Category: 2nd XV

2018 Club Dinner and Awards

Oban Lorne 2018 Club Dinner and awards night

Oban Lorne RFC hosted their annual awards dinner on Saturday evening in front of a packed clubhouse. The  dinner and awards night concludes what has been another busy season for all involved at the club.
  After a fantastic three course meal provided by Michael Hewitt of ‘Oban Spitroasts/Argyll All Occasions Catering Company’ club president Sandy Rokitta gave a brief overview of the season so far that was dominated by some overwhelming success fro our fantastic ladies team. The Ladies were awarded Scottish Rugby Womens Club if the season at the Unions awards dinner at Murrayfield on Friday, this is a massive achievement for the team that the whole club and town should be very proud of.
  The clubs 1st XV have had a very frustrating season is West Division 1 and will find themselves playing in division 2 from September.
  Saturdays awards winners from the 1st XV were; Top points Scorer, Craig Wright, Best Trainer, Jonathan Sayer, Most Improved, Kyle Graham, Best Newcomer, Matt Walker, Player of the Year, Craig Wright, Young Player, Jack Strachan & Player Player, Craig Wright.
  The award winner from the Ladies section were; Top points scorer, Lucy Stewart, Best Trainer, Ellie MacNiven, Most Improved, Ailsa MacLachlan, Best Newcomer, Eika Skofca, Player of the Year, Erica Skofca, Young Player, Ellen Barlow & Players Player Erica Skofca.
  Clubperson of the year went to George Hamilton for his dedication to all teams including youth, mens and ladies in his fantastic pitch side first aid support. George is also a valuable member of the clubs committee holding the very important role of Child Protection Officer.
  The 1st XV’s Bulgarian Internationals Radostin Maksimov and Vasil Borisov were also congratulated with their National Team success this season.
  Outgoing 1st XV Coach Corrie Louw was also presented by gifts from the club and players for his hard work and dedication towards coaching the team over the past seven seasons in what has been an extremely successful time for Oban Lorne RFC.

Tower Tens Report

Tower 10’s – Saturday 5th August 2017

Oban Lorne RFC hosted their inaugural “Tower 10’s” Tournament this weekend with six visiting teams and the home club putting out two sides for the competition.
This was the start of the 2017 season for Oban Lorne who will host Hillhead/Jordanhill next weekend at Glencruitten.

Oban Lorne were drawn in a group with Lochaber, Inverness Craig Dunain and Queensferry with Helensburgh, Cowal, Isle of Mull and Oban BaBa’s making up the other group of four. “The format of this competition allows all teams to play 80 minutes of rugby with all teams also taking part in a final of some sort” explained organiser Murray Hamilton, “we are delighted that these teams travelled through to Oban and hopefully they will have had a good weekend of Rugby. It is a good format for pre-season as teams will get to play a variety of other sides and still get tested physically with scrums and lineouts.”

The day kicked off on both pitches at Glencruitten after the showers had cleared and the weather stayed clear for most of the day. Helensburgh and Cowal both recorded wins in their first matches as did Oban Lorne and Craig Dunain.
The home side dominated in the group matches with only Craig Dunain running them close. Good linking play between Captain Craig Wright, Iwan Roberts and Finlay Carmichael was complimented by powerful work in the scrums and at the breakdown from seasoned forwards Corrie Louw, Tommy Sutherland and Daniel Kemp. The younger players in the loose were moving well around the park and the supporting play provided plenty of opportunities for the likes of Stephen Povey, Jack Baxter, Jack Strachan and Vladi Mihov.

The finals were played in the afternoon and the Bucket final was first to be contested for, Cowal played Queensferry in an entertaining match which had the Cowal team coming out on top. The Bowl final was played for between Lochaber and Mull and the Fort William team took the Bowl back to Banavie after a great show of team work and commitment from both teams.

Inverness Craig Dunain secured a place in the Shield final where they faced off against the Oban BaBa’s side which was made up from Oban Lorne 2nd XV players and friends of the club. It was a closely fought affair but the Inverness team won out in the end and played some classy Rugby. Former Oban Lorne player Struan Simpson led the side to victory and it was great to have Craig Dunain boys travel down for this competition.

