It wasn't pretty but Carrick continued their good season with a hard fought win away at Waysiders Drumpellier on Saturday.
This was certainly not a match for the rugby purist, as both sides battled for superiority in conditions that resembled a quagmire. In the end, the 8-9 victory came courtesy of the kicking skills of young Conor Wyllie, who nudged over three penalties to edge out the hosts.Read More
This week’s report has been provided by the courtesy of the Irvine match reporter, Dereck Murdoch. Both sides were not at full strength with five of the Irvine side who started last week’s fine win against Kilmarnock unavailable whereas only three of the Carrick side was unavailable.Read More
Any Burns aficionados who had been suffering last Saturday from an excess of usquabae, haggis, neeps and tatties and had decided to clear their heads by following Tam o Shanter’s trail from the Market Bar in auld Ayr’s toon centre to Souter Johnnie’s cottage might have had a few surprises en route.Read More
Saturday’s game was transferred to the milder climes of Maybole from the frozen east of Dunblane and at the interval Coach Brown must have been wondering whether that decision was one of his better ideas. Like the previous week against Waysider's who had taught the home pack a few lessons in rucking, the McLaren forwards were the quicker to the breakdown and secured most of the breakdown ball.Read More
Saturday’s game against Stewartry was the start of the second half of the season. At Castle Douglas an inexperienced Carrick side had been taught a few lessons and effectively outmuscled by the stronger and more experienced home side losing by four tries to nil. Stewartry came to Maybole as one of the top three in the league with an outside chance of promotion. The sub plot to the visit was the close connection between player/coach Muir for the visitors and sometime player/coach Brown for the Rick.Read More
Carrick U15s travelled to Dumfries on Sunday for their first West 2 League game after the initial Cup Round Competition games. The combined West 2 League now features a total of 16 teams which means that you will only play each team once and being drawn away to Dumfries would be sure to prove a challenging start.
Carrick started well putting pressure on the Dumfries back line which resulted in a knock on 10 metres from the Dumfries line. From the Carrick scrum, scrum half Nathan White quickly picked up the ball from the tail of the scrum to dart over the home sides line. The try was then converted from a "sweet strike" from stand off Liam Wyllie, to give the away side a perfect start. Dumfries then used there forwards to batter forward with some useful drives. Eventually this pressure paid off with an unconverted Dumfries try . Tackles from both sides were fierce and fully committed with tempers at times reaching boiling point. Into the second half, Centre Conner Barr made a lovely break to out pace the Dumfries defence to score in try in the corner. At half time Carrick were well deserved of the 12-5 lead. However in the second half again Dumfries fought back to score a pick and drive try leaving the scores 12-10 to the away side.
In a very tense and passionate last 10 minutes, attack and defence was fully committed by both sides, however with the award of a penalty at the death, Liam Wyllie was able to boot the ball out of play for a 12-10 win for Carrick. Highly entertaining and committed game - and the Carrick Coach was delighted by the Team spirit and desire to win shown by his team.
MAN OF THE MATCH - Nathan White
Next Week Carrick are away at Whitecraigs - Kick off 14:00pm