Wednesday, 20 June 2018

Ayr sign U20s Duo

Ayr RFC can confirm that Scotland U20's stars Kyle Rowe and Marshall Sykes will be joining for the 2018/19 season.

Fresh off the U20s World Championships which finished on Sunday, both Rowe and Sykes have already played alongside some of their new teammates, with Stafford McDowall, Robbie Smith and Paddy Dewhirst all involved in the Scotland camp.

Rowe, 20, is a tricky winger who always has an eye for the line. He joins from current BT Premiership side Glasgow Hawks.

Slightly younger, Sykes is an 18-year-old second row whose breakout onto the 20s Championship showed just what an incredible prospect he is. Only just finishing his sixth form year in school down in England, Sykes joins from St Joseph's College.

Club president Billy McHarg is "Delighted" that both will be joining Ayr this summer and after excellent performances with the 20s knows the future looks bright for Ayr RFC.

Tuesday, 19 June 2018

Ayr Trio Finish Tenth at World Championships

Ayr youngsters Stafford McDowall, Robbie Smith and Paddy Dewhirst all played pivotal roles in Scotland U-20s' World Championship campaign which saw them finish tenth after a narrow defeat to Georgia in their final game.

McDowall, who captained the squad, led from the front throughout with Dewhirst and Smith both contributing tries to the tournament.

In a tournament which will feel disappointing for a squad with such an array of talent, the notable highlight will be their convincing 29-45 victory over Ireland. All three Ayr players started in the contest.

Club President, Billy McHarg, illustrated his delight with the the trio's contribution to the squad with: "Ayr's future looks bright based on the excellent performances of all three players involved in the U-20s World Championship".

Monday, 11 June 2018

Ayr RFC pay respects to Ken Blair

Lifelong Ayr RFC member and supporter Ken Blair sadly passed away peacefully in his sleep on June 3rd.

A notable figure around Millbrae, Ken could be seen- and heard- every match day regardless of the weather and will be sorely missed by the club. A talented musician, Ken recently wowed the crowds just weeks ago at the Land O'Burns Weekender when he performed on the outdoor stage.

Ken's wife, Alison, has extended an invitation to all at the club to attend his funeral and celebrate his life this Wednesday (13/06/18) at Ayr Crematorium, 15.30pm.

Alison has also asked us to wear the famous colours of the club that he loved so dearly.

Tuesday, 5 June 2018

AGM tonight at Millbrae

The 2018 Annual General Meeting will take place tonight (Tuesday 5th) at Millbrae, scheduled to start at 19.30pm.

The club would like to invite as many members as possible to attend and have their say in the club.

Tuesday, 22 May 2018

Weekender '18 a Roaring Success

After months of intricate planning the 2018 Land O'Burns Weekender has finally passed and once again proved to be a roaring success. Emulating the buzz of it's maiden year twelve months ago, the weekender fused together beach rugby, a beer festival, creative cuisines, family entertainment and world-class live music into an unforgettable two-day event.

Kicking-off early on the Friday (25/05/18) the action got underway at 5pm with the U-13s tournament taking place. It proved to be a showcase of tomorrow's superstars and in the end the home side, Ayr, came out on top.

The minis' tournament was by followed by the trade touch competition which pitted some of Ayrshire's local businesses against each other out on our man-made beach. Competing was: Courtney Plant, Donnini Apartments, Coorie Nook, Marine Fitness and Shady Tour. After some fiercely competitive group stages it was Coorie Nook who prevailed, dusting off Courtney Plant in the final. Donnini Apartments try-bonus gifted them third,completeing the podium.

Music from the talent DJ Stefan Janik pitch side generated an forgettable festival atmosphere whilst 'Just Like Eddie' wowed spectators on the Designer Studios Stage. The action was followed by the Friday's main event at nine with Jonny Lee Memphis as the iconic Elvis Presley.

The festivities continued into the Saturday where our beach rugby tournament ran in tandem with the Land O'Burns Beer Festival from midday-20:00. A real exhibition of some of the countries finest rugby talents, Newton Stewart snatched up the gold in the mens tournament whilst Hillhead Jordanhill made it back-to-back weekender victories. After the beer festival came to a close at eight local band the Marauders took us into the early hours of the night.

From all at Ayr RFC we thank the hard work from volunteers and sponsors a like who made this festival the best one yet. Lastly, thank you to all who came down this weekend, it was a fine example of the local community getting behind a great cause and we are sure there was some fun had along the way- same time next year?

Land O'Burns Weekender Committee

Jim Lymburn, Jim McKay, Louise McKenzie, Brian Williamson, Stewart Kerr, Callum Kerr, Gavin White, George McMillian, Billy McHarg, Stuart Fenwick, Jim Preston, Lisa Main, Andrew Dunlop, Amy McGillivary

Photos: Karen Crawford 

Tuesday, 8 May 2018

Ayr Youngsters Selected for U20 Championship

Bryan Redpath has announced his first ever Scotland U20s squad ahead of their World Championship starting at the end of this month in France.

Amongst the few that have been selected are four Ayr Players; Euan McLaren, Robbie Smith, Stafford McDowall and Paddy Dewhirst.

Smith, McDowall and Dewhirst were all involved in the recent U20s Six Nations and will look to replicate the heroic performance that saw them fell England when they arrive on the world stage in a few weeks.

Smith and McDowall both lead from the front in the Six Nations, with them being named captain and vice, respectively.

Prop McLaren missed out on a chance at the Six Nations due to injury but has been called straight back into the squad now fit.

We would all like to congratulate the four youngsters in an incredible achievement, and know they will do both Ayr RFC and their country proud.

Tuesday, 1 May 2018

Ayr Announced as Super Six Team

Scottish Rugby have announced that Ayr RFC have been successful in their bid for a Super Six spot.

Joining Ayr in the super six league will be Boroughmuir, Heriots, Melrose, Stirling and Watsonians. The sides who failed in their bid were Currie Chieftains, Dundee, Edinburgh Academicals, Gala, Hawick and Glasgow Hawks.

The change in league structure is set to come in for the 2019/20 season.

Speaking exclusively to President Billy McHarg expressed his delight in the announcement with: "I am grateful that all the hard work done on and off the pitch at Ayr RFC has been rewarded with a 'Super Six' franchise.

"The future of the club at the top end of Scottish Rugby has been secured for the next five years".

Callum Kerr
Media Manager