Presidents Message May 2020

Message from the President – May 2020

 

Dear members,

I am writing during, what I’m sure, is a very difficult time for everybody. These are times none of us have experienced before and I hope that you, your family and friends remain healthy during this
corona virus pandemic.
I’m sure like me, you are all missing socialising with family and friends, sport, holidays (the list could go on), but it is obviously important that we adhere to the guidance issued in order to maintain our
healthy lifestyles and look forward to getting back to some semblance of normality, in the not too distant future.
With regards to the club, we are obviously closed but we still have payments to make. We have applied for a couple of grants, one to the SRU for a grant from the Community Hardship Fund; we
are currently awaiting their response. Brian Campbell has done a great job in managing our expenses and I hope that this will be sufficient enough to ensure we can still operate when we can eventually
open up again. Thanks Brian for your hard work in this area.
In the last few days, as you may have seen, we have lost Andy Duncan as our Development Officer.
Andy has decided to take a step in a different direction and has obtained a job in marketing. I am very thankful to Andy for all of the work and effort he has put in over the years. Andy has been
playing at the club since he was a boy and he has been an integral part of our club since then. As DO, he has done great work in the local schools and has really enhanced our youth section. Thank you Andy.

I, the club, and I’m sure all of you, wish him every success in his new career. I sincerely hope that Andy will continue to remain around the club in a playing capacity and provide some guidance as we
continue to strive to improve.
With regard to rugby, the season was brought to an abrupt halt and I’m sure all of our players, from mini to seniors, and supporters will have missed it. Unfortunately, the 1 st XV season was declared
null and void as there were a number of fixtures unfulfilled. I don’t envisage rugby starting anytime soon and some are of the opinion that it may not be until the end of this year or even January,
before contact rugby starts again. Hopefully this isn’t the case and we can get back to coaching, playing and supporting soon.
Lastly, we have a new coaching team for the ladies; Callum Smith and Shelley Main. Obviously this has come at a time when there is no opportunity to get started, but when the time comes, I’m sure
they will raring to get going. Good luck.
I would like to take this opportunity to thank Brian Reid in his former role as coach to the ladies. He was very dedicated and proactive. I wish Brian luck in his new role at Irvine Rugby Club.
I hope all of you keep safe and well and see you at the club for a much needed party when lockdown measures are lifted.

Take care,
Peter

President’s message- AARFC vs. Lasswade RFC, 3pm Saturday 7th March and Howe of Fife, 19:30pm Thursday 12th March 2020

President’s message- AARFC vs. Lasswade RFC, 3pm Saturday 7th March and Howe of Fife, 19:30pm Thursday 12th March 2020

Unbelievably we’ve not played a game since our hard fought away victory to Murrayfield Wanderers on January 18th. Today we are back in action against Lasswade RFC, and we also play Howe of Fife on Thursday in our rearranged game from January, at Inverclyde Sports Centre, Largs. I expect both games will be extremely difficult, given both teams are near the top of the league.

I would like to extend a warm welcome to both Lasswade RFC, and their supporters to Memorial Field for today’s Tennent’s National League Division 3 game. Lasswade are having a very good season and are currently in 2nd position in the league and in the earlier fixture this season, Lasswade came out on top in a very competitive encounter. We will obviously be hoping to reverse that result in order for us to continue our push for promotion. Whatever the result, I would like to wish Lasswade a safe trip home and all the best for the rest of the season ahead.

Just a reminder that our rearranged game with Howe of Fife is on this Thursday, 12th March, 19:30 kick off, as both teams have a number of players away in Cardiff for the Wales game and requested not to play on Saturday 14th. This game will be played at Inverclyde Sports Centre in Largs. I would like to extend a warm welcome to the Howe of Fife committee and players and I would like to thank them for agreeing to play midweek. It will be our first game at Inverclyde on the 4G surface and I would expect a highly entertaining game. Therefore, if members can come along and support, that would be great.

