs.

"It will give the newly formed squads time on the pitch and allows our teams the opportunity to play against some quality opposition where the standard of rugby will be extremely competitive".

NEWCASTLE FALCONS XV fixtures

Sun 6 Oct: v Heriot’s (Kingston Park, 3pm)

Sat 19 Oct: v Heriot’s (Goldenacre, 2.30pm)

Sun 2 Nov: v Stirling County (Kingston Park, 4.30pm)

Sat 28 Dec: v Southern Knights (Kingston Park, 3pm)

Sat 11 Jan: v Watsonians Rugby (Myreside, 3pm)

Sat 1 Feb: v Ayrshire Bulls (Kingston Park, 7.30pm)

Fri 3 Apr: v Boroughmuir Bears (Kingston Park, 7.30pm)

For the full domestic Super6 fixture list, click here.


Murchie Bolsters Bulls with Two Signings

Peter Murchie has revealed that former Ayr RFC Skipper Peter McCallum and South African back-row Graham Geldenhuys have joined the Ayrshire Bulls ahead of the maiden Super6 season.

McCallum will be no stranger to the Millbrae crowd, having captained the side for the past three seasons, lifting the Premiership trophy twice and the Scottish Cup once. He was the BT Premiership Player of the season in 2016 and has also captained his country on numerous occasions at club level.

 

24-year old Geldenhuys comes to Ayrshire from Greene King IPA Championship side Jersey Reds. Before his two-year stint there he represented the Sharks in the Currie Cup. The 110kg 6’3” man-mountain is equally adept at six, seven or eight.

 

Speaking of McCallum, who led Ayr to a domestic double last season, Murchie said: “Pete signing with the Bulls is a big boost to the team, he is one of the most experienced and successful players from the club game.

 

“Not only has Pete been involved with numerous title-winning teams but he has captained those teams as well as leading the Club international side, this experience is vital as we enter this new period. I firmly believe that Pete can be highly influential on the pitch and continue to develop with the Bulls”.

 

Geldenhuys has been training with the Bulls for a few weeks now, and Murchie is pleased with what he has seen: “Graham has got experience of playing at a high level and was involved with Jersey Reds in the English Championship last season, who are one of the top teams in that division.

 

“He also went on loan to Moseley for the tail end of last season and was heavily involved in them staying in the division. We believe that Graham will fit into the way we play well and give us something a little different to what we already have, in that he is very comfortable of playing at 7 whilst still being a powerful ball carrier”.

 

Confirmed players so far:

 

Gordon Reid, 32, Prop

Frazier Climo, 32, Fly-Half

Ruairidh Sayce, 21, Prop

Ollie Smith, 19, Outside-Back (Stage 3 Player)

Lewis Anderson, 23, Hooker

Isaac McNulty, 22, Centre

George Bordill, 21, Back Row

Lars Morrice, 24, Second Row

Euan McLaren, 20, Prop (Stage 3 Player)

Marshall Sykes, 20, Second Row (Stage 3 Player)

Peter McCallum, 27, Number Eight

Graham Geldenhuys, 24, Back Row


Ayr get up-and-running with Ladies Day win

The new-look Ayr RFC took to their second game of the season at Millbrae against Watsonians on a beautiful Saturday afternoon, which saw a game of two very different halves as Ayr fought back in the second to secure an impressive victory over the Edinburgh outfit.

After only thirty seconds Ayr managed to open the scoring with an excellent try coming from full-back Johnny McCorkindale.

 

A good kick-off allowed Ayr to hit hard on the halfway line where Bova, seizing the opportunity, made a piercing run and broke free before his clever offload freed up McCorkindale to touch down for the try. Bova’s conversion was denied by the bar.

 

Watsonians responded in kind, managing to get over the line in the first attempt after picking themselves up from the early blow, but were thwarted as Ayr held them up. They couldn’t be kept out on the second attempt as Richardson finished a great attacking move from the visitors. Kerr Stoddart nailed the conversion.

 

Ayr continued pressuring - but the visitors continue to keep them out with strong defence. On the quarter mark, both divides of the Millbrae crowd had plenty to shout about with a very physical back and forth approach to the beginning of the first half.

 

Ayr managed to turn defence into attack when Zac Howard broke with Mccorkindale hot on his heels. The wing managed to collect his grubber before passing straight to the full-back who continued on a marauding run, beating off one, then two, then three defenders to score an emphatic try. Bova stepped up and added the extras.

 

Despite an excellent try being scored, a moment of panic struck as Ayr miscommunication at the back gifted the Edinburgh outfit a try, with Watsonians latching onto a loose pass and grabbing the points. The conversion flew wide and the score stood at 12-12.

 

Despite heroic defensive efforts from the likes of youngsters James Baird and Scott Clelland the Edinburgh side pushed through via Tom Richardson, finishing off a counter-attack. Stoddart’s kick skewed wide again leaving the score at Ayr 12-17 Watsonians.

