Wednesday, 12 July 2017

Ayr youngsters on French tour

40 young players from Ayr-Wellington Youth Rugby set off on a two-week vocational trip to France today.

The U16 boys and U15 girls, as well as a team of coaches led by Stuart Fenwick of the Ayr Community Rugby Trust, will make their first stop at Castres Olympique in the south of France. Here, players will work with coaches from the academy of the Top 14 club, and Fenwick and his team will have the chance to take part in continuing professional development too.

As well as training and learning all about French flair at Castres Olympique, the group will visit the medieval city of Carcassonne and undertake team building at Cap Decouverte, before heading to Montpellier for two days of beach rugby. They will then return to Castres Olympique for further training before heading home.

Ayr RFC is familiar with French flair, with past player Sylvain Diez hailing from the south of the country, and the group will meet up with the former Ayr Community Rugby Trust development officer during the fortnight.

The trip has been co-funded by a grant from Erasmus+, an initiative from the European Union that aims to modernise education, training and youth work, and gives young people the chance to work, volunteer and train in different countries in Europe.

We wish the players and coaches a safe trip and look forward to hearing about it when they return to Millbrae in a fortnight's time.



Saturday, 17 June 2017

Finn becomes a Lion

Everyone at Millbrae is delighted that former Ayr player Finn Russell has been called up to the British and Irish Lions tour of New Zealand.

Along with fellow Scot Allan Dell, Finn was announced as an addition to the squad this morning, just after he had helped Scotland to an outstanding win against Australia in Sydney.

The 24-year-old last pulled on a pink and black shirt in September 2016, when he turned out alongside brother Archie for Ayr in our BT Premiership win against Hawick at Mansfield Park.

Finn was an integral part of the Ayr 1st XV for over two seasons, helping us to our famous double in 2012/13 of both league and cup wins, and has kept an association with the club after turning professional.

Even as a youngster, his calm, cool and creative approach to rugby was clear for all to see, and we're extremely proud he has joined the Lions and can't wait to see him in action.

Tuesday, 13 June 2017

Book your place at Ladies' Lunch

The Ayr RFC Ladies' Lunch returns for our first BT Premiership home game of 2017/18 on Saturday 9th September at Millbrae.

It will again be in the marquee, and spaces are already being snapped up, so make sure you book your seats or table as soon as possible!

It's £35 per person for bubbles on arrival, a two-course lunch with a glass of wine, entry to Ayr v Glasgow Hawks, live entertainment in the afternoon and the party going on into the evening.

Tables can be as big or small as you wish, and if the table is paid in full by the end of July, you will receive £10 of raffle tickets.

Please email Eilidh Goodwin (eilidhr@hotmail.com) or give her a call on 07879671272 to book!

Monday, 12 June 2017

Callum joins Lions tour

Journalism student, and Ayr RFC member, Callum Kerr is currently on his way to New Zealand to take up his role as one of Scotland's ambassadors to the British and Irish Lions.

20-year-old Callum, who played age-grade rugby at Millbrae and is a regular in the press box both at Ayr and other BT Premiership clubs, has just finished the third year of his sports journalism degree at UWS.

Along with ambassadors from England, Wales and Ireland, Callum will travel to New Zealand's North Island, attending the warm-up matches and the first test, as well as visiting local clubs and meeting players.

We wish him all the best for his travels and look forward to hearing about his adventures when he returns.

Also rubbing shoulders with the Lions was Ayr-Wellington P6s' Euan Doak, who won a competition to attend training with the team in Cardiff before they left.
It was a brilliant day for Euan and his family, as he got to meet the players and get some autographs from the likes of Stuart Hogg.

Thanks to Heather Doak for the photo.

Sunday, 14 May 2017

Ayr reach City 7s semi-finals

Ayr reached the semi-finals of the cup competition at Glasgow City 7s on Saturday, with the Ayr-Wellington U18s making the final of their tournament.

Tynedale RFC, from Northumberland, beat Ayr 29-15 before going on to win the cup final against Marr.

The U18s were beaten by St Aloysius College in their final after putting in a stylish display in earlier wins over Cartha QP and GHA.
Despite the heavy rain in the early afternoon, the senior side also managed two good wins, beating Cartha QP 24-5 and Dumbreck (a late replacement for West of Scotland) 57-0.

Lewis Anderson, Paddy Dewhirst, Jamie Bova, Zac Howard, Pete McCallum, Johnny McCorkindale, Gregor Henry and Iain Renwick got on the score sheet for Ayr.

Friday, 12 May 2017

Ayr at the Glasgow City 7s

Ayr make the short trip to Dumbreck tomorrow to take part in the Glasgow City 7s.

They have drawn West of Scotland in the first round of the tournament, kicking off at 1.20pm at the home of Cartha QP RFC.

Other teams taking part include London Scottish and Marr, as well as the hosts.

It's a young Ayr squad, featuring club captain Pete McCallum and several 1st and 2nd XV regulars.

Ayr
Pete McCallum, Gregor Henry, Lewis Anderson, Craig Stevenson, Lewis Young, Iain Renwick, Johnny McCorkindale, Paddy Dewhirst, Jamie Bova, Zac Howard.

Tuesday, 9 May 2017

Ayr Long Lunch

The Ayr Long Lunch in aid of the Bill McLaren Foundation and Ayr Community Rugby Trust at Ayr Racecourse was a resounding success on Friday.

600 guests enjoyed a delicious three-course lunch in the Ayrshire Suite, with former Scotland captain Andy Nicol leading proceedings before his fellow international legend Doddie Weir conducted the raffle and auction, with some wonderful prizes bought for a worthy cause.

The Bill McLaren Foundation supports and promotes the values of rugby throughout the world, carrying on the work its namesake started as a PE teacher and coach in Hawick many years ago. Bill's daughter Linda Lawson addressed the guests, telling them about her father's life and work and showing some classic rugby clips featuring Bill's inimitable commentary.
Former Scotland cap and Glasgow Warriors coach Sean Lineen and current Warrior Corey Flynn talked about the upcoming Lions tour, and there was entertainment from singer Cole Page, who had everyone on their feet and a few reluctant (and some not so reluctant) participants in duets.

Keith Wood finished the afternoon by sharing some memories of his time with the Lions and his playing career with Munster, Harlequins and Ireland, of which he was an iconic leader.

Neil Howie of Ayr Community Rugby Trust told the assembled company of their work throughout South Ayrshire, not only supporting Ayr RFC, Marr RFC and Carrick RFC, but taking the sport out into the community and using rugby to help give young people confidence and skills they can use in school and beyond.

