Tuesday, 28 June 2016

Ayr Ladies at Scotland training camp

Ayr Ladies Laura Turner, Emily Irving and Catherine Shennan attended the Scotland Women's training camp at BT Murrayfield last week.

Scrum-half Irving has one senior cap already, whilst Shennan has represented her country at under-20 level earlier this year. But this was the first senior training camp for Ayr Ladies vice-captain Turner. We hope to see them attend many more in the future.

Thanks to Ayr Ladies Facebook for the photo!

Tuesday, 21 June 2016

Free U12 girls' rugby camps

Ayr RFC will hold free rugby camps throughout July for P6, P7 and S1 girls to learn more about the sport and give it a go in a fun, friendly environment.

Every Wednesday from 6th July to 27th July, Ayr RFC women and girls' development officer Catherine Shennan will take the camps at Wellington School playing fields at Doonside, Alloway from 1pm to 2.30pm.

Please call Catherine on 0776 316 2434 or email her Catherine.Shennan@south-ayrshire.gov.uk to find out more.

Monday, 6 June 2016

Book your place at the ladies' lunch

The first ladies' lunch of 2016/17 will be on Saturday 27th August at Millbrae and it will be bigger than ever!

It will again be in the marquee and will coincide with Ayr's opening match of the BT Premiership against Currie.

180 places are already provisionally booked, so snap up your table now! It's £35 per person for a two-course meal, entertainment and entry to the game, with the party lasting into the evening when you will get to meet the players.

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

Organiser and Ayr RFC committee member Eilidh Goodwin would welcome suggestions for the event as she is always keen to keep it new and fresh, so do get in touch. The ladies' lunch charity partner will be announced in due course.

To book your place or table, or simply to find out more, email Eilidh, eilidhr@hotmail.com or give her a call, 07879671272.

Saturday, 28 May 2016

Pete is Premiership player of the year

It was the Scottish Rugby Club Awards Dinner at BT Murrayfield last night and Pete McCallum took home the title of BT Premiership player of the season.

The number eight has been something of a try-machine for Ayr this year, touching down 15 times, but it's been his all-round play that has impressed, and opponents would often have a look of dread on their face as the 22-year-old broke away from the back of the scrum and tore their defence to shreds.

Ayr were nominated for club of the season, but that accolade went to Annan RFC. There was other Ayrshire representation there too, with Ardrossan at the dinner and Marr's Ben Johnston - who spent a season with Ayr - named BT National 1 player of the season.

Photo via Scottish Rugby.

Friday, 13 May 2016

Ayr at the Glasgow City 7s

Ayr are off to the Glasgow City 7s tomorrow, with a former player making a one-off comeback.

Dean Kelbrick, a past Ayr captain, comes out of retirement to pull on a pink and black shirt for the first time in over a year and adds his experience to a very young team.

Young they may be, but there are a few in the squad who are currently in the winning habit, with Paddy Dewhirst, Gregor Henry and Sam Graham having won the Carrick 7s in Ireland with Edinburgh College recently.

Ayr are in group B alongside Marr and West of Scotland, with other familiar names such as Glasgow Hawks, GHA and Cartha QP, whose ground in the southside of Glasgow plays host, amongst those taking part.

1. Aidan Holland, 2. Gregor Henry, 3. Dean Kelbrick, 4. Ali Hazel, 5. Paddy Dewhirst, 6. Sam Graham, 7. Gregor Paxton, 8. Kyle Wood, 9. Blair Cooper, 10. Adam MacDonald.

Thursday, 12 May 2016

Gav and Mark in Team GB extended squad

The wider training squad for Team GB rugby 7s has been announced ahead of the Rio Olympics and two former Ayr players, Gavin Lowe and Mark Bennett, have been included.

There are 25 players in total and they will start a seven-week intensive training period at the end of the month in preparation for the greatest sporting competition in the world.

Gav has been on Scotland 7s duty all season, whilst Mark is an experienced proponent of the abbreviated game, having previously taken part in the Commonwealth Games, as well as the world series for Scotland.

Both started out their rugby with Cumnock RFC before pushing on at Ayr RFC, so for a small county like Ayrshire - not known for its rugby pedigree (until now) - to produce two possible Olympians is tremendous.

We're very proud of Gavin and Mark and wish them all the best. Read more from Scottish Rugby.

Monday, 9 May 2016

Calum off to NZ, Lewis off to Manchester

It may be the end of the season, but rugby doesn't stop for our head coach Calum Forrester and hooker Lewis Anderson.

Forrester is this year's co-recipient of the Macphail Scholarship for coaching alongside recently retired Glasgow Warriors and Scotland player Mike Blair.

They will head out to Christchurch in New Zealand next month for three weeks to learn from the coaching staff at Canterbury Crusaders.

It's another feather in the cap of Forrester after his second season of being Scotland U19s coach and embarking upon the UKCC4 coaching qualification at Edinburgh Napier University.

Read the full story from Scottish Rugby.

Anderson will be travelling not so far from home as he has been named in the Scotland squad to compete at the World Rugby Under-20s Championship at Manchester in June.

This will be another opportunity for the young front row player to impress in a dark blue shirt after some excellent performances in the U20s Six Nations earlier in the year.

Scottish Rugby has the full squad and fixtures.