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Loch Lomond 21-29 Oban Lorne

TENNENTS WEST DIVISION 2

SATURDAY 12TH JANUARY 2019

Loch Lomond 21 Oban Lorne 29

Oban Lorne  travelled to Alexandria to play Loch Lomond on Saturday  with the Green Machine looking to get back to their winning ways after a run of defeats in recent games.

With a number of players missing due to work commitments, injuries and illness it was a depleted squad that made the journey down the road.

The coaching team would like to publicly thank the MacLachlan brothers Calum and Lorne for answering an SOS and going above and beyond the call of duty to help out on Saturday a measure of their continued commitment to the club.

Lorne seeing the number of call offs due to the sickness bug doing the rounds decided to travel having been rested for the game as he was carrying a bit of a shoulder injury. His brother Calum currently recuperating from surgery on his knee agreed to go via Lochgilphead to Pick up Daniel Broderick who had missed his connection after working a nightshift.

With Club coach Andrew Johnston also having to pull on the boots for the first time in 18 months to make up the numbers in the front row this was going to be a big ask.

Oban were keen to keep the ball away from the large home pack who had caused some problems for the green machine in the first fixture earlier in the season.

The Oban side were looking to keep the ball moving and attack the width utilising their dangerous backline

After a bright start Craig wright was first to get on the scoresheet after 12 minutes with a trademark dash down the wing outpacing the cover defence for yet another try in a remarkable season. Finlay Carmichael converted the extras to give Oban a 7-0 lead.

Straight from the kick off Owen McDonald showed exactly what Oban have been missing with a fantastic surge. Catching the kick off on the 10m line he broke a number of tackles before surging into the home 22 and crossing the line for a fantastic try.  This time the conversion was missed but Oban were 12-0 up.

Oban were playing well keeping the tempo high but the conditions were tricky and a number of knock-ons and handling errors were always going to be part of the game. The Oban pack were struggling to secure the scrum with the much heavier Lomond scrum dominating all day. Time and again the Oban pack were marched back with the sheer weight of the Lomond pack as a result of this Oban were giving away penalties which was giving Lomond opportunities to clear their lines and put pressure on the Oban defence.

After enduring a good spell of pressure Oban broke out of defence again on the half hour mark and after some good link up play the took play deep into the Lomond 22. After a number of pick and goes McDonald was on hand again to crash over the line from 5 yards and extend Oban’s lead to 17 points with another fine try. Carmichael was on target again with the conversion to extend the lead to 19-0.

Oban had their tails up again and were soon to extend their lead again as scrum half Vasco scored a cracking try after some fantastic interplay between the forwards and backs. Keeping the ball moving with offloads out of the tackle and some great lines of running by the backs created the space and the Bulgarian International was on hand to take the Oban lead out to 24 points while at the same time securing the bonus point try.

This brought an end to the first half with Oban leading 24-0. The coaching team made one change at half time with Daniel Broderick replacing Lorne MacLachlan.

Oban were quick to extend their lead early in the second half when Craig Wright was quick to capitalise on a poor Lomond kick out of defence and ran the ball in for his second try of the game.

A mistake in fielding the kick off gave Lomond possession of the ball and they came hard at the Oban defence with a number of pick and goes. Some resilient Oban defending was eventually beaten when the big prop crashed over the line after 50 minutes.

With the Oban pack under pressure at every scrum Lomond were able to keep turning the screw and Oban spent most of the second half defending with the odd break out of defence  but never threatening the Lomond line again.

Coach Johnston lasted till the 70th minute before leaving the pitch with a shoulder injury and this forced a bit of a reshuffle with MacLachlan returning to the field again.

With 5 mins of the match remaining Lomond were pressing the Oban line with Oban defending well putting bodies on the line time and again. There were some fantastic tackles going in but there were also some lapses which ended with a number of penalties being awarded to Loch Lomond for High tackles etc. From one of these penalties Lomond surged over the line again with their big guys really hard to stop when they get a run on the ball from 5 yards out.  Scram half Vasco injured his knee in defending this and looks like he is going to miss the next few weeks.

It was all Loch Lomond in the last few minutes but the Oban defence held up well to repel the Lomond charges time and again. The referee was losing patience with the number of penalties being given away by Oban as they were throwing themselves into every tackle desperately trying to protect their line. With the last movement of the game he awarded Lomond a Penalty try of persistent infringement by Oban as they defended their goal line gallantly against the massive Lomond pack.

