Ladies progress in National Plate

 National Womens Plate

Oban Lorne 77-0 Shetland

Last weekend Oban Lorne Ladies welcomed Shetland Ladies to Glencruitten for a fixture in the National Womens Plate competition. Oban reigning champions in the National Bowl are hoping to add another National trophy to their name this season.

This was the first time the teams had met and the Islanders coached by former Lochaber Rugby Stalwart Neil Murray had a mammoth journey to get to Oban. Leaving Shetland on the overnight boat on Friday night and then going by coach from Aberdeen to Oban before returning to Aberdeen Saturday night for the Sunday boat home. The commitment shown take a team off the island and compete should be applauded.

Oban were well prepared for the game with coach Corrie Louw having a strong squad to select from and the confidence gained in the early part of the season continued as the “Green Army” put on a Fantastic performance to overcome a plucky Shetland team who made Oban work hard for each of their tries.

There were a number of outstanding performances around the pitch Sophia Rosinski continued her try scoring run with Four fantastic tries on the day.

She was closely followed by Erika Scofca with 3 tries, the powerful Italian Centre breaking a number of tackles to score.

There were 2 tries for young Rachel MacDonald playing at Full back is coming back into form just at the right time in the season after struggling with injuries most of the season.

There were also tries for Kirsty Sinclair who scored a cracking try at the end of some great interplay between the forwards and the backs, young Stand off Heather Fothergill who is really coming on to a game after moving there to replace Lucy Stewart who is still on her coaching journey in South Africa.

Another player returning from a period away was Rebecca Sims who capped a fine display with a great try after answering an SoS for Players last week. She had a storming game in the loose play and played most of the game in the front row.

Last try of the day came for returning Captain America – Laura MacCormick who rounded off a Fantastic day with a 10 min Cameo performance!.


A Fantastic game played in great spirits and Oban progress into the next round of the plate competition where they will play away to Glasgow University.

Good luck to them and let’s get behind the Green Army as they begin their march to Murrayfield.

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