TENNENTS WOMENS NATIONAL LEAGUE 1 GROUP A
OBAN LORNE LADIES 17-0 GARIOCH
Oban Lorne Ladies hosted Garioch Ladies from Inverurie on Sunday at Glencruitten in whawas to be a hard fought match with both teams looking for a strong win.
The teams last met in last seasons National Bowl Final with Oban running out comfortable 48-0 winners at BT Murrayfield.
Oban however have been unable to travel to Garioch this season on two occasions stalling what has still been a largely successful season for the team.
A minutes silence was held before kick off led by referee and former Scottish Rugby Presidnet Jim Stevenson.
The match got off to a fantastic start for the ladies in green with Lucy Stewart touching down after some clever hands from the kick off allowing the Oban pack to get the ball out wide. A missed conversion gave a 5-0 score after only a couple of minutes on the clock.
The ladies were almost a different team from the previous games played and were working well together giving great support play. Garioch kept pressure on the Oban side throughout the game and showed why they were unbeaten in the league so far, big hits and quick balls from their 9 meant Oban had to stay alert at all time.
Big hits from captain Laura MacCormick and her forward pack led by flankers Ailsa MacLachlan and Eilidh Shearer kept the Garioch side back for the majority of the first half. The second try of the day came from Stewart again who controlled the game well as fly half and utilised Oban’s strong runners Erika Skofca and Kirsty Sinclair. Stewart converted to bring the score to 12-0. Garioch hit back with some good runs and were on the Oban try line for the first time however the ball was dropped and Heather Fothergill grounded the ball. HT score 12-0.
The second half brought more of the same fantastic rugby from the ladies with a strong defence and good communication the girls proved why they are sitting top of the National 1A group. Wingers Ellen Barlow and Rachel MacDonald used their space well and managed to put pressure on Garioch’s defence all day, along with Selina Keppie’s quick feet and some ‘boshing’ by second row Veronica Speirs, Oban were most definitely playing as a pack, something which wasn’t featured in their last game against Kirkcaldy! A powerful run from Skofca breaking through several opposition players the ball was then passed out to Stewart who used her quick feet and a quick pass wide to Rachel MacDonald who was able to touch down out wide. Garioch again came back and put pressure on the Oban defence but the ball was held up. Frustratingly for the ladies in yellow they just couldn’t break through the Oban line to get points on the board.
Just before full time Rachel MacDonald was replaced by Dominika Radzikca, playing her first game for the girls in green along with newbies Beth Rutledge coming on for injured Evie Henshaw in second row. Aasiyah Patankar also started for Oban Lorne At prop replacing injured Ellie MacNiven and put in a great shift. Notable performances also came from scrum half Audrey Barr with some solid tackles and clever play, also Veronica Spiers who has worked hard this season and the results are showing on the pitch. Flanker Eilidh Shearer and centres Erika and Kirsty also had games. This win means the ‘Green Army’ remain top of the table and will play second placed Ayr Ladies at Glencruitten next week. Specators always welcome and greatly appreciated.