With the Final score Loch Lomond 21 Oban Lorne  29 it was a very satisfied coach who gathered the team at the final whistle to thank them for a fantastic performance. They had stood up to the mark and came away with a bonus point victory against a team that historically has always been a very tough fixture in recent years.

Some standout performances from a number of players across the team, Stanley Lister time and again stripping ball in the tackle, Big Eric Roberts smashing in to tackles, young Kieron Morrison again excelling in the back row, Scrum half Vasco energising the team with his  chat, Ferg McCoss showing some great footwork to create space out wide, Craig Wright constantly threatens whenever he gets ball in space but Man of the Match performance was from the Owen McDonald. He was outstanding all day in attack and defence and it was great to have him back in the team.

This win moved Oban Lorne up to 2nd position in the league as they overtook Uddingston who were defeated by League leaders Lenzie on Saturday. Oban will be looking to cement 2nd place when they welcome Uddingston to Glencruiten at 2pm  on Saturday for a massive game.

Players would love to have a big home support for Saturday and as such are hoping to attract any ex player to the club for a free Pie and a Pint at half time in the game, let’s get along and support the boys as they look to overturn the defeat down the road earlier in the season.

  Oban Lorne U14s also play at home this Saturday against Mid Argyll – kick off 12noon.

Cumbernauld 17-50 Oban Lorne

Cumbernauld V Oban Lorne

Match Report 17th Nov 2018

 

Last weekend Oban Lorne were on the road again this time travelling to Cumbernauld for the first of the 2nd round of games in West Division 2. The team travelled looking to get back to winning ways following the disappointing loss away to Wigtownshire the previous weekend.

Oban arrived in good time and after a good warmup where things were looking really sharp the boys were looking to play some good rugby in excellent conditions. Playing with the strong sun on their backs and a bit of a breeze behind them in the 1st Half captain Iwan Roberts elected to receive the kick off.

Big Kyle Graham gathered the kick superbly and went on a charge, good quick ruck ball was one and passed out the line only for a knock on inside the 22 to gift possession to Cumbernauld. They were quick to recycle a couple of phases before passing the ball out to their dangerous centre who crossed for the first score of the day within 3 minutes.

This was a wake up call for Oban who proceded to work there way up the other end of the field from the kick off for Iwan Roberts to cruise over the line for a well worked try. This was converted by Finlay Carmichael to give Oban a 7-5 lead which they were not going to let go.

Craig wright was next on the scoresheet with a trademark run around the Cumbernauld defence to extend Obans lead. Carmicahel was unsuccessful with his kick from out wide give Oban a 12 -5 lead.

Oban were on fire at this point with forwards and backs working really well to keep the ball alive and put the opposition on the back foot. Captain Roberts was next on the scoresheet with a Scything run through the midfield to score behind the posts and give an easy conversion for Carmichael. 19-5.

Oban were to secure their bonus point try after 32 minutes when David Cameron collected a kick from the Cumbernauld stand off around the half way line and took off on a fantastic run right through the middle of the Cumbernauld team breaking a number of tackles on his way. He managed to offload to Craig Wright to speed over the line the again. This took the Oban lead out to 24 points to 5.

Oban were putting the Cumbernauld team under a lot of pressure and this led to them giving a away a penalty inside the 22. With the bonus point in the bag already a quick tap penalty was taken and Calum Maclachlan crashed over the line. The Big prop relishing his return to action after serving a 2 week suspension.

 

A half time score of Cumbernauld 5 Oban 31 with Oban well in control.

The second half continued in the same vane with Oban controlling large swathes of the match although the Cumbernauld number 8 was a hard man to put down and he along with the 2 centres were the home sides best players on the day.

Steven Parr was next on the scoresheet for Oban, making his first start of the season on the wing after his shinty commitments have finished for this season. A well worked try saw him speed over in the corner a great Oban try. 31-5

Young Lorne Sinclair was impressing again with his workrate around the pitch and support of the ball carrier. He was everywhere and into everything a real all action display. He was rewarded with a fine try after another great Oban break. This was again converted by Carmichael who was having a great day with the boot. 43 points to 5 to Oban.

Craig Wright was to claim his hattrick of tries after another lightning break from good turnover ball by the forwards, the ball was worked wide for the Oban Full back to race away and score again. This already a stellar season with Wright having score over 20 tries already and not even halfway through the season yet.

With Oban cruising a number of changes were made with young James Divers replacing Vasil Borisov at Scrum half and Roddy Morrison and Andy Ritchie coming on to replace Steven Parr and David Cameron on the wings and Michael Mackinnon replacing Man of the Match Kyle Graham in the 2nd row. The big fella has come on in leaps and bounds this year and is still improving with every game.

