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Oban Lorne Ladies 17-0 Garioch

TENNENTS WOMENS NATIONAL LEAGUE 1 GROUP A

OBAN LORNE LADIES 17-0 GARIOCH

 

Oban Lorne Ladies hosted Garioch Ladies from Inverurie on Sunday at Glencruitten in whawas to be a hard fought match with both teams looking for a strong win.

The teams last met in last seasons National Bowl Final with Oban running out comfortable 48-0 winners at BT Murrayfield.

Oban however have been unable to travel to Garioch this season on two occasions stalling what has still been a largely successful season for the team.

A minutes silence was held before kick off led by referee and former Scottish Rugby Presidnet Jim Stevenson.

The match got off to a fantastic start for the ladies in green with Lucy Stewart touching down after some clever hands from the kick off allowing the Oban pack to get the ball out wide. A missed conversion gave a 5-0 score after only a couple of minutes on the clock.

The ladies were almost a different team from the previous games played and were working well together giving great support play. Garioch kept pressure on the Oban side throughout the game and showed why they were unbeaten in the league so far, big hits and quick balls from their 9 meant Oban had to stay alert at all time.

Big hits from captain Laura MacCormick and her forward pack led by flankers Ailsa MacLachlan and Eilidh Shearer kept the Garioch side back for the majority of the first half. The second try of the day came from Stewart again who controlled the game well as fly half and utilised Oban’s strong runners Erika Skofca and Kirsty Sinclair. Stewart converted to bring the score to 12-0. Garioch hit back with some good runs and were on the Oban try line for the first time however the ball was dropped and Heather Fothergill grounded the ball. HT score 12-0.

The second half brought more of the same fantastic rugby from the ladies with a strong defence and good communication the girls proved why they are sitting top of the National 1A group. Wingers Ellen Barlow and Rachel MacDonald used their space well and managed to put pressure on Garioch’s defence all day, along with Selina Keppie’s quick feet and some ‘boshing’ by second row Veronica Speirs, Oban were most definitely playing as a pack, something which wasn’t featured in their last game against Kirkcaldy! A powerful run from Skofca breaking through several opposition players the ball was then passed out to Stewart who used her quick feet and a quick pass wide to Rachel MacDonald who was able to touch down out wide. Garioch again came back and put pressure on the Oban defence but the ball was held up. Frustratingly for the ladies in yellow they just couldn’t break through the Oban line to get points on the board.

Just before full time Rachel MacDonald was replaced by Dominika Radzikca, playing her first game for the girls in green along with newbies Beth Rutledge coming on for injured Evie Henshaw in second row. Aasiyah Patankar also started for Oban Lorne At prop replacing injured Ellie MacNiven and put in a great shift. Notable performances also came from scrum half Audrey Barr with some solid tackles and clever play, also Veronica Spiers who has worked hard this season and the results are showing on the pitch. Flanker Eilidh Shearer and centres Erika and Kirsty also had games. This win means the ‘Green Army’ remain top of the table and will play second placed Ayr Ladies at Glencruitten next week. Specators always welcome and greatly appreciated.

 

Wigtownshire 31-14 Oban Lorne

 

TENNENST WEST DIVISION 2

SATURDAY 10TH NOVEMBER 2018

WIGTOWNSHIRE 31-14 OBAN LORNE

Oban Lorne were on their travels  on Saturday as they made the long trip to Stranraer to play mid table Wigtownshire. The preparation for the game had seen the majority of the squad head down to a hotel outside of Glasgow on Friday night to take some of the travel out of the journey on Saturday morning. The best of plans was negated somewhat by navigational error which saw the team having a detour via Carlisle on the way.

This detour meant that the team only arrived about 30 mins before kick-off, this poor preparation was to have an immediate effect on the game.

Oban started the game with some positional changes due to injuries, suspensions and players travelling to the international game at Murrayfield as well. This was further compounded by a couple of late withdrawals on Saturday morning with Graham MacEachan and Radi Maksimov not being able to make the trip.

