Rain puts a stop to busy weekend of Rugby


The remains of hurricane Oscar had a huge impact on Oban Lorne’s busy weekend of rugby with the club being forced to call off all Senior, Youth and Mini fixtures this weekend due to waterlogged pitches at Glencruitten and North Connel.
  An 8am pitch inspection on Saturday morning deemed both surfaces unplayable meaning the battle of third versus fourth place in Tennents West Division 2 would have to be postponed.
  This was a blow for Oban Lorne and head coach Andrew Johnston who had a full squad of 22 players available who were looking to build on last weekends thumping 71-7 home win over Clyedebank.
  The squad were confident of another comfortable win this weekend that would have kept up the pressure on Uddingston and Lenzie at the top of the league.
  Bonus point wins for both of Oban Lorne’s rivals, Lenzie winning 22-3 at Helensburgh and Uddingston 55-19 winners at home to struggling Millbrae meant that the men in Green now sit adrift of the two central belt clubs by nine and thirteen points.
  This season Oban Lorne have impressed with a young and dynamic squad who have been working hard at training to produce some fast, expansive and entertaining rugby. New players entering the team such as second row Eric Roberts and Number 8 Owen MacDonald have boosted the side since last years relegation while a number of U18 players have stepped up to the senior rugby environment. Notably Lorne Sinclair, James Divers, David Cameron and Andrew Ritchie have all impressed in the side so far this season with a conveyor belt of other talented youngsters following in their footsteps.
  This Saturday Oban Lorne face their longest away journey of the season as they travel to Stranraer to take on mind table Wigtownshire RFC. This will be a tough fixture for the Greenmachine with Wigtownshire being a very tough opponent particularly playing at home. With a sqaud of 18 players already confirmed for the trip the Oban team will be confident of returning North with another good win. Kick off on Saturday is at 12.30pm due to the Scotland v Fiji International that kicks off at 2.30pm.
  Oban Lorne’s next home game take place on Saturday 1st of December with an Argyll Derby against Helensburgh RFC. Kick off 2pm.
A frustrated Oban Lorne Ladies squad were forced to concede Sundays trip away to Inverurie to take on National Division 1 rivals with a lack of available players for the fixture. Despite Sundays disappointment the Ladies have been performing exceptionally well this season and now find themselves competing in National League A after the Division 1 league split.
 Upcoming fixtures at home to Garioch and Ayr will conclude the ladies season after a good 28-17 win at Kirkcaldy.
  This Sunday the Ladies are in action with a hoke fixture against Garioch. Kick off 2pm at Glencruitten.
West T4 U16 & U18 Leagues
Oban Lorne P-P Stewartry
Along with the 1st XV Saturdays U16 & U18 league fixtures with Stewartry RFC from Castle Douglas were also called off due to unplayable pitches. Both Oban squads boasted some great playing numbers boosted with boys from Lochaber and Isle of Mull RFC.
  Saturdays fixtures will be rearranged for later in the season. This weekend the U18s travel to take on Bishopton/ Cambuslang while the U16s are not back in action until Sunday 18th of November away to Ardrossan.
Mini & U14 Rugby
With advice from Argyll & Bute Council groundstaff Sundays Mini Rugby Dalriada Festival and U14 fixtures were also off due to the pitch conditions. Both events will be rescheduled for a later date.

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