The cup final was a clash between two West Regional Division 1 sides; Oban Lorne versus Helensburgh brought possibly the most physical match of the day with both teams playing intense and fast flowing Rugby. There was a stalemate in the game until late in the first half when Helensburgh took the lead. The visitors looked to extended their lead shortly after this but Oban’s blushes were spared thanks to some fantastic covering defense from David McLaughlin. Oban managed to even the try count through Tommy Sutherland and Carmichael added the extras just before the break.
The second half worked more in the favour for the home side, Oban kept possession of the ball and changed their tactics to apply more pressure on Helensburgh. Eventually Oban Lorne managed to cross the line again to provide a more comfortable lead and again the extra 2 points added from the wing by Carmichael.
Cracks started to show and late on in the half and after some changes to the Oban team they managed to get 2 more tries which were both converted to secure a 28-5 win for Oban Lorne in the first Tower 10’s cup final.

President Sandy Rokitta was on hand to present the winning teams with their trophies and say a few words of thanks to all those involved. The hope is for this event to become a regular date on the calendar for Oban and organisers hope it will grow in years to come.

Oban Lorne v Hillhead Jordanhill

Oban Lorne are in action next weekend against HIllhead/JOrdanhill. It will be a 2pm kick off at Glencruitten, Hillhead Jordanhill are in the National leagues so this should be a really steep test for Oban Lorne in the run up to their league starting.

The Greenmachine’s first competitive fixture of the 2017/18 season will be away to familiar opponents Garnock RFC in the preliminary round of the West Regional Shield on Saturday 19th of August. The winner of that tie will host a last 16 fixture against the winner of either Helensburgh or Cumbernauld RFC with that tie due to be played on Saturday 26th of August.

Garnock and Oban Lorne will meet again on Saturday 2nd of September in the first West Division 1 fixture of the season. Kick off 3pm at Glencruitten

Oban Lorne Tower Tens!

Oban Lorne Tower 10s Tournament

Oban Lorne kick 2017/18 season off with pre-season 10s Tournament.

The Greenmachine are starting their season on Saturday by hosting their own 10-a-side tournament for the first time. The event will see six visiting teams come to Glencruitten on Saturday 5th of August and the club hopes it will become a regular event in their calendar.
The format for the event is to provide a good physical test for teams and allow coaches to try out players on different positions before the season starts. Games will be 20mins long with five man scrums and line outs, regular 15-a-side rules still apply. This should make for fast flowing and entertaining rugby.
A number of local Argyll teams are participating in the inaugural “Tower 10’s” including, Isle of Mull RFC, Cowal RFC and Helensburgh RFC. There are also teams from further afield including Lochaber RFC, Queensferry RFC and Inverness Craig Dunain RFC.
Oban Lorne welcome everyone to attend on the day, we have a ladies come and try session in the morning followed by the main tournament kicking off at 1130. There will be burgers and food available throughout the day and then a disco on after the tournament which is open to everyone.

Oban Lorne’s pre season preparations continue the following weekend with a tough home match against National Division 3 side Hillhead Jordanhill RFC. Kick off TBC at Glencruitten.

Lions Breakfast (Test 2) & Pre Season Update

Oban Lorne Lions Breakfast

Oban Lorne RFC again opened its doors for the second Saturday morning running for the weekends British & Irish Lions win over New Zealand.
Over 50 club members, players and visitors of the club enjoyed a full cooked breakfast prepared by club volunteers while enjoying the Rugby action Live on the bog screen.
This Saturday the club will again be hosting the same event with all welcome to attend for the deciding Test match. The clubhouse will be open from 8am with Breakfast offered at £8.50 per person. All proceeds will go towards club funds.
Also in attendance at the Breakfast were members of Birmingham and Solihull Rugby Club who are completing a Charity Cycle of the UK to raise funds for a much need Septic Tank at their clubhouse. Four hardy members of their club are undertaking a massive challenge of 1030 miles over 13 days. Oban Lorne President Sandy Rokitta exchanged plaques with the visitors and welcomed to join the West Highland Hospitality that Oban Lorne RFC had to offer.

