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Oban Lorne Ladies 38-0 West of Scotland

MATCH REPORT OBAN VS WEST OF SCOTLAND

10TH MARCH 2018

On a rainy windy day with snow making an appearance during warm up in the Oban girls knew that the weather would provide some difficulties for their match with West of Scotland. After last weeks first game at Cartha, a 26-7 loss the team have been working hard for this game. West of Scotland travelled up from Glasgow facing the elements of snow but manged to make the trip safely. The Oban girls brought a small  squad of 16 against a strong away squad of 22. This game was important for Oban as last year’s Bowl winners, victory in this game we would secure the chance for the shield.

Oban started through receiving the ball with some fumbling from the opposition scrummage which were nothing against Oban’s power. With some big pushes from Ailsa MacLachan Oban made it to  the try line but unfortunately Heather Fothergill didn’t quite manage to ground it. After  another strong scrum for Oban Erika Skofca managed to use her great foot work and secure the first try of the day at only 5 minutes in, a swift kick from Ellie MacNiven brought the score too 7:0. With strong plays and hand work Oban manged to get the ball out to winger Sophia Rosinki who speeded her way to another try unfortunately the wind proved challenging and conversion wasn’t secured bringing the score too 12:0. Great defence from Oban proved challenging for West of Scotland but they were making Oban work for it. After a few changes for West of Scotland they were ready to bring their game harder. But big hits from Ailsa MacLachan along with strong pressure from Audrey Barr on West of Scotland’s 9 Oban were soon dominating the game. Sophia Rosinki doing an excellent game  on the wing made a fantastic break with great foot work securing another try for Oban along with a Conversion from MacNiven bringing the score to 19:0. With Rachel MacDonald and Sarah Congdon working well, making big hit and carries Oban continued to dominate the game. After a strong carry from Ellie MacNiven and swift off load to captain . Laura MacCormick  who managed to reach the try line gaining another try for Oban and another conversion secured bring the score to 26:0. After some great footwork from Heather Fothergill and strong defence from the forwards pack another scrum to Oban was awarded. Oban dominated the scrums after some great hand work Erika Skofca secured the ball scoring another try and conversation gained bringing the score to 33:0 just before half time.

During the second half the weather worsted making it more difficult for both sides with cold hands mistakes were being made by both teams. After a strong push from Oban the ball was gained by Rachel MacDonald who managed to score a try bring the score to 38:0. Audrey Barr was keeping good pressure on their 9 helping the forwards get out from the scrum and able to keep defence strong. After a hard-fought game from both sides against the wild weather Oban managed to secure a super victory of 38:0 allowing them to gain entry to the shield competition. This is a great progression from last year which will hopefully offer the team some great challenges. Also, a special mention to Veronica Speirs who played a great game which will be her last for a month as she joins fellow team mate Lucy Stewart coaching rugby in Africa.  Thanks to all supporters who faced the weather it is appreciated and hope to see you at our next game.

1st XV update

Oban Lorne are back in action this Saturday with their penultimate league game of the season at home to league strugglers Bishopton RFC.

  The sides met only last month just across the Erskine Bridge where Oban recorded a comfortable 36-11 victory over the side who are competing in West Division 2 after their promotion last season from Division 3.

  Saturdays game, on paper should be another comfortable win for Oban who have secured second place in the league following a poor loss off form by both Uddingston and Strathaven combined with a recent winning run from the men in Green.

  Bishopton though have it all to play for as they look to avoid the lower reaches of the league going into the closing stages of the season as bottom placed Cumbernauld have hit a good run of form pressurising the lower half of the table.

 West Regional Clubs voted in favour of 10 team leagues at last Wednesdays league reconstruction meeting meaning Oban Lorne will still compete in West Division 2 next season along with the eight best placed teams in the Division along with the teams placed 11th and 12th in Division 1. At the moment this looks to be two clubs from Dalziel, Cumnock and Cambuslang who occupy the last three places currently.

  Next seasons setup should provide Oban Lorne with a competitive set of fixtures against  a good quality of opposition. Remaining in Division 2, the clubs preferred choice for the time being will allow Head Coach Andrew Johnston another season of building his young team towards the eventual aim of securing promotion to Division 1.

   The 1ST XV have made huge strides forward this season after their relegation and have fought hard to produce a faster and more attack minded style of play which has seen a higher try scoring tally than in previous seasons.

  Saturdays game kicks off at 3pm (TBC) at Glencruitten. The clubhouse will be open all day for the Super Saturday Six Nations fixtures including Scotland’s Calcutta Cup Clash at Twickenham which kicks off at 5pm.

  Oban Lornes last league game of the season will be on Saturday 23rd of March and Paisley visit Glencruitten.

Youth Rugby Roundup!

Oban S1 & S2 v Helensburgh, Saturday 23rd February 2019

Oban S1 24-31 Helensburgh

Oban S2 17-43 Helensburgh

Oban Lorne/ Oban High Schools S1 & S2 sides welcomed Argyll neighbours Helensburgh & Lomond to Glencruitten for some friendly fixtures on Saturday.

