Accies Ladies v Falkirk, Sunday 6th August

Match report by Steven Turner

Falkirk Ladies travelled to Memorial Field in Ardrossan for their first ever game of fifteens – while the Accies ladies continued their preparation for their first season in the league.

It was experience that counted in the end in a game the home side dominated throughout, the pack providing go forward ball from the scrum and at the breakdown.  It didn’t take Accies long to get moving – fly-half Shelley Main taking the game to Falkirk – moving left she delayed her pass to Elaine Clark perfectly – but the outside centre was dragged down inside the 22.

Minutes later Falkirk were under pressure again, but the Accies wasted their overlap when a miss-pass allowed the defence to cover.

The visitors held out for the first twenty minutes before the Accies turned their possession and territory into points, Main breaking right off a ruck before passing out to the onrushing full-back Janine Phillips who broke a tackle on her way to the line.

It was Phillips who extended the Accies lead after some good handling in what would have been dreadful conditions in November never mind August.  Hooker Charlotte Watters getting over the gain line before feeding Rhona Gordon.  A few phases later Phillips crossed over for her second try.

The Accies’ next attack looked like it had stalled in front of the Falkirk posts, scrum half Shelagh Milligan held up in contact – but she managed to turn and offload the ball backwards, the next pass going to Phillips coming around the corner who broke a tackle to run in from seven metres for her hat-trick.

HT – Accies 15   Falkirk 0

The second half started as the first half ended – Shelley Main beating the first defender off a ruck, passing out to one of the game’s biggest carriers, Charlotte Watters, who made ground and drew the defence before setting centre Marie-ann Wales free for a 40 metre run-in.

It was Accies’ indiscipline that gave Falkirk a way back into the game – a series of penalties marching them back sixty metres into their own 22.  But a knock-on by Falkirk let Ardrossan off the hook.

With the ball back in hand they turned the screw again, Shelley Main bringing Gordon into the game from full back.  She linked up with Clark who passed left to winger Lucy Anderson who broke the last tackle to score.

Falkirk were determined to take something away from the game – and pinned the Accies back in their own 22 for a long period but lacked the final cutting edge.  There were several penalties against the Accies as they battled to defend their line and their clean sheet.  But Falkirk were rewarded for their persistence, Emma Reilly finally touching down right of the posts.

The Accies ladies had the perfect response – a move down the left touchline was finished off when Elaine Clark chipped the ball through, winger Davee Sang running in behind the defence to ground the ball for the Accies’ sixth try.

FT – Accies 32   Falkirk 5

 

Ardrossan Accies Summer Rugby Camps

Summer Rugby continues in July with our annual Rugby Summer Camps. This year our 5 day Camp runs from July 10th to July 14th starting 10am till 2:30pm each day. Participants will enjoy 4 days of rugby specific skills learnt through Fun drills and games with a special event on day 5. Our fun event on day will be announced on the Monday of the Camp.

Camps are available to both boys and girls with more position specific training for the older campers. Please bring with lunch, appropriate clothing, sunblock (hopefully required) and something to drink throughout. Spaces are limited and require booking a space online via our Eventbrite page, with payment not being required until arrival on first day

Registration Link Below:

https://ardrossanrfcsummercamps.eventbrite.co.uk

Tri Social Gathering 10s Tournament

Main and Dunbar team up against Kilmarnock

Ardrossan Accies Ladies put in a series of strong performances at the Tri Social Gathering 10s tournament, held at Bellsland in Kilmarnock on Saturday 20th May.  They beat the hosts twice – and recorded a draw against Falkirk Ladies – before losing to Falkirk in their final match, fatigue and injuries taking their toll.

In the opener against Killie the Accies lost an early try – too many players were sucked in at the breakdown allowing the hosts to take advantage out wide.  But Ardrossan struck back with three tries from scrums; fly half Shelley Main attacking the line before putting wingers Davee Sang and Ellie Munro into space.  Main got two tries herself in this first game, on her way to an impressive total of seven in the tournament. The game ended 4-2 to the Accies using the scoring system for the day.