Stuart Fenwick, the trust's head development officer, thanked all those who contributed to and supported its rugby programmes throughout the year and all the guests at the lunch who were so generous.

- Elena Hogarth.

Monday, 8 May 2017

Ayr and Ayr Ladies at the Perthshire 7s

Ayr's men's and women's teams took part in the Perthshire 7s on Saturday at a very sunny Inch Park in the historic city of Perth.

Ayr Ladies competed in a round robin competition with Broughton, Peterhead and Perthshire, winning three games and scoring tries galore.

Laura Turner, Catherine Shennan, Lauren McBride, Connie Griffiths, Claire Law and Sarah Braidwood were on the score sheet multiple times throughout the day, with Shennan and Law adding the conversions.

Some of the youngsters in Ayr's men's squad were given the chance to shine, with Ayr-Wellington U18s' Seth Rae making his senior debut, and they reached the quarter-finals of their competition.

Zac Howard, Ross Hay, James Pinkerton, Blair Cooper, Ali Hazel and Kyle Wood were the try-scorers, with each attempting to convert their own scores.

Pinkerton was Ayr's player of the tournament, with Law Ayr Ladies' player of the tournament.

Ayr
Finn Bark, Blair Cooper, Ross Hay, Ali Hazel, Zac Howard, James Pinkerton, Seth Rae, Kyle Wood.

Ayr Ladies
Sarah Braidwood, Connie Griffiths, Claire Law, Lisa Main, Lauren McBride, Catherine Shennan, Lee Steward, Laura Turner.


Ayr and Ayr Ladies are pictured above with coach Gordon Kotze and physio Jessica Alexander.

Tuesday, 2 May 2017

2016/17 season awards

Ayr RFC toasted a wonderful season at Ayr Racecourse on Friday evening, and handed out an array of awards to some very deserving men and women.

After a sumptuous three-course meal and a tribute to the club by Ayr RFC legend Norrie Lymburn, who came out of retirement to speak at the dinner, coaches from all the sections of the club awarded the accolades to their players before everyone danced the night away to the tunes of DJ Stefan Janik.

Scooping the top award of the evening was George Hunter, who was named 1st XV player of the year.

George returned to the stage to pay tribute to Will Bordill, the flanker having played his last match for Ayr as he moves to London for work commitments. He was presented with cufflinks from his team-mates with 46 engraved on them, the number of times he played for the club in his three seasons at Millbrae.
Will scored ten tries in a pink and black shirt and made up a formidable back row with Blair Macpherson and Pete McCallum, and will be sincerely missed by all at Millbrae.

Grant Anderson was called upon to present Ross Curle with a framed gallery of some of his most memorable moments playing for Ayr in the last eight years as the centre contemplates retirement. The door remains opens to Ross, with fans hoping he will be dancing back through it next season.
Director of rugby Jim Lymburn presented Craig Stevenson with the inspiration award. The 21-year-old received a liver transplant nine years ago and battled back to health, going on to captain Ayr U18s and making his 1st XV debut last season.

Catherine Shennan was named Ayr Ladies player of the year, with Tony Hall the Millbrae RFC player of the year. Awards were also presented to Ayr 2nd XV and Ayr-Wellington U16 and U18 boys, with coaches having struggled to pick just a few players to receive prizes in a season that has seen each and every player from every section contribute the club's success.

1st XV
George Hunter - player of the year
David Armstrong - players' player of the year
Lewis Anderson - most improved player
Stafford McDowall - young player of the year

2nd XV
Graham Hunter - player of the year
Paddy Dewhirst - players' player of the year
Zac Howard and Lewis Young - most improved players
Robbie Smith - young player of the year

Ayr Ladies
Catherine Shennan - player of the year
Julie David - players' player of the year
Joanne Jones - best newcomer
Erin McSorley - young player of the year

Millbrae RFC
Tony Hall - player of the year
Gregor Hynds - most improved player

Ayr-Wellington U18 boys
Cameron Reece - player of the year
Cameron Reece - players' player of the year
Logan Richardson - most improved player
Seth Rae - most committed
Rory McMurray - top try-scorer

Ayr-Wellington U16 boys
Harry Ledgerwood - player of the year
Ollie Mossie - players' player of the year
Dylan Wilson - most improved player

Photos courtesy of George McMillan.

Friday, 28 April 2017

Ayr-Wellington U15s v Lismore U15s - National Shield final

Ayr-Wellington U15 girls will take to the back pitches of BT Murrayfield tomorrow to compete for the National Shield against Lismore, kicking off at 2pm.

It is just one of four national finals taking place at the national stadium as part of the Girls' Club Cup Finals Day.

After beating Falkirk 53-34 in the semi-finals, Ayr will be full of confidence, but it is sure to be a tough final against the Edinburgh-based side, who beat West Lothian 32-12 in their semi-final.

Ayr-Wellington U15s coach Catherine Shennan said: "It will be a great day for the whole squad, and we're looking forward to the challenge. The players have worked hard all season and Connie (Griffiths, coach) and I are proud of their efforts."

Ayr-Wellington U15s
15. Ellie Campbell; 14. Natalie McDonald, 13. Sophie Kerr, 12. Holly McIntyre, 11. Amy Bryden; 10. Cieron Bell, 9. Bethan Gregory (c); 1 Leeona Kriisa, 2. Zoe Allan, 3. Keri Wiseman; 4. Georgia Bryden, 5. Jasmine Scott, 8. Hazel Macmillan.

Replacements
16. Abigail Kirkwood, 17. Izzy Singh, 18. Ruth McVeigh, 19. Abby Smith, 20. Emma Struthers, 21. Mhairi McGarva, 22. Kayla Gilchrist.

Sunday, 23 April 2017

Melrose 23 Ayr 18 - BT Cup final

It was another battle that went right down to the wire between Ayr and Melrose on Saturday at BT Murrayfield, but this time it was the Borderers who got their hands on the silverware, their 23-18 win securing them the BT Cup seven days after Ayr had beaten them to claim the BT Premiership title.

Ayr couldn't have got off to a better start at the national stadium. They claimed the ball from the kick-off and made for Melrose's try-line, captain Pete McCallum powering through the defence before winger Danny McCluskey scored in the corner. It was a touchline conversion for stand-off Frazier Climo and he couldn't make it. 0-5.

