Category: Ladies

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.

Oban Lorne Ladies 2017/2018 BT Bowl Champions!

BT NATIONAL WOMENS BOWL FINAL

BT MURRAYFIELD BACK PITCHES

SATURDAY 28TH APRIL

OBAN LORNE LADIES 45-5 GARIOCH RFC

History was made on the back pitches at BT Murrayfield on Saturday as Oban Lorne Ladies lifted the BT National Bowl title with a hard fought 45-5 win against Garioch RFC.

The Oban players and coaches have been working extremely hard over the past few weeks to build on winning the National League Division 2 title and have been training upto five times per week to prepare for their final appearance.

Having impressed both in attack and defence against a variety of opponents this season the team knew that if they played to their potential on Saturday, as in the 29-5 semi final win over Howe Harlequins the team would have a very realistic chance on lifting silverware on Saturday.

Head Coach Corrie Louw and Team Manager Darrell Williams fielded a very strong starting lineup at Murrayfield led by team captain Laura ‘America’ McCormick. Being introduced to the team were 17 year old back row Eilidh Shearer who has progressed well through the rugby setup at Oban High School. In fact 12 of the 22 players fielded on Saturday attended Oban High School and have been part of the School and Clubs fantastic Girls Rugby setup.

Oban made a shaky start to the match in front of a large crowd and found themselves 5-0 down after only a few minutes . Garioch spun the ball wide from a lineout to find their dangerous winger Liadh Broughton in acres of space. Broughton used her impressive pace to finish off out wide and gifted her side an early lead.

The poor start to the game compounded with giving away a couple of penalties and freekicks failed to dampen Oban’s spirits as they hit back almost immediately. Stand Off Lucy Stewart broke free from 35 meteres out, side stepped a couple of covering defender’s to finish off an outstanding solo try. Stewart converted her own try putting Oban 7-5 ahead.

Oban pressed the Garioch defence to add to the scorline but were finding Garioch hard to breakdown. A great opportunity was passed up around the 20 minute mark as first Laura MacCormick was high tackled close to the line followed by an Ellie MacNiven knock on from the resulting penalty as the tryline beckoned. Oban were offered another opportunity after turning the ball over at a 5 metre scrum but Garioch frustrated the ladies in Green and managed to ease the pressure with a good clearing kick.

Referee Mhairi Hay was officiating the game very well and was allowing the game to flow giving for an exciting and open contest to spectate.

For most of the first half the match was played near the centre of the pitch. Garioch were trying their best to spin the ball wide to their speedy wingers while Oban were carrying well in the close quarters with powerful runs from the likes of Erika Skofca, Georgia Mitchell, Laura MacCormick and Camilla Leslie.

With it looking like remaining a two point game just before halftime Prop Ellie MacNivens powerful run gifted Oban some good possession close to the tryline. Some quick and quality passes from Scrum Half Audrey Barr and Lucy Stewart eventually let the ball find Centre Kirsty Sinclair who scored her first try of the day.

Another Stewart conversion took the score to 14-5. Ellen Barlow did have a break away from the kick off but the team could build on another promising phase of play. The score remained at 14-5 to Oban in what had been an extremely competitive and hard fought 40 minutes of rugby.

At the break Corrie Louw instructed his team to be more dynamic and gain momentum in possession knowing his players had the ability to finish off well if they got in behind their opponents.

Garioch looked to hit back as they dominated the  start of the second half and almost scored within the first few seconds of play. Oban’s outstanding defence led by the always reliable flanker Ailsa MacLachlan along with Eilidh Shearer kept the Garioch attack at bay.

Oban winger Ellen Barlow realised the pressure on her side with another trademark run upfield. Ellie MacNiven made amends for her earlier mistake near the tryline by finishing off and other phase of fantastic handling to touch down beneath the posts giving her side their third try of the day. Again Stewart converted extending the lead to 21-5.