  All four of the teams showed off some fantastic playing numbers on the day showing the ever increasing popularity and growth of the game throughout the area.

  The S1’s played out a close fought affair on Glen 3 with Helensburgh eventually running out 31-24 winners after scoring a late try. Obans four tries came from Murray McDonald (Mid Argyll) x2 and Thomas Jackson x2. This fixture could have gone either way with both sides playing some fantastic and free flowing rugby.

  On the main pitch the S2 game was a comfortable win for the visitors running out 43-17 winners. Oban did though have their moments in the game and hit back with a hat rick of tries from the impressive Gregor Warnock.

  Both clubs enjoyed some fantastic pre match hospitality provided by the great team of Oban parents. It is hoped Oban can return the favour and travel to Helensburgh before the end of the season.

  Oban’s S1 & S2 players are back in action this Wednesday 27th of February as they play in their next Bulls v Sharks inter school/ club fixture. Kick off is 4pm at Oban High School.

West Regional U18 Cup, Saturday 23rd of February

Oban Lorne U18s 10-36 Cartha Queens Park RFC

After two recent losses in the U18 competition against West of Scotland and Whitecraigs, Oban U18s were looking to salvage some pride with the visit of Cartha Queens Park RFC to Glencruitten on Saturday.

  Oban Coach Murray Hamilton was left with a headache prematch with a number of first choice players calling off due to illness or injury meaning a limited squad of 15 players was named of the match.

  A number of players put their hands up and played out of position including a start for Winger Robert McLaughlin at Scrum Half.

  Oban managed to hold out in defence in the early stages of the match but started to fall off the tackles as the first 35 wore on and found themselves 24-0 down at halftime.

  Things did improve in the second half as the side scored their first points of 2019 with an  Angus Neil penalty and a well taken try from Aaron McCall giving Oban a deserved 10 point haul for their efforts.

  Forward Craig Cook and Stand Off Angus Neil were the standout performers in the Oban side and should see themselves wearing  a 1ST xv shirt next season if they continue their good form.

  Oban U18s are now likely to find themselves in the semi final of the West Bowl that will be drawn this week.

National U15 Girls Club Cup Preliminary Round

Oban U15 Girls 73-31 East Kilbride

East Kilbride’s U15 Girls made the trip to Oban on Saturday for the second meeting between the sides this season. EK won 21-19 at Glencruitten back in September in what was a very evenly matched contest.

  Oban’s Girls have been impressing this season and played on Sunday after a good showing at the Glasgow Warriors Rugby Championship winning all of their matches.

  After a close start in the game where East Kilbride were leading 14-7, Oban improved their performance and ran out as 73-31 winners in a match that was closer than the scoreline suggests.

Oban’s 11 tries came from Chloe Armour, Amber Russell (Mid Argyll), Eve Campbell, Charlie Johnston, Kate Findlay, Jordan MacIntyre X2 and Poppy McKillop x4. Rona Shearer added a further 20 points with 10 successful conversions.

  This was probably the best overall performance ever from the Oban U15 girls who excelled across the pitch in all areas of the game. Such was both teams intent to play and fast and positive style of play there was not one lineout in the whole 60 minutes of action.

  Oban have been rewarded with a tie away to Hillhead Jordanhill Girls in the First round. This tie will take place on Sunday 10th of March. Fellow Argyll side Islay RFC will also be inaction that weekend with a visit to Biggar.

U16 West Regional Cup

Oban Lorne U16s 17-36 Cartha Queens Park

It was a double header for Oban and Cartha at the weekend  with the U16s following in the U16s footsteps by playing on the Sunday. Oban were in a confident mood ahead of the game after a good run of results and an impressive showing of 25 boys for the matchday squad including players from Mull, Lochaber and Mid Argyll.

  After a good start where they found themselves 7-0 ahead Oban eased off in the contact areas of the game against a physical opposition who raced into a 19-7 lead at halftime.

  Oban put the pressure on early in the second half but were undone with handling errors close to the tryline. In the end Cartha were deserved 36-17 winners in what was a very entertaining game of rugby between two well structured and skilful sides.

  Oban U16s await the draw of the next round.

Mid Argyll Dalriada Festival this Sunday

P4/5s, P6/7s, U15 Girls and U14 Boys from across Argyll will be travelling to Mid Argylls Ropework Park in Lochgilphead this Sunday for the first Dalriada Festival of 2019.

  The action kicks off with the Minis at 12noon while the U14 Boys and U15 Girls will kick off around 1.30pm.