Howe have been enjoying a good season and, at the time of writing this, lie just 2 points behind us in the league. Again, like Lasswade, Howe enjoyed the victory against us in the reverse fixture in another tight game, and we will be hoping that we can get the victory we need.

Unfortunately, it has been very stop start recently with the lack of games and very poor weather but we have won our last 5 games and we, therefore, go into the remaining games in a very positive mood and hopefully that positivity will shine through today. It is very tight at the top of the table with up to 5 teams vying for promotion and every game is a must win. Your support will be vital and it’ll be great to see you both home and away if you can manage.

I would like to thank our match sponsors for the upcoming games, Arran Dairies, Art’N’Joy, DW Skip Hire and Breen Roofing for their continued support, and to Neil Baillie and Wylie Nichol for sponsoring the match balls. Thanks again, it is greatly appreciated and the club is very grateful to all of our sponsors for their support.

Unfortunately our game away to Greenock Wanderers was postponed and is now on April 11th.

As you will most likely be aware the 6 nations is in progress at the moment. Scotland plays France on Sunday (8th) and with all games on in the bar, it would be great to have you come along to the club and support the nation together.

We have a couple of functions on throughout March and April, including Sponsors day on March 28th and the mini/micro fundraiser that evening. This is sold out but there may still be horses to purchase and your support in this would be hugely appreciated. If interested please contact Kimberley Guffie, via Facebook if possible. If not, please speak to myself and I can enquire for you.

In April we have ‘Accies Got Talent’. This has been hugely entertaining over the last number of years and is great fun. Tickets will be on sale soon, so please keep an eye out and come along for a great night.

For all other functions and fixtures, please visit the club website www.ardrossanrugby.com for further information.

Peter Gossman

President

 

Upcoming fixtures

Thursday 12th March- AARFC v Howe of Fife (19:30pm kick off at Inverclyde Sports Centre)

Saturday 21st March- Hillhead Jordanhill RFC v AARFC (3pm kick off) Spaces on the bus for supporters

Saturday 28th March- AARFC v Berwick (3pm kick off)

President’s message- Ardrossan vs. Strathmore RFC, Saturday 15th January 2020

President’s message- Ardrossan vs. Strathmore RFC, Saturday 15th January 2020

Kick-off 3pm

As we’ve not had a home game since the New Year I would like to thank all of our members who
came along to our annual New Year’s day game between the Over 35’s and Under 25’s. Similarly to
the previous 7 years, the over 35’s won. It was a very competitive game and a great day at the club.
Big thanks to all of those who donated raffle prizes and provided food, and I hope all of those who
came along enjoyed the day.
After a 4 week break since our hard fought away victory to Murrayfield Wanderers, we are back in
action today against Strathmore. I would like to extend a warm welcome to Strathmore RFC, and
their supporters to Memorial Field for today’s Tennent’s National League Division 3 game. They have
had a good first half of the season and are currently in 7 th position but with 2 games in hand over
ourselves. In the earlier fixture this season, we managed a very good 36-26 win in a very competitive
encounter, so we know this will be a tough game and one that we need to win to keep up the
pressure at the top of the table. Whatever the result, I would like to wish Strathmore a safe trip
home and all the best for the rest of the season ahead.
Unfortunately, it has been very stop start recently with the lack of games and very poor weather but
we have won our last 5 games and we, therefore, go into the remaining games in a very positive
mood and hopefully that positivity will shine through today. It is very tight at the top of the table
with up to 5 teams vying for promotion and every game is a must win. Your support will be vital and
it’ll be great to see you both home and away if you can manage.
I would like to thank our match sponsors for the game today, McMillan and Cronin and Nellany &
Co Solicitors for their continued support, and to Alan Sutherland for sponsoring today’s match ball.
Thanks again, it is greatly appreciated and the club is very grateful to all of our sponsors for their
support.
Our next game is away to Greenock Wanderers on February 29 th . We normally take a good support
up there and this will be a huge game. Also, just to let you know that our rearranged game with
Howe of Fife is now on Thursday 12 th March, 19:30 kick off, as both teams have a number of players
away in Cardiff for the Wales game and requested not to play on Saturday 14 th . This game will be
played at Inverclyde Sports Centre in Largs. I know this is not ideal but we were keen to have a full
squad available for a very important game against fellow promotion chasers, Howe. I would expect a
highly entertaining game on the 4G surface, so if members can come along and support, that would
be great.
As you will most likely be aware the 6 nations is in progress at the moment. Scotland plays Italy next
Saturday (22 nd ) and with all games on in the bar, it would be great to have you come along to the
club and support the nation together.
We don’t have any upcoming functions coming up in February but please continue to visit the club
website www.ardrossanrugby.com for further information regarding upcoming matches and social
events.