There was no easing into this final for either side. Ayr scrum-half David Armstrong was his usual industrious self, whilst full-back Grant Anderson was ready to barge off on his trademark muscular runs at any moment. Last week's hero Scott Sutherland carried on his fine form, looking majestic at the line-out and snuffing out any Melrose attack that came his way.

McCluskey and fellow winger Craig Gossman looked dangerous with ball in hand but those yellow shirts were all over them very quickly. Melrose also had to contain Ayr's mobile front row of George Hunter, Steven Longwell and Lewis Anderson.

The two sides were evenly matched at the set-pieces, Ayr putting Melrose under pressure at their scrum before being penalised at their own put-in. The Greenyards men couldn't capitalise though, Grant Anderson appearing with ball in hand after their penalty line-out and shooting off.
Centres Ross Curle and Stafford McDowall had their eyes open for any gaps, and Curle spotted his first of many, breaking away with McCluskey in support. Melrose, of course, turned defence into attack with a bit of mid-air poaching but ended up in touch.

It was the last outing for the back row of McCallum, Blair Macpherson and Will Bordill as the latter moves on due to work commitments, and they had another good day. Macpherson was launched at the line-out, securing good ball for Armstrong to flick to McCluskey, but the winger couldn't get away before the first of a couple of small scuffles broke out. It was swiftly dealt with by referee Lloyd Linton.

Melrose evened things up when their skilled and speedy prop Jamie Bhatti bundled over for a try. Stand-off Jason Baggott missed the conversion. 5-5.

There was another prop on the move moments later when Longwell blasted his way up the touchline on a joyous gallop but he was isolated and Ayr were penalised for holding on.

The penalty count was creeping ever higher for both teams, and line-outs were exchanged before Curle used those dancing feet to let Sutherland, Climo and McDowall make their way through the Melrose defence.

The Borderers regained possession though, and Lewis Anderson, Bordill, Macpherson and second row Craig Stevenson had to put in some hefty tackles to keep them in check.
They soon took the lead though, thanks to a Baggott penalty. 8-5.

Climo swiftly replied with a penalty of his own. 8-8.

Both sets of players were run ragged as the half drew to a close, Climo and Hunter busy in attack for Ayr, and centres Nyle Godsmark and Craig Jackson for Melrose.

Armstrong set off on a run for Ayr, with Climo, Lewis Anderson and Curle in support, the latter turning up on the wing. Moments later he was back in the centre, homing in on a Melrose pass and racing away with McCluskey backing him up.

Half-time was a welcome rest for everybody, fans and players alike, but it was straight back into action at the resumption as Baggott kicked Melrose into the lead. 11-8.

But Ayr were pressing for their line, Curle and Stevenson getting over only to be held up.

McCallum, Armstrong, Gossman and Climo moved things on but Melrose ended up with a free kick. From the line-out, Armstrong whizzed through a gap, too fast for the defenders to get him. Bordill was with him though and took the pass to canter away for a fine try. Climo converted. 11-15.

It was an exciting period, with Curle intercepting again. Gossman took the ball on and chipped, but it was Melrose full-back Fraser Thomson who claimed it. Sutherland nabbed Melrose's line-out, and Climo made a half-break but the defence was tough.

Another petty fight was again subdued by Linton before Climo stretched Ayr's lead with a penalty. 11-18.

Climo, McCallum and McDowall were in attack mode for Ayr but Melrose regained possession and shot off, with Climo slumped on the ground after a knock to the head, being speedily attended to by the Ayr medical team of Graham Hollins and Helen Reid. The referee let the game carry on and Melrose's George Taylor ran away for the try, which Jackson converted. 18-18.

Of course, it was going to come down to a nail-biting final ten minutes, as games between Ayr and Melrose invariably do. It looked like it was going to go to extra time as it had done in the cup final four years ago, but Melrose turned over with ninety seconds to go and Godsmark scored the try, which was unconverted. 23-18.
Ayr all but emptied their subs bench but it was no use. A line-out gave them a glimmer of light but the clock had gone dead and soon the ball went dead to send Melrose and their fans into delirious celebrations.

It was disappointment for the double-seeking men from Millbrae but the players have given their supporters another wonderful season to look back on, with a league title to savour and many highlights to toast at next week's end of season awards dinner.

Final score: Melrose 23 Ayr 18.

- Elena Hogarth.


Photos courtesy of Alan Graham. Please seek Alan's permission before reproducing for commercial purposes.

Friday, 21 April 2017

Melrose v Ayr - BT Cup final preview

Ayr are primed and ready to go for tomorrow's BT Cup final against Melrose at BT Murrayfield, kicking off at 3.30pm.

It will be a day to celebrate the club game at the national stadium, and the two best clubs in Scotland will once again go head-to-head and toe-to-toe, with another piece of prestigious silverware up for grabs.

After Ayr beat Melrose last Saturday to be named BT Premiership champions - a win that also saw them reclaim the Bill McLaren Shield - the men from Millbrae will want to repeat that feat in their fifth cup final, and fourth against Melrose. But the tough Borderers will be just as eager to get their hands on the trophy.

"Melrose will be desperate to finish their season on a high," says Ayr head coach Calum Forrester. "This makes them even more dangerous and our players know that they will need to raise their game again."

Robert McAlpine will unfortunately miss out tomorrow after injuring his hand in last week's final. With the return of Ross Curle, Archie Russell moves to the bench.

A strong contingent of Ayr fans will make the trip to cheer on their team, and everyone at the club would like to thank the pink and black army for their support. We look forward to hearing and seeing them at BT Murrayfield!

Ayr
15. Grant Anderson; 14. Danny McCluskey, 13. Ross Curle, 12. Stafford McDowall, 11. Craig Gossman; 10. Frazier Climo, 9. David Armstrong; 1. George Hunter, 2. Lewis Anderson, 3. Steven Longwell; 4. Craig Stevenson, 5. Scott Sutherland; 6. Blair Macpherson, 7. Will Bordill, 8. Pete McCallum (c).

Replacements
16. David Young, 17. Djustice Sears-Duru, 18. Adam Prentice, 19. Gregor Henry, 20. Harry Warr, 21. Archie Russell, 22. Richard Dalgleish.

Kick-off 3pm.

Follow the scores live on Twitter and watch it live via Scottish Rugby's YouTube channel.

Sunday, 16 April 2017

Melrose 8 Ayr 12 - BT Premiership final

It was a match short on points but high on tension as Ayr were crowned BT Premiership champions after beating Melrose at the Greenyards.