Oban Lorne Pre Season

Oban Lorne RFC have upped their preparation for the 2017/18 season with the start of pre season training over the past week with Mens and Ladies teams being put through their paces with no fewer than five sessions with Coach Corrie Louw.
Players commenced training on Monday 26th of June with a running fitness Test followed by some Hill Running at Gallanach the following evening. Following that was another fitness/ recovery session at Ganavan Sands on the Wednesday before a tough session up and down Jacobs Ladder on Thursday. Prior to the Lions Fixture on Saturday the commitment of the players was shown with a short session at 7am with a healthy turnout considering the timing. Another five sessions will follow over the next coupke of weeks before the usual Tuesday/ Thursday training pattern resumes.
Oban Lorne RFC begin their 2017/18 competitive season with a tough fixture away to Garnock RFC in the Preliminary Round of the West Regional Shield on the 19th of August. Garnock will also be the first opposition for the Greenmachine as the team from North Ayrshire visit Glencruitten on Saturday 2nd of September.

Oban Lorne 21-14 Kilmarnock

BT WEST DIVISION 1

SATURDAY 25TH FEBRUARY 2017

OBAN LORNE 21-14 KILMARNOCK

Oban Lorne and Kilmarnock met at the stunning surroundings of North Connel on Saturday for what was the most important game of the season for both teams. A win for either side would seal survival in West Division 1 for next season while defeat would lead to the drop down into Division 2.
The Men in Green were full of confidence going into the game after an upsurge in performances and results since the turn of the year. Coach Corrie Louw had a full strength team available for the match with the players hungry to make amends for what has largely been a disappointing campaign.
With Kilmarnock recording a home 23-10 win over Oban at the start of the season they too were confident of a promising result and travelled with a strong squad and a large group of vocal supporters.
It was the visitors who started strongest in the game and held the majority of possession with some good carries form their powerful back row players. Kilmarnock’s back three were to impress all day by dealing very well with some challenging kicks from Oban stand off Dave MacCabe.
Oban weathered the early storm and found themselves 6-0 up after 20 minutes with two well taken penalty kicks from scrum half Finlay Carmichael. The dominance of the Oban scrum was starting to have an effect in the match while Kilmarnock’s inconsistent lineout aided the cause for Oban Lorne.
Both teams exchanged missed penalty attempts around the half hour mark with Carmichael’s long range effort falling just short for Oban.
With the majority of play taking place in the middle of the park no try scoring opportunities came of note until the last 5 minutes of the first half.
A clever chip by Craig Wright into the right hand corner of the pitch was first gathered but then miss controlled by the Kilmarnock defender allowing Oban Winger Tom Harrison to gather the ball and touch down under the posts for Oban’s first try of the game. A successful conversion from Carmichael increased the score to 13-0 going into halftime.
Oban were in buoyant mood at the break knowing they were largely in control of the match and required the next score in the second 40 minutes that would effectively seal the win. The team were though wary of Kilmarnock who possessed several impressive players and who had the potential to turn the game.
The momentum gained at the end of the first half continued into the first 10 minutes of the second half of play as Oban dominated field position and territory. The continuing dominance at the scrum was turning possession over on numerous occasions giving Oban a great attacking platform to work from.
Oban extended their lead on 50 minutes as powerful winger Callum MacLachlan crashed over through a few Killie defenders increasing the score to 18-0. MacLachlan had been getting his hands on the ball on at any opportunity possible in the second half much to the frustration of the away side who found him very difficult to stop.
With an 18 point lead Oban should have closed out the game but as has happened many times this season the team decided to make things very hard for themselves.
On 55 minutes Oban were reduced to 14 men with Centre Malcolm Kavanagh being sin-binned for an alleged dangerous tackle. Kavanagh had defended extremely well in the Oban midfield so far and would be a big miss defensively. Oban also mad a change at this stage with Prop Alex Banks making way for experienced veteran Prop Andrew Johnston.
Kilmarnock took full advantage of their man advantage scoring their first try of the day narrowing the score to 18-7. Shortly after Oban hit back to calm the nerves of the big home crowd with anther Finlay Carmichael penalty increasing the lead to 21-7.
Oban made a couple more changes to the team with youngsters Jack Strachan and Daniel Speirs coming on to provide a bit more pace to proceedings.
Despite being restored to 15 men Kilmarnock were now in control of the match and were throwing everything they could at the Oban defence to launch a spirited comeback.
Oban Lorne were dealt a huge blow going into the last 15 minutes of the game with Malcolm Kavanagh receiving a second yellow card for an off the ball incident with a member of the Kilmarnock team. The home side would again play with only 14 men for the rest of the game.
The majority of the large North Connel crowd were silenced with 10 minutes to go as Kilmarnock used an overlap out wide well to score in the corner. A fantastic conversion attempt narrowed the score to 21-14 taking the visitor’s right back into the match.
Fortunately for the men in green the players dug deep in the closing stages of the game with some heroic tackling and clever territorial kicking managing to nullify the Kilmarnock attack.
As the fulltime whistle blew Oban were extremely relived at the outcome of the match sealing their survival of the team’s position in the league. The Oban players and supports showed their respect to the opposition who fought extremely well in the match and do not deserve to drop down a league given the attacking style of rugby they play. Kilmarnock RFC should come straight back into the league next year with the squad they possess and everyone at Oban Lorne wishes them well for the season ahead.
Saturdays win lifted Oban Lorne two points above Kilmarnock into 8th place in the league. Oban Lorne play their final match of the season away to mid table Irvine RC this Saturday. Kick off 3pm.
Training continues every Tuesday and Thursday evening at Glencruitten from 7-9pm, all welcome.
T. Sutherland, R. MacQueen, A. Banks, V. Mihov, A. MacDougall, S. Smith, L. MacLachlan, C. Louw, F. Carmichael, D. McCabe, C. MacLachlan, M. Kavanagh, C. Wright, T. Harrision.
A. Johnston, J. Strachan, D. Speirs, V. Borisov

