Senior & 18s Team Challenge – Week 3

New week, new challenges and this time the boys are getting tested on more than just their ability to cover the distance. This week there were 3 challenges to be completed with the first being a bodyweight circuit, 2nd being a 5k run or 20k cycle and finally the boys got to practice the most important of field skill of a boat race.

The bodyweight circuit was to be completed for time with points awarded to the fastest individual times, fastest front row times and fastest overall team times. The circuit was made up of 5 sets of; 10x squats, 10x leg raises and 10x press ups. To keep the squad moving challenge two offered a bonus point for each player that completed a 5k run or a 20k cycle. Final challenge had the boys finishing a 330ml can as quickly as possible with each team submitting the video of their fastest player to the competition comittee.

This week finished with 14 Boys and a Buftie continuing to streak away in front however the battle for 2nd looks like a tight one that could continue for the whole competiton as Ardrossan Secret Service and Benson and the Chunky Bunch battle away.

Team Bodyweight Points

  • 14 Boys and a Buftie – 10 points
  • Ardrossan Secret Service – 8 points
  • Benson and the Chunky Bunch – 6 points
  • GG’s – 4 points

Individual Bodyweight Points

  • Ian Kerr (BatCB) – 2:07
  • Robert Hunter (GG’s) – 2:18
  • Nathan Welsh (ASS) – 2:35
  • Adam McCabe (14BaB) – 2:39
  • Ruairidh Anderson (GG’s) – 2:39

Front Row Bodyweight Points

  • Cameron Leibenguth (14BaB) – 2:46
  • Eben Cairns (ASS) – 3:11
  • Scott Campbell (BatCB) – 3:47

Team Bonus Points

  • 14 Boys and a Buftie – 12 points
  • Ardrossan Secret Service – 10 points
  • Benson and the Chunky Bunch – 9 points
  • GG’s – 5 points

Team Boat Race Points

  • Benson and the Chunky Bunch – 10 points
  • Ardrossan Secret Service – 8 points
  • 14 Boys and a Buftie – 6 points
  • GG’s – no entry

Senior & 18s Team Challenge – Week 2

As week 2 dawned the boys were greeted with their new set of challenges and the pace had changed slightly from week 1. This week we were looking for the team that could travel the furthest by walking, running, cycling, swimming or by any other means so long as it wasn’t motorised. We also asked the teams to sign up to #doddieAID and to start banging in the miles for Team Glasgow and the boys responded with the majority of the kms walked this week going into the #doddieAID pot.

Once again 14 boys and a buftie absolutely smashed this week taking the most miles covered, the top 3 individual prizes & the 2nd and 3rd placed front row prizes. Benson & the Chunky Bunch came 2nd with Ardrossan Secret Service and the GGs bringing up 3rd and 4th this week.

After an accounting error last week Benson and the Chunky Bunch & Ardrossan Secret Service swaped places before any points were dished out resulting in the points totals so far being:


Distances Covered

  • 14 boys and a Buftie – 780.96 Km
  • Ardrossan Secret Service – 709.48 Km
  • Benson and the Chunky Bunch – 684.71 Km
  • GG’s – 413.48 Km

Individual Leaderboard

  • Nathan Griffiths (14BaB) – 137 Km
  • Euan Thomson (14BaB) – 108 Km
  • Adam McCabe (14BaB) – 107 Km
  • Nathan Welsh (ASS) – 106.8 Km
  • James Reid (BatCB) – 105.1 Km

Front Row Leaderboard

  • Scott Campbell (BatCB) – 101.6 Km
  • Lachlan Graham (14BaB) – 60.6 Km
  • Cameron Leibenguth (14BaB) – 57 Km

Senior & 18s Team Challenge – Week 1

With rugby back on hold our seniors and 18s are taking part in a team challenge to help keep the boys together and the fitness ticking over. They are set a couple of challanges to complete each week with bonus points up for grabs for a variety of reasons as the week goes on. The teams are made up of a mix of senior and U18s players with each team captained by an U18 and supported by two vice captains from either the senior or U18s squads and they are:
14 Boys & a Buftie
  • Ben Rodgers (c)
  • Stuart Lamont (vc)
  • Euan Thomson (vc)
  • Andy Hales
  • Gareth Rees
  • Jamie Thomson
  • Matt O’Sullivan
  • Patrick McLaughlin
  • Adam McCabe
  • Lachlan Graham
  • Alex Montgomery
  • Lewis Morrison
  • Cameron Leibenguth
  • Nathan Griffiths
  • Lewis Pentleton

Ardrossan Secret Service

  • Eben Cairns (c)
  • Stuart Lewis (vc)
  • Craig Johnston (vc)
  • Bruce Hunter
  • Gordon Telfer
  • Kyle Wood
  • Nathan Welsh
  • Peter Gossman
  • Calum Houston
  • Lucas Stracey
  • Andrew Buchanan
  • Logan McCormack
  • Connor McCluskey
  • Rory Currie
  • Connor Small


