Tuesday, 25 July 2017

Off to pastures new

Preparations for 2017/18 are well under way, but there are a few faces from the men's 1st XV who are absent, having moved on over the summer.
Will Bordill, Craig Stevenson, Ross Curle, Archie Russell and Richard Dalgleish will be playing in other colours this coming season, and coaches Scott Forrest and Jonathan Stevenson also take up new posts elsewhere.
Back row Bordill will be playing for Chinnor RFC in Oxfordshire, whilst second row Stevenson is off to travel and play rugby in Australia for a year.
Centre Curle and winger Dalgleish will return to Millbrae in the BT Premiership but for different clubs. Curle has joined Stirling County and Dalgleish returns to his home club of Marr, who are readying themselves for their first season in the top tier.

Russell heads to Cambridge University in the autumn, where he will take his place on a masters course in technology policy at St Edmund's College. The young centre won a rugby scholarship to study at one of the world's best universities, and the sport will very much be part of his time at Cambridge.

Backs' coach Forrest and strength and conditioning coach Stevenson leave Ayr RFC to concentrate on other coaching opportunities within rugby and gymnastics respectively. We thank Scott and Jonny for the huge contribution they have made to the club over the years.

We wish all our leavers the best of luck at their new clubs and organisations.

The club has welcomed several new players to training over the past fortnight and we will have more information on our newcomers next week.

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Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Ayr youngsters on French tour

40 young players from Ayr-Wellington Youth Rugby set off on a two-week vocational trip to France today.

The U16 boys and U15 girls, as well as a team of coaches led by Stuart Fenwick of the Ayr Community Rugby Trust, will make their first stop at Castres Olympique in the south of France. Here, players will work with coaches from the academy of the Top 14 club, and Fenwick and his team will have the chance to take part in continuing professional development too.

As well as training and learning all about French flair at Castres Olympique, the group will visit the medieval city of Carcassonne and undertake team building at Cap Decouverte, before heading to Montpellier for two days of beach rugby. They will then return to Castres Olympique for further training before heading home.

Ayr RFC is familiar with French flair, with past player Sylvain Diez hailing from the south of the country, and the group will meet up with the former Ayr Community Rugby Trust development officer during the fortnight.

The trip has been co-funded by a grant from Erasmus+, an initiative from the European Union that aims to modernise education, training and youth work, and gives young people the chance to work, volunteer and train in different countries in Europe.

We wish the players and coaches a safe trip and look forward to hearing about it when they return to Millbrae in a fortnight's time.

Saturday, 17 June 2017

Finn becomes a Lion

Everyone at Millbrae is delighted that former Ayr player Finn Russell has been called up to the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.

Along with fellow Scot Allan Dell, Finn was announced as an addition to the squad this morning, just after he had helped Scotland to an outstanding win against Australia in Sydney.

The 24-year-old last pulled on a pink and black shirt in September 2016, when he turned out alongside brother Archie for Ayr in our BT Premiership win against Hawick at Mansfield Park.

Finn was an integral part of the Ayr 1st XV for over two seasons, helping us to our famous double in 2012/13 of both league and cup wins, and has kept an association with the club after turning professional.

Even as a youngster, his calm, cool and creative approach to rugby was clear for all to see, and we're extremely proud he has joined the Lions and can't wait to see him in action.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Book your place at Ladies' Lunch

The Ayr RFC Ladies' Lunch returns for our first BT Premiership home game of 2017/18 on Saturday 9th September at Millbrae.

It will again be in the marquee, and spaces are already being snapped up, so make sure you book your seats or table as soon as possible!

It's £35 per person for bubbles on arrival, a two-course lunch with a glass of wine, entry to Ayr v Glasgow Hawks, live entertainment in the afternoon and the party going on into the evening.

Tables can be as big or small as you wish, and if the table is paid in full by the end of July, you will receive £10 of raffle tickets.

Please email Eilidh Goodwin (eilidhr@hotmail.com) or give her a call on 07879671272 to book!

Monday, 12 June 2017

Callum joins Lions tour

Journalism student, and Ayr RFC member, Callum Kerr is currently on his way to New Zealand to take up his role as one of Scotland's ambassadors to the British and Irish Lions.

20-year-old Callum, who played age-grade rugby at Millbrae and is a regular in the press box both at Ayr and other BT Premiership clubs, has just finished the third year of his sports journalism degree at UWS.

Along with ambassadors from England, Wales and Ireland, Callum will travel to New Zealand's North Island, attending the warm-up matches and the first test, as well as visiting local clubs and meeting players.

We wish him all the best for his travels and look forward to hearing about his adventures when he returns.

Also rubbing shoulders with the Lions was Ayr-Wellington P6s' Euan Doak, who won a competition to attend training with the team in Cardiff before they left.
It was a brilliant day for Euan and his family, as he got to meet the players and get some autographs from the likes of Stuart Hogg.

Thanks to Heather Doak for the photo.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Ayr reach City 7s semi-finals

Ayr reached the semi-finals of the cup competition at Glasgow City 7s on Saturday, with the Ayr-Wellington U18s making the final of their tournament.

Tynedale RFC, from Northumberland, beat Ayr 29-15 before going on to win the cup final against Marr.

The U18s were beaten by St Aloysius College in their final after putting in a stylish display in earlier wins over Cartha QP and GHA.
Despite the heavy rain in the early afternoon, the senior side also managed two good wins, beating Cartha QP 24-5 and Dumbreck (a late replacement for West of Scotland) 57-0.

Lewis Anderson, Paddy Dewhirst, Jamie Bova, Zac Howard, Pete McCallum, Johnny McCorkindale, Gregor Henry and Iain Renwick got on the score sheet for Ayr.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Ayr at the Glasgow City 7s

Ayr make the short trip to Dumbreck tomorrow to take part in the Glasgow City 7s.

They have drawn West of Scotland in the first round of the tournament, kicking off at 1.20pm at the home of Cartha QP RFC.

Other teams taking part include London Scottish and Marr, as well as the hosts.

It's a young Ayr squad, featuring club captain Pete McCallum and several 1st and 2nd XV regulars.

Pete McCallum, Gregor Henry, Lewis Anderson, Craig Stevenson, Lewis Young, Iain Renwick, Johnny McCorkindale, Paddy Dewhirst, Jamie Bova, Zac Howard.