BT WEST DIVISION 4
GLASGOW UNI MEDICS P-P ARGYLL & BUTE
Argyll & Bute RFC’s last away match of the season was postponed away to Glasgow University Medics on Saturday as Argyll failed to raise enough players for the fixture. A new date for the game will be set by the West Regional Leagues Committee.
This Saturday Argyll & Bute play their last home game of the season as the welcome local rivals Cowal RFC from Dunoon to Glencruitten. Cowal RFC have been performing well this season and just recoded a fantastic 29-27 win over promotion hopefuls Lanark RFC last weekend.
Saturdays game kicks off at 3pm a Glencruitten.

BT WOMENS NATIONAL LEAGUE 2
ANNAN WARRIORS P-P OBAN LORNE LADIES
With Annan Warriors RFC no playing a Quarter Final National Bowl tie this Sundays league meeting between Annan and Oban Ladies has been postponed. The next scheduled game for Oban Lorne Ladies is away to Lismore RFC in Edinburgh on the 9th of April.

Isle of Mull 48-0 Argyll & Bute

BT WEST DIVISION 4

SATURDAY 8TH OCTOBER

ISLE OF MULL 48-0 ARGYLL & BUTE

Used with permission from Isle of Mull RFC….

In what was dubbed ‘the battle of North Argyll’, Mull played some of their best rugby of the season so far against local rivals Argyll RFC – the casualty count was high however. Both weather and pitch conditions were nearly perfect as a good crowd waited in anticipation of the neighbours first meeting of the season. Argyll and Bute had interestingly overtaken Mull in the league after their win against Hyndland the previous week, and must have sailed across the Sound with high hopes. The home team fielded a strong squad, welcoming Hamish Cumming to the front row for his debut. Meanwhile, the back line saw the return of Tobermory’s Douglas Swinbanks, who was to have a decisive influence throughout the afternoon. Within the first 30 seconds of the kick off, former club captain and talismanic back row Alex Craig seriously injured his ankle in a collision. He was substituted, and later flown off the island for treatment. This unlucky start unfortunately became one of the themes of the match, with quite a few serious injuries occurring on both sides – not through malice it must be stressed however. Mull picked themselves up and made a strong start. They were rewarded when veteran James Gibbons opened the scoring after 10 minutes, getting to the line and scoring after a dummy. Shortly after, some great interpassing between the islanders saw Angus MacLeannan from Aros score after being set up by Sean Black. Mull were 10-0 up after 20 minutes. A contender for try of the season was next – a great break from Sean Black with some quality offloading allowing Stuart Crichton in. An Andrew MacLeanan conversion made it 17-0. Just before half time the Muileachs earned their bonus point – a break from Stuart Crichton allowed Craig O’Donnell to get on the score sheet. It has to be said that Mull’s style of free-flowing rugby was greatly encouraged by the excellent performance by referee Davie Jamieson; he controlled all aspects of the game but still allowed the play to flow. Mull’s form continued in the second half as Angus MacLeannan bagged another try, and Stuart Crichton got his hat trick. The score was now 41-0 against a now 14-man Argyll, who were still putting up a valiant defence. The first aiders on duty were again kept busy as debutante Hamish Cumming was helped off with a serious hip injury, later having to attend the hospital in Oban. Meanwhile several Argyll players were injured on the pitch, receiving treatment simultaneously. Mull’s final try came from a MacLennan brother’s double act, Andrew both scoring and converting. With yet another serious injury