This saw a reshuffle in the Oban pack with Vice Captain Stephen Povey moving to Prop and Back Row forward Lorne MacLachlan moving to Hooker.

After a minutes silence for Remembrance weekend the game kicked off on a slippery wet day where ball handling was going to be difficult. Straight from the kick off a knock on by one of the Oban players was gathered by the Wigtownshire Openside who reacted quickest to the knock on and surged past a couple of attempted tackles to score Wigtownshire’s first try of the game in the very first minute.

Oban bounced back and went straight back at the home team and had some good passages of play but could not break down a stubborn home defence. The pitch was very narrow which prevented Oban being able to stretch the Opposition and create the holes in defence which they have been able to create this season.

The menin Green were struggling to get good clean ball from the scrum and Lineout with the rejigged front row under a lot of pressure from a well drilled home pack and Matt Walker did well to get the ball away from the scrum a number of times with the scrum retreating at speed.

Young Lorne Sinclair also had a great shift being asked to throw the ball in at the lineout at the last moment.  The Lineout did well just some slight timing issues which can be worked out at training but this improved as the game went on.

A number of handling errors from both teams and some dubious refereeing meant there was very little flow to the game with both sides enjoying some good phases of possession but not being able to create any further scoring opportunities until the last minute of the half.

Oban found themselves camped on their own goal-line with the Wigtownshire forwards playing tight with a number of pick and goes round the side of the rucks. This eventually led to the home sides 2nd try of the game and with the conversion this took the half time score to 12-0 in favour of the home side.

The Second half started where the first half had finished with Wigtownshire getting early territory in the Oban 22 following a midfield penalty. Again some resolute Oban defending kept the home time at bay for a number of phases before the Wigtownshire prop managed to burrow over the line for the third try of the day.

Oban finally manged to string some phases of play together. The Scrum started to steady itself as the opposition tired and this allowed Oban to start generating some quick ball. After a great spell of pressure young Centre David Cameron was on hand to score his third try of the season under the posts. Finlay Carmichael duly converted and Oban were back in the game at 17-7.

Wigtownshire were to come straight back at Oban to score the bonus point try. Again hard work round the fringes from the forwards and Oban not getting off the line allowed the big number 8 to cross the Oban Line.

Oban made a couple of changes with 20 minutes of the game to go with two new players getting their  first games for the senior team. Nathaniel Valente came on to the wing replacing Roddy Morrison who rolled back the years yet again to deliver another steady performance on the wing. Michael Mackinnon came on to replace young Ben MacFarlane Barrow in the back row after he took a bang to the head.

Both these players made an impact with some fine tackling and aggressive runs although finding themselves on the wrong side of the referee on a couple of occasions by straying offside.

Oban were to respond again and upped the tempo and the workrate in the last quarter of the match. They were rewarded with another try when Finlay Carmichael took a quick tap penalty and floated a lovely ball out to Valente on the wing and the Fireman manged to cross the line. The referee then proceeded to award a penalty try for an infringement with Wigtownshire not being back ten metres from the quick tap.

Wigtownshire were to respond yet again with another try to bring the final score to 31 -14. A tough one to take for the Oban Lorne team who had hoped to take something away from this game to keep them in contention at the top end of the league.

The travel mishap and the late call offs in the morning took the edge out of the Oban game and they just couldn’t get into their stride. If they have any aspirations of success then these are the tough games on the road that have to be won. The young team will learn from this defeat and it will stand them in good stead for what is still to come.

Oban now shift their focus to this weekend when they are on their travels again to face Cumbernauld. This is the first of the return fixtures of the season with Oban securing a comfortable victory at the start of the season in Oban. A win is vital for Oban to keep in touch with the league leaders Lenzie and Uddingston although Oban have a game in hand against both teams and have to welcome both to Glencruitten in the New year.

Oban Lornes next home fixture is an Argyll Derby with Helensburgh RFC on Saturday 1st of December. Kick off 2pm.