Peter Gossman
President

 

Upcoming fixtures

Saturday 29 th February- Greenock Wanderers RFC v AARFC (3pm kick off)
Saturday 7 th March- AARFC v Lasswade RFC (3pm kick off)

Thursday 12 th March- AARFC v Howe of Fife (19:30pm kick off at Inverclyde Sports Centre)

President’s message- Ardrossan vs. Howe of Fife RFC, Saturday 11th January 2020

President’s message- Ardrossan vs. Howe of Fife RFC, Saturday 11th January 2020

Firstly, I would like to wish all of our members and visitors a very happy new year. I hope everybody had a great time over the festive period. We had our annual New Year’s day game between the Over 35’s and Under 25’s, and similar to the previous 7 years, the over 35’s won. It was a very competitive game and a great day at the club. Big thanks to all of those who donated raffle prizes and provided food, and I hope all of those who came along enjoyed the day.

After a 4 week break, we are back into league action. I would like to extend a warm welcome to Howe of Fife RFC, and their supporters to Memorial Field for today’s Tennent’s National League Division 3 game. Howe have had a good first half of the season and are currently in 5th position but with 2 games in hand over ourselves, they have the opportunity to go higher than us in the league. In the earlier fixture this season, Howe won 26-20 in a very competitive encounter, so we know this will be a tough game and one that we need to win to keep up the pressure at the top of the table. Whatever the result, I would like to wish Howe of Fife a safe trip home and all the best for the rest of the season ahead.

Prior to the break, we had a very positive finish with 4 consecutive wins, 3 of which were with the bonus. We, therefore, go into the remaining games in a very positive mood and hopefully that positivity will shine through today.

I would like to thank our match sponsors for the game today, DW Parker Skip Hire and Breen Roofing for their continued support, and to Drew Kennedy for sponsoring today’s match ball. Thanks again, it is greatly appreciated and the club is very grateful to all of our sponsors for their support.

We had a very successful Christmas Party on the 21st December. Big thanks to those who came along and to Hayley Quinn for her great efforts in organising it. I’m sure this will be an annual occasion and hopefully members will support the event even better next year. We also had the quiz on 27th, again it was a great night. Thanks to Margaret Anderson for her efforts in preparing this and hopefully Margaret will do this again.

We don’t have any upcoming functions coming up in January but please continue to visit the club website www.ardrossanrugby.com for further information regarding upcoming matches and social events.

Peter Gossman

President

President’s message- Ardrossan vs. Caithness RFC, Saturday 30th November 2019

President’s message- Ardrossan vs. Caithness RFC, Saturday 30th November 2019

I would like to extend a warm welcome to Caithness RFC, and their supporters to Memorial Field for today’s Tennent’s National League Division 3 game. It’s a mighty long trip, as we experienced at the beginning of the season, so a big thank you to all those who have made the effort to travel.

We have now played all of our opponents once in the league and we are now at the stage of return fixtures. In our first game of the season, we travelled up to Caithness and ground out a good bonus point win. Since then, we continued in that good form but faultered recently. Last week’s win against West was much needed and a good win.  We will hope to follow that up with another victory this week to keep up the pressure on those at the top of the table.