The Green Army were now well on top and were dominating most areas of the match. Credit must go to Garioch however as they were making Oban work very hard particularly at the breakdown and at the scrum where the Oban front row of Georgia Mitchell, Laura MacCormick and Ellie MacNiven had to put in a powerful shift to secure the ball. Second row pairing of Selina Keppie and Rebecca Sims were also working hard both in attack and defence to secure the ball for their team.

Oban went close to their third try of the game as winger Sophia Rosinski failed to gather a Skofca pass with the tryline in sight.

Kelly Lamont had been putting in an assured performance at fullback with some fantastic tacking and fielding off the ball from Garioch clearing kicks. Lamont scored a deserved try  mid way through the half with Rebecca Sims superbly offloading to the onrushing fullback for Oban’s fourth try of the game.

At 26-5 Oban could now relax a little and looked more comfortable throwing the ball around against a tiring but determined defence.

Fullback Lamont looked to add to her try scoring exploits but was brought down short of the line. Lamont and Sims managed to combine yet again with the latter picking and touching down from close distance taking the score to 31-5 with 15 minutes remaining.

The caching team freshened the side up going into the closing stages of the game with Veronica Spiers, Nienke Van Geal and Rachel MacDonald all taking to the field.

Oban again added to their points haul as Kirsty Sinclair’s run forward from a stray Oban pass let in 17 year old Eilidh Shearer for her first ever Senior Rugby try, much to the delight of the whole Oban Lorne team and support!

The Ladies in Green were hungry for more tires and again went close with winger Rachel MacDonald just losing control off the ball near the line after a promising break.

Oban rewarded the whole 22 playing squad for their efforts with a further four changes to the team with 5 minutes remaining with Claire MacPherson, Hannah Cringles, Liz Cromer and Jenny Farthing all making an appearance.

The days performance was capped off with a pre-planned try form the back off a scrum with Lucy Stewarts inside pass fining Erika Skofca who finished off the scoring for the day as Oban ran out in the end comfortable 45-5 winners.

As Mhairi Hay below the final whistle there were huge celebrations and relief from the whole team as they had deservedly secured the BT National Women’s Bowl for 2017/2018.

The team and coaching staff were awarded their medals and the National Bowl from an emotional SRU Vice President Dee Bradbury who has been a huge part of Oban Lorne RFC over the years having been a player, captain, club secretary, Minis Convenor, President and now Honorary President of Oban Lorne RFC.

Oban  Stand Off Lucy Stewart was awarded player of the match as selected by Scotland Women’s International Lisa Martin.

Success at the National Stage has been a huge achievement for the Oban Lorne Ladies, Players, Coaches and is a huge mark of how much the Ladies section have built successfully in their short history. The final win on Saturday would not have been possible without the hard work and determination from all of the players involved along with Coach Corrie Louw and Team Manager  Darrel Williams. Support was also given to the players at the final with George Hamilton as Team Physio and Club Treasurer Willie Malone also travelling as part of the cup final squad.

Finally the club would like to thanks all of their sponsors for their support to the ladies section. This includes PMG for the sponsor of the players bus to Murrayfield and back as well as JAM Drilling for their continued input into the Ladies team along with Lonan Properties and Coastal Connections. The preparations put in place for the final would not have been possible without the support of these businesses.

Oban Lorne RFC would also like to thank the Oban Times for their continued coverage every week.

The Ladies still have one match remaining this season as they travel to take on Grangemouth Stagettes RFC in the last remaining National League 2 fixture of the season. This game is due to be played on Sunday  13th of May.

Preview: Oban Lorne Ladies National Semi Final

OBAN LORNE LADIES TO PLAY BIGGEST EVER GAME

Oban Lorne Ladies have hopes of reaching their first ever National Final as the team prepare for the Semi Final clash this weekend.

Sundays BT Women’s Bowl Semi Final for Oban Lorne Ladies will be played at home to National One opposition Howe of Fife Harlequins who have been having a strong season in their league, one tier above Oban Lorne Ladies.