Rain puts a stop to busy weekend of Rugby

TENNENTS WEST DIVISION 2

OBAN LORNE P-P BISHOPTON
 
The remains of hurricane Oscar had a huge impact on Oban Lorne’s busy weekend of rugby with the club being forced to call off all Senior, Youth and Mini fixtures this weekend due to waterlogged pitches at Glencruitten and North Connel.
  An 8am pitch inspection on Saturday morning deemed both surfaces unplayable meaning the battle of third versus fourth place in Tennents West Division 2 would have to be postponed.
  This was a blow for Oban Lorne and head coach Andrew Johnston who had a full squad of 22 players available who were looking to build on last weekends thumping 71-7 home win over Clyedebank.
  The squad were confident of another comfortable win this weekend that would have kept up the pressure on Uddingston and Lenzie at the top of the league.
  Bonus point wins for both of Oban Lorne’s rivals, Lenzie winning 22-3 at Helensburgh and Uddingston 55-19 winners at home to struggling Millbrae meant that the men in Green now sit adrift of the two central belt clubs by nine and thirteen points.
  This season Oban Lorne have impressed with a young and dynamic squad who have been working hard at training to produce some fast, expansive and entertaining rugby. New players entering the team such as second row Eric Roberts and Number 8 Owen MacDonald have boosted the side since last years relegation while a number of U18 players have stepped up to the senior rugby environment. Notably Lorne Sinclair, James Divers, David Cameron and Andrew Ritchie have all impressed in the side so far this season with a conveyor belt of other talented youngsters following in their footsteps.
  This Saturday Oban Lorne face their longest away journey of the season as they travel to Stranraer to take on mind table Wigtownshire RFC. This will be a tough fixture for the Greenmachine with Wigtownshire being a very tough opponent particularly playing at home. With a sqaud of 18 players already confirmed for the trip the Oban team will be confident of returning North with another good win. Kick off on Saturday is at 12.30pm due to the Scotland v Fiji International that kicks off at 2.30pm.
  Oban Lorne’s next home game take place on Saturday 1st of December with an Argyll Derby against Helensburgh RFC. Kick off 2pm.
TENNENTS WOMENS NATIONAL LEAGUE 2
GARIOCH LADIES P-P OBAN LORNE LADIES
 
A frustrated Oban Lorne Ladies squad were forced to concede Sundays trip away to Inverurie to take on National Division 1 rivals with a lack of available players for the fixture. Despite Sundays disappointment the Ladies have been performing exceptionally well this season and now find themselves competing in National League A after the Division 1 league split.
 Upcoming fixtures at home to Garioch and Ayr will conclude the ladies season after a good 28-17 win at Kirkcaldy.
  This Sunday the Ladies are in action with a hoke fixture against Garioch. Kick off 2pm at Glencruitten.
West T4 U16 & U18 Leagues
Oban Lorne P-P Stewartry
Along with the 1st XV Saturdays U16 & U18 league fixtures with Stewartry RFC from Castle Douglas were also called off due to unplayable pitches. Both Oban squads boasted some great playing numbers boosted with boys from Lochaber and Isle of Mull RFC.
  Saturdays fixtures will be rearranged for later in the season. This weekend the U18s travel to take on Bishopton/ Cambuslang while the U16s are not back in action until Sunday 18th of November away to Ardrossan.
Mini & U14 Rugby
 
With advice from Argyll & Bute Council groundstaff Sundays Mini Rugby Dalriada Festival and U14 fixtures were also off due to the pitch conditions. Both events will be rescheduled for a later date.

Kirkcaldy 17-28 Oban Lorne Ladies

TENNENTS WOMENS NATIONAL LEAGUE A

KIRKCALDY 17-28 OBAN LORNE LADIES

 

Oban Lorne Ladies travelled east with 15 players for the first game of the newly split National Division 1 A group against Kirkcaldy on Sunday.  With the league split into two sections Oban Lorne will face Kirkcaldy, Ayr and Garioch in what will be a tough set of fixtures to complete the season.

