Ayr Rugby Football Club

Ayr-Wellington U18 boys have prepared for 2017/18 with a successful trip to the west and south-west of England.

The boys and their coaches spent the week at Hartpury College in Gloucestershire, which is renowned for its sporting excellence. This is the second year the U18s have visited in pre-season.

This time round they played matches against Worcester Academy, Gloucester Academy (pictured) and Matson RFC, as well as visiting Worcester Warriors' Sixways Stadium to watch Hartpury RFC in their pre-season fixture with the Warriors.

Stuart Fenwick, Ayr-Wellington U18s' head coach, wishes to thank all staff and players at Hartpury, Worcester, Gloucester and Matson for their warm welcome.

Meanwhile, Ayr and Ayr Ladies have finished their pre-season preparations with a win each in friendly matches.

The Ladies played an enthralling match against Cartha Ladies at Dumbreck on Friday evening, and snuck a 22-21 win at the death. It was 17-year-old debutante Neve Finlay's last-minute try that got them the win, but the patience and commitment of the whole team are to be praised as they came up against a fierce home side. Ayr's other tries came from Caitlyn Haldane, Hannah Mutton and Emily Irving, with Catherine Shennan converting one.

On Saturday morning, Ayr travelled to Bridgehaugh to play Stirling County, and won 38-12. Captain Pete McCallum opened the scores before Jamie Bova got a brace, and Michael Badenhorst, Frazier Climo and Euan Hamilton each dotted down. Scott Lyle kicked four conversions. Read more in the match report.

Ayr Ladies' training sessions on Mondays at 7pm at Millbrae are open to any newcomers who wish to give women's rugby a try. Rugby is a great way of getting fit, making friends and having fun, and Ayr Ladies are a welcoming group of all ages and rugby abilities.