Arran battle to victory on home turf

arran vs birkmyreArran 24 Birkmyre 19

Arran won a titanic struggle against a tough Birkmyre side at Ormidale Park last Saturday, but the rugby side missed out on a vital bonus point which they need for their promotion push.

The referee decided that the strips were too similar so, Arran as the home team changed by reversing their tops and playing in white with no numbers which, at times, made player recognition difficult.

See the full report in the Arran Banner April 25 2015, also available online.

Wigtownshire 5 – Arran 29

arran rugbyGiven the number of players lost to injury, Arran RFC’s game ended with an incredible 29-5 away win for the island team in Stranraer.

After 10 minutes Arran were awarded a penalty for a ruck offence in front of the posts and Iain ‘Keeno’ Keen made no mistake, 3-0.

Three minutes later, Wigtownshire offended again and Keeno took full advantage 6-0. This pattern repeated itself twice more with the indefatigable Keeno becoming almost boringly consistent.

To read the full report, see the Arran Banner, October 18 2014 – also available online at

Rain fails to wash away Arran’s success

20_b45rug02Wigtownshire RFC were greeted with hail, torrential rain, thunder and lightning when they returned to the island on Saturday November 2 2013 to play Arran for the second time in two weeks.

Ormidale Park was overflowing with water and after a referee inspection it was agreed that the game would be played with uncontested scrums.

The game started over an hour after its scheduled time with the home side kicking off but the ball did not reach the 10-metre line and stuck in the water.

Read the full match report in the Arran Banner edition of Saturday November 9 2013, also on line at

Not one point scored in Arran’s draw with Loch Lomond

01_b03rug01_0Loch Lomond 0 Isle of Arran 0

How many no score draws in club rugby games come to mind? Nil-all after 80 minutes of rugby is almost unthinkable. Continue reading Not one point scored in Arran’s draw with Loch Lomond

Arran RFC take out Millbrae 24-7

01_b49rug01A majestic defeat of Millbrae RFC on Saturday has given Arran’s rugby team a much-needed boost. Continue reading Arran RFC take out Millbrae 24-7

Bowl defeat for Arran RFC

02_b41rug01-jpg-arran-rugbyMissing some of their key players, Arran Rugby Club struggled against Birkmyre RFC in the first round of the RBS Scottish Rugby Union Bowl competition last Saturday.
Birkmyre are currently top of division four, one division below Arran, but that didn’t stop them running all over the Arran team.

Continue reading Bowl defeat for Arran RFC

Revenge is sweet for Arran RFC

01_b47rug01The island’s senior rugby team were determined to get their revenge on Braidholm on Saturday, November 19 2011 and boy did they get it! Continue reading Revenge is sweet for Arran RFC

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