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 ( 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.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Ayr Long Lunch

The Ayr Long Lunch in aid of the Bill McLaren Foundation and Ayr Community Rugby Trust at Ayr Racecourse was a resounding success on Friday.

600 guests enjoyed a delicious three-course lunch in the Ayrshire Suite, with former Scotland captain Andy Nicol leading proceedings before his fellow international legend Doddie Weir conducted the raffle and auction, with some wonderful prizes bought for a worthy cause.

The Bill McLaren Foundation supports and promotes the values of rugby throughout the world, carrying on the work its namesake started as a PE teacher and coach in Hawick many years ago. Bill's daughter Linda Lawson addressed the guests, telling them about her father's life and work and showing some classic rugby clips featuring Bill's inimitable commentary.
Former Scotland cap and Glasgow Warriors coach Sean Lineen and current Warrior Corey Flynn talked about the upcoming Lions tour, and there was entertainment from singer Cole Page, who had everyone on their feet and a few reluctant (and some not so reluctant) participants in duets.

Keith Wood finished the afternoon by sharing some memories of his time with the Lions and his playing career with Munster, Harlequins and Ireland, of which he was an iconic leader.

Neil Howie of Ayr Community Rugby Trust told the assembled company of their work throughout South Ayrshire, not only supporting Ayr RFC, Marr RFC and Carrick RFC, but taking the sport out into the community and using rugby to help give young people confidence and skills they can use in school and beyond.

Stuart Fenwick, the trust's head development officer, thanked all those who contributed to and supported its rugby programmes throughout the year and all the guests at the lunch who were so generous.

- Elena Hogarth.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Ayr and Ayr Ladies at the Perthshire 7s

Ayr's men's and women's teams took part in the Perthshire 7s on Saturday at a very sunny Inch Park in the historic city of Perth.

Ayr Ladies competed in a round robin competition with Broughton, Peterhead and Perthshire, winning three games and scoring tries galore.

Laura Turner, Catherine Shennan, Lauren McBride, Connie Griffiths, Claire Law and Sarah Braidwood were on the score sheet multiple times throughout the day, with Shennan and Law adding the conversions.

Some of the youngsters in Ayr's men's squad were given the chance to shine, with Ayr-Wellington U18s' Seth Rae making his senior debut, and they reached the quarter-finals of their competition.

Zac Howard, Ross Hay, James Pinkerton, Blair Cooper, Ali Hazel and Kyle Wood were the try-scorers, with each attempting to convert their own scores.

Pinkerton was Ayr's player of the tournament, with Law Ayr Ladies' player of the tournament.

Finn Bark, Blair Cooper, Ross Hay, Ali Hazel, Zac Howard, James Pinkerton, Seth Rae, Kyle Wood.

Ayr Ladies
Sarah Braidwood, Connie Griffiths, Claire Law, Lisa Main, Lauren McBride, Catherine Shennan, Lee Steward, Laura Turner.

Ayr and Ayr Ladies are pictured above with coach Gordon Kotze and physio Jessica Alexander.