Calum Maclachlan was given a yellow card with about 10 minutes of the game to go. This was team card for persistent infringements after a number of warnings from the referee. The extra man advantage allowed Cumbernauld back in to the game and they score two late tries to bring the final score to Cumbernauld 17 Oban 50.

Oban have no game this week with the club having a Rugby Force day to tidy up around the clubhouse.

Oban welcome Helensburgh to Glencruitten next Saturday 1st December for the return match of the Argyll Derby. It would be great to get a good support along for this crucial game for Oban as they look to close the gap on the league leaders Lenzie and Uddingston.

 

 

Oban Lorne Ladies 14-49 Ayr Ladies

Tennents Women’s National League Group A

Oban Lorne Ladies 14-49 Ayr Ladies

Oban Lorne Ladies took to the field against a strong Ayr side on Sunday in what would be the deciding game for the National Division 1 title.

Both teams were competing for the title going into the game with Oban just needing one point to seal the competition. Despite having a squad of 17 players Oban were a little understrength with Prop Ellie MacNiven on the sidelines injured while backrow Ailsa MacLachlan and Centre Kirsty Sinclair were both unavailable.

The teams kicked off in front of a big home crowd with fantastic playing conditions for such an important game.

Ayr looked impressive in the opening exchanges and looked to spin the ball wide at any opportunity to get round a narrow Oban defence. The away side took a deserved lead on 7 minutes with a well worked try to lead 7-0.

Oban worked hard to retain the ball allowing Stand Off Lucy Stewart and powerful centre Erika Skofca to link up well and give Oban some promising platforms to attack from.

A Skofca break from midfield was finished well out side by winger Rachel MacDonald drawing the scores level after 15 minutes at 7-7.

Oban looked strong in attack with good carries from the likes of Camilla Leslie and Laura McCormick but were struggling in defence against a quick Ayr side who were throwing the ball around well.

Two tries were leaked to Ayr in the next 5minutes of the game bringing the score to 21-7 after only 25 minutes of play.

Oban hit back shortly after with Lucy Stewart unlucky not to cross the line with her chip kick crashing back off the cross bar. Luckily Oban retained possession where the ball was spun wide to the right wing Liz Comer who touched down in the corner. Game on.

Just as Oban responded and were looking like getting back into the match the ball was gifted straight back to the visitors who scored again seconds from the restart. This was a huge blow for Oban who again trailed by 14 points.

Ayr were full of confidence at this stage in the match and extended their lead to an impressive 35-14 just before the halftime break.

Oban were dealt another blow in the second half with powerful Centre Erika Skofca being forced off injured meaning a reshuffle to the backline.

The second half was a closer affair than the first with Oban exerting more pressure on the Ayr defence but struggled to create any clear cut chance of note.

Ayr scored a further two tries to seal in what turned into a comfortable win. Oban did push hard late on as two more tries would have sealed a losing bonus point what would have brought the league title back into Oban’s hands.

Oban Lorne would like to extend their congratulations to Ayr who were deserved winners on the day and worthy of their status of National Division 1 winners.

Oban Lorne Ladies finish the season as runners up losing out on the title by one point. The Oban coaching team of Corrie Louw and Darrell Williams were disappointed with their teams efforts on Sunday but were very proud of everything the side has achieved this season since their promotion from National Division 2.

The Ladies season now takes a break for the winter before re commencing next March for the National Cup Competitions. Oban Lorne will be hopeful of building on last seasons National Bowl Triumph at BT Murrayfield.

Oban Lorne U18s 40-19 Marr

West U18 League

Oban Lorne U18s 40-19 Marr

Oban Lorne U18s welcomed Marr RFC to glorious conditions at Glencruitten on Sunday for the second meeting between the sides this season. Oban had recorded an impressive 24-17 win against Marr in Troon earlier this season and were hoping for a repeat score line on Sunday with a strong squad available.

Despite having the long travel in their legs Marr started the stronger of the two sides and dominated to opening exchanges to lead 7-0 after 12 minutes of play.

Oban had their first period of pressure form the restart with the ball eventually reaching second row Craig Cook in midfield who showed off a lovely dummy and sidestep to finish off under the posts. Angus Neil converted to tie the score at 7-7.

The home side buoyed by Cooks Try were growing into the game with the forwards creating good ball for Sandy Bavington at Scrum Half and Angus Neil at Stand Off to release a dangerous backline.

