• 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.

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.

Both had been team mates in a successful Irvine side of a few years ago.

In the last two home games Brown had not been happy with the pack’s breakdown play and attention in training had been focused in this area.

The game started with Carrick playing down the slope but into a slight breeze and immediately the Rick had a chance to open the scoring but Connor Wyllie pulled his penalty attempt wide.

Two minutes later the visitors had a similar chance which was taken and by the ten minute mark the BLACKS, as the visitors liked to be cALLed, were six points ahead when the home side committed another breakdown offence.

The underfoot conditions were not suitable for an expansive open game and a dour forward battle was the order of the day which slowly but surely the home side was shading. It was no surprise then when from a line out catch and drive, which splintered infield with Pollock emerging from the maul to be driven over by a rampant Rick pack. Uncharacteristically Wyllie missed the conversion.

In second quarter of the match, Carrick managed to control the game for the most part but the visitors’ full back was always dangerous in the counterattack.

The only scoring in the second quarter was two late penalties from Wyllie to give the half time score of 11 to 6.

Now playing up the hill but with a stiffening breeze behind them Euan McGregor put the ball behind the Black’s defence and within four minutes Wyllie had converted another penalty for an offside offence at a ruck.

With an eight point cushion McGregor played the territory game and kept Stewartry pinned within their half.

Going into the last quarter with the game seemingly under control a Russ McCulloch chip to the corner went over the dead ball line which resulted in a scrum on the Stewartry 10 metre line. From the scrum the No8 picked up and fed the scrum half going blind and the move was finished with the winger scoring in the corner.

Thereafter the visitors increased their tempo of play and the game was now in the balance but Wyllie eased the tension a little with a penalty conversion but the Rick’s kicking game seemed to have deserted them and the last few minutes of the game it was backs to the wall defence.

It was a hoarse and relieved Brown who congratulated his troops especially his forwards who had recovered their breakdown skills.

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