Carrick RFC provided a feast on and off the park on Saturday as they won 43-8 against Allan Glens to go top of BT West Division One.
The hospitality lunch with sponsors Derek Leighton, Grant Limond and Quinton Limond was supplemented by the first XV running in seven tries in a much improved performance.
The large crowd didnt have long to wait on the first try which came from an impressive solo run from hooker Yan Young. The conversion was good. That man from Bute repeated the feet 5 minutes later when he barged over from 7 yards to give Carrick a 12-0 lead after 10 minutes. At this stage Allan Glens seemed to switch on and for the next ten minutes put pressure on Carrick and came away with a try and a penalty to take the score to 12-8. However as seen so many times the Rick then upped the pace of the game and scored 3 very well worked tries from backs John Fulton, John ‘the invisable man’ Dewar and Connor Wyllie, two of which were converted by Blair Jardine. This brought the HT score to 31-8 and the Rick faithful were in high spirits.
The second half a little like the cup game lacked the intensity that was visable in the first half however the Carrick defence was excellent throughout and with 15 minutes to go John Dewar scored a well worked try after a great blindside break from Captain Montgomery. The conversion was successful. The final word came from the pack and after impressive breaks from both prop Raby and flanker Micahel Kirk, Calum Smith rounded off the move with a well deserved score. This brought the final score to 43-8.
Coaches Brown and Glen were delighted with the win but most of all it was the performance from all 19 in the squad that was even more impressive.
Pickles Agriculture Man of the Match - Ewan Alexander
This Saturday sees Scotland take centre spot as the players have a week off. However on Tuesday 13th October the Rick will train with premier league Ardrossan in preparation for their next match, the West Shield Semi Final against high flying Glasgow Accies at Carrick on Saturday 17th October.
The 2nd XV match was called off by Kilmarnock as they couldnt field a side.
The Academy U16s won their Scottish Plate against Largs on Monday by 42-12 and will now travel to Duncanrig/Hamilton College in the next round. The U18 have been drawn away to Dunbar Grammar in the last 32 of the Scottish Plate. Also this week the Carrick U15 girls won the latest SA tournament at Girvan which means they have completed the Grand Slam of tournament wins this month. The Academy also secured another ten league points against Lenzie on Saturday with the S2s producing a fine performance winning by 32-4.