A few light showers earlier in the day hadn't made the pitch too greasy, and the sun was out, but it was windy all afternoon, not that the weather put off the Ayr fans who had travelled down to cheer on their players.

They had plenty to shout about right at the start as captain, and eventual man of the match, Pete McCallum made one of his customary blasts for the line, with scrum-half David Armstrong in support but he was bundled into touch.

There were some early fumbles from both teams as nerves seemed to play apart on such a big occasion, but Ayr settled down the quickest. Second row Scott Sutherland led an initial attack, with McCallum and Archie Russell. The latter's centre partner Stafford McDowall stepped in to take the ball, McCallum again reappearing with flankers Will Bordill and Blair Macpherson on hand to help out.

Second Robert McAlpine and the mobile front row of Goerge Hunter, Lewis Anderson and Steven Longwell got in on the attack too but those wily old foxes in black and yellow turned over.

From a penalty line-out, the home team had their first proper go at attack, captain Grant Runciman leading the way with centre Craig Jackson, but Ayr's defence held firm and they pinned Melrose in their own half.
Another couple of penalty line-outs were exchanged before the home team mounted another attack. Russell and Bordill had things covered but a neat Melrose kick bounced out just on Ayr's five-metre line. Full-back Grant Anderson took the line-out quickly to himself but was soon swallowed up by yellow shirts, the ball spilling over the try-line. Armstrong pounced and was then shoved over the dead-ball line.

Hearts were in mouths for Ayr fans, but their team scrummed well and defended bravely as Melrose pressed for the five points, hooker Anderson putting in a thumping tackle. The visitors were caught offside and stand-off Jason Baggott stepped up to the tee for the first points. 3-0.

Ayr let loose along the wing through Craig Gossman but his chip ahead came to nothing. It was then McCallum's turn again to go for the line, with Longwell showing an impressive side-step to make for the whitewash.

Hunter, Russell, McDowall and stand-off Frazier Climo fired the ball through the hands but it sailed off the pitch. Referee Mike Adamson took them back for a high tackle on Gossman and Climo leveled the scores. 3-3.
Aerial ping pong ensued until Melrose winger Sam Pecqueur charged off, McCallum and Lewis Anderson putting in the double tackle and the Ayr captain retrieved the ball.

A line-out for Ayr was the perfect platform for McDowall to tear through midfield on an exciting run but a tackle dislodged the ball. Melrose were solid at the scrum but came undone moments later thanks to some bulldozing counter-rucking by Macpherson.

A penalty was awarded and Climo put Ayr into the lead. 3-6.

Melrose's experienced full-back Fraser Thomson could see just a chink in Ayr's defence and was off like a rocket until Armstrong's superb cover tackle dragged him into touch.

The scrum-half was all over everything, launching Ayr's attack moments later and then hoisting a box-kick high into the Borders sky which was then knocked on by Melrose's George Taylor.

From the ensuing scrum, winger Danny McCluskey tried to make a break, but Ayr's top try-scorer for the season was heavily marked all game. Sutherland showed a deftness of touch to keep the ball moving but it ended up in Melrose hands only for the hosts to knock it on.
But for all the little bursts of excitement, the two teams were locked in stalemate, with no sign of any tries being scored.

Climo stretched Ayr's lead after being flattened by Melrose prop Nick Beavon. 3-9.

Whether it was those pesky nerves or they were just cancelling each other out, neither team looked likely to score a try at the start of the second half.

A beautiful kick for touch from Melrose's Thomson gave Ayr a line-out which the hosts managed to poach. They couldn't get very far as Hunter wrapped up number eight Iain Moody in a bear-hug of a tackle.

Melrose's penalty count was creeping ever higher and the referee played advantage after another high tackle on Gossman. Climo took the opportunity to get creative, chipping over and catching the ball with ease, Armstrong, McCallum, Russell and McDowall displaying good hands too.

But eventually, they went back for the penalty, which Climo summarily kicked. 3-12.
The stand-off had a kick from hand charged down moments later, Runciman chasing the ball to the try-line with Sutherland in pursuit until Climo got there in the nick of time.

Baggott took a kick at goal after Ayr were pinged for not rolling away but he missed.

At the re-start, Gossman took a flying leap on to Climo's kick and propelled himself up the touchline but the ball later went loose.

Thomson and Runciman were Melrose's danger men again but McCluskey and McDowall put in the big hits to bring them down. Nobody could stop second row Ruaridh Knott, however, as he plunged for the try-line to send the home fans wild. Baggott couldn't add the conversion from out wide. 8-12.

Bordill took his leave after another gut-busting shift in the pink and black shirt and was replaced by Gregor Henry, who set to work immediately.

To say the tension was palpable was an under-statement. The crowd was getting riled up and so were the players, but discipline was generally good and emotions didn't spill over until any unnecessary unpleasantness.

Melrose suddenly seemed to have shaken off their stage fright, Thomson rallying his team-mates and giving the crowd palpitations with a kick over the try-line. Luckily for Ayr, it was Gossman who touched it down.
McAlpine was pinged for a high tackle and later left the field after a bash to the ribs. It was unlucky to lose him as he had been supreme in the line-out and the last nerve-wracking ten minutes of the game seemed to be all about the line-out.

Melrose kept going for the corner and kept taking the ball well at the line-out. They just couldn't get over the line though. Ayr were defending their hearts out, holding them back and then holding them up.

Everyone was piling in, replacements Djustice Sears-Duru and David Young adding some energy to the defence. But the referee yellow-carded McCallum for illegally collapsing the maul.

Melrose could scent a late triumph. There were forty seconds left on the clock. They had the man advantage. They had the home advantage. They had the line-out. Ayr had Scott Sutherland.

The wise head of the pack leapt in front of the Melrose jumper and knocked the ball to his forwards. Hunter took care of it until it was fired back to Climo and he booted it off the park to bring the game to an end.

Ayr celebrated a tough, dogged, hard-fought victory, but they also commiserated with their Melrose counterparts, knowing how difficult it is to make a play-off final as league leaders and be denied the title at home.

Melrose were tenacious opponents and head coach Robert Chrystie and his on- and off-field teams must be commended for a terrific season full of entertaining and commanding performances that showed the very best of the BT Premiership.

Ayr head coach Calum Forrester was almost speechless, but not quite. "I'm delighted. I just want to thank the players and coaches for their efforts."

Final score: Melrose 8 Ayr 12.

Man of the match: Pete McCallum.


- Elena Hogarth.

All photos copyright George McMillan. Please seek permission before reproducing for commercial purposes.