For Caithness, the first half of the season has been a struggle. Given our first game against them, that has surprised me, but with a good win last week versus Perthshire, this will have given them some confidence and encouragement for this week’s game. Whatever the result, I would like to wish Caithness a safe trip home and all the best for the rest of the season ahead.

I would like to thank our match sponsors for the game today, McLaughlin Construction and DM Hall for their continued support, and to Danny McGreish for sponsoring today’s match ball. Thanks again, it is greatly appreciated and the club is very grateful to all of our sponsors for their support.

With Christmas coming up it becomes a busy time for everyone with shopping and celebrating. On Saturday 21st December we are hosting a Christmas Party. It’s sure to be a joyous night, with festive cocktails, and disco and karaoke as entertainment. It would be great to see a good number down and enjoy a festive drink with friends. Tickets are £5 and can be purchased behind the bar or by contacting myself.

Please visit the club website www.ardrossanrugby.com for further information regarding upcoming matches and social events.

Peter Gossman

President

 

2019 Upcoming Events

Saturday 14th December- Ardrossan vs Carrick (2pm kick off)

Saturday 21st December- Christmas Party 7:30pm

Friday 27th December- Family Quiz with Margaret Anderson (7:30pm)

1st January 2020- Annual Over 35 vs Under 23 match (kick off TBA, bouncy castle for kids)

President’s message- Ardrossan vs. West of Scotland RFC, Saturday 23rd November 2019

President’s message- Ardrossan vs. West of Scotland RFC, Saturday 23rd November 2019

I would like to extend a warm welcome to our opponents today, West of Scotland RFC, and their supporters to Memorial Field for today’s Tennent’s National League Division 3 game.

West will be arriving on a high after a very good win last week versus Caithness. We have had some difficult matches with them over the last few years, mainly at Burnbrae, but we fully expect a tough one again today. Whatever the result, I would like to wish West all the best for the season ahead.

We, Ardrossan, have had some disappointing results recently and are really hopeful that we can gain a positive result today. Unfortunately, we have been decimated with call offs, through either injury or work. Again, hopefully this improves so that we can really push on for promotion, which I firmly believe we are capable of.

I would like to thank our match sponsors for the game today, Campbell Fuel Oils and DM Hall for their continued support, and to John Pringle for sponsoring today’s match ball. Thanks again, it is greatly appreciated and the club is very grateful to all of our sponsors for their support.

We have our monthly quiz on Friday 29th November commencing at 7:30pm. It would be great to see a good number down to support for it and have a great night.

Please visit the club website www.ardrossanrugby.com for further information regarding upcoming matches and social events.

Peter Gossman

President

 

2019 Upcoming Events

Friday 29th November- Quiz hosted by Allan Merry (7:30pm start)

Saturday 30th November- Ardrossan vs Caithness

Ardrossan 2nd XV vs East Kilbride 3/Cambuslang 2 XV (both 2pm kick off)

Saturday 21st December- Christmas party (adults) (7pm start)

Friday 27th December- Quiz hosted by Margaret Anderson (7:30pm start)

President’s message- Ardrossan vs. Hillhead Jordanhill RFC, Saturday 9th November 2019

President’s message- Ardrossan vs. Hillhead Jordanhill RFC, Saturday 9th November 2019

I would like to extend a warm welcome to our opponents today, Hillhead Jordanhill RFC, and their supporters to Memorial Field for today’s Tennent’s National League Division 3 game.

Hillhead Jordanhill will be arriving on a high after a very good win last week versus Caithness. We have had some difficult matches with them over the last few years, mainly at Hughenden, but we fully expect a tough one again today. Whatever the result, I would like to wish Hillhead Jordanhill all the best for the season ahead.

