Wednesday, 1 October 2014

Fireworks Night on Fri 7th Nov

The best fireworks show in Ayrshire takes place on Friday 7th November at Millbrae and is definitely not to be missed. 

Fiona Shields of West FM will be master of ceremonies for the evening, which begins at 7pm.  The bonfire will be lit at 7.30pm and the fireworks display then commences at 8pm.

Entry is £5 and under-5s go free!  All welcome!

Tuesday, 30 September 2014

Hallowe'en Party on Fri 31st October

Our annual Hallowe'en Party takes place on the night itself, Friday 31st October, at 7pm at Millbrae.  Tickets are £5 and include a buffet, party games, best home-made fancy dress competition and the fantastic Stefan Janik as DJ for the night. 
Everyone of all ages welcome!
Tickets are available from Gordon Kotze (tel: 07774739797), behind the bar in the clubhouse and our online shop or you can message our Facebook page.


Johnston and Lowe in U20s training camp

Ayr youngsters Ben Johnston and Gavin Lowe have been named amongst the forty-four players taking part in the Scotland under-20s training camp at BT Murrayfield in two weeks' time.

Johnston joined Ayr from Marr over the summer, whilst Lowe, a seasoned campaigner with the Scottish age grades, returned to Millbrae after a brief spell with Glasgow Hawks.

Read the full story here.

Sunday, 28 September 2014

Player of the month poll for Aug/Sep now open

After five matches in the BT Premiership, our online poll to decide the player of the month is now open!

There is a very long list to choose from, as the first XV has been affected by numerous injuries.  Only those who have been in two or more match day squads are included.

The poll closes on Wednesday morning at 9am and the result will be announced via our website, Twitter and Facebook pages soon after.

Vote here.

Saturday, 27 September 2014

Ayr 23 Edinburgh Accies 17

A large crowd gathered at Millbrae to celebrate fifty years since the first fixture was played there and to watch Ayr overcome a stubborn Edinburgh Accies in round five of the BT Premiership.

Ayr went into this clash with a raft of injuries and when Calum Forrester and Glen Tippett turned up in boots and pink and black socks, it looked like they might have had to come out of retirement to provide some cover.

Their experience would have been appreciated on the pitch for the first sixty minutes as Ayr struggled somewhat to stamp their authority on the match.  They took the lead at seven minutes when Accies were penalised for not rolling away and stand-off Sylvain Diez duly took the kick.  3-0.

However, it wasn't the start of a flood of points as Accies kept turning the ball over just when Ayr were putting together some good moves.  There was early danger as Accies kicked a turnover ball up the wing and it bobbled over the tryline.  Fortunately, winger Richard Dalgleish got to it before anyone in a blue and white shirt.
Scrum-half David Armstrong was making metres, as well as having impressed early on with a beauty of a catch in the air, and flanker Graham Fisken was blasting around the pitch, but it was all a bit laborious elsewhere.
Glasgow Warriors released hooker Dougie Hall for the day as he makes a comeback from injury and he proved himself very useful, charging down an Accies kick which ended up in the hands of second row Scott Sutherland but he was well bundled up as he made for the tryline.
There was some petty shirt-grabbing between Ayr prop George Hunter and Accies outside centre Ewen Campbell, but it was a professional foul that had referee Graeme Wells blow the whistle sharpish and whip out a yellow card for Accies second row Edward Stuart. 
Seconds after the sin-binning, number eight Blair Macpherson picked up from the back of the scrum, bounded to the line and leapt over for the first try.  Diez's conversion attempt was unsuccessful.  8-0.
After some messing about on the wing, with wild passes and ineffectual kicks from both sides, Accies slowly but surely made their way into Ayr's half only to get on the wrong side of the referee and cede control.
The home team, though, couldn't do anything with the ball; winger Cammy Taylor was unable to take a pass and felled team manager Dougie Stanley on the sidelines instead.  Taylor made up for it, scampering back to haul opposite number Sam Pecqueur to the ground when it looked like the nippy winger was away.
Accies wouldn't go away and at thirty-one minutes, second row Greg Campbell sprung over for a try.  Unfortunately, Ruairidh Young's conversion kick went in the direction of the Burns Museum instead of the Burns Monument.  8-5.

Pecqueur was threatening again but Taylor was sticking to him like a limpet and the referee soon brought the sluggish first half to an end.

Accies flew out of the blocks at the start of the second half, number eight Ronan Seydak scoring a try with barely a minute on the clock.  Young's conversion was short.  8-10.