Oban Lorne 45-7 Uddingston

TENNENTS WEST DIVISION 2 SATURDAY 19TH JANUARY Oban Lorne 45-7 Uddingston On a cold and sunny Saturday afternoon Oban welcomed Uddingston RFC to Glencruitten for a top of the table clash between the teams in second and third position in West Division 2. Oban were looking to continue their run of form following last weeks win away at Loch Lomond by overturning one of their away defeats earlier in the season where Uddingston won by 15points to 7 in a tight game. A healthy crowd was on hand in fantastic conditions looking to enjoy the fare on offer with ex-players invited to come for a free pie and a pint at halftime. The Glencruitten playing surface was in fantastic condition yet again, a testament to Argyll & Bute Groundsman Ian Hay for all his hard work over the season. Coach Andrew Johnston had to shuffle the cards yet again with a number of players coming back into the team Corrie Louw and Radi Maksimov returned in the front row with Captain Iwan Roberts coming back into the squad with regular half backs Vasil Borisov (injured) and Finlay Carmichael unavailable. With the sun shining in their eyes Oban were keen to make an early impression and they got off to a great start with some early pressure being absorbed by the visitors. When Oban turned over ball in the Uddy half their powerful centre took off on a mazy run through the middle of Obans defence. A number of tackles were missed until he was halted just inside the Oban 22. This was a warning that Oban were not going to get things all their own way. After 10 minutes of the action Oban were first to cross the try line after a succession of rucks took the ball deep into the Uddy 22 young scrum half James Divers was on hand to dive over the line and put Oban 5-0 ahead with his first senior try for the club. 5 minutes later Oban were to extend their lead when Owen McDonald finished off after a rampaging run through the visitors defence. The Big doctor has been in fantastic form on his return from injury and his dynamism really drives the team forward. Oban were working really hard in defence and snuffing out any opportunities for the visitors with some excellent tackling and organisation. Calum Murray was next on the try scoring list, when Uddy turned over ball in the Oban half the ball was hacked forward and the Oban PE teacher outpaced the home defence to latch on to the ball and dive over in the corner to extend Oban lead to 17 points to nil after 26 mins of the game. Radi Maksimov was to secure the bonus point try for Oban just before half time when he powered through the visitors defence to score an outstanding try. Another player who has been sorely missed these last few weeks hopefully he can keep up his form in the coming weeks. Oban were to go into half time with a 24 -0 lead and some positive words in the break from the coaching team saw them hoping to keep the pressure on. It took some time for Oban to get their noses further ahead but with an hour of the game gone Owen McDonald was to score another fantastic try to extend the Oban lead to 31 points the extra points were converted by Ferg McCoss who took over the kicking duties from Carmichael. Stephen Povey was to further extend the Oban lead when he was on hand to support a break through the centre of the Uddy defence and take the pass to go under the posts. A fantastic shift from the Vice Captain who had to play at prop and had a fantastic all round game. With the game now comfortably in Obans hands the coaching team made a raft of changes with Young Sean Gordon and Michael Mackinnon going into the 2nd row and young winger Robert Mclaughlin from Dalmally taking the place of Callum Murray. Tommy Sutherland also had a cameo appearance after coming down for the pat players lunch Uddingston came back at Oban hoping to salvage some pride and took play deep in to the Oban 22 after an attempted interception left a massive hole in the Oban defence for the Uddingston forwards to exploit. Oban were struggling to reorganise and conceded a number of penalties as they looked to keep the visitors at bay. Uddingston were to be rewarded with a try when their big number 8 was adjudged to have grounded the ball on the base of the posts and was awarded the try. With Oban disappointed to have their defence breached there was still time for Radi Maksimov to score his second try of the day right at the death again converted by McCoss who finished with a 5 out of 7 success rate. There were a number of standout performances on the day with every player involved really stepping up to the plate, Mcdonald, Maksimov were the outstanding forwards closely followed by Lorne Maclachlan and Lorne Sinclair who continue to excel. Young David Cameron also had a fantastic performance in the midfield moving to Inside centre after impressing on the wing in recent weeks. Saturdays result lifts Oban back into second place in the table above Uddingston. With seven fixtures remaining against lower placed opposition Oban are favourites to clinch what could end up being a second promotion place depending on the outcome of next seasons league reconstruction. Next week Oban are back on their travels when they head to Clydebank to play at the new 4g pitch there. This will be a 3pm kickoff and played under floodlights to allow for the Clydebank team to play there second team fixture before hand. The teams met at Glencruitten earlier in the season where Oban recorded a comfortable 71-7 win. Oban Lorne’s next home fixture is on Saturday 23rd of February at home to league strugglers Millbrae. Oban Ladies learn Scottish Cup Opponents Oban Lorne Ladies have been drawn in Pool 2 of the Sarah Beaney Scottish Cup Competition with the first round of fixtures taking place on Sunday 3rd of March. First up for Oban is a visit to Glasgow to take on Premiership opposition Cartha Queens Park RFC before a home tie against West of Scotland RFC on Sunday 10th. The Green Army will be confident of their chances ahead of the cup fixtures after having an impressive showing in National League 2 where they narrowly missed out on the championship to an impressive Ayr side. Ladies training continues every Tuesday (High school ) and Thursday (Glencruitten) from 6pm. All new players are welcome to come along and join in.

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.