Friday, 14 April 2017

Melrose v Ayr - BT Premiership final preview

Ayr travel to the Greenyards tomorrow to battle it out with Melrose for the title of BT Premiership champions, kicking off at 3pm.

After eighteen regular games, two semi-finals and nearly 200 tries scored between them over the past seven months, eighty minutes in the pretty Borders town will decide who lifts the trophy.

"Ayr and Melrose have enjoyed a number of great battles over recent years and it is fitting that it has come down to the wire again this season," says Ayr head coach Calum Forrester. "Rob (Chrystie, Melrose head coach) has done an outstanding job with his squad. We are fully aware of the challenge that lies ahead. We have prepared well and the players are in a good place."

There is only one change to the starting line-up, with Stafford McDowall moving to inside centre.

Ayr
15. Grant Anderson; 14. Danny McCluskey, 13. Archie Russell, 12. Stafford McDowall, 11. Craig Gossman; 10. Frazier Climo, 9. David Armstrong; 1. George Hunter, 2. Lewis Anderson, 3. Steven Longwell; 4. Robert McAlpine, 5. Scott Sutherland; 6. Blair Macpherson, 7. Will Bordill, 8. Pete McCallum (c).

16. David Young, 17. Djustice Sears-Duru, 18. Adam Prentice, 19. Gregor Henry, 20. Harry Warr, 21. Jamie Bova, 22. Richard Dalgleish.

Kick-off 3pm! Follow the scores live on Twitter.

Friday, 7 April 2017

Melrose 7s preview

A week before Ayr visit the Greenyards for the BT Premiership final with Melrose, they will go to the picturesque Borders ground to take part in the world-renowned Melrose 7s.

Coaches Calum Forrester and Glen Tippett have put together an exciting squad for the tournament, with Gregor Henry as captain.

Henry made his 1st XV debut for Ayr this season, as have Jamie Bova, Scotland U19s' Harry Warr, Paddy Dewhirst and Graham Hunter, with Craig Stevenson a 1st XV player since last year.

2nd XV youngsters Lewis Young and Johnny McCorkindale will get the chance to star on the big stage, and it will be senior 7s debuts for Ayr-Wellington U18s' Cameron Reece and Mac McInnes.

Ayr will play Dundee in the first round and should they get through that tricky encounter, the hosts await in round two.

There will be live coverage on BBC Two and via Melrose's social media.

Ayr
1. Craig Stevenson, 2. Cameron Reece, 3. Gregor Henry (c), 4. Jamie Bova, 5. Harry Warr, 6. Lewis Young, 7. Paddy Dewhirst, 8. Graham Hunter, 9. Johnny McCorkindale, 10. Mac McInnes.

Sunday, 2 April 2017

Ayr 38 Glasgow Hawks 22 - BT Premiership semi-final

Another Saturday, another semi-final and another win for Ayr as they beat Glasgow Hawks 38-22 to reach the BT Premiership final.

The visitors were full of vim and vigour in the opening exchanges, centre Brendan McGroarty and winger Kerr Gossman bullying their way through the pink and black shirts before scrum-half George Horne had an unsuccessful shot at goal.

Hawks' thundering full-back Jack Steele was next into the fray but hit the immovable Robert McAlpine, Ayr's towering second row felling him and gaining a penalty.

The home team took the line-out, but Hawks turned over only to knock on. Ayr had another go after Hawks infringed at the ensuing scrum, and drove on until the ball reached the hands of stand-off Frazier Climo, who nicely flicked it to winger Danny McCluskey. He slipped through the Hawks defenders with flanker Will Bordill in support.

Play switched to the other side of the field, Climo involved again, before centre Archie Russell managed to get an arm free from a pile-up and stretch for the line. It was a touchline conversion for Climo and he couldn't make it. 5-0.
It was compelling viewing as both teams traded possession and tried every trick in the book to get the upper hand. Just when Steele and McGroarty were away for Hawks, Climo stopped them in their tracks, and just when Ayr scrum-half David Armstrong, McCluskey and prop George Hunter were combining to move play up the wing, they were pinged for crossing.

It was a bad tempered game at various points, and Hawks captain Steven Findlay was the first player to go to the sin bin for an ill-advised altercation with Ayr hooker Lewis Anderson.

They pressed on without their skipper, hooker Cammy Fenton making a break before Horne stepped up to the tee again. He struck the kick perfectly this time. 5-3.

Ayr threw the kitchen sink at them, props Hunter and Steven Longwell leading the way, with centres Russell and Ross Curle, flanker Blair Macpherson and full-back Grant Anderson involved too. But the ball was knocked on.

A line-out throw for Ayr went too far, but Armstrong scooped up the ball and released Climo. Number eight and captain Pete McCallum took it on before a dangerous tackle on him by Hawks winger Sean Yacoubian saw him tumble dangerously to the ground. Yacoubian was dismissed for ten minutes.

McCallum received some treatment from physio Helen Reid and was fine to carry on, getting the ball moving from the penalty line-out. It was more deft handling from Climo that got the ball to full-back Anderson and he dotted down. Climo converted. 12-3.
Glasgow Warriors' young dynamo Scott Cummings was back in the Hawks fold and made his presence known all over the pitch, but Macpherson was more than a match for him, putting in a great tackle to stop him in his tracks.

A messy Hawks line-out was mopped up by Longwell, with Bordill and winger Craig Gossman firing the ball across the pitch for McCluskey to score just on half-time. It went unconverted. 17-3.
Ayr retook the field with intent, holding firm at the scrum to let McCallum loose. With Armstrong and Climo in support, second row Scott Sutherland fired into the Hawks defence. Gossman the elder then took it on, miraculously escaping unscathed from a thumping tackle. McAlpine then barged his way over for a try, which Climo converted. 24-3.
Gregor Henry replaced Bordill, who had run himself and the opposition ragged on his final appearance at Millbrae and was warmly received by the fans as he took his leave.

Hawks started to creep back into the game, replacement second row from Glasgow Warriors Tjiuee Uanivi blasting through midfield, with Curle clinging on for dear life.

Russell followed Bordill to the sidelines, with Stafford McDowall replacing him.

Hawks had a couple of scrums in quick succession before their exciting young flanker Matt Fagerson went over for a try, which was converted by Horne. 24-10.

Ayr got back into Hawks' half quickly and the tackles from the Old Anniesland side were heftier than ever. Armstrong took a double hit, with the thud heard in the stand, but the man of the match somehow managed to wriggle his way out and get the ball to his backs.