Oban took the lead on 25 minutes with Kieron Morrison picking and going from a 5 metre scrum and finishing off with ease. 14-7 to Oban.

Jordan Norman came off the bench and immediately had an impact to the game with a couple of trademark powerful runs putting the Marr defence on the backfoot. A third run from Norman brought Obans third try of the afternoon from the Centre extending Obans lead to 21-7.

Oban were playing well with good carries from the likes of man of the match Craig Cook an Alister Lilley putting Marr under pressure. The home side were aided with the appearance of Centre David Cameron in the second half who played 50 minutes for the 1st XV on Saturday meaning he could play the whole second half of Sundays game.

The head was extended to 28-7 early in the second half with Anus Neil embarking on a solo darting run round the defence to finish off a great individual try for his side. Marr responded on the hour mark narrowing the gap to 14 points before Angus Neil was at hand again finishing off a good move put wide to score on the left wing.

Both sides traded scores in the closing exchanges with Robert McLaughlin crossing for Oban while the visitors claimed a late consolation.

In the end it was a superb team performance from Oban with the four Lochaber boys impressing  as well as standout performances from Craig Cook and Angus Neil.

Sundays win lifts the team into third place in the league. Oban U18s next home game is on Saturday 1st of September as they welcome  Bishopton/ Cambuslang to Glencruitten. Kick off 2pm.

Oban Triumph at Moffat 10’s!

Oban Lorne impress at Moffat Bellhaven 10’s Festival

 

Oban Lorne’s 1st XV and Ladies teams made the long trip to Moffat RFC on Saturday to take part in their first pre-season fixtures of the 2018/2019 season.

The 1st XV had their first outing under the guidance of new head coach Andrew Johnston while the Ladies had the consistency of Corrie Louw who will be hoping to build on what has been a very successful time for the team recently.

Both  teams have been working hard in pre season and have been eager to get going ahead of competitive fixtures now only a couple of weeks away.

A very youthful  1ST xv squad departed Oban for the long trip looking forward to the first chance to put all the training of the last few weeks into practice.

 

Oban first fixture was against Walkerburn who play in the East Regional leagues.

 

A strong performance from Oban saw them defeat the borders team by 24-0 Tries from Graham MacEachan x2 , Lorne MacLachlan and Radostin Maksimov.

 

Oban were quick to the breakdown and recycled ball well to run in 4 good tries.

 

Next game up was old foes Stewartry Rugby club. Oban have had some great games against the Dumfriesshire team over the last few seasons in West Division 1.

 

Again Oban showed good resilience in defence turning over a number of rucks and creating a couple of lovely tries for Lorne MacLachlan and Stanley Lister. Only conceding 1 break away try to win the game 14-7.

 

Next up were Annan another team Oban have played the last few seasons in Division 1. A very Physical Annan team capitalised on a couple of Oban mistakes to win this game 3 tries to Nil.

 

An shoulder injury to Radostin Maksimov meant he would miss the remainder of the tournament and meant Oban were down to a bare 10 men.

 

Oban had finished 2nd in their pool due to the number of tries scored and met Biggar RFC from National Division 2 in the Semi final.

 

Oban were a wee bit overawed playing a team from 3 divisions higher than them and made a number of errors on the kick offs to allow Biggar to race into a 3 try lead.

 

Oban then had a great spell of possession which saw them threaten the Biggar try line a number of times before eventually scoring a great team try rounded off by Iwan Rhys Roberts.

 

Oban can take some consolation in how they played against the eventual tournament winners. A wee bit more composure early on could have made a big difference.

 

Oban Coach Andrew Johnston was delighted with the performance on the day in what was his first competition in charge having taken over from Corrie Louw.

 

Notable performances from the McLachlan boys Callum and Lorne, a welcome return to Stanley Lister, an assured performance by the back line well controlled and managed by Finlay Carmichael and Graham MacEachan  and old head Roddy Morrison. There was also first senior games for Kieron Morrison and Robert Mclaughlin who performed well with lots more to come from these boys.

 

Thoughts now turn to Oban’s own tournament the Tower 10’s taking place a week on Saturday the 11th August.

 

Training has been going well over the first month and a healthy squad is developing with a number of bodies still to make an appearance.

 

Training is on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the rugby club from 7-9pm. New players are welcome to come along and see what we can offer.

 

Meanwhile Oban Lorne Ladies took part in the Women’s section of the event with opposition from Annan and Stewartry.