for Argyll and yet another visit from the ambulance, the referee wisely decided to blow the whistle 15 minutes early. The final score was 48-0. Praise has to be given to the Red Cross team, Ambulance crew and off-duty first responder for their professionalism in dealing with all of the incidents The win now raises the boys in black and white to 3rd place in the league. Club Captain Craig O’Donnell said ‘it was an absolutely terrific result for Mull Rugby and great to see the team back at their best. On behalf of the team, I’d like to wish a speedy recovery for everyone with serious injuries and looking forward to the return match in 2 weeks time’. Mull face Argyll again in their next match, in Oban on the 22nd of October in what is sure to be an intriguing encounter.

Argyll & Bute are back in action next Saturday with an away trip to League leaders Lanark RFC

Rugby this weekend – the Battle of Argyll!

RUGBY THIS WEEKEND

SATURDAY 8TH OCTOBER 2016

THE BATTLE OF ARGYLL

This Saturday sees both of our senior sides, Oban Lorne RFC and Argyll & Bute RFC up against local opposition in the form of friendly rivals and geographical neighbours Helensburgh RFC and Isle of Mull RFC

BT WEST DIVISION 1       HELENSBURGH V OBAN LORNE

Saturdays meeting will be must win for both sides after a disappointing start to the season. Both Helensburgh and Oban Lorne have only won once each this season and find themselves in the lower reaches of the Division 1 table.

The Greenmachine have been very frustrated in their efforts so far this season with games being lost on narrow margins. The general feeling within the squad is that things have not clicked together within the team yet. When this happens there is no doubt the team will climb the table and hopefully challenge for the top half.

Helensburgh will provide a tough test under coach Adam Hart and will equally be trying to record a much needed win.

BT WEST DIVISION 4       ISLE OF MULL v ARGYLL & BUTE

The battle for North Argyll will take place at the picturesque Garmony on the Isle of Mull this Saturday. Argyll will be hoping to build on last weekends win over Hyndland and should have a fairly string squad available for the game.

Despite only having won once this season have been playing well and turning out a healthy squad each week. The Muileachs have been a changed side since Fergus Whyte’s introduction as head coach at the start of last season. Hopefully the game will be a great advert for rugby in Argyll with a number of players who have come through school in Oban and Tobermory featuring for either side.

OBAN LORNE LADIES

Oban Lorne Ladies have no game this weekend and have a welcome rest after their recent outings this season. The Ladies team are back in league action next Sunday with a long trip to Annan.

OBAN U18s P-P GLASGOW HAWKS

Saturdays home game against Glasgow Hawks is off as the opposition cannot raise a team. Hopefully the game can be rearranged for a later date.

U16, U14 & U13

No games this weekend due to school holidays!

 

 

 

Argyll & Bute 46-29 Hyndland

BT WEST DIVISION 4

SATURDAY 1ST OCTOBER 2016

ARGYLL & BUTE 46-29 HYNDLAND

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Argyll & Bute RFC welcomed Hyndland to Glencruitten on Saturday for the first game between the two sides this season. Argyll had beaten the visitor’s home and away last season but knew they would be in for a tough test today.

The home side boasted a squad of 19 players, frustratingly however after last week’s call off at Cowal due to a lack of numbers. Players returning to the squad included Allan Wright, Darren Miller, Travis Smith, and Islay’s Anthony Bowman.

