Club Results 28/9 & 29/9

Saturday 28th September

Tennents National League 3: Howe of Fife 1st XV 26-20 Ardrossan Accies 1st XV

Sunday 29th September

Tennent’s West Region League (Ladies): Hamilton Ladies 10-53 Ardrossan Accies Ladies

Pictures available here

Galant Conference B U15s: Ardrossan Accies U15s 60-21 Kilmarnock U15s

Minis & Micros took part in a tournament at Cumnock RFC

Club Results 21/9 & 22/9

Saturday 21st September

Tennents National League 3: Ardrossan Accies 1st XV 38-8 Carrick RFC

Tennent’s West Region League (Ladies): Greenock Wanderers Ladies 140-10 Ardrossan Accies Ladies

Sunday 22nd September

Galant Conference B U16s: Ardrossan Accies U16s 67-7 Strathaven U16s (Development game played, insufficient numbers home team)

Galant Conference B U15s: Ardrossan Accies U15s 50-54 Wigtownshire U15s (Development game played, insufficient numbers home team)

Minis took part in a round robin tournament at Cartha QP RFC

Club Results 14/9 & 15/9

Saturday 14th September

Tennents National League 3: Ardrossan Accies 1st XV 44-10 Perthshire 1st XV

Sunday 15th September

Tennent’s West Region League (Ladies): Ardrossan Accies Ladies 24-95 Biggar Ladies

Galant Conference B U16s: Kilmarnock U16s 60-10 Ardrossan Accies U16s

Galant Conference B U15s: Loch Lomond U16s 50-7 Ardrossan Accies U15s

Galant Conference B U13s: Ardrossan U13s 34-4 Greenock U13s

President’s Message – Perthshire 14th September

I would like to extend a warm welcome to Bob Lindsay, George Clunie , the players of Perthshire RFC and their supporters to Memorial Field for the Tennent’s National League Division 3 game.

In the first league game of the season, last week, Perthshire had a narrow home defeat to Greenock. I’m sure they will be disappointed with that result and will looking to bounce back from that and, so, we expect a tough game today against a team we know well from our encounters over the last few seasons. Whatever the result today, I would like to wish Perthshire RFC all the best for the season ahead.

For Ardrossan, we are hoping to build on a good start to the season with our victories over Berwick (National league cup) and away to Caithness (league). To obtain a bonus point was a great start to the season and it is hoped that we kick on from that. Unfortunately, we have lost a couple of players, Bruce Hunter and Euan Thomson, to injury in the first couple of games and I wish them a speedy recovery.

Today is our first sponsor’s day of the new season, which gives us a chance to thank all of our programme and ball sponsors for their support of the club. I would like to thank them for their continued support and hope that those that manage along enjoy the day and, most importantly, the game. It would be great to see you down throughout the season.

Our match sponsors for the game today are The Kandy Bar, Digby Brown and James Frew Ltd and our ball sponsor is Owen Phillips. Thanks again, it is greatly appreciated and the club is very grateful to all of our sponsors for their support.

As I mentioned in my message for the Berwick game, the Rugby World Cup is starting on September 20th and the bar has an extended license for early morning kick offs. You will see below one of the games highlighted with breakfast + a pint for £5. This coincides with a home game against Carrick that day, so why not start early and enjoy your day at the club. Scotland also plays their first game on Sunday 22nd at 8:45am versus Ireland. 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

Friday 20th September- Quiz hosted by Dr. Jamie Monaghan (starts 19:30)
Saturday 21st September- New Zealand V South Africa (ko 10:45am)- breakfast and pint £5
Sunday 22nd September- Ireland V Scotland (ko 8:45am)

Club Results – 7/9 and 8/9

Saturday 7th September

Tennents National League 3: Caithness 1st XV 22-27 Ardrossan Accies 1st XV

Tennents West Reserve League Division 3 South: Marr 3rd XV 31-14 Ardrossan Accies 2nd XV

Pictures available here Marr 3rd XV photos

Sunday 1st September

Tennent’s West Region League (Ladies): West of Scotland Ladies 28-0 Ardrossan Accies Ladies (Ardrossan unable to fulfil due to insufficient numbers)

Galant Conference B U16s: Ardrossan Accies U16s 20-26 Dalziel U16s

Galant Conference B U15s: Ardrossan Accies U15s 47-97 Dalziel U15s (Development game played due to insufficient numbers away team)

Galant Conference B U13s: East Kilbride U13s 21-23 Ardrossan Accies U13s

Minis & Micros travelled to Kilmarnock and played in matches from Micros – P7

 

Club Results – 31/8 & 1/9

Saturday 31st August

National League Cup: Ardrossan Accies 1st XV 50-17 Berwick RFC

Match photos can be found here: 1st XV v Berwick

Galant Conference B U18s: Oban U18s P-P Ardrossan Accies U18s (Game postponed due to waterlogged pitch)

 