  • Josh Gregory (c)
  • Ben Hamilton (vc)
  • Robert Hunter (vc)
  • Cameron Bonner
  • Harry MacDonald
  • Martin Gaetano
  • Ruairidh Anderson
  • Colin Cameron
  • Rhys Boston
  • Ethan To
  • Ben Langan
  • Gregor Crichton
  • Ryan Skimming
  • Connor McCann

Benson and the Chunky Bunch

  • James Reid (c)
  • Scott Campbell (vc)
  • Callum Bowie (vc)
  • Finlay Cairns
  • Ian Kerr
  • Martin Henry
  • Owen Phillips
  • Stuart McMaster
  • Daniel Baxter
  • Adam Monaghan
  • Jed Russell
  • Cameron Mackay
  • Logan Noonan
  • Callum McKechnie
This week, the teams were announced and the boys had two challenges to complete. The first was to achieve the fastest average time for their team over a 2km distance and the second was to come up with the best name for their team. Bonus points were up for grabs for individual fastest times and individual fastest front row times.
14 boys and buftie ran away with the 2k challange with an average time of 9:08. Euan Thomson picked up the individual fastest 2k with a time of 6:37 and Cameron Leibenguth won the fastest front rower challenge with a time of 7:56. Meanwhile, in the second challenge, Benson and the chunky bunch picked up the prize for the best team name.
After all the points were totalled the final week 1 standings were:
The team 2k times were:
14 Boys and a Buftie – 9:08
Ardrossan Secret Service – 9:18
Benson and the Chunky Bunch – 9:38
GG’s – 9:39
The fastest individual 2k times were:
Euan Thomson (14BaB) – 6:37
Bruce Hunter (ASS) – 6:51
Stuart Lewis (ASS) – 7:28
Connor McCann (GG’s) – 7:32
Gregor Crichton (GG’s) – 7:40
The fastest front row 2k times were:
Cameron Leibenguth (14BaB) – 7:56
Lachlan Graham (14BaB) – 9:20
Ben Hamilton (GG’s) – 9:47

Presidents Message 12th October 2020

Dear fellow Accies,

Well, that’s me nearly 18 months into my Presidency, not that I’m counting! It’s been quite challenging but I am enjoying the role and, along with the help of the other committee members and volunteers, strive to take the club forward and ensure it is sustainable.

The coronavirus pandemic has really put a spanner in the works but I hope that everyone remains well and healthy during this difficult time. Just when it seemed that things were improving, it would appear that this is the 2nd wave that we were dreading, has arrived. I really hope that this situation will resolve in the near future and an efficient vaccine can be produced, that will enable us to return to some sort of normality again.

With everything that’s going on, there have been some positives over the last few months.

We recently had the AGM. Although the attendance was not great, we were able to discuss a few points for the year ahead, which was worthwhile.

The youth section has been back training for the last 6 weeks and the ladies and senior sections have been back for the last 4 weeks, which is great. It’s brilliant to see rugby back on at the club, although there are still restrictions in place.

The ladies section has been running their RugbyFit programme since mid-September and there have been great numbers turning up, and hopefully the section will gain some new players from this. The enthusiasm of the coaching team has been fantastic, so well done to them.

I also have some good news on the senior men’s section. We welcome Mark Senter, our new coach. Mark has great experience, having coached at a number of clubs, including Whitecraigs and Falkirk, as well as being a part of the Scottish Rugby Glasgow and West FOSROC Academy coaching team. Mark has settled in very well and we are very hopeful that we will have the opportunity of putting the good work on the training field into games. Welcome Mark.

I was hoping that the season for all sections would start at the end of October, but unfortunately circumstances have meant that senior rugby at least has been delayed until January.

There have been a number of changes to the season ahead, with all sections playing in smaller regional leagues. As much as it is disappointing that the full season and league cannot go ahead, it is obviously understandable. To be honest, I’ll just be happy to see club rugby this season. We will keep you all updated via the website and social media, so look out for information on fixtures.


Unfortunately, the bar is now closed until October 25th at the earliest. All going well, we will open on Thursday 29th October, and we await to see what hours of opening will be permitted. I welcome all members down to the club. We are ensuring that we adhere to the guidance in place, so I would urge members to follow them too. I hope that we will be in a position to see you down soon.

One negative is that our income this year will be greatly reduced due to the lack of functions etc. I would ask that all members pay their membership, as these are now due. If you pay via standing order, then no action is required. For those who normally pay as a one off payment, I would greatly appreciate if this could be paid as soon as possible please. We are relying heavily on subscriptions this year.

I would like to take this opportunity to thank our sponsors for their continued support. Despite the likely impact that coronavirus has had to businesses and the lack of rugby ahead for this season, our sponsors continue to back us and I am so grateful for their generosity.

Our floodlights are also now barely fit for purpose and we have a team working on upgrading them. This may be of significant cost to the club. We will endeavour to search for grants to aid in financing these, but we will also require the assistance of all members to help in fundraising efforts. All ideas are welcome and I’m sure the will and generosity of our members will enable us to raise the required amount. Having the option of floodlights is extremely beneficial to the club, ensuring training for all of our players can continue and allowing evening games to take place, which is my hope. If anyone has any ideas, please contact me on .