Argyll made a great start to the game and scored straight from the kick off. An offload by Mid Argyll’s Mark Charlton found scrum half Allan Wright who raced clear from the halfway line to touch down under the posts. Steven Parrs conversion gave a 7-0 lead with only seconds of the game being played.

This was not a sign of what was to come as the visitors would make the home side work hard throughout the game. Hyndland took possession of the ball and were looking dangerous with some strong runners in the backline. They levelled the score to 7-7 after 5 minutes when some extremely poor tackling in the Argyll backline let the Hyndland inside centre in for a try.

Argyll regrouped from this and dominated the play in the Hyndland half. A combination of poor discipline at the breakdown and a lack of firepower due to uncontested scrums meant that Argyll were struggling to get on the front foot and create any meaningful scoring chances. The hosts regained the lead with Steven Parr penalty, 10-7.

Hyndland though had other ideas of how the game was to go and scored two tries in a five minute period to lead 17-10. The visitors however did not have to work hard for their scores, again due to some woeful tackling along the Argyll backline.

The hosts knew they were not playing well and would have to up their efforts particularly in defence to get anything out of the match. Injuries within the Argyll team meant that utility back, Gin Tas entered the field in what would be a memorable game for the Lithuanian.

Just before halftime a Hyndland clearing kick was gathered by the replacement Gin Tas inside his own half. The payer then went on a storming run down the touchline, weaving his way through the defence to touch down under the posts. Another conversion from Parr tied the scores at 17-17 at the break.

Like the first half Argyll made the best start to the second and scored a try within the first five minutes. Daniel Brodericked picked and went blind from the uncontested scrum before offloading to replacement winger Eba Mecauskas who touched down in the corner. A great conversion extended the score to 24-17.

From the resulting kick off came the best score of the day. Islay’s Anthony Bowman caught the ball in his own 22 and very cleverly kicked over the top of the on rushing Hyndland pack. Bowman’s pace let him reach the ball before anyone else where he gathered it on one hand by the halfway line and raced clear to score a fantastic try.

This great individual effort brought the score to 31-17 with Argyll hungry to press on.

Despite Argyll going a couple of tries ahead much credit must go to Hyndland who kept fighting in the game. The visitors were at times even down to as low as 13 players due to a lack of subs and injuries.

Again some poor tackling let Hyndland in for another soft score to narrow the margin to 31-22. Argyll though with a numerical advantage were dominating most of the attacking play and looed dangerous every time they moved forward with the ball.

Now playing at stand off for the injured Steven Parr, Gin Tas capped off an impressive afternoon with two further tries taking his total to four for the afternoon as Argyll raced 46-22 ahead.

Hyndland though refused to give up and scored a deserved consolation giving a final score of 46-29 in an entertaining game.

Despite the win Argyll knew that it was by all means not a complete performance with much work needed in defence. The attacking play of the team was encouraging throughout the game with seven good tries scored.

Argyll must step up their overall performance next weekend as they travel to face neighbours Isle of Mull RFC next Saturday. Mull have been unlucky not to have won the majority of their opening five matches and will provide Argyll with their toughest test of the season so far.

Kick off is 3pm at Garmony (TBC)

Argyll & Bute

Darren Miller, Craig McGuire, Mark Charlton, Kyle Graham, Jonathan Sayer, David Petrov, Neil Rimmer, Daniel Broderick, Allan Wright, Steven Parr, Alexandre Jobin, Daniel Hoey, Lewis MacFarlane, Roddy Morrison (Captian), Anthony Bowman.

Travis Smith, Eba Mescauskas, Gin Tas, Ruairidh Lister Campbell

Rugby this weekend at Oban Lorne

RUGBY THIS WEEKEND AT OBAN LORNE RFC

OBAN LORNE 1ST XV

SATURDAY 24/09             OBAN LORNE v NETOWN STEWART         WEST DIVISON 1

This Saturday the Greenmachine have a tough home match against Newton Stewart RFC. The visitors to Glencruitten have won all four of their opening fixtures and will provide Oban with a stern test.

Last season’s matches with Newton Stewart are an example of how hard the task will be on Saturday with Oban going down narrowly 15-12 at home in last season’s corresponding fixture and a 31-20 loss away from home.

