Oban S1 & S2 v Helensburgh, Saturday 23rd February 2019
Oban S1 24-31 Helensburgh
Oban S2 17-43 Helensburgh
Oban Lorne/ Oban High Schools S1 & S2 sides welcomed Argyll neighbours Helensburgh & Lomond to Glencruitten for some friendly fixtures on Saturday.
All four of the teams showed off some fantastic playing numbers on the day showing the ever increasing popularity and growth of the game throughout the area.
The S1’s played out a close fought affair on Glen 3 with Helensburgh eventually running out 31-24 winners after scoring a late try. Obans four tries came from Murray McDonald (Mid Argyll) x2 and Thomas Jackson x2. This fixture could have gone either way with both sides playing some fantastic and free flowing rugby.
On the main pitch the S2 game was a comfortable win for the visitors running out 43-17 winners. Oban did though have their moments in the game and hit back with a hat rick of tries from the impressive Gregor Warnock.
Both clubs enjoyed some fantastic pre match hospitality provided by the great team of Oban parents. It is hoped Oban can return the favour and travel to Helensburgh before the end of the season.
Oban’s S1 & S2 players are back in action this Wednesday 27th of February as they play in their next Bulls v Sharks inter school/ club fixture. Kick off is 4pm at Oban High School.
West Regional U18 Cup, Saturday 23rd of February
Oban Lorne U18s 10-36 Cartha Queens Park RFC
After two recent losses in the U18 competition against West of Scotland and Whitecraigs, Oban U18s were looking to salvage some pride with the visit of Cartha Queens Park RFC to Glencruitten on Saturday.
Oban Coach Murray Hamilton was left with a headache prematch with a number of first choice players calling off due to illness or injury meaning a limited squad of 15 players was named of the match.
A number of players put their hands up and played out of position including a start for Winger Robert McLaughlin at Scrum Half.
Oban managed to hold out in defence in the early stages of the match but started to fall off the tackles as the first 35 wore on and found themselves 24-0 down at halftime.
Things did improve in the second half as the side scored their first points of 2019 with an Angus Neil penalty and a well taken try from Aaron McCall giving Oban a deserved 10 point haul for their efforts.
Forward Craig Cook and Stand Off Angus Neil were the standout performers in the Oban side and should see themselves wearing a 1ST xv shirt next season if they continue their good form.
Oban U18s are now likely to find themselves in the semi final of the West Bowl that will be drawn this week.
National U15 Girls Club Cup Preliminary Round
Oban U15 Girls 73-31 East Kilbride
East Kilbride’s U15 Girls made the trip to Oban on Saturday for the second meeting between the sides this season. EK won 21-19 at Glencruitten back in September in what was a very evenly matched contest.
Oban’s Girls have been impressing this season and played on Sunday after a good showing at the Glasgow Warriors Rugby Championship winning all of their matches.
After a close start in the game where East Kilbride were leading 14-7, Oban improved their performance and ran out as 73-31 winners in a match that was closer than the scoreline suggests.
Oban’s 11 tries came from Chloe Armour, Amber Russell (Mid Argyll), Eve Campbell, Charlie Johnston, Kate Findlay, Jordan MacIntyre X2 and Poppy McKillop x4. Rona Shearer added a further 20 points with 10 successful conversions.
This was probably the best overall performance ever from the Oban U15 girls who excelled across the pitch in all areas of the game. Such was both teams intent to play and fast and positive style of play there was not one lineout in the whole 60 minutes of action.
Oban have been rewarded with a tie away to Hillhead Jordanhill Girls in the First round. This tie will take place on Sunday 10th of March. Fellow Argyll side Islay RFC will also be inaction that weekend with a visit to Biggar.
U16 West Regional Cup
Oban Lorne U16s 17-36 Cartha Queens Park
It was a double header for Oban and Cartha at the weekend with the U16s following in the U16s footsteps by playing on the Sunday. Oban were in a confident mood ahead of the game after a good run of results and an impressive showing of 25 boys for the matchday squad including players from Mull, Lochaber and Mid Argyll.
After a good start where they found themselves 7-0 ahead Oban eased off in the contact areas of the game against a physical opposition who raced into a 19-7 lead at halftime.
Oban put the pressure on early in the second half but were undone with handling errors close to the tryline. In the end Cartha were deserved 36-17 winners in what was a very entertaining game of rugby between two well structured and skilful sides.
Oban U16s await the draw of the next round.
Mid Argyll Dalriada Festival this Sunday
P4/5s, P6/7s, U15 Girls and U14 Boys from across Argyll will be travelling to Mid Argylls Ropework Park in Lochgilphead this Sunday for the first Dalriada Festival of 2019.
The action kicks off with the Minis at 12noon while the U14 Boys and U15 Girls will kick off around 1.30pm.