As I have already said, please keep a look out on the website and social media for continued updates.

Please take care and I hope to see you all soon,


Peter Gossman

President AARFC

Annual General Meeting 2020

The Annual General Meeting of the club will take place on Thursday 20th August at 7pm

Any alteration to the constitution should be submitted to the secretary by July 30.

All those wishing to be office holders need to submit a nomination form by August 13.

Secretary, Financial controller, Playing convener, Youth convener, Communication and Marketing convener, Bar convener, House convener, Fixture and referees convener, Membership Secretary, Business convener, non-executive members (2)

All conveners should provide a report to the AGM. If possible this should be sent to the secretary in advance.

The following documents are available:


We are looking for a new Head Coach to lead our senior male section out of the Covid-19 lockdown and into National 2. Our 1st XV flirted with promotion in National 3 before the lockdown and as a Club we now seek the right candidate to develop our maturing talented squad. We do not yet know what the format for our rugby will be, but Ardrossan is an ambitious Club with a very good established junior section from Micros to Under 18s. Our Ladies and girls sections are growing and very active.
We have the structure and the players, we now need the right person to take us forward.
The ideal candidate would have:
· A recognised coaching qualification suitable to excel at this level
· Be prepared to give the commitment which is required to succeed.
· Leadership experience ideally gained from playing at a higher level.
Our Club is community based and views itself as a family, which encourages each individual and each team to enjoy the culture of rugby union and be the best person, player and team that they can be. Our broad base, which includes North Ayrshire and the Isle of Arran, is an attractive area in which to enjoy our sport, at whatever level you choose to participate.
We are seeking the right person and for the right person we have an attractive package to offer. We and you will know if we are the right fit.
If you are interested please send your CV along with a covering letter to
If you wish to discuss the role further please contact Peter Gossman on 07944403611.

Volunteer Role Descriptors

Youth Coach


We aim to deliver fun, engaging sessions to our youth section (Micros-U18s) and we need people to help. All you require is enthusiasm and a willingness to learn new skills and we will help you achieve the rest. All training will be provided via online courses and face to face coaching badges, a PVG is required and the club will arrange this.

Time Commitment:

Between 3hrs and 6hrs a week depending on whether there is a game or training at the weekend and if that game is home or away.


Caroline Monaghan –

Parent Helper


This is our behind the scenes team that help with the youth section. This is a varied role and can involve admin support for our teams or helping on a matchday to provide food after the game.

Time Commitment:

2hrs per game week


Caroline Monaghan –

Match Officials


We need a pool of referees for youth rugby with the potential for Senior games through the West of Scotland Referees Society. All training will be provided, and prior rugby knowledge is not essential.

Time Commitment:

2 hours per game week, flexible what games you take on


Scott Campbell –


Match Day First Aiders


Ideally, we will always have 1 fully trained first aider at every game on top of our coaches. The role is mostly dealing with cuts, bruises and concussions however there may be the rare occasion that a more serious incident presents itself. No previous medical experience is required, and full training will be provided.

For people with prior medical experience there is the opportunity to support our senior match days by taking on the team doctor role. More information can be provided by our current team doctor, contact details below.

Time Commitment:

2 hours per game week, flexible what games you take on


Jamie Monaghan –


Social Media Admin


We are looking for volunteers to run our social media channels, plan and execute campaigns to help raise the profile of the club and work closely with all club sections to achieve club targets. Good team working skills will be essential to work with our existing communications, media and marketing team.

Time Commitment:

minimum of 1 hour a week but flexible to suit how much time you want to put into the role


Scott Campbell –


Saturday Helper


Our senior game days wouldn’t work without a team of volunteers getting the club ready, setting up for the game and providing food after the game. The role can be as big or as small as you want and can take in any number of the following jobs:

  • Laying out pitches and roping them off
  • Selling Programmes
  • Linesman
  • Filming the match
  • Photographing the match
  • Selling raffle tickets
  • Preparing after game food

Each role has its own aspects and can be discussed with Peter in further detail

Time Commitment:

flexible, minimum of 1 hour per game week


Peter Gossman –


Event’s Organiser


We are looking for people to plan and run fundraising events for the club. These can be as wide and varied as you can imagine and all that we need is for you to be enthusiastic about the event. Support will be provided throughout planning and running by our existing events team.

Time Commitment:



Davie Mackie –


Business Development Manager


This is a specialised role, looking to help improve the club’s business performance. Initially focusing on accessing funding pots, securing sponsorship and coordinating fundraising events to ensure the club’s sustainability. Will work closely with the treasurer to monitor income and expenditure and feed this back to the committee along with recommendations. Will work towards club targets and will be managed by the club President

Time Commitment



Peter Gossman –


Other Roles

If you have your own idea about how you can bring your expertiese and experience to bear then we want to hear from you. Contact Peter Gossman or Scott Campbell and they can discuss your suggestion with you further.

Peter Gossman –

Scott Campbell –

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,

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 for further information.

Peter Gossman



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)