Hall, Taylor, centre Dean Kelbrick and full-back Grant Anderson were making inroads but sloppy errors marred their efforts and the whole thing had a lacklustre feeling to it.  Accies were still managing to turn over far too much Ayr ball, although they slipped up and gave Diez another penalty kick, which he missed.

The next fifteen minutes were very up and down for the visitors, as their line-out throws went astray and they were pinged for not rolling away.  But they plugged away and scrum-half Ryan Godsmark danced his way over for a try at sixty-three minutes.  Young got the conversion.  8-17.
This, at last, seemed to waken up the home team and Anderson set off on one of his trademark runs, where no matter how many tacklers are clinging on, he always muscles his way up the park.  Taylor, too, dodged his way round the defenders before the referee was searching for a yellow card again.  This time it was winger Jack Marples who was sent to the naughty step.

A minute later and Macpherson was repeating his feat from the first half, this time diving in at the base of the posts for a much-needed try.  Replacement Tom Hiddleston easily converted.  15-17.

Kelbrick got stuck into some gymnastic defensive efforts and Armstrong and replacement prop Stuart Fenwick got things moving before Anderson found the ball in his hands and rocketed up the wing for a try.  Hiddleston just missed the conversion.  20-17.
Replacement hooker Fergus Scott was clearly taking notes from Armstrong as he took a high ball superbly and allowed his team-mates to make ground.  A few phases later and flanker Ben Johnston, on his first XV debut, burst through the Accies defence with replacement stand-off Danny McCluskey in support. 

He couldn't make it to the line but Accies had infringed and Hiddleston stepped up to hammer over the penalty.  23-17.

There was one last effort from Accies, with hooker David Bates almost making it to the line but the ball was knocked on and the Millbrae faithful breathed a sigh of relief as the whistle went for full-time.

Final score: Ayr 23 Edinburgh Accies 17.

- Elena Hogarth.

Photos by George McMillan.

Friday, 26 September 2014

Golf Day at sunny Turnberry

Ayr RFC descended on Turnberry's Kintyre course on Sunday for their annual golf day and raised £500 for the club in the process.

Adam McDonald, Ben Paterson, Nigel Howard and Barry McDonald made up the victorious team with Calum Forrester, George Braid, Blake Braid and Scott McLaws the runners-up.
There were prizes for the longest drives, sponsored by the Famous Grouse, for Danny McCluskey on the first hole and Tom Hiddleston on the eighteenth.
Scott McLaws and Ben Paterson claimed the closest-to-the-pin prizes on the sixth and sixteenth respectively, with prizes provided by the Meridian and Deli Ginger.

Kind thanks to all the sponsors, those who donated raffle prizes, Turnberry Golf Club and the Balgarth Pines in Ayr who provided the post-competition meal.

Ayr v Edinburgh Accies preview

Saturday marks fifty years to the day since the first match was played at Millbrae and Ayr will be hoping their BT Premiership fixture with Edinburgh Accies will continue the fine tradition of exciting rugby at the home of the men in pink and black.

After a six-try victory away to Stirling County last weekend for the home team and a very narrow loss to Heriot's for the visitors, it could very well be a lively contest. 

"Last week, we played some of our best attacking rugby so far this season," says Ayr head coach Calum Forrester.  "But we are still conceding too many points and we know that we will have to improve our defensive display against Accies."

It won't be an easy task with twenty players in the senior squad out injured.  However, the first and second XVs, as well as Millbrae RFC, are all still able to field teams this weekend.

Glasgow Warriors have released Connor Braid and Dougie Hall to play at outside centre and hooker respectively.  Braid takes last week's hat-trick hero Richard Dalgleish's place and he moves to the wing to take over from an injured Kerr Gossman.

Ben Johnston gets his first start at openside flanker and Graham Williamson partners Scott Sutherland in the second row.  Sylvain Diez was a late call-up last weekend and keeps the stand-off berth.


15. Grant Anderson, 14. Cameron Taylor, 13. Connor Braid, 12. Dean Kelbrick (capt), 11. Richard Dalgleish; 10. Sylvain Diez, 9. David Armstrong; 1. George Hunter, 2. Dougie Hall, 3. Fraser Watt; 4. Graham Williamson, 5. Scott Sutherland; 6. Graham Fisken, 7. Ben Johnston, 8. Blair Macpherson.


16. Fergus Scott, 17. Stuart Fenwick, 18. David Young, 19. Danny McCluskey, 20. Tom Hiddleston.

Kick-off 3pm!