Sunday 1st September

Galant Conference B U16s: Ardrossan Accies U16s 31-65 Cambuslang U16s

Galant Conference B U15s: Ardrossan Accies U15s 7-67 East Kilbride U15s

Galant Conference B U14s: Ardrossan Accies U14s 7-67 Garnock U14s

Galant Conference B U13s: Ardrossan Accies U13s 36-44 Cambuslang U13s

Girls AGLV Festival: Ardrossan Accies Girls U16s & U18s participated in a development event at Inverclyde NSTC

Minis & Micros hosted Alan Glens RFC and Paisley RFC in round robin matches from Micros – P7

 

Thanks to this weekend’s sponsors Jas Campbell & Co​, Rightcars Ltd​ and Sunnyside Nursery​ and to the 1st XV match ball sponsor Willie Gibson for their support.

Presidents Message – Berwick 31st August

I would like to extend a warm welcome to Berwick RFC and their supporters to Memorial Field for the National League Cup game.

Berwick had a fantastic season just past, winning both the Tennents East Region League Division 1 and the National Shield, and have thus gained promotion to National 3 this season. Although this is the first game of the season, this game today will possibly provide both teams with some insight to what challenges lie ahead for the coming season. Whatever the result today, I would like to wish Berwick all the best for the season ahead.

For Ardrossan Academicals, we are hoping to build on last season’s 3rd placed finish and push for promotion. We have a couple of new additions to the squad and we are pleased at retaining the remainder of the team, so we feel we are in a good place to achieve our aims for the season. Our preseason has been good with excellent wins over Ayr and Irvine and we had a really good training session at Inverclyde sports centre last Saturday, which we are hoping to use for training and potentially a game over the season.

I would like to thank our match sponsors for the game, Jas Campbell and Co., Right Cars and Sunnyside Nurseries for their continued support, and to Willie Gibson for sponsoring today’s match ball. It is greatly appreciated and the club is very grateful to all of our sponsors for their support. Our sponsors’ day is September 14th versus Perthshire and I would like to invite all sponsors, including ball sponsors, to this, starting from 1:30pm for a 3pm kick off.

I would also like to thank our members for their continued support and it would be great to see you all down supporting all sections of the club this season.

As you know the Rugby World Cup is starting on September 20th and the bar has an extended license for early morning kick offs. You will see below one of the games highlighted with breakfast + a pint for £5. Scotland also plays their first game on Sunday 22nd at 8:45am versus Ireland. 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

 

14th September- Sponsors day

 

21st September- New Zealand V South Africa (10:45am)- breakfast and pint £5

Club AGM

Annual General Meeting

The Annual General Meeting of Ardrossan Academicals Rugby Football Club will be held in the clubhouse at 7.30pm on Monday 29th April.

The following officials have to be appointed at this meeting :-

President (2 years)

Vice President (2 years)

Secretary

Treasurer

Playing convener in charge of a sub committee including fixture secretary, 1st XV captain, 2nd XV representative and ladies representative.

Finance and business convener in charge of a sub committee to include membership and sponsorship.

Bar and clubhouse convener with members in charge of the bar, the clubhouse and social events.

Youth convener to organise a committee to run all aspects of youth rugby.

Communications and Marketing convener to deal with social media and the website plus looking for grants and other ways of raising money from outside organisations.

2 ordinary board members one of whom represents the ladies section.

2 auditors.

Although not members of the board a membership secretary, house convener, fixture secretary, bar convener, clubhouse convener and sponsorship organiser can be nominated at the AGM.

Fixture secretary Contact opponents in the week before a game to confirm kick off time. Contact referee to confirm the game is on and the kick off time.Contact both if the game is postponed. Occasionally may need to arrange a game for a team.  Referees are normally appointed for 1st XV, 2nd XV, U18 and ladies. If not arrange a referee.

Clubhouse convener Carry out or arrange for someone to carry out repairs to the clubhouse.

Sponsorship organiser Try to get sponsors for the club programme, shirt sponsors and player sponsors.

A nomination form is included and should be returned to the secretary either by email or left behind the bar. They must be returned by April 22.

I have also included a copy of the constitution. Any proposed changes need to be sent to the secretary by April 8

AARFC CONSTITUTION

Position Nomination Form

Board Meeting Minutes 22/11/17

MINUTES OF THE BOARD MEETING OF

ARDROSSAN ACADEMICALS RFC

ON

22nd NOVEMBER, 2017

 

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Present:

Brian Campbell, Ian Hunter, Andrew Duncan, David Mackie and Gavin Angus

 

Apologies:

Kenny Fraser, Gordon Christie, D Frazer

 

Absent:

Ali Cairns, Janine Philips

 

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Minutes of previous meeting were read and approved.

 

It was noted with sadness the death of Stewart Gillan, a former player, Committee member and until very recently our Fixture Secretary, a great servant to the Club a minute’s silence has been observed at the last s Second XV Home match and will be observed by the First XV at their next home game.