Oban Lorne will be hoping to bounce back to winning ways after a disappointing start to the season with only one win from four matches. The ingredients however are available to produce a successful season. Some poor decision making, lapses in concentration and a lack of good luck has made an impact on the results so far this season.

Kick off is 3pm at Glencruitten, bar and clubhouse open as normal.

ARGYLL & BUTE RFC

SATURDAY 24/09             COWAL V ARGYLL & BUTE                           WEST DIVISION 4

Argyll & Bute will be looking to build on a positive start to the season as they travel to Dunoon to take on Argyll rivals Cowal RFC.

Argyll have fulfilled four fixtures this season with a 50% winning record. It is hoped a strong squad can make the trip to Dunoon on Saturday to take on what seems to be a much improved Cowal side from last season.

Kick off is 3pm at Dunoon Stadium

OBAN LORNE LADIES

SUNDAY 25/09                  GRANGEMOUTH v OBAN LORNE LADIES               NATIONAL LEAGUE 2

The ladies section play their first away game of the season on Saturday travelling to take on Grangemouth RFC. The ladies will be looking to build on last weekend’s 38-0 triumph over Helensburgh RFC that sent the team to the top of the league.

The team will be without Winger Ashley Lazzara who is in the RAH in Glasgow recovering from her injury in last weeks match – thought off all at the club are with Ashley for a speedy recovery!

U16’s

SUNDAY 25/09                  CARTHA v OBAN U16’s                                                  NORTH U16 GROUP

Oban U16s recorded a convincing 70-7 win over Hillhead Jordanhill last weekend. This Sundays fixture away to Cartha is in doubt due to Glasgow School Holidays. Oban U16s will travel to Campbeltown to take on the U16s there if the fixture in postponed.

U14’s

SUNDAY 25/09                  CARTHA v OBAN U14’s                                                  NORTH U14 GROUP

The U14s had a big home win against Strathaven last Sunday. Like the U16 match the U14 meeting is also in doubt due to school holidays.

U13’s

SUNDAY 25/09                  OBAN U14’s v STRATHAVEN                                       NORTH U13 GROUP

Oban’s U13 team are at home to Strathaven on Sunday. There is a chance this match will be played as a S1/2 fixture that will include the U14 players. Kick off TBC

Rugby this weekend, September 3rd & 4th

Its a busy start to September for Oban Lorne with five of the clubs teams in action over the weekend!

Saturday 3rd September –  West Division 1  – Allan Glens v Oban Lorne, 3pm

The Greenmachine take on Allan Glens in Bishopbriggs on Saturday in the first away game of the season. Oban will be looking to get back to winning ways after last weekends 13-8 home loss to an impressive East Kilbride side.

Oban defeated Allan Glens both home and away last season and another close match is expected on this occasion.

Oban Lorne squad: T. Sutherland, R. MacQueen, A. De La Pam, A. MacDougall, B. McNiven, C. Ferris, C. Lay, V. Mihov, C. Wright, R. Bertrand, A. Franzo, D. McCabe, F. Carmichael, I. Rhys Roberts, V. Borisov, C. MacLachlan, R. MacKay, D. MacLaughlin, T. Harrison

Saturday 3rd September – West Division 4 – Argyll & Bute v Shawlands, Glencruitten, 3pm

Argyll & Bute play their first home game on Saturday hoping to build on last weekends big win away to Glasgow East! Argyll have a large and strong squad available for the match. Shawlands have also had a good start to the season with a narrow win against Mull last weekend.

Saturday 3rd September – U18 West League – Oban U18 V Newton Stewart, Glencruitten 1.30pm

Oban’s U18s will play their first home game in over a year on Saturday as they welcome Newton Stewart to Glencruitten. Coach Murray Hamilton has a weakened team available due to other commitments such as this weekends UKCC L1 Coaching Course on Mull. Kick off is 1.30pm at Glencruitten.

Sunday 4th September – U16 West League – Oban U16 v Uddingston, Glencruitten, 2pm TBC

Sunday 4th September – U14 West League – Oban U14 v Glasgow Hawks, Glencruitten, 10.30pm

Unfortunately this Sundays U13 game v Uddingston is off as the visitors cannot raise a team