After securing a league win with two games still to play, Oban Lorne Ladies have had a strong 2017/18 season. The team have won all of their league fixtures racking up some impressive scorelines in the process.

The ladies have been training hard for Sundays game against Howe of Fife Harlequins The winner of which will play in the final at BT Murrayfield on Saturday 28th of April against the winner of the semi final between Orkney and Garioch. Howe of Fife will provide Oban with what will surely be their most challenging and physical game of the season. The Ladies have the home advantage as the game will take place at Glencruitten, and Coach Corrie Louw along with Team Managers Darrell Williams and Ellie MacNiven have a strong team available for selection. Please come along to Glencruitten and support Oban Lorne Ladies in this very important game, 2pm kick off with the bar and clubhouse open all day. There will also be an impressive raffle with proceeds to Oban Lorne Rugby Club. Team Captain Laura MacCormick said “This is a huge achievement for the team and the support of the town would be greatly appreciated”

Fixtures pileup for Oban Lorne

BT WEST DIVISION 1

ANNAN P-P OBAN LORNE

Oban Lorne’s fixture pileup continues with another postponed fixture, this time in the form of Saturdays trip away to Annan. Pitch conditions due to melting snow and a heavy downpour of rain meant that the game could not go ahead at Annans Violetbank pitch.

Saturdays postponement was a huge blow for Oban Lorne who possessed a full and strong match day squad. The team still have a huge tally of ten games remaining that need to be played between now and Saturday 19th of May.

Oban now find themselves ten points adrift of safety in the league but possess three games in hand on some of the teams above them.

This Saturday the team entertain mid table Kilmarnock at Glencruitten. The sides met earlier in the season with Killie recording a thumping 106-13 win over an understrength Oban team. Kick off is 3pm at Glencruitten. The Clubhouse will also be open for all of Saturdays Nat West Six Nations fixtures.

BT WOMENS NATIONAL LEAGUE 2

OBAN LORNE P-P ROYAL DICK VET COLLEGE

Oban Lorne Ladies were left without another fixture on Sunday as Royal Dick Vet Ladies conceded the National League 2 tie due to a lack of available players. This means that Oban Lorne have now won the league title and have sealed their promotion to National League 1 for the 2018/19 season.

For Oban the focus is now on their two remaining league fixtures but also the task of the meeting between themselves and Howe of Fife Women on Sunday 8th of April in the Semi Final of the BT National Bowl Competition. The sides will battle for a place in the National Final at BT Murrayfield on Saturday 28th of April.

This Sunday Oban Lorne Ladies travel away from home to take on mid table Grangemouth RFC. The teams met earlier in the season with Oban recording a 68-0 win.

Ladies concede first league points in another big win

Royal Dick Vet College 7 – 61 Oban Lorne Ladies

Sunday 3rd December saw a reduced squad of ladies travelling to Peffermill in Edinburgh to take on RDVC. With no subs available it was bound to be a tougher game than the ladies had experienced to date, particularly with people arriving late due to navigational issues and their coach unable to travel!
However, during the first half Oban played well, forcing multiple penalties from their opposition. The first of these allowed the visitors to attack into the oppositions’ 22 and outside centre Erika Skofca scored the first try after only 6 minutes, successfully converted by fly half Lucy Stewart. After a penalty to RDVC, Oban fought hard to secure a turn over ball and used their speed and handling skills to reach winger Ellen Barlow who was able to drive over the line for try number 2. Following on from a big hit by Skofca, inside winger Rachel MacDonald scored next, this time converted by prop Ellie MacNiven. Just four minutes later, the ladies scored again following on from a scrum, and Skofca dived over the line once more to extend her impressive tally of points scored this season.
Supporters have been impressed by the ladies’ performance in the league to date, willing them to maintain their record of zero points against. But Oban sadly conceded their very first points of the season to RDVC following a penalty, with only 2 minutes of the first half remaining. Nevertheless, the Green Army did not let this disappointment affect their performance, retaliating with a final try, and hattrick for Skofca, before the half time whistle, bringing the score to 7-35 at half time.
The second half saw the visitors in green mainly kept in their own half, playing a defensive game against a spurred on RDVC squad, awarded penalty after scrum after penalty. Despite this, the ladies did successfully defend their try line from any other attacks during the game, and Skofca carried on her impressive show of both teamwork and individual skill, with another three tries to her name. Conditions were cold as the game played out, and the ladies would like to extend a thank you to the Oban Lorne men’s team players that stepped in to offer support and guidance from the sidelines of what proved to be a tough match in the absence of their usual coaching team. The final touchdown of the game was secured by Stewart, successfully converting her own try to bring the final score to 7-61.
Next weekend the squad travel to Aberdeen to take on the Aberdeenshire Quines in their final match before Christmas. They return to home ground on Sunday 14th January against Ardrossan Women, 2pm kick off. The ladies train every Tuesday and Thursday 6-7pm, with training on the astro pitch at Oban High School until Christmas due to waterlogged pitches at Glencruitten. All welcome!

