Arran ladies’ hockey team knocks two on the head

arran ladies hockeyArran’s hockey ladies fairly knocked in the goals in a double header in Brodick.

Over two days of matches the team knocked 24 goals past their opponents without reply in the West District Division Four fixtures.

The results put them in second place in the league and bidding for promotion in their first season, with the league decider on Saturday March 21.

Read both match reports in the Arran Banner, March 21 2015, also available online.

Five in a row for Niall in memorial darts

darts match winner arranFor the fifth year in a row Niall McMaster won the Donald and James Mackenzie memorial mixed doubles darts competition.

His partner this year was Kate Turner and they saw off allcomers in the contest held in Kilmory Hall.

See more on the Arran Banner edition of March 7 2015, also available online.

Dumfries prove unmovable for ladies hockey team


arran ladies hockeyFacing up to any team in the top division is never an easy prospect, but the Arran Ladies Hockey Team did just that – with gusto.

This was the island team’s first entry into the West District cup competition after they defeated Irvine in the initial round.

‘Dumfries are currently sitting fifth in the top division – three divisions above us – so we weren’t holding out much hope!’ said captain Victoria McNicol.

See the full match report in the Arran Banner, February 7 2015, also available online.

Arran Select succumbs to Glasgow United

arran select vs glasgow unitedDespite a promising start to the game an Arran Select football team lost 5-3 to Glasgow United in a  friendly.

For more football results and island sport, see the Arran Banner edition of May 31 2014. Also at

Annual new year cricket match ends in a draw – again

sannoxcricketb02crk02Sannox cricketers took to the Astroturf in Brodick on Saturday January 5 2013 for their annual cocktail party/new year match. And for the third year in a row, amazingly, the match ended in a draw. Continue reading Annual new year cricket match ends in a draw – again

A game of two halves for Arran’s rugby boys


Arran’s Rugby Club’s season got off to a competitive start last Saturday.

The club travelled to Giffnock to take on Braidholm in their first league fixture for two years, and narrowly lost by just three points in a game of two halves.

After two call-offs, firstly by Moffat in a cup game, then by Renfrew who pulled out of the league, it was a relief to get a full-contact match.

For more see this week’s Arran Banner, out September 16 or on lien from the same date at

Fiona is Arran’s ladies golf champion

With her vast experience in match play, Fiona Crawford of Lochranza was victorious in the final of the Arran Ladies Golf Union (ALGU) island championship last week.

Played at Shiskine in beautiful weather over a course in excellent condition, the finalists were Fiona and Ellie Jones and the standard of golf was outstanding.

The better ball score was 73, the ladies therefore playing to a handicap of six.

Ellie was in cruise control from the start chipping in twice from well off the green for a three and putting beautifully.

By the seventh hole she was four up. Lesser players would have given up playing against someone who was in total control but Fiona’s vast experience at match play came to the fore as she hung on, taking control over the back nine bringing the match back to all square by the 17th hole.

After such an exciting match nerves prevailed a little at the 18th and the hole was halved in fives sending the ladies up the 19th.

This hole was played stroke for stroke with Ellie uncharacteristically missing a putt to give Fiona the match.

Well-done ladies on a fantastically exiting game to watch.

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