McDowall, Climo, McCluskey and Hunter charged off before Hawks reclaimed possession, but they didn't keep a hold of it for long, Henry turning over with aplomb.

A few kicks proved fruitless for both sides until Curle and McCluskey combined to send Anderson over for his brace. Climo converted. 31-10.
There was some reshuffling as Climo was replaced by Richard Dalgleish and Canadian international Djustice Sears-Duru came on in place of McAlpine. Macpherson moved into the second row and Hunter went to flanker, with Sears-Duru taking his front row slot. It made no difference to the already steady Ayr scrum, as they pushed Hawks off their own ball.

Full-back Anderson and Gossman's combined moves came to nothing as Ayr were pinged for crossing. Horne took it quickly for Hawks, but Armstrong was all over him.

Further changes were made for Ayr, with hooker David Young, prop Adam Prentice and scrum-half Harry Warr taking the field just as play became fraught.

McDowall gathered a loose ball, hacked on, Hawks nabbed it, then Ayr got it before McCallum galloped into the twenty-two with Curle in support. He flew away for the try, running round the posts to give himself a difficult angle from which to convert. And he did convert. 38-10.

Moments later, Curle was gone, red-carded for a dangerous tackle. Referee Keith Allen awarded a penalty try, which Horne summarily converted. 38-17.

Hawks' tails were up, Steele and McGroarty repeating their bullocking runs from the first half. But the latter couldn't get near the line thanks to a superb covering tackle by Warr.

Ayr were then reduced to thirteen men as Grant Anderson was sent to the sin bin for a high tackle, and Fagerson went over for his second try. Horne couldn't convert. 38-22.
It was a strange end to an action-packed match, but Ayr celebrated reaching another final. They will face Melrose at the Greenyards in the BT Premiership showdown on Saturday 15th April, a week before they play them in the BT Cup final at BT Murrayfield.

Final score: Ayr 38 Glasgow Hawks 22.

- Elena Hogarth.

Photos copyright George McMillan. Please seek permission before reproducing for commercial purposes.

Friday, 31 March 2017

Ayr v Glasgow Hawks BT Premiership semi-final preview

It's a semi-final showdown at Millbrae once again this Saturday as Ayr take on Glasgow Hawks, with a place in the BT Premiership play-off final up for grabs, kicking off at 3pm.

Ayr had the upper hand in last week's BT Cup semi-final but the slate has been wiped clean and the men in pink and black know anything can happen when they go up against Hawks.

"We learnt from last season that the results from previous matches mean nothing at this stage in the season," says Ayr head coach Calum Forrester. "The players' attitude has been great at training this week and our focus has turned fully to this weekend."

The only change to Ayr's squad is the return of Robert McAlpine from illness.

"Craig Stevenson is the unlucky player to miss out after performing well last week," adds Forrester.

With this possibly Ayr's last home game of the season, the players will be eager to put in another good performance for the Millbrae faithful.

Ayr
15. Grant Anderson; 14. Danny McCluskey, 13. Archie Russell, 12. Ross Curle, 11. Craig Gossman; 10. Frazier Climo, 9. David Armstrong; 1. George Hunter, 2. Lewis Anderson, 3. Steven Longwell; 4. Robert McAlpine, 5. Scott Sutherland; 6. Blair Macpherson, 7. Will Bordill, 8. Pete McCallum (c).

Replacements
16. David Young, 17. Djustice Sears-Duru, 18. Adam Prentice, 19. Gregor Henry, 20. Harry Warr, 21. Stafford McDowall, 22. Richard Dalgleish.

Glasgow Hawks
15. Jack Steele; 14. Sean Yacoubian, 13. Paddy Kelly, 12. Brendan McGroarty, 11. Kerr Gossman; 10. Hagen Schulte, 9. George Horne; 1. Steven Findlay (c), 2. Cammy Fenton, 3. Gary Strain; 4. Scott Cummings, 5. Andrew Kirkland; 6. Matt Smith, 7. Matt Fagerson, 8. Bruce Flockhart.

Replacements
16. Grant Stewart, 17. Chris Barnes, 18. Lyall Archer, 19. Stephen Leckey, 20. Tjiuee Uanivi, 21. Paddy Boyer, 22. Josh Henderson.

Kick-off 3pm! Follow the scores live on Twitter.

Please note that entry is £10 for adults, with under-18s free.

Ayr U23s v Glasgow Hawks U23s kicks off at Millbrae at 2pm.

Thursday, 30 March 2017

Easter Kids' Camps

Ayr RFC Kids' Camps return for the Easter holidays.

From Monday 3rd tp Friday 7th April and Monday 10th April to Friday 14th Apri, boys and girls aged between 6 and 14 are welcome at Millbrae, 10am-2pm, for fun games and learning about the sport of rugby.

The camps are run by Ayr Community Rugby Trust development officer Stuart Fenwick and are £10 a day or £40 for the week.

Please email stuart.fenwick@south-ayrshire.gov.uk to book your child's place.

Climo captures March POTM

Frazier Climo is the March 2017 player of the month.

The stand-off secured 29% of the online vote after excellent performances in Ayr's two BT Cup matches this month. He receives a £50 voucher courtesy of Slaters Menswear.

Frazier is sponsored by Bob and Alistair Steel.


If you or your company would like to sponsor a player in 2017/18, please contact elenahogarth@ayrrugbyclub.co.uk for more information.

Photo copyright George McMillan.

Tuesday, 28 March 2017

March player of the month poll open

The March player of the month poll is now open!

You have until Thursday at 12pm to vote for your favourite player. The winner receives a £50 Slaters Menswear voucher.

Three players took the title last month, David Armstrong, Blair Macpherson and Craig Gossman. Who will win is up to you!

Vote here.


Ayr-Wellington U18s 37 Hamilton U18s 17

Ayr-Wellington U18s overcame a spirited Hamilton to retain the West Regional Cup on a sunny Saturday at Millbrae.

Playing on the main pitch, the youngsters lapped up the noisy atmosphere provided by the squadron of Hamilton fans and it was the visiting side who were spurred on by their travelling support.

Ayr were busy trying to contain them, second rows Declan Bryce and Jack Burns and number eight Euan Hamilton putting in the tackles.

The Laigh Bent team had an early shot at goal after an Ayr infrigement, but the ball bounced off the up-right. They gathered it and headed over the line for the opening score. It was unconverted. 0-5.

