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)

Presidents Message – Carrick 21st September 2019

President’s message-  Ardrossan vs Carrick RFC, Saturday 21st September

I would like to extend a warm welcome to Carrick RFC and their supporters to Memorial Field for the Tennent’s National League Division 3 game.

In the first league game of the season, a couple of weeks ago, Carrick had a narrow away defeat and then, unfortunately, did not have a game last week as Caithness could not fulfil the fixture. I’m sure they will be disappointed with that, and will looking forward to get back to playing and will be hoping to get a result over us. Whatever the result today, I would like to wish Carrrick RFC all the best for the season ahead.

For Ardrossan, we are hoping to build on a super start to the season with 3 good victories in league and cup. To obtain bonus points in our first 2 league games is very pleasing and we will be hoping to continue this today. Hopefully, we will see some players returning, which will also be good news for the 2nd XV.

Our 2nd XV are away to East Kilbride/Cambuslang and our Ladies play Greenock away. Good luck to those teams and all youth teams this weekend.

I would like to thank our match sponsors for the game today, Central Car Auctions, Paul Stevenson Funeral Directors and J.D Bannatyne and Campbell for their continued support, and to David Hogarth 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. Scotland also plays their first game tomorrow, Sunday 22nd at 8:45am, versus Ireland, which is an extremely important game in a tough pool. 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 22nd September- Ireland V Scotland (8:45am kick off)

Friday 4th October- AAFPHC Race night

Sunday 13th October- Scotland v Japan (11:45am kick off)

Saturday 19th October- Past player’s day, Ardrossan vs Greenock Wanderers (3pm kick off)

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

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)

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 Presidents

As we approach the end of the season it is time to say thank you to our outgoing co-presidents, Ian Hunter and Brian Campbell.
Both have worked very hard over the last two years for the club, giving up their own time to ensure the club has a better future.
A great deal of what they did is not acknowledged, however both have achieved what every president aims for. The club is now in a better position than when they took office.
I hope everyone will join me in thanking both Ian and Brian for all of their hard work.

Welcome to our new president and vice-president, Peter Gossman and Dougie Tyler.
Both are lifelong Accies with a long family history with the club. They will build on the work of their predecessors taking the club forward.
I know everyone will join me in wishing them good luck and offering them support to ensure the success of the club.

Ali Cairns

Game Day – Presidents Message

Saturday 26 th January 2019 Scottish National League Division 3

Ardrossan Academicals R.F.C v Carrick R. F.C.
Memorial Field K.O. 2.00 p.m.

Our visitors today proved to be a very stern opposition in the reverse fixture at Maybole in what
were pretty trying conditions and won 9-3, all of the points being kicked. Carrick will no doubt prove
to be no lesser a test today with conditions forecast to be similar to the first contest. They are of
strong agricultural stock the kind of team that the Accies find hard to play against. We have to hope
that Ardrossan win enough possession to utilise their, undeniable attractive running game.
Returning this week are Nathan Welsh to the back row after an absence through work and holiday,
so Scott Campbell returns to the hooker berth and Logan Maxwell is on the bench. There we also
find Gordon Telfer returning from work commitments and Robert Hunter easing back in after a
broken nose, all of the bench are capable of making an impact.
There should be plenty to entertain the spectators, if Accies are to keep up any pressure on the
teams at the top of the league they need to produce a strong, composed and disciplined
performance after last week’s victory at St. Boswells.
Our Seconds travel to Maybole to play Carrick’s second string in a league encounter and we hope for
success there also
The Club Burns Supper is coming up on the 23 rd of February and it looks like this sell out function is
shaping up to be a great night for everyone, watch this space for further social events at the Club.
Alan Merry is currently working hard putting together this year’s Real Ale Festival focused around
the last weekend in June ( 27 th -29 th )-there will be a marquee with music provided by Ardrossan Music
Experience on the Saturday, one for the diary.
Today’s match ball sponsor is past president, Mr. Kandy Bar Stevie McAllister, many thanks for your
generous and continuing support(well done on the pie championships as well).

So everyone have great day with your friends at Memorial field and show respect to everyone
involved in the making the day happen.

Ian Hunter, Co-President,
Ardrossan Academicals R.F.C.

Ball Sponsor

This week’s ball sponsor is Stevie McAllister, Past President, former player and long term supporter of our Club.

Thank you Stevie for your continued support.