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.
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.
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.
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.
Carrick RFC racked up a 57-3 win over Waysiders Drumpellier on Saturday to march into Round One of this seasons BT Shield.
However you'd be wrong to think that the Carrick coaches were happy with the preliminary round win which sets up a home tie with Kilmarnock on 18th October.
Mums, dads, kids, partners and even wives were there supporting Carrick in their final push to gain promotion. It was a grey day but it might as well have been the beach at Majorca; there was not the razzmatazz of the international sevens tournament at Scotstoun but the soft drinks and hot dogs stalls were doing a roaring trade; this was Maybole and the Carrick faithful was out on the town.
That must have been the thoughts of Coach Brown after the demolition of a very much weakened Cumbernauld side in an E&C Firewood sponsored match at Academy Field last Saturday.