Ayr were undaunted, flanker Seth Rae selling a dummy to get the attack going. There was a knock-on, but Ayr later regained possession, stand-off Ross McCorkindale and hooker Stuart Collier working together to blast through the Hamilton defence,

The home team were on song at the set-piece, Hamilton's penalties giving them plenty to work with at the line-out. Two such instances let Ayr attack the Hamilton line and Rae went over for the try. Scrum-half Jack Gaw struck the conversion perfectly from the touchline. 7-5.

The backs began to get a hold on the game, full-back Cameron Black and wingers James Baird and Craig Hunter setting off, with centres Harry Lynch and Mac McInnes in support, and Euan Hamilton appearing in midfield to power through the tackles. But Hamilton (the team, not the player) were fired up and fired into the action, turning over and racing away for another unconverted try. 7-10.

Things became frantic with possession changing and play moving between the two halves of the pitch at speed. Ayr settled themselves with some sturdy scrums, but the ball came bouncing out of one set-piece. Scrum-half Gaw was on it though, taking the ball into Hamilton's twenty-two before flanker Calum Gaw scored in the corner. It was unconverted. 12-10.

Hamilton were determined to get another try before half-time, but they hadn't reckoned with the defence of props Jack Yuille and Craig Miller, who were all over them, not to mention Lynch and McInnes.

The second half started with two penalties in quick succession by Jack Gaw, who had a great day with the boot. 18-10.

Hamilton also had two shots at goal, but one hit the upright again and the other was wide. They refused to let their heads drop though, and even some wonky passes didn't unsettle them. Much to the delight of their fans (and the anxiety of the groundsman, who must have thought the back of the stand was going to be severely dented, such was the hammering on it from Hamilton supporters), they scored a superb converted try. 18-17.

It only seemed to inspire Ayr-Wellington though, as seconds later McCorkindale sold a beautiful dummy, the ball was propelled through the hands and Hunter scored out wide. Gaw struck another spot-on conversion. 25-17.

It looked like Hamilton might reply through their speedy backs, but a flying tackle from Hunter stopped them in their tracks. Replacements Kerr Borland and Jack Rennie got stuck into defence too and Ayr were soon on the attack again, McCorkindale and Rennie showing great hands.

Hamilton were defending their hearts out on their own five-metre line and did well to turn over, but they were back in the same place pretty soon when Ayr stole their line-out and once again made for the line.

Ayr emptied their bench in the second half, with front row replacements Jack Finnie, Jack McDougal and Calvin Stillie making their presence felt in the scrums.

A period of kicks from both teams gave the fans a breather at least, but Hamilton were soon trying to break out of their own half. Replacement William Chan led the defence for Ayr, with Lynch, McCorkindale, Collier and Calum Gaw tackling with might.

Hamilton chipped through the defence but Rae claimed the ball and Lynch broke through midfield. Collier was in support and it was Jack Gaw who raced away for the try, which he converted. 32-17.

Ayr gave away a penalty, which Hamilton took quickly, heading into the twenty-two, but a pass sailed into the hands of McInnes, who charged up the wing. Running out of space, his backs changed play to the other side of the pitch, the ball in the hands of Lynch, who found Chan and he resisted the Hamilton tacklers to score. It was unconverted. 37-17.

Time was up and Ayr-Wellington celebrated their win against an enthusiastic, energetic and determined Hamilton side who did their club proud.

Final score: Ayr-Wellington U18s 37 Hamilton 17.

- Elena Hogarth.

Image courtesy of Alan Graham Photographs.

Sunday, 26 March 2017

Ayr 28 Glasgow Hawks 10 - BT Cup semi-final

Ayr sealed their place in the BT Cup final with a controlled, composed victory against Glasgow Hawks on a sunny day at Millbrae.

Before kick-off, both teams and supporters held a minute's applause in appreciation of former Ayr club captain Kirk Murdoch, who passed away recently.

Ayr were straight into the thick of the action, stand-off Frazier Climo having an early but unsuccessful kick at goal. He would get another chance soon after.

Winger Danny McCluskey was busy from the off, chasing a loose ball to the line but being unable to take it over. Like Climo, another chance was just around the corner. The stand-off spotted his awaiting winger and perfectly kicked cross-field for McCluskey to pluck out of the air and dot down for the first try. Climo added the extras from the touchline. 7-0.

Ayr were full of energy and impetus, props George Hunter and Steven Longwell leading the way in the loose. Captain Pete McCallum and hooker Lewis Anderson teamed up to move play deep into Hawks' half before Climo stepped up to the tee again. He nailed the penalty. 10-0.

The visitors claimed some possession, hurrying out of their own half, but Ayr scrum-half David Armstrong scurried after their attacker and dragged him down.

Hawks got themselves into a good attacking position but one of their passes found the hands of Ayr flanker Will Bordill and he hared away, kicking on. Richard Dalgleish - temporarily on for McCluskey, who needed a stitch or two in the medical room - chased after the ball and ushered it, and the Hawks player who had scooped it up, into touch.

The Old Anniesland side were sturdy at the scrum, the set piece launching their powerful centres Brendan McGroarty and Jack Steele into attack. Their opposite numbers Ross Curle and Archie Russell had them well wrapped up though.

Ayr sprang for the line again through Bordill and Russell but the ball was knocked on.

Hawks' full-back Hagen Schulte and second row Greg Peterson led them out of their own half but they knocked on too.

McCallum broke from the back of the ensuing scrum, with flanker Blair Macpherson and second rows Craig Stevenson and Scott Sutherland in support. Hawks gave away a penalty and Climo went for the posts and was successful. 13-0.

Ayr were turning the screw, Sutherland poaching line-out ball and McCallum steering a dominate scrum. The visitors couldn't get a handle on the game at all. They defended their hearts out as Ayr battered them in attack, but they couldn't stop Russell getting the ball away to Grant Anderson, and the full-back went over for the try. Climo couldn't convert. 18-0.

Hawks' winger Kerr Gossman took a trip to mid-field, dodging his way round Ayr defenders before number eight Tommy Spinks had a go, but Stevenson and Sutherland stopped him in his tracks.

Scrums were exchanged, and Ayr strayed offside, giving Hawks an opportunity to attack their try-line for the first time. But they were held up just before the break.

Ayr started the second half still in dominant mode, Sutherland again stealing Hawks' line-out ball. Climo was on poaching form too, but from his own team-mate. Curle had homed in on a Hawks kick before Climo swooped in and nabbed it, much to the centre's baffled amusement.

Hawks regrouped and got on the scoreboard thanks to a penalty by stand-off Josh Henderson. 18-3.

