Saturday saw Carrick Rugby field seven sides from P6 to U18 Against Ayr Rugby/Wellington for the first time ever.
In total, well over 100 Carrick players turned out on the same morning to represent their local rugby community and it was especially pleasing to see so many parents and family members out supporting the teams.
The U18s lost very narrowly by 10-12 with a try from Andrew McColm and the remaining points coming from the boot of Matthew Smith. This was a fine performance considering the ‘Ayr’ side contained boys from throughout the county and the match was played in fine spirit.
The other sides all gave good accounts of themselves, especially at the junior levels were Carrick scored plenty of tries but the main highlight for Director of Rugby Gordon Brown and Community Development Officer Michael Kirk was the fact that they fielded as a club/school nine sides on the one day, something very few can say.
Michael Kirk was over the moon with the fact that they achieved this: “Since returning to Carrick one of our key objectives has to develop the P6 and P7 squads so that we can field sides against the top independent schools throughout the season. This morning, for the first time ever, we achieved that as well as fielding a further five full youth sides all in the same morning.
“We now want to grow our numbers further and to work hard with the youngsters to improve them both as individual players and as teams. It was also fantastic to see so many volunteers, parents, family members and club members out helping with various things such as coaching, refereeing, running the tuck shop or donating items for hospitality.
“This, for me, makes Carrick not just a rugby club/school but a real community. It gives us great foundations to grow the game further over the coming seasons.”
Gordon Brown added, “If you thought this week sounded busy, this week is even more hectic. The Girls U15 start their season this week attending the South Ayrshire Girls tournament on Wednesday. The U18 and P6/P7 sides will be playing before the Glasgow Warriors match on Friday night against Lomond School as well as our P6/7 forming the guard of honour before the match and then HT entertainment by playing Lomond again on the main field. On Saturday morning the S1 and S2 sides will travel to Helensburgh to play Lomond with the S3 and U16s hosting Lomond at Rozelle PARK. all games kick off at 10.30am.”
The Carrick Rugby Race Night will take place on Saturday at the Town Hall. The event starts at 7.00 pm and tickets cost £10, this includes a finger buffet.
Then on Sunday, Carrick P1 to P5 will host Kilmarnock and Irvine at the School Field in what will be their first matches of the season. Kick off will be 11am.