TENNENTS WOMENS NATIONAL LEAGUE A
KIRKCALDY 17-28 OBAN LORNE LADIES
Oban Lorne Ladies travelled east with 15 players for the first game of the newly split National Division 1 A group against Kirkcaldy on Sunday. With the league split into two sections Oban Lorne will face Kirkcaldy, Ayr and Garioch in what will be a tough set of fixtures to complete the season.
From kick off the game was unusually quiet and strained from the usually vocal and well drilled Oban side. The first half saw pressure from both sides and was from the start a very closely matched game. To the frustration of Oban’s coaches and players the ladies just couldn’t seem to find their rhythm and were making silly mistakes, giving away many penalties to the Kirkcaldy side. However Oban were persistent in their drilled defence and held off the strong Kirkcaldy side. Eventually Oban managed to put points on the board with a strong run from centre Erika Scofka, easily converted by the reliable boot of Lucy Stewart who converted all of Oban’s trys. A further try in the first half came from Lucy Stewart. Kirkcaldy replied deservedly putting a couple of trys on the board after some big runs.
The second half was more of the same disjointed and clumsy play from the ladies who, despite their win, were themselves dissatisfied with their performance. Hooker Selina Keppie managed to touch down over the line with superb runs from Oban strong forward pack, who were relentless in their tackles all day long. The Oban side were dealt a double blow when prob Ellie MacNiven went off with a shoulder injury and a team yellow card was given after previous offside warnings from the referee. During the 10 minutes of play Oban were playing 13 to Kirkcaldy’s 15 and did not concede a try, showing how far their solid defence has come on in recent months. Kirkcaldy managed a quick interception on the halfway and scored their third try of the day. Oban’s last try came from Rachel MacDonald after some quick hands from Audrey Barr and Lucy Stewart giving a 28-17 win.
Despite the ladies being dissatisfied with their own performance they came away with a strong win and a bonus point after traveling with 15 players and only having 13 players on the pitch for a time – an impressive performance in itself. Oban ladies travel to second placed Garioch next Sunday, a game which will surely test the ladies to their limits. Oban remain top of the table and train on Tuesdays at 6pm and Thursdays at 630pm.
Oban Lorne Ladies next home fixture is on Sunday 11th of November with Garioch RFC making the trip to Glencruitten. Kick off 2pm.