Their flanker Stephen Leckey made a superb break but it came to nothing. Gossman had another go but again Armstrong came to the rescue for Ayr.

Grant Anderson got himself under a high ball and raced away, with Lewis Anderson and Climo in support. Sutherland and Macpherson blasted into the Hawks defence after a penalty line-out, before Hawks were pinged again and Climo took the kick at goal. 21-3.

Russell took his leave, with Stafford McDowall replacing him and getting stuck into defence with Craig Gossman. The diminutive winger drew gasps from the crowd with a juddering tackle on someone twice his size, as is his wont. His brother was on the receiving end moments later, and was then flattened by Stevenson.

Ayr turned over and Hunter steamrollered his way through the red shirts, before Armstrong kicked on. Hawks gathered and cleared, giving Ayr the line-out, and from there, McCluskey shot up the middle of the pitch and found Climo who barged over the line and converted his own try. 28-3.

Hawks were determined to get a try, but in the end, it was Ayr's illegal play that handed it to them, referee Sam Grove-White performing the jog of doom to the posts to signal a penalty try. David Young, only just on for Lewis Anderson, was sin-binned in the process. Henderson summarily converted. 28-10.

Djustice Sears-Duru took to the field for Hunter, with Dalgleish reappearing, this time for Gossman, just as McDowall fired into the Hawks defence. Moments later, Dalgleish would propel himself up the wing but neither he nor McDowall got near the try-line.

Hawks infringed at the line-out twice in quick succession, and the second from Spinks - pulling down Sutherland in the air - saw him yellow-carded. They made amends at Ayr's line-out, stealing the ball, but they just couldn't do anything with it.

Ayr emptied the replacements' bench, Adam Prentice, Gregor Henry and Harry Warr joining the fray, the latter for man of the match Climo, meaning Armstrong moved out to stand-off and Warr went to scrum-half.

Things were getting scrappy, but Hawks had one last go, getting over the line only to be held up by Ayr as the final whistle went.

Ayr now play Melrose in the BT Cup final at BT Murrayfield on Saturday 22nd April. They will, however, return to Millbrae next Saturday (1st April) to face Glasgow Hawks once again in the BT Premiership play-off semi-finals.

Final score: Ayr 28 Glasgow Hawks 10.

Slaters Menswear man of the match: Frazier Climo.

- Elena Hogarth.

More photos to follow.

Thursday, 23 March 2017

Ayr v Glasgow Hawks BT Cup semi-final preview

Ayr welcome Glasgow Hawks to Millbrae on Saturday for their BT Cup semi-final, kicking off at 3pm.

It's a highly anticipated clash between two west coast teams who know each other extremely well, and with a place in the BT Cup final at BT Murrayfield on Saturday 22nd April up for grabs, both sides will be battling it out until the very end.

Ayr head coach Calum Forrester has his troops ready to go.

"Our preparation has gone well over the last few weeks. Hawks are a dangerous side and pose threats throughout their team, so our defence is going to be key."

A full strength squad has been available to Forrester and his coaching team of Glen Tippett, Scott Forrest and Pat MacArthur to select from.

Pete McCallum leads the side from number eight, with centre Ross Curle returning to the starting line-up.

Scotland under-20 cap Stafford McDowall is on the bench alongside Glasgow Warriors' Djustice Sears-Duru.

Forrester commented: "There will be a few disappointed individuals who have not made the match-day twenty-two but the attitude and effort from the entire senior squad to keep the quality of training high is testament to the spirit, strength and depth we have at the club."

Ayr
15. Grant Anderson; 14. Danny McCluskey, 13. Archie Russell, 12. Ross Curle, 11. Craig Gossman; 10. Frazier Climo, 9. David Armstrong; 1. George Hunter, 2. Lewis Anderson, 3. Steven Longwell; 4. Robert McAlpine, 5. Scott Sutherland; 6. Blair Macpherson, 7. Will Bordill, 8. Pete McCallum (c).

Replacements
16. David Young, 17. Djustice Sears-Duru, 18. Adam Prentice, 19. Gregor Henry, 20. Harry Warr, 21. Stafford McDowall, 22. Richard Dalgleish.

Glasgow Hawks
15. Jack Steele; 14. Junior Bulumakau, 13. Paddy Kelly, 12. Brendan McGroarty, 11. Kerr Gossman; 10. Josh Henderson, 9. Adam Lowry; 1. Steven Findlay (c), 2. Grant Stewart, 3. Gary Strain; 4. Greg Peterson, 5. Andrew Kirkland; 6. Ross Miller, 7. Stephen Leckey, 8. Tommy Spinks.

Replacements
16. Scott Rodgers, 17. Chris Barnes, 18. Andy Linton, 19. Tjiuee Uanivi, 20. Erland Oag, 21. Sean Yacoubian, 22. Hagen Schulte.

Kick-off 3pm! Follow the scores live via Twitter.

Please note that as this is a cup game, the admission price is £10 for adults, with under-18s free.

Wednesday, 15 March 2017

Kirk Murdoch

We are saddened to hear of the death of former club captain Kirk Murdoch.

Kirk was a prominent lawyer and passed away after battling illness, as reported in the Scotsman.

He was educated at Ayr Academy, where he was head boy and played rugby, before becoming captain at Ayr RFC in the 1980s. He was also a talented golfer.

Our thoughts are with Kirk's family and friends.

Prior to our BT Cup semi-final at Millbrae on Saturday 25th March, we will be holding a minute's appreciation for the life of Kirk and his commitment to the club.


Monday, 13 March 2017

Semi-finals pre-match hospitality

We are now taking bookings for pre-match hospitality at Millbrae before our BT Cup and BT Premiership semi-finals on Saturday 25th March and Saturday 1st April respectively.

Both semi-finals are against Glasgow Hawks and kick-off at 3pm, with lunch starting at 1pm. Guests are welcome in the clubhouse from midday.
It's £30 per person for a three-course lunch, match programme and entry to the game. Robbie Duncan leads proceedings, with head coach Calum Forrester previewing the match, and we finish up with a raffle just before 2.45pm.

We welcome individual guests from both Ayr RFC and Glasgow Hawks, as well as tables of 10 or 12 and parties of larger numbers. It's a mixed company of both men and women.
Please call or email Elena on 07788 824835 / elenahogarth@ayrrugbyclub.co.uk to book by Thursday 23rd March for the BT Cup semi-final and Thursday 30th March for the BT Premiership semi-final.