• Punch Drunk Lenzie

    It was almost two years ago to the day and on a similar perfect day for running rugby that Lenzie destroyed a very inexperienced young Carrick side. That year Lenzie was promoted to West 1 but Carrick’s young team recovered from that poor start and managed to finish a creditable fifth.

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  • No favours for Garnock

    Carrick travelled last Saturday to Lochshore, Glengarnock, to the scene of a famous battle between Garnock and the West Highland hordes from Oban. The result of which was dependent on Carrick’s slim chance of promotion to West 1.

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  • Truly a Community Club

    For centuries Maybole has been at the heart of the Carrick farming community. For years their children have been nurtured and educated at the local Academy and in the last few decades some have even learned to play, that gentlemen of games, rugby.

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  • Carrick Rugby Round Up

    Carrick rugby is alive and well down Maybole way. Five Academy teams turned out last Saturday three at Lomond School, Helensburgh and two at “home” in Ayr. The Academy first fifteen had a good away win coming from a 0-17deficit at half time to win 34-24.

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  • A Duel in the Sun

    Glasgow Accies were the visitors to Maybole last Saturday in a West 1 league match. The Accies were one of the founder members of the Scottish Rugby Union; a club whose history stretches back to 1873.

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Welcome To Carrick RFC

We currently play out of Carrick Academy, which can be found on Kirkoswald Rd in Maybole and compete in the BT West League Division 1.
If you are interested in joining us for training you are more than welcome - whether looking for a game or just a bit of fitness, we train at Carrick Academy on Tuesday nights from 7.00 - 9.00pm. Please come to the changing rooms in the Community Wing, and bring along trainers as well as boots as we often train on the astro grass.

Ian Morrison, the Waysider's coach, must be wondering if the Gulf Stream and its effects on Western Europe’s coastal climate are still being taught in Lanarkshire schools. With most of the Scottish rugby fixture card cancelled it was mainly the balmy coastal strip from Greenock to Maybole where the fixtures survived.

A fifteen minute delayed start still did not help Morrison men achieve his full squad. Maybe the Lanarkshire men had difficulty in finding their way to Maybole but they had no difficulty in finding the way to the try line. Within three minutes they were five points up. Fly half, McKenzie, cleverly kicked to his right corner and from the ensuing lineout their forwards drove infield and after two successive rucks he switched the play back to the right for the winger to score.

The Rick responded but the visitor’s aggressive tackling and rucking was making it difficult for the home side’s backs to get clean ball. Eventually in the twelfth minute Connor Wyllie opened the scoring when a Waysider's forward was penalised for side entry at a ruck.

Willie Wyllie gathered the deep kick off, slipped a pass to Pollock who charged up field and when he was stopped the Carrick forwards won quick ball and five passes later Dewar on the opposite wing stepped outside his winger and inside the full back to score. It was a truly magnificent team try. Even though shorthanded the visitor’s forwards and midfield backs were still causing problems as they penetrated a pretty static Carrick defence. McKenzie levelled the score when a Carrick tackler was penalised for not rolling away from the tackle.

Again the Rick responded immediately and a McGregor kick deep into the twenty two produced a five metre scrum. When the push over attempt was thwarted on the right, Ward released his backs and again left winger Dewar finished the move in the opposite corner.

Thirteen to eight up and playing against fourteen men the Rick support had a frustrating next twenty minutes as little happened to excite them but, in the last play of the half a McGregor drift from scrummage ball and a switch pass to Alexander put him in space and he scored under the posts. Connor Wyllie added the extra points to give a score line of 20 against 8.

Having followed the setting sun the last two explorers from North Lanarkshire arrived for the second half allowing Coach Morrison to make appropriate substitutions.

Within two minutes Carrick had their fourth bonus point try. McGregor kicked cross field behind the Waysider’s back line. The Carrick kick chase was good and the ball bounced kindly for McKnight who sprinted the thirty metres to the line. Wyllie added the extra points as well as converting a penalty five minutes later to give Carrick a comfortable twenty two point lead.

Whatever the visitor’s shortcomings were, effort, rucking and play off and around the ruck was not one of them and in the nineteenth minute of the half a midfield penetration on the halfway line followed by two quick recycled balls produced a well worked try in Carrick’s left corner.

It was a cold last twenty minutes for the Carrick faithful as the home side, after good lead up work, botched three good scoring opportunities. In the last five minutes the Rick did put a little icing, no pun intended, on the cake with tries from Alexander and Pollock.

Coach Brown had set a target, which has been achieved, of three wins from the last three league games. He will be extremely happy at gaining fourteen of the fifteen points which were available but he will be looking for a little more control of the game shape and certainly more clinical finishing on all of the chances created.

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