This weekend’s games

Saturday 21st October:

1st XV         Ardrossan Accies v Gordonians RFC, 3pm KO

2nd XV         Annan RFC v Ardrossan Accies, 3pm KO

 

Sunday 22nd October:

No games but all youth training is running at the normal times

 

A massive thanks to this weekend’s weekend sponsor, former player and president Willie Gibson for his support this year.

This weekend’s games

A massive thanks to this weekend’s match ball sponsor Danny McGreish for his support this year.

 

Friday 29th September:

P4                        Glasgow Warriors pre match tournament

 

Saturday 30th September:

1st XV                   Haddington RFC v Ardrossan Accies, 3pm KO

2nd XV                  Ardrossan Accies v Whitecraigs RFC, 3pm KO

U18s                    Cambuslang RFC v Ardrossan Accies, 2pm KO

 

Sunday 1st October:

Ladies                  Ardrossan Accies v Annan RFC, 2pm KO

U15s                    Ardrossan Accies v Bishopton RFC, KO TBC

U14s                    Cumbernauld RFC v Ardrossan Accies, 2pm KO

U13s                    Hillhead/Jordanhill RFC v Ardrossan Accies, 2pm KO

This Weekend’s Fixtures

This weekend we have rugby at Memorial Field every day. With our U18s playing on Friday night, our 1st XV playing on Saturday and our U13s playing on Sunday. The 1st XV return after a good win away to Perthshire last weekend and look to keep their winning streak alive against an Orkney side that are bottom of the table. The game will kick off early to allow our visitors to get home for their ferry. All other fixtures are listed below:

Friday 22nd September

U18s                              Ardrossan Accies v Kilmarnock RFC, 7:30pm KO

Saturday 16th September:

1st XV                            Ardrossan Accies v Orkney RFC, 12:30pm KO

2nd XV                            Cumnock RFC v Ardrossan Accies, 3pm KO

Sunday 17th September:

Ladies                           Ardrossan Accies v Oban Lorne RFC, 2pm KO

U13s                              Ardrossan Accies v Loch Lomond RFC, 2pm KO

This Weekend’s Fixtures

Rugby continues for most of our teams away from home this weekend. The 1st XV travel to Perthshire and will be hoping to build off of the momentum they gained last week. There is plenty of room for spectators on the team bus if any of the acciesfam want to come and cheer the boys on. For those that don’t want to make the journey then the 2nd XV are playing at home and as always the bar is open from 12:30pm.

On Sunday the Ladies play in their first ever league match away to Kelso. If anyone would like to travel to see that game, then contact Brian Reid or Shelagh Milligan for bus information.

 

Saturday 16th September:

1st XV                    Perthshire RFC v Ardrossan Accies, 3pm KO         (Bus leaves Memorial Field, 11am)

2nd XV                                                   Ardrossan Accies v Lenzie RFC, 3pm KO

U18s                                                      Bishopton RFC v Ardrossan Accies, 12:30pm KO

Sunday 17th September:

Ladies                   Kelso RFC v Ardrossan Accies, 2pm KO    (Contact Shelagh Milligan for bus information)

U15s                                                      Strathaven RFC v Ardrossan Accies, 2pm KO

U14s                                                      Birkmyre RFC v Ardrossan Accies, 2pm KO

U13s                                                      Birkmyre RFC v Ardrossan Accies, 2pm KO

Minis & Micros                                  East Kilbride RFC v Cambuslang RFC v Ardrossan Accies, 10:30am KO

This Weekends Games

This weekend rugby is returning to Memorial Field in a big way. We have games across both Saturday and Sunday as our youth teams get back in to the action. If you are down to watch any of our games, then why not join us in the clubhouse after the final whistle and have a drink in our brand new bar. This weekend’s fixtures are.