From kick off the game was unusually quiet and strained from the usually vocal and well drilled Oban side. The first half saw pressure from both sides and was from the start a very closely matched game. To the frustration of Oban’s coaches and players the ladies just couldn’t seem to find their rhythm and were making silly mistakes, giving away many penalties to the Kirkcaldy side. However Oban were persistent in their drilled defence and held off the strong Kirkcaldy side. Eventually Oban managed to put points on the board with a strong run from centre Erika Scofka, easily converted by the reliable boot of Lucy Stewart who converted all of Oban’s trys. A  further try in the first half came from Lucy Stewart. Kirkcaldy replied deservedly putting a couple of trys on the board after some big runs.

 

 

The second half was more of the same disjointed and clumsy play from the ladies who, despite their win, were themselves dissatisfied with their performance.  Hooker Selina Keppie managed to touch down over the line with superb runs from Oban strong forward pack, who were relentless in their tackles all day long. The Oban side were dealt a double blow when prob Ellie MacNiven went off with a shoulder injury and a team yellow card was given after previous offside warnings from the referee. During the 10 minutes of play Oban were playing 13 to Kirkcaldy’s 15 and did not concede a try, showing how far their solid defence has come on in recent months. Kirkcaldy managed a quick interception on the halfway and scored their third try of the day. Oban’s last try came from Rachel MacDonald after some quick hands from Audrey Barr and Lucy Stewart giving a 28-17 win.

 

Despite the ladies being dissatisfied with their own performance they came away with a strong win and a bonus point after traveling with 15 players and only having 13 players on the pitch for a time – an impressive performance in itself. Oban ladies travel to second placed Garioch next Sunday, a game which will surely test the ladies to their limits. Oban remain top of the table and train on Tuesdays at 6pm and Thursdays at 630pm.

 

Oban Lorne Ladies next home fixture is on Sunday 11th of November with Garioch RFC making the trip to Glencruitten. Kick off 2pm.

Oban Lorne 71-7 Clydebank

 

TENNENTS WEST DIVISION 2

Oban Lorne 71 Clydebank 7

Match Report 27th Oct 2018

Oban Lorne welcomed mid table Clydebank RFC to Glencruitten on Saturday for the first time in over four years on a glorious autumnal day. Oban were looking to get back on track after last weekends disappointing defeat away to promotion rivals Uddingston and new that Clydebank were going to be another difficult test as they had been on a decent run of results themselves.

Oban only made a couple of changes from last weeks defeat with Finlay Carmichael returning to the starting Lineup at stand off and Big Eric Roberts returning to the boiler room in the 2nd row.

The home side started brightly and were on the scoreboard within the first two minutes of the game. The kick off was received well from the start and passed to Calum MacLachlan who took off down the centre of the pitch bouncing people out of the way left, right and centre. Nobody could tackle the big prop and when he was eventually halted a couple of yards out from the line the ball was popped up for vice captian Stephen Povey to cross for Oban’s first try of the game. This was duly converted by Finlay Carmichael to give Oban a 7-0 lead.

Oban were on the front foot straight from the kick off again with ball being shipped wide for Craig Wright to sprint down the wing for the first of his tries of the afternoon.

The men in green were rampant at this stage of the game and two further tries were scored in quick succession with Oban crossing for the bonus point score after only 15 mins of the game played.

Oban were breaking the line with ease and once in behind the Clydebank defence were unstoppable. Four further tries were scored in quick succession. The main talking point of the match was to come about five minutes before halftime, when Calum MacLachlan was taken out beside the ruck and in attempting to remove himself from the illegal tackle was alleged to have stamped on the opposition player. This led to an almighty brawl with a number of punches being thrown. When things had calmed down the referee decided to send off Maclachlan and also the Clydebank N06 for the punches before the half time whistle to give a half time score of Oban 45 – Clydebank 0.

This was the performance that the team has been searching for the last few weeks where fast mini rucks and accurate passing into space making it very hard for the defence to get organised.