 

HT AYR 12 WATS 17

 

As the second half kicked off, Ayr hit back in similar stunning style as Johnny McCorkindale popped upper his hat-trick, finishing the phases by crashing through the tackle in bull-like fashion to dot down.

 

Colliers’ introduction to the game injected that little bit more energy into the team, with scrums looking even better than before and Ayr looking ever so confident in the opening of the second half.

 

As they say, start as you mean to go on, and that's exactly what Ayr did with Zac Howard getting himself over the line and more points on the board. Jamie Bova drew the oncoming player in before he releasing Howard through a gap in the line.

 

Before you knew it they were in again! Bova decided to put his own stamp on proceedings by jiving inside to beat his man. He then obliged by comfortably finishing off and converting his try to the jubilation of the Millbrae faithful, making it Ayr 31-17 Watsonians

 

Watsonians looked to be feeling the pressure as they gave away yet another penalty, which this time Bova decided to kick for points, giving the home side a healthy 17-point lead. After coming agonizingly close just minutes earlier, Bova was delighted to orchestrate yet another great try for Ayr. Another piercing run from the 12 allowed James Armstrong to follow up and fend off the defenders to touch down. Bova finished off with a conversion.

 

Watsonians hit back with Stoddart making the yards before his teammate finished off the move by sliding through the backline and over the try line. Stoddart converted to make the score 41-24.

 

There must have be something in the water at half time, as James Pinkerton added yet another try to the mix when he cannoned his way through the defence after Andy Morrison’s pass caught him on the charge. The score sent the Ladies Day crowd into jubilation, capping off an excellent second half of rugby in Alloway.

 

Despite a heroic hat-trick from Johnny Mccorkindale and a bruising 80 minutes from work horse Cam Reece, it was Jamie Bova who picked up Slaters Menswear Man of the match with a towering performance. The centre’s threatening runs inspired Ayr’s second-half blowout.

 

Ayr travel to the capital next week as they face Boroughmuir on Saturday 14th September.


Ayr Ladies defeated in Charity Bowl Clash

In what proved to be a dramatic encounter, Ayr Ladies will feel bereaved of a win after shipping 34 second-half points to a well-drilled Cartha Ladies team who simply wanted it more. Despite a frantic opening which saw Andrew Duncan's Ladies up nineteen points in eight minutes, the home side managed to re-group and take control of the fixture, winning 34-26.

The rain arrived right on time for kick-off, dampening spectator spirits but not wobbling a determined Ayr. Skipper for the day, Catherine Shennan, provided a dream start when she glided over out wide before the clock had recorded a minute. A touchline conversion split the uprights to further the damage.

 

The restart only provided more upset for Cartha. Straight from the off Ayr pushed their way back into the half before Gemma McIvor slipped through an attempted tackle and ran clear from 40 yards out. This time the conversion skewed wide.

 

The salt in the wounds came from Danni Hands. Having already asserted herself in the match, working in tandem with engine-room partner Emma Turner, Hands only needed a sniff of the line to charge home with no regard to the straggling tacklers. Shennan made no mistake to take a 19 point lead.

 

Bruised, but still fighting, Cartha managed to wrangle back control and keep their opponents at bay. As heavy rain plagued proceedings the error-count grew, with neither side adding to the scoreboard before half time.

 

For Ayr, a first-half flurry of knocks to seasoned campaigners such as Connie Griffiths and Erin McSorley unloaded the bench before the interval.

 

Half-Time: Cartha Queens Park Ladies 0-19 Ayr Ladies.

 

Playing poetically to the script of "a game of two halves", the home side returned to the pitch with a fire in their belly. In a mirror image to Ayr's scintillating start, Cartha struck three times within the first fifteen minutes. Their kicker, mimicking Shennan, Slotted her first and third conversion to tie the game with 55 minutes played.

 

Contrary to Ayr's earlier form, Cartha didn't stop at 19. A further two unanswered put them ten ahead, with Ayr's only chance to stop the bleeding a blunder over the line from Hands, who had now swapped to number eight.

 

A third score looked ominous for Ayr, but a late try from Catherine Clarke narrowed the deficit. Too little, too late.

 

Full-Time: Cartha Queens Park Ladies 34-26 Ayr Ladies.

 

Despite an enralling, and at points brutal, encounter the spirit of the day wasn't lost on anyone in attendance. All proceeds went to the Multiple Sclerosis Society, and both sets of players enjoyed a range of entertainment courtesy of great hosts. The result means Cartha take the Charity Bowl and will look to defend it in 12 months time when they travel back to Millbrae.