 

Saturday 9th September:

1st XV                                                    Ardrossan Accies v Dalziel RFC, 3pm KO

U18s                                                      Stewartry RFC v Ardrossan Accies, 2pm KO

Sunday 10th September:

U15s                                                      Ardrossan Accies v Kilmarnock RFC, 2pm KO

U14s                                                      Ardrossan Accies v Kilmarnock RFC, 2pm KO

U13s                                                      Ardrossan Accies v Kilmarnock RFC, 2pm KO

Minis & Micros                                  Kilmarnock RFC v Ardrossan Accies, 12:30pm KO

A message from the coach

With league rugby starting for our senior teams this weekend head coach Rory Couper took a look back on the progress the squad has made over preseason.
After two months off for a well deserved rest after a tough season, the Accies boys regrouped at the start of June to begin their preseason. The focus this year was to increase their running cardio and speed endurance while developing the core skills required to play the basic game of rugby at pace. The boys were put through their paces in Session one with a number of fitness tests to determine where they were and where they would like to get to.
 
After six weeks with a number of hard sessions and some early Saturday mornings that included deep sand, hills and steps the boys were again tested to monitor their progress. The results were excellent. All the players made significant gains averaging higher scores in all three aspects of fitness; speed, speed endurance and cardio respiratory endurance.
 
Phase two of preseason (after a week off for recovery) saw an increase in positional, unit and team skills, tactics and the introduction of full contact. Instead of battering each other, the three preseason games (Kilmarnock, Carrick & Peebles) were deemed as extra training sessions where we could practice what we had done in the training paddock under real pressure versus a live opposition. With two excellent performances showing real intensity versus Kilmarnock and Carrick, the boys then struggled versus a large Peebles team allowing the boys to see the intensity they still required to to get to to achieve their season goals. Phase two finished with the cup game versus Hillhead/Jordanhill. With the cup not being the main priority this year the overall result was not overly important but the performance was what was needed before the league campaign started. Sadly it was a very wet night and the game was interrupted with numerous errors from both teams. Although the team did show that the fitness training paid off coming strong in the final quarter of the game but sadly too late to take a winning scalp of a team they beat three times last year and who are in the same league this year. The win will have to wait until he league!
 
Phase three is now the league competition and I am looking forward to the new challenges. National Three will be an extremely difficult league with some quality teams and plenty of travelling. The squad has pulled together well and it is great to see the introduction of a number of young players who have impressed through the preseason. As a team we know that the challenge ahead is a difficult one but we believe if we play to our potential we will be in a strong position by the end of the season.
 
I hope to see your support during the season at Memorial Field and hopefully on our travels.

Club Senior Prizegiving

The club’s senior prizegiving will be taking place this Saturday from 6pm onwards in the lounge. There will be prizes for our 1st, 2nd and ladies XV’s so why not come down and celebrate with us.

#ourclub project

As many of you may have noticed the bar is being completely refurbished and there are some exciting changes being made to improve it for all members. This project was dreamed up by our former vice president Tony Bale who sadly passed away last week after losing his battle with cancer.

The project has two main objectives that we are hoping to achieve. Firstly, we want to bring a focus back to all sections of the club and to bring everyone under one umbrella working to achieve one goal. If we all come together as a club and help improve the fabric of our clubhouse, then we will all benefit from it. Secondly, we want to give everyone a more modern bar that people will enjoy using.

Tony has kindly provided the money to transform the fabric of the lounge and to make the changes to the actual building. What we need to do is raise the money to replace all the furnishings in the bar because there’s no point in having a brand-new bar with old tables and chairs in it.

This is where we need your help, we’re asking for donations to help make this project a reality. Any donation big or small will go a long way to help us achieve our goals as a club.

We have several ways for people to get involved and to stake their claim on the club. We will be running events throughout the summer which will be announced in due course. There will be donation buckets around the club for any spare change that people might have and we have also set up a gofundme page so that people can donate money online. www.gofundme.com/ardrossan-accies-bar-refurbishment

At the end of the day, the only way we can make the club better is by doing it ourselves. The club doesn’t just belong to a team or a group of players; it doesn’t just belong to the people that sit on the committee, this club belongs to everyone that supports Ardrossan Accies because it’s #ourclub.

Bar Refurbishment

The bar is closed for refurbishment until Friday the 26th of May. The club will still be open for any training, matches or events however the member’s lounge will be shut.