The brawl at the end of the first half upset the rhythm of the game and with some changes at half time with the 2nd row combo of Kyle Graham and Eric Roberts being replaced by Matt Walker and Lorne Sinclair bringing increased dynamism and the introduction of Callum Murray onto the wing in place of Roddy Morrison.

Oban struggled to match the intensity of the first 40 minutes and allowed Clydebank into the game with a soft score from a short range lineout.

This galvanised the Oban team and they were soon back to their try scoring feats with a further four tries in the second half. Some outstanding tries were scored with Oban mixing play between forwards and backs to great effect.

Craig Wright was to finish with four tries for the day bringing his total for the season so far to nineteen tries (95 points) in eight games, a fantastic achievement and not even half way through the season.

There was an early contender for try of the season when after some great interplay between the forwards young Lorne Sinclair broke free from inside the Oban 22 and broke a couple of tackles to take play to halfway and then offloaded the ball to Stanley Lister who sprinted in to score a great try. The prop showing he has lost none of his back row pace after being moved into the front row this season.

Some outstanding performances from Oban players on the day with outstanding contributions from Calum MacLachlan (before his red card), Stanley Lister, the 2nd row pairing of Roberts and Graham showing a lot of promise, massive shift from the back row with Owen McDonald pulling the strings and Stephen Povey leading from the front with some fantastic broken field running. The halfback partnership of Divers and Carmichael and the threat out wide from the Craig Wright.

The Man of the match performance though was Lorne MacLachlan who chased and harried and turned over a lot of the Clydebank ball. The challenge for places in the Back row is such that nobody is guaranteed a start and this appears to be bringing the best out of the players.

In the end a convincing 71-7 victory for Oban Lorne which seemed to be the theme for the weekend with the U18’s and U16’s both involved in High scoring games away to Strathaven. The U18’s winning 69-36 on Saturday and the u16’s coming away with an amazing 82-59 result on Sunday.

Great things are on the horizon with the Conveyor belt starting to turn and with a number of players already broken through into the senior side this year but at least another half dozen or so really good players waiting in the wings to come through the future is looking bright.

Oban Lorne had extra reason to celebrate with the club being awarded the Scottish Rugby Club of the Month award for Aug/ Sept. A fantastic achievement for all attached to the club.

This Saturday Oban Lorne are at home again and welcome fourth placed Bishopton RFC to Glencruitten. The teams have not met in over a decade with Bishopton only being recently promoted into the division. The ‘Bish’ lost out 48-0 to Uddingston at home last weekend meaning this should be a very winnable game for Oban Lorne. Kick off this Saturday at Glencruitten is 2pm along with the U18s and U16s who are also at home against Stewartry RFC.

The Wales v Scotland Autumn International will also be shown live in the clubhouse on Saturday. All local rugby supporters are welcome to come along and enjoy Saturdays busy day of rugby at Glencruitten.

Uddingston 15-7 Oban Lorne

TENNENTS WEST DIVISION 2

UDDINGSTON 15-7 OBAN LORNE

SATURDAY 20TH OCTOBER 2018

Last weekend Oban Lorne travelled to Uddingston for another top of the table clash in West Division 2. Uddingston have had a strong start to the season and this has seen them sitting in second place with Oban just below them in third position.

A fairly settled Oban team travelled with some confidence following a good home win last weekend but knew this was going to be a tough game to win. A few last minute changes saw a shuffle in the backline with Oban welcoming back Bulgarian international scrum half Borisow Vasil, however with Finlay Carmichael not shaking off the effects of his dental work midweek he was moved out of position to stand off for the day. Oban also welcomed back number eight Owen McDonald following his two week suspension.

Oban started well controlling the possession and territory in the opening 10 minutes and things were looking positive when Owen Mcdonald crossed for the first try of the game on 15 mins after a well worked backline move was worked to wing and Roddy Morrison offloaded to the big number 8 to crash over the line. This was converted by Craig Wright to give Oban a 7-0 lead. Little did we know that this was to be Oban’s only score of the game but there was no lack of effort and opportunities.

