Oban Lorne 2018 Club Dinner and awards night
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.
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 RFC fully embraced Scottish Rugby’s RBS Rugby Force Initiative on Sunday by organising a club clean-up and maintenance day at the clubs Glencruitten Clubhouse.
Over 30 volunteers turned up on the day to complete a number of cleaning and general maintenance tasks.
Work completed included the painting of the downstairs hallway, window cleaning, clearing of trees and scrub in car parking and pitch side, filling potholes, deep cleaning of clubhouse interior, fixing broken floodlights, maintenance on guttering and clubhouse roof, painting of exterior wood and a clear out of old and unused equipment.
In addition to this work was also started on a new spectator standing area for match days.
Oban Lorne were very fortunate on the day to have the support of two local businesses who donated the use of machinery to use for the event.
The cub would like to thank Oban’s Buildable branch and M. Kerr Roofing & Roughcasting for their generosity towards the event that has made a huge difference to the clubhouse and grounds.