 

Although missing a few key players a strong team carried on the journey to play in the festival for the first time. Moffat being the home town to Laura MacCormick gave a special feeling to the day for the Oban captain.

Oban opened the day with a tough game with Premiership side Stewartry ending in a 7-7 draw.

The second game against Annan was a hard match for Oban and  Oban lost out on this one by two scores.

Oban then took on Stewartry again with another draw between two well matched teams.

Another draw with Annan followed after a slow start to the game. Some strong words from Coach Corrie Louw followed at halftime aiding the team through a positive second half.

Oban improved again in their second Stewartry fixture winning comfortably.

A further win followed again with Annan as Oban ran out narrow winners.

The teams would face off again in the final that was played on the main pitch

Oban fielded a strong team, even with Annan being a league above, Oban Lorne ladies gave it their all and showed what they can do and came out with victory with a close score, 12-7.

Captain and local Laura MacCormick sunk to her knees on the final whistle. Oban Lorne ladies win their first silver wear of the season and will be hoping for more as they proceed in the BT National League 1. Another Achievement for the ladies was our very own Lucy Stewart winning ladies player of the tournament. Oban Lorne ladies training Tuesday and Thursday nights @7pm all welcome Glencruitten

 

 

Oban Lorne Prepare for 2018 Tower 10s

 

Oban Lorne will be hosting their second annual Tower 10s Festival on Saturday 11th of August at Glencruitten.

This year the club hope to have nine teams taking part including locals Isle of Mull RFC & Lochaber RFC, Hillhead Jordanhill RFC, Queensferry RFC, Inverness Craig Dunain RFC and the Edinburgh Clan RFC. Hosts Oban Lorne will be fielding two sides with a 1stXV taking art as well as an Oban High School Former Pupils side.

The first games kick off at 12 noon with the final expected to be played around 5pm.

Hopefully the event will build on a successful inaugural event last season.

The clubhouse bar and BBQ will be open all day from 12noon. All welcome to come along and support the teams.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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”

East Kilbride 62-5 Oban Lorne

BT WEST DIVISION 1
SATURDAY 27TH JANUARY
EAST KILBRIDE 62-5 OBAN LORNE
A healthy Oban Lorne squad boasting 21 players travelled to the central belt on Saturday to take on East Kilbride RFC for the second time this season. The teams met at Glencruitten in October with EK battling out a narrow 10-8 win in a very physical game.
Oban were hoping for some much needed points going into the game with their lowly league position causing some concern for the club particularly with bottom two Irvine playing Helensburgh. Fortunately Helensburgh failed to raise a side for Saturdays league fixture meaning neither team managed to pick up any points.
Coach Corrie Louw handed a start to Jamie Bate at Outside Centre allowing Captain Craig Wright to move onto the wing. Apart from that it was a fairly settled starting XV that took to the field.
With the strong wind an wintery conditions against them Oban did well to hold the home side out for the first 10 minutes of the game. Eventually EK opened the scoring for the day and went ahead with a try from a lineout drive close to the line taking a 5-0 lead.
Oban could not maintain any possession and really struggled at the set piece with the scrum in particular being dominant for the hosts powerful pack.
The try count opened up for the hosts as the play the conditions well and raced into a very convincing 38-0 halftime lead – a huge disappointment for the Oban side who were hopeful of their chances going into the match.
Halftime seemed to be a welcome break for Oban Lorne who came out firing in the second half and dominated the first 10 minutes. After a series of penalties being awarded Oban found themselves camped inside the EK half. A quick taken penalty was cross kicked by Stand Off Iwan Rhys Roberts and touched down by Hooker Radostin Maksimov who continued his impressive scoring record of late.
This however was as good as things got for the men in green as the hosts ran in a further four second half tries to run out 62-5 winners.
East Kilbride have been on a great run of form recently and find themselves with an outside chance of promotion along with Carrick, Garnock and Allan Glens.
Oban Lorne remain 10th in the league after Saturdays game and have yet another away journey this Saturday as they visit third placed Garnock. Garnock recorded a 25-19 win at Glencruitten in the first game of the season. Kick off is at 3pm.
The next home fixture for Oban Lorne is a crucial encounter against 9th placed Cambuslang on Saturday 10th of February – kick off 3pm.
Oban Lorne’s Glencruitten clubhouse will be open for this Saturdays opening Nat West 6 Nations fixture between Wales and Scotland. Kick off is at 2.15pm with all rugby fans welcome to come along and watch the game.

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!