 

It was noted that Roger Sutherland has been suspended from playing until the New Year after a meeting with the player.

 

A subcommittee under Playing Convenor D. Frazer is to look into the organisation of the Ladies Section coaching arrangements with a view to providing a definite structure. It is noted that B. Reid had undertaken the minimum required for coaching at this level. A member of the Ladies Section is to be asked to join the Playing Committee.

 

A review of the senior sides results since the last Board meeting was considered.

 

It was noted that there had  been a number of injuries and unavailability due to employment and family commitments by various players.  It was to be hoped that after the November break injured players would be returning and that results would turn positive once again. All games had been competitive. In at least two the opposition had used dual registered players to god effect. Having played nearly all teams in the league we should now have an understanding of what is required to succeed in this difficult league.

 

Finances were discussed and these would appear to be generally improving thanks to great efforts from the social committee and others including Allan Merry, the Membership Secretary.  The Co-President advised that there had been meetings both with Glen Tippet, the SRU Area Manager and with the acting head teacher and staff at Ardrossan Academy.

 

Both had progressed positively, numbers were growing at Auchenharvie Academy now that our Assistant Development Officer was in place and delivering rugby coaching to greater numbers in particular at Auchenharvie Academy but also elsewhere. Glen Tippet was,  on the SRU’s behalf, pleased with the way in which this was travelling and it was to be hoped that Ardrossan Accies would be a tier level three club by Season 2018/19. Vice President Andrew Duncan is to be congratulated on his management and enthusiasm.

 

David Mackie reported that the flood lights may cost in the region of £2,000.00 to repair but indeed the problem may be greater and a long term solution found to provide adequate lighting in particular it was noted that both training and matches in late autumn and during the winter substantially took place on the top pitch and this rendered what has been a very good playing surface now in poor condition.

 

David Mackie reported that the mini bus which he very kindly had lent to the Club was nearing the end of its useable life.  The position was fully discussed and the Board determined and authorised David Mackie to investigat,e and he undertook, to provide a new mini bus for which the Club would pay £300 per month.  This would be to use the bus and for it to be fully insured, taxed and maintained.  Any income from the use would be used to defray that cost.

 

It was noted with disappointment that the photographs with the player sponsors had not as yet been installed in the hall and Andy Duncan was tasked with contacting the relevant parties to ensure that this was carried out.

 

The Board noted that after discussion with the playing committee that Innes Fraser had recently recommenced playing for our Senior side.  It was noted that acting on direction of the SRU he had been suspended from playing until the matter had been resolved.

Following the outcome of the criminal court case and then the SRU decision that he could once again commence playing the Playing Committee and the Board agreed that he should be allowed to do so.  Innes Fraser is now a playing member of the Club.  The Board expressed the opinion that to do otherwise would be discriminatory in the circumstances and may well be in breach of an individual’s human rights.  It is to be noted that the Club took the advice and guidance of the SRU through the immediate past president from the outset of this matter, which for the avoidance of doubt had not been referred to the Club.

 

Events for the diary:

 

It is noted that ladies day was to take place on 2nd December, 2017 and the Children’s Club Christmas Party on the 17th December, 2017.  On New Year’s Day there is to be a match of the over 35’s against the under 20’s, Peter Gossman being in charge of events for the day.

 

Any other competent business:

 

The official opening of the refurbished lounge was discussed and a date is to be arranged after liaising with Sandra Bale.  David Cook has undertaken management of the construction of the patio and having sought advice of North Ayrshire Council’s Planning Dept., was advised that Planning Permission should be applied for but probably not necessary.  He will then obtain prices and hopefully the project will be completed it is anticipated in the Spring of 2018.  Brian Campbell undertook to contact Sandra Bale to ascertain how she wished the refurbishment be recognised.

 

The Board considered and approved the acquisition of a cash card machine for the Club.  

 

There being no other competent business the meeting was then closed.

This weekend’s fixtures

We have a full weekend of rugby at Memorial Field this weekend as all our senior teams return to league action after the autumn internationals. With three home matches on Saturday, we’re hoping to pack the club to help drive the players on in what will be hotly contested matches. Full list of fixtures below.

If you are looking for a way to spend your Saturday night then why not join us for Karaoke. The doors open at 6pm and it is completely free, so come down and let’s have another great night in the club.

A massive thanks to this weekend’s sponsor George Perry for his support this season.

 

Saturday 2nd December:

1st XV         Ardrossan Accies v St Bothwells RFC, 2pm KO

2nd XV         Ardrossan Accies v West of Scotland RFC, 2pm KO

U18s           Ardrossan Accies v Cambuslang RFC, 2pm KO

 

Sunday 3rd December:

Ladies         Ardrossan Accies v Helensburgh RFC, 2pm KO

Minis & Micros   Ardrossan Accies v Greenock v Carrick v Irvine, 12:30pm KO

Youth         All youth games are now finished for the Christmas break however, training will still run for the U13s, U14s and U15s, 12:30pm – 2pm