Uddingston struck back a couple of minutes later. A knock on from the kick off gave them a good attacking platform and a well worked move saw their centre break the tackle and just mange to make the try line to bring the score back to 7-5 to Oban.

Oban were becoming increasingly frustrated by the lack of consistency by the referee with his interpretations changing from minute to minute. This is an area that the coaching team are acutely aware of and looking at ways of changing the mentality of players when things are going against them.

This frustration led to Uddingston getting a series of penalties and working their way up to the Oban 5m line when the prop broke from the back of the ruck and was tackled short of the line but was allowed an extra movement to place the ball over the line and the referee awarded the try much to the dismay of the Oban boys. They knew that they were now right up against it.

Oban worked hard to get back in the game but were just not clicking with the fluidity of the early season. Radi Maksimov had a great run just being knocked into touch a yard or so short of the line. Calum MacLachlan similarly had a great breenge through the Uddingston defence and was adjudged to have been held up over the line although he was adamant that he had grounded the ball.

Half time came with Uddingston enjoying a 10-7 lead.

A few changes were made early in the 2nd half with a reshuffle in the backline with Borisov moving to his normal scrum half position and Captain Iwan Roberts moving in to stand off. Craig wright moving to 13 also brought a bit more fluidity to the Oban backline but Uddingston were to score next. Another penalty kick to touch allowed a lineout 5yards out and a powerful rolling maul carried there prop over the line for a 15-7 lead.

This was to be the final score of the day and the next 30 mins was a lot of effort with no real reward. Oban huffed and puffed but just couldn’t break down the well organised defence. Whenever they did manage to string phases together it always fizzled out with the last pass going to ground or not being given.

A disappointing scoreline but improved team performance from last week Oban will need to up things yet again with Clydebank coming to Glencruitten next week.

Oban can take some comfort in pushing the top 2 team in the league so close away from home in the last few weeks losing only 8 points over the 2 games including the 27-24 loss away to league leaders Lenzie. With Oban to welcome both these teams to Glencruitten in the New Year neither team will be relishing the trip North.

 

Oban now have two home games on the bounce now with Clydebank this weekend coming and Bishopton who are sitting just below Oban in fourth spot visiting the following weekend. Another couple of hard games with another step up in performance required.

This Saturdays match with Clydebank RFC kicks off at 3pm at Glencruitten.

Oban Lorne 35-12 Loch Lomond

TENNENTS WEST DIVISION 2

OBAN LORNE 35-12 LOCH LOMOND

SATURDAY 13TH OCTOBER 2018

Oban Lorne welcomed 12th placed Loch Lomond to Glencruitten on a damp miserable autumn day. The underfoot conditions were surprisingly firm given the amount of water which had fallen in Oban at the beginning of the week, credit must be given to Argyll & Bute Councils Groundsman Ian Hay and his team for the work they have done to get the pitch into this condition.

Oban knew that they were going to be under pressure physically with Lomond being the bigger heavier team by a long way. The coaches talk before the game had emphasised the need to move the Lomond team around the park to tire them out.

The home side welcomed back Prop Andy MacDougall, Second Row Eric Roberts, Stand Off Finlay Carmichael and Winger Roddy Morrision as well as a first start at scrum half for 18 year old James Divers.

The first 10 minutes or so was a scrappy afair with Oban managing to convert two penalty kicks by Finlay Carmichael to take Oban in to a 6-0 lead.

The conditions were proving tricky with the wet slippery ball leading to a lot of handling errors which in turn led to a lot of scrums an area where Loch Lomond had the early dominance pushing Oban off a couple of their own ball.

With Oban starting to adapt to the conditions and the tactics of the visiting team who were quite happy to keep the ball close to the forwards and hitting runners one out from the ruck, Oban managed to secure a turnover and a couple of passes released Craig Wright from Full back and he managed to Cross in the Corner for his first try of the afternoon.

