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
We currently play out of Carrick Academy, which can be found on Kirkoswald Rd in Maybole and compete in West Division 2.
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 7.30-9.00pm. 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.
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.
With the visitor’s half back quick of feet and thought it was no surprise that most of the first quarter was played in the Carrick half of the field and had taken advantage of two breakdown penalties to lead by 6 points.
Early in the second quarter after Brown had rejigged the pack the home forwards exerted a degree of control and from a scrummage on the right left winger Dewar scored. Wyllie added the extra points.
With four minutes to the interval Wyllie again goaled a penalty and the Rick support relaxed expecting more to come.
McLaren, belying their lowly position in the league, had other ideas and kicked a penalty into the corner and from the lineout mauled the ball over. The extra points were goaled giving the visitors a deserved 13 to 10 lead.
The second half started as the first with Carrick being penalised for an offside offence and the six point differential began to look insurmountable even although the visitors’ numbers had been reduced by a yellow card offence.
Wyllie, in the 66th minute, gave the home support a little hope when he reduced the leeway to three points but it was not until the 75th minute he managed to tie the match.
“Was it two points lost or one point gained”? the pundits may ask. Coach Brown may be asking, “Can we learn from Waysider's and McLaren’s breakdown play”?