• 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.

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.

Both coaches were happy to play the match in four quarters giving them the opportunity to test their full squad .

Carrick won a scrappy trials match against Irvine to maintain their momentum ahead of the resumption of their league campaign at Cumbernauld in a fortnight.

Fittingly for a match played on Super Bowl weekend in the NFL – an occasion Scotland match referee Alain Rolland would later celebrate by allowing England centre Billy Twelvetrees to score at Twickenham off a pass better suited to the gridiron code – the match was split into four quarters of twenty minutes each, rather than the more usual two halves of forty.

Two of those quarters were scoreless however, with the visitors having to be patient in order to make their superiority count.

After a cagey start, Carrick had a chance to edge in front when fly-half Euan McGregor lined up a field goal attempt, but his kick from a relatively central position was no good.

The deadlock was broken almost immediately however when wide receiver Russ McCulloch returned the resulting drop-out kick for the opening touchdown of the game with only five minutes played. McGregor added the PAT for a 7-0 lead.

Irvine nearly hit back straight away, but conceded a penalty in their eagerness to capitalise and the pressure was off. The game became somewhat bogged down in midfield after this but Carrick finished the quarter strongly with two good chances to extend their lead.

The hosts had a brief flurry of possession in the Carrick red zone as the half hour approached, but it was the visitors who continued to create the better chances, and McCulloch's opposite number John Dewar was unfortunate to be ruled out of bounds as he looked set to score.

The home side had their best spell of the game in the third quarter, but again failed to capitalise.

The final proof that it was not to be their day came early in the fourth quarter, when they forced two penalties in quick succession near the Carrick end zone and came away with nothing – and shortly afterwards Dewar punished them by rushing clear for the second touchdown of the afternoon under the posts, making the points after a formality.

That ended any lingering hope the hosts might have had of salvaging anything from the game and Dewar notched a second touchdown – and his side's third – inside the two-minute warning to make the game safe at 21 to zero

"The Gordon Brown you could have voted for" – as Mike Carlson would call him – wore the look of a satisfied man after the final whistle and will be feeling confident about Saturday week's trip to Auchenkilns after this performance.

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