We, Ardrossan, had difficult away day at Lasswade last weekend and we were extremely disappointed not to win the game after a continued period of pressure on the Lasswade line in the last 10 minutes. Unfortunately, it was not to be and were left to rue our slow start to the game. We will be hoping to rectify that this week and get back to winning ways and try to get back to the top of the league.

I would like to thank our match sponsors for the game today, Stems and Gems and Bruce Harvey for their continued support, and to Gordon Christie for sponsoring today’s match ball. Thanks again, it is greatly appreciated and the club is very grateful to all of our sponsors for their support.

Today we our hosting Ladies Day. I would like to extend a big thank you to Caroline Monaghan, Fiona Walton and all of the others who have helped to organise the event. The club is extremely grateful to all of the ladies who are associated with the club. Whether it be playing, helping with coaching or volunteering around the club (for example with M&M’s, youth teams), the club would not be the same place without their input and it is hugely appreciated, so a big thank you to all.

Please visit the club website www.ardrossanrugby.com for further information regarding upcoming matches and social events.

Peter Gossman

President

 

 

2019 Upcoming Events

 

Saturday 16th November- Ardrossan 2nd XV vs Marr 3rd XV (2pm kick off)

Sunday 17th November- Ardrossan Ladies vs Hamilton Ladies (2pm kick off)

Saturday 23rd November- Ardrossan vs West of Scotland (2pm kick off)

Friday 29th November- Quiz hosted by Allan Merry (7:30pm start)

Saturday 30th November- Ardrossan vs Caithness

Ardrossan 2nd XV vs East Kilbride 3/Cambuslang 2 XV (both 2pm kick off)

President’s message- Ardrossan vs. Peebles RFC, Saturday 26th October 2019

President’s message- Ardrossan vs. Peebles RFC, Saturday 26th October 2019

I would like to extend a warm welcome to Peebles RFC, and their supporters to Memorial Field for
today’s National League cup game. This is the 1 st round proper, after our preliminary round win over
Berwick.
Peebles have had a very good start to the season, sitting 3 rd in National League 2. After a defeat last
week at Newton Stewart, Peebles will be looking to get back to form and progress in the cup. We are
certainly expecting a difficult game as this will be a step up for us, playing against a team sitting well
in the league above us.
We, Ardrossan, had another very good bonus point win at home to, then league leaders, Greenock
last Saturday, continuing our superb start to the season, and putting us top of National 3. It was a
terrific game and, again, we played some tremendous rugby. Hopefully this will be on full show again
today, although, unfortunately we may have a number of players missing through injury and work
commitments.
I would like to thank Stephen McAllister for sponsoring today’s match ball. Stephen is a past
president and huge supporter of the club, so many thanks again. I would also like to thank all of our
sponsors for their support throughout the season, it is hugely appreciated and the club is extremely
grateful.
Unfortunately our annual Halloween Party had to be cancelled. Apologies to those looking forward
to an excellent night and, in particular, Laura and Stuart Lamont and the Mackie family, who had
taken time to organise the event. We will have to make up for it next year!
Please visit the club website www.ardrossanrugby.com for further information regarding upcoming
matches and social events.

Peter Gossman
President

2019 Upcoming Events

Saturday 9 th November- Ladies Day + Ardrossan vs Hillhead Jordanhill RFC (2pm kick off)
Saturday 23 rd November- Ardrossan vs West of Scotland (2pm kick off)

President’s message- Ardrossan vs. Greenock Wanderers RFC, Saturday 19th October 2019

President’s message- Ardrossan vs. Greenock Wanderers RFC, Saturday 19th October 2019

I would like to extend a warm welcome to John Black, the players of Greenock Wanderers RFC, and their supporters to Memorial Field for today’s Tennent’s National League Division 3 game.

Greenock Wanderers have had a tremendous start to the season, winning all of their games and are currently top of the league, leading us by a single point. They will come here looking to continue that run and will be hoping to get a result over us, in what, we know, will be a difficult game. We have had some difficult matches with Greenock over the years, and as I said, we fully expect that again today. Whatever the result, I would like to wish Greenock all the best for the season ahead.