Oban Ladies continue good start to the season

Ardrossan Ladies vs Oban Lorne Ladies

Oban Ladies set off early for their first away fixture for this season’s BT Women’s National League 2 against Ardrossan Ladies. This team have just moved up from the development league but did prove to be a challenge. After the journey it took a while for the players to settle, particularly as their experienced scrum half was taken ill during the journey leaving players playing out of position. But soon Oban were doing what they do best, using the width and demonstrating their pace. The scrum featured a powerful Ardrossan pack, but glimmers of their inexperience did show through leaving the scrums well matched overall.
Outside centre Erika Skofca stood out in the back line as she made great headway up the middle of the pitch before fly half Lucy Stewart was rewarded with the opening try, having taken the ball from the back of a scrum. Shortly after, Skofca intercepted the ball to score a try herself. As the cobwebs of the journey cleared and nerves settled, the Green Army were putting in big tackles and making use of the strategies they have been honing at training over recent weeks.
Ardrossan managed to keep Oban Ladies under control, with only two scores in the opening 20 minutes, but shortly after this Skofca burst through the defensive line once again, with the try was afforded to winger Rachel MacDonald. This was quickly followed by a second try for Stewart. As in last week’s game, the back line showed impressive handling and running skills, and after a string of convincing passes, MacDonald scored her second try of the match. The tries kept coming thick and fast through the remainder of the game. Following an impressive run, back row Rebecca Sims executed a strong hand-off to keep Ardrossan tacklers at bay and secure a further 5 points. This was shortly followed by another try, this time for second row Veronica Speirs, who played an excellent game, repeatedly making massive hits and exhibiting great ball carrying skills.
Unfortunately, the ball was then dropped over the line after a scrum turn over, with a second attempt resulting in the ball being held up over the line. However, number 8, Camilla Leslie, rallied team spirits once more with a deft pick up off the scrum to burst through and score. At this point, the drizzle that had threatened to affect play from the opening whistle started to fall in more earnest and handling became scrappy, with frustration levels rising for the ladies in green. However, tidying up, the backs once again utilised the width of the pitch, this time for winger Ellen Barlow to score under the posts before Captain Laura MacCormick, keen to lead by example, ran through two tackles to dive over the line once more. The final try saw Skofca secure her hat-trick for the match, and unfortunately the game had to be called off early after an Ardrossan player received a nasty ankle injury. This brought the final score to 0-65, leaving the Oban Ladies team still to concede a single point for this entire season so far.
Oban Lorne Ladies travel to Glasgow next weekend where they will take on the University team in the first round of the Sarah Beaney Cup. Their next league game will take place at home on October 8th against Grangemouth, 2pm kick off. The ladies train at Oban rugby club on a Tuesday and Thursday 6-7pm, all welcome and no previous experience necessary. The team would like to extend their thoughts to the injured Ardrossan player, and wish them a very speedy recovery.

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.