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
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 for further information regarding upcoming matches and social

Peter Gossman


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)

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