We, Ardrossan, had a very good bonus point away win at Strathmore last week to continue our fine start to the season. We have managed to obtain try bonus points in all of our league games so far, which is superb and credit to Rory and the players for producing the expansive and entertaining rugby that we are playing. Hopefully this will be on full show again today. Unfortunately we still have a number of players missing through injury and work commitments, but it’s great that we can turn to the experience of players like Allan Wilson to fill in.

I would like to thank our match sponsors for the game today, Gallagher Pharmacy and Coast to Coast Travel for their continued support, and to Lucas McFarlane for sponsoring today’s match ball. Thanks again, it is greatly appreciated and the club is very grateful to all of our sponsors for their support. 

Today we welcome past players to the club for a get together. It’ll be great to see so many familiar faces back at the club and I hope you and all of our supporters enjoy the day and hopefully we’ll see you again throughout the rest of the season.

As highlighted below, the annual Halloween Party is on November 2nd, tickets £5. The effort made is always phenomenal and it would be fantastic to see high numbers for what is always a great night. Tickets are available through Laura Lamont.

Please visit the club website www.ardrossanrugby.com for further information regarding upcoming matches and social events.

Peter Gossman

President

 

2019 Upcoming Events

Friday 25th October- Quiz hosted by Dr Jamie Monaghan 7:30pm

Saturday 26th October- Ardrossan vs Peebles (National League Cup) 

Saturday 2nd November- Halloween Party 7:30pm

Saturday 9th November- Ladies Day + Ardrossan vs Hillhead Jordanhill RFC (2pm kick off)

President’s message- Ardrossan vs. Murrayfield Wanderers RFC, Saturday 5th October 2019

President’s message- Ardrossan vs. Murrayfield Wanderers RFC, Saturday 5 th October

I would like to extend a warm welcome to Murrayfield Wanderers RFC and their supporters to Memorial Field for the Tennent’s National League Division 3 game.
Murrayfield Wanderers have had 2 good wins in a row, producing a very good home win versus Caithness last week. They will come here looking to continue that run and will be hoping to get a result over us, in what will be a difficult game. Whatever the result today, I would like to wish Murrayfield Wanderers all the best for the season ahead.
For Ardrossan, after a disappointing defeat last week in Fife, we are hoping to build on what has been a very encouraging start to the season. To obtain try bonus points in all of our league games so far is very pleasing and shows the expansive and entertaining rugby that we are playing. Hopefully this will be on full show today. Our injury list grows by the week but, hopefully, we will see some players returning soon, which will also be good news for the 2nd XV.
Our 2nd XV have struggled for games recently and are away to Strathaven and our Ladies play at home to Wigtownshire, after a fine first win for them last week away at Hamilton. Good luck to those teams and all youth teams this weekend.
I would like to thank our match sponsors for the game today, Seamill Hydro Hotel, Booth Welsh and Robertson Fine Foods for their continued support, and to Robert Erskine for sponsoring today’s match ball. Thanks again, it is greatly appreciated and the club is very grateful to all of our sponsors for their support.
The Rugby World Cup has now kicked off and the bar has an extended license for early morning kick offs on Saturday and Sundays. It would be great to see people down at the club to enjoy the games, new and old faces, so please come along.
I hope you all have an enjoyable day and may the best team win.
Please visit the club website www.ardrossanrugby.com for further information regarding upcoming matches and social events.

Peter Gossman
President

2019 Upcoming Events

Sunday 13th October- Scotland v Japan (11:45am kick off)
Saturday 19th October- World Cup QF’s (starting 8:45am)
Past player’s day, Ardrossan vs Greenock Wanderers (3pm kick off)
Saturday 26th October- Ardrossan V Peebles (National Cup) followed by Halloween Party
Saturday 9th November- Ladies Day, Ardrossan vs Hillhead Jordanhill RFC (2pm kick off)