Murchie names his Super6 Backroom Staff

Head Coach Peter Murchie has pieced together his support staff which will aid him in the inaugural Super6 season starting later in the year. An extensive recruitment process was carried out, whittling down over 90 applicants to a handful of successful candidates. Those selected include a balance of familiar faces, along with some fresh blood. Selected are:

Forwards Coach – Pat MacArthur
Player/ Skills Coach – Frazier Climo
Strength and Conditioning Coach – Alex Boyle
Head of Rugby Operations – Gordon Kotze
Team Manager – Douglas Stanley
Team Doctor – Graham Hollins
Head Physiotherapist – Jessica Alexander

 

Pat MacArthur – The former Scotland 15s and 7s cap remains Pete Murchie’s right hand man. One of the remaining legends of ’09, Pat has put his stamp on the Ayr pack over the last few years and will hope they continue in their rich vein of form.

 

Frazier Climo – “It’s through the middle, the pink panthers are roaring” still rings through the ears of the Millbrae faithful and the talismanic ten will be responsible for passing some of the expertise he showed that day onto his teammates. He will look to lead on the pitch yet again, whilst picking up a coaching role under Murchie.

 

Alex Boyle – The newest face in Pete Murchie’s backroom staff, Boyle joins Ayr with thirteen years of experience in the S&C field. During this time he has worked with the likes of SportScotland, Tennis Scotland, the Scottish Women’s National Football Team and Scottish Rugby’s National Age-Grade System.

 

Gordon Kotze – A familiar face around Millbrae, Gordon Kotze coached the U18s for a four-year stint before taking the reins of the 2ndXV for the same time period. A former SRU new coach of the Year, Kotze will manage the logistical side of the Super6 squad alongside player communication. He ended his tenor with the 2ndXV last season, finishing in second place with a points difference of +260.

 

Douglas Stanley – The heartbeat of Ayr RFC for almost five decades, ‘Stanners’ joined Ayr in 1970. Since then he has done it all as a player, coach, ref and most recognisably team manager. Doug will reprise his role, putting to bed any murmurs of retirement.

 

Graham Hollins – Another return, ‘Doc’ has been heading up the club’s medical team formally for twelve years. Before then he spent three years assisting his predecessor Brian Scobie.

 

Jessica Alexander – After four years at the club assisting Helen Reid, Jessica will move into the head Physio role with the Super6 squad. Originally plying her trade at Ardrossan Accies, Jessica learned from the then-Glasgow Warriors doctor Gerry Haggerty.

 

Head Coach Peter Murchie is delighted with his appointments, stating: “Each individual brings their own strengths within their specific field.

 

“We have been working hard collectively in preparation for the start of the inaugural Super6 season”.

(Peter Murchie at BT Murrayfield before his Scottish Cup Final Triumph over Heriots. Image George McMillan)


Andrew Duncan Names his Captain

Ayr Ladies head coach Andrew Duncan has named Catherine Shennan captain for the 2019-20 season.

A former Ayr Community Rugby Trust Modern Apprentice and Women's and Girl's Development Officer, Shennan will become the team's fourth captain taking over from Louise McLaughlan. She was vice-captain last season.

 

Shennan started her captaincy in remarkable fashion scoring within 30 seconds of their weekend fixture against Cartha. She also contributed three conversions in the 34-26 loss.

 

The role of vice will be taken on by Erin McSorley, who is also a former Community Trust Modern Apprentice.


McNae Unveiled as "Little Ladies" Main Sponsor

Ayr Rugby are delighted to announce that McNae Agricultural Engineers have become the U12 girl's main sponsor.

McNae are a local agent for tractors in the area.

 

Director Neil McNae was at Milbrae earlier in the week to launch the sponsorship, accompanied by a Fendt 724 tractor.

 

Neil, who’s daughter Sarah plays in the U12s, was attracted to the team after seeing the hard work put in by the youngsters: “This has been their first real year and the fact sixteen girls turned up wanting to play rugby and have all attended practically every training session, every game, it’s encouraging.

 

“Anything I can do to help, I’m happy with that”.

 

Neil also believes it is great that the success of the team might inspire other girls to pick up the oval ball: “I just think it is great. Why should the girls not be encouraged to play the game as well as men?

 

“Giving them as much opportunity as possible is the way forward and the fact Ayr are pioneering this is great”.

 

Connie Griffiths, Ayr’s Women’s and Girls Development Officer, was also in attendance for the launch and matched Neil’s ambition: “The future is bright. I want to see these girls progress through the age grades to one day be representing the senior women’s squad”.

 

Away from the pitch Connie also sees how the U12s team is developing individuals: “It’s an age where the girls are going from primary to secondary, so they might be splitting up from close friends. This team allows them to have a consistent group of girls they see weekly and can chat with and learn from”.

PHOTO - Neil at the wheel! McNae Agricultural Engineers Director Neil McNae pictured with the U12 girls, Women's and Girls Development Officer Connie Griffiths (left) and Coach Lee Steward (right). Photo by Susie Hay.