Next, Falkirk Ladies lined up against the Accies for only their second ever game – but they showed few signs of nervousness or inexperience, scoring three tries in a hard fought draw.

Hooker Louise Welsh was one of the strongest carriers for the Accies, scoring four tries in three games including two against Kilmarnock as the teams met for their second game.  Again Accies lost the first try but fought back, winning 5-2.  The game also saw a red card for dangerous play when a Killie player made cynical contact with scrum half Shelagh Milligan.  The match ended early with a serious knock to one of the Kilmarnock players.

The final match against Falkirk resulted in a defeat for the Accies, who were beaten 4-2.  Injuries to Sang and Munro blunted the ladies’ cutting edge – it was also the third game in very quick succession for Ardrossan.

The ladies were delighted to welcome Lisa Ledingham-Park, making her debut in an Accies shirt. The team finished the Social Gathering in a respectable 4th place in a table which included results from the men’s, women’s and mixed ability teams.

This weekend’s games

Saturday 15th September

1st XV- Ardrossan Accies RFC v Peebles RFC @Memorial Field 3pm KO

2nd XV – Ardrossan Accies RFC v Dalziel RFC @Memorial Field 3pm KO

For details of the pre match lunch go to http://www.ardrossanrugby.com/pre-match-lunch/

Sunday 18th September

Ladies – Kelso NDL @Kelso RFC 1st match KO’s at 10am

U16s – Ardrossan Accies RFC v Bishopton/Garnock RFC @Memorial Field 2pm KO

U15s – Stewartry RFC v Ardrossan Accies RFC @Stewartry RFC 2pm KO

U14s – Ardrossan Accies RFC v Paisley RFC @Memorial Field 2pm KO

U13s – Ardrossan Accies RFC v Irvine RFC @Memorial Field 2pm KO

LADY OF THE MONTH: Shelagh Milligan

Shelagh

In my head I’m still 25 but unfortunately no one has told my metabolism this. I am not an exercise junkie and never have been. My idea of a good workout was running from South Beach train station to the Lauriston to catch last orders, triumphantly wheezing into a glass of Sauvignon Blanc whilst phoning a taxi to take me the 10 minute walk home. I am not motivated in the slightest by exercise classes, running for fun is just, well, it’s not! Anyway, I knew I had to start doing some sort of physical activity and decided that crashing into other people over an odd shaped ball might be quite good. I definitely fell into the unfit category but no one on the team minded at all and I started to improve (slowly) every single week. Nothing beats scoring your first try, or watching someone else score their first try or catching a high ball or the noise someone makes when you fool them with a dummy pass or kicking an egg shaped ball and it actually going where you want it to go. Nothing beats the feeling of knowing you can bring someone down who is three times your size and nothing beats the feeling when you’re finally brave enough to try it! I have a confession – I go out running now. Not because I enjoy it (I still don’t) but because I want to be better at this incredible sport and my amazing team!

Queen of the 10’s

The ladies team have finally played their first official competitive match of rugby.  They joined forces with a few players from Helensburgh to compete in the Scottish Women’s Rugby ‘Queen of the 10’s’ tournament which was hosted this time by Lismore RFC. Due to the numbers of clubs having to play postponement games, there were only 6 teams in total attend the tournament.  Ardrossan played 3 matches against Cartha/Watsonians, Melrose, and Strathclyde Uni.  These were very tough opponents and with the most competitive match against Strathclyde who are of similiar grade.  But that didn’t deter the ladies who faced every game head on and improved with every half.  The tournament for Ardrossan was about the experience.  Everyone worked really hard, gained a ton of knowledge and boosted their confidence in the contact area whether it was tackling, rucking etc. Our one try scorer Emma Blackstock displayed a brilliant strong run in her new found size 11 magic boots. Also a stirling performance to our number 9 Jennifer Monaghan because she had to cover a lot of ground as well as learn scrum and line out!  And finally a special mention to our U15 player Shanice Mcknee and her sister who came to support.  
Everyone should be very proud of their performances. A strong foundation has been established to build, develop and progress on. Well done ladies. 

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