Although there was a sense of disappointment at the postponement of a second RBS West Regional Cup tie in successive weeks, there was much to celebrate.
Ayr were awarded the RBS club of the month for November and the presentation took place on a chilly, frost bound Millbrae pitch.
They are top of the RBS Premiership, the first club in Scotland to have their name engraved on the Bill McLaren Shield and are in the middle of their defence of the RBS West Regional Cup. But it was not only the success of the top side which came into consideration.
Ayr’s under 16 and under 18 sides were unbeaten in their respective West Regional Division One leagues and the ongoing developments initiated by the club make for impressive reading.
At grassroots level, Ayr have a full time development officer in Stuart Fenwick and two modern apprentices, D’Arcy Rae and William Black, who are funded by the Ayr Rugby Community Trust, South Ayrshire Council and Scottish Rugby.
They work in all local primary and secondary schools and help run three sides in each age group which resulted in teams from Kyle Academy and Queen Margaret Academy entering the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools Plate competition for the first time.
They have also been responsible for the growth of women’s teams with the under 18s winning the West of Scot land 10s at Croy .
As well as the club of the month trophy, Ayr collected £1,000 and a table for 10 at the Scottish Rugby Club Awards dinner when the club will be among the nominees for the 2012/13 club of the year award.
After accepting the trophy from SRU representative George Clark, president Billy McHarg said: “We set our standards high and want to make sure we are developing continuously so we are in the running for this award every year.
“Rugby is growing all the time with around 350 youngsters from primary age groups up to under 18 and it is important we are a community club who do our best to help grow the game in Scotland.
“Our 1st XV, 2nd XV, under 18s and under 16s are all doing well and cumulatively our losses from do not reach double figures. The way women’s rugby has taken off is another plus for us.”
The results which the various Ayr sides produced in November were impressive and this was before the win over Gala at Millbrae on December 1 which took them back to the top of the table: 1st XV wins over Dundee HSFP in the Premiership and wins in the defence of the West Regional Cup over Hillhead Jordanhill, GHA and Ardrossan Accies while the under 18 side had wins over Glasgow Hawks, West of Scotland, Dumfries and Dalziel and the U16 success came against Waysiders Drumpellier by 55-5.
Before 2013 first foots Millbrae there is the small matter of a RBS Premiership clash against Stirling County at Bridgehaugh on Saturday before Ardrossan Accies are at Millbrae on December 29 for the end of year cup tie.