Straight from the restart Oban were on the front foot again and after some good work by the forwards Oban managed to work the ball wide for Wright to hit the line hard and outpace the covering defenders to score behind the posts. This try was again converted by Carmichael to give Oban an 18-0 lead.

At the restart a high tackle, off the ball on Lorne MacLachlan left the referee with no Option but give the Lomond Scrum half a straight red card for dangerous play.

This should have been the start of a period of dominance for Oban but they took their collective eye off the ball and allowed Lomond back in to the game in the last 10 minutes of the half.

Lomond up the pressure and Oban started conceded a number of penalties around the breakdown. After the referee had given the Oban captain a warning about repeated infringements Lomond pressed hard and were rewarded with a try in the last minute of the half. This left the halftime score at Oban 18 Loch Lomond 5.

The Oban coaching team reiterated the need to play with width to get outside the Lomond pack and make them work that bit harder to move around the park.

Things did not go to plan straight away as Craig Wright was to receive 10 mins in the bin for retaliating to some aggressive play from one of the Lomond players.

This unsettled the Oban team and allowed Lomond to dominate the opening 10 minutes or so of the second half. Some resolute defending kept Lomond at bay until their massive prop took a short crash ball 5 yards out from the line to score Lomond’s second try which when converted took the score to 18-12 to Oban.

A few changes were made at this time Calum MacLachlan moving back into the front row after starting the game centre. Young David Cameron finally arrived to take his place at centreand was joined by Lorne Sinclair in the back row coming on for Ben Macfarlane Barrow who had another fine game after impressing in last weeks loss at Lenzie.

The changes brought a bit more cohesion to the Oban game and they started to play on the front foot and gave the ball wide at every opportunity.

Some Fantastic individual running from Craig Wright led to him scoring a further three tries in the last 20 minutes of the game to secure another bonus point victory for the green machine.

The final score of 35-12 does not reflect how hard Oban were made to work for this victory. Some harsh words from Head Coach Andrew Johnston at full time reflected the disappointment in the performance and the inability to follow the game plan. Possibly a nod to how far the team has come this season when we can have a bonus point victory and still be unhappy with the performance.

Another pleasing note was again the number of young players included in the squad stepping up to take responsibility with no fewer than eight players being under 20 years of age.  Young James Divers had a great game at scrum half covering for Borisov Vasil who was away on International duty with Bulgaria and will have a fight on his hands to keep his starting position on this showing. This all bodes well for the future a couple of years down the line with a good strong core of players and a number of great young talent coming through at u18/u16 levels.

Saturdays win leaves Oban in joint second place in the league on 27 points alongside Udingston with Lenzie leading the league by a further two points.

This weekend Oban are on their travels again for another top of the table clash against Uddingston who were narrowly beaten by last weekends opponents Lenzie 12-6 at the weekend.

This will be another massive test for the young Oban squad to overcome but a repeat of last weeks performance away to Lenzie will keep them right in the title race.

Oban Lorne’s next home game is on Saturday 27th of October as Clydebank RFC visit Glencruitten.

Wins for U18s & U16s

T4 WEST U18 LEAGUE
MARR 17-26 OBAN LORNE U18s
 
Oban Lorne U18s recorded a very impressive win away to Marr RFC in Troon on Saturday. The squad travelled with a healthy compliment of 18 players including four players from Lochaber RFC who have been contributing to the team this season.
  With the score standing at 19-17 in the closing stages Oban held out a strong Marr attack before scoring in the last play of the game sealing a fantastic win.
  The result lift Oban up to fourth in the league with a game in hand over the teams above them. Strathaven RFC are the next opponents for the 18s on Saturday 27th of October
 
T4 WEST U16 LEAGUE
OBAN LORNE U16s 53-38 ARDROSSAN
 
Oban’s U16 side continued their strong start to the season with a high scoring 53-38 win over Ardrossan Accies. As with the U18s the Oban 16s team was bolstered with players from both Isle of Mull RFC & Lochaber RFC.
  Despite the high scoring game Oban had only try scorers on the day with Kenni Gray and Mull’s Bailey Wild haring nine scores between them! Mull’s Sam Scarlett also impressed with the boot knocking over five conversions.
  The U16s are back in action on Sunday 28th of October away to Strathaven.
 

Oban Lorne 10-19 Dalziel

TENNENTS WEST REGIONAL SHIELD QUARTER FINAL

OBAN LORNE 10-19 DLAZIEL

Oban Welcomed Dalziel to Glencruitten on Saturday in the Quarter Final of the West Shield. This was the first ever competitive meeting between the clubs at 1st XV level

Oban were looking to keep the winning ways going after an unbeaten start to the season in Division 2, while Dalziel were looking to get their season back on track after a faltering start to their league campaign has seen them win only one of their four Division 1 games since dropping from the National Leagues at the end of last season

The Oban coaching team were under no illusions of how tricky this tie could be and were forced into a number of changes in personnel for various reasons. Missing for Oban Lorne on Saturday were Prop Andy MacDougall, captain Iwan Rhys Roberts along with long term injured backs Graham MacEachan and David McLaughlin.

Before the game started a minutes silence was recognised as players and family paid their respect to Ian Kerr who had been Instrumental in establishing a junior rugby section through Oban High and the Club. Thought of everyone at Oban Lorne are with the Kerr family at this time.

The game started brightly enough for Oban Lorne with a good period of sustained pressure in the visitors half. The Dalziel team were very well drilled at the Breakdown and managed to constantly slow down the Oban ball.

The first breakthrough came from a Dalziel kick out of defence which was fielded by hooker Radi Maksimov who ran the ball back hard at the defene. A great offload to Lorne MacLachlan and another to No8 Owen McDonald saw the big Doctor surge clear from the halfway line and out paced the cover defence to score another excellent try, adding to his haul for the season.

This was successfully converted by Stand Off Finlay Carmichael to maintain his 100% strike rate from the tee in the last three games!

With 20 mins gone Oban were 7-0 up and working hard to create opportunities and a combination of forced passes and poor kicking allowed The Dalziel team back in the game.

Dalziel’s main source of good ball was from their Lineout and after a number of driving mauls had been successfully repelled by the Oban forwards the defence finally cracked and the very well organised driving maul took them over the Oban line.

This was duly converted and quickly followed by another penalty for offside inside the 22 to give Dalziel a well fought 10-7 lead at the break.

Oban’s indiscipline led to two further penalties for Dalziel as they stretched their lead to 16-7.

Oban were then to exert a massive amount of pressure on the Dalziel line with a series of brutal drives at the line resulting in Oban being held up over the line or knocked back by illegal tactics. There were a number of infringements by the Dalziel team which escaped further sanction from the referee especially as these were being done so close to the line.

Oban failed to capitalise fully on this period with only a further penalty from Carmichael to boost the Oban scoreboard. 16-10

With Oban within a converted try of winning the game the boys digged deep to try a create the space to release their dangerous runners out wide but the well organised defence managed to keep the Oban backs in check for the first time this season.

With Oban pushing the game and trying to run the ball out from deep in their 22 a mistake under the posts allowed Dalziel to turn the ball over. The Dalziel Scrum half seized his chance and dropped a goal from literally 5 yards out to stretch the lead to 19-10.

With 90 seconds or so remaining and one last charge upfield from the kick off Owen McDonald mistimed his jump and clattered into the giant Dalziel no6 causing him to land heavily on his neck and shoulder. The referee who had had a good game by letting the game flow deemed it a reckless and dangerous challenge and red carded the Oban no8. The big Doctor will be sorely missed in the next few weeks as served his suspension as has been outstanding all season.

This duly brought an end to very good game of rugby with both sides attempting to play a lot of rugby but with the Lanarkshire time just edging it with there work over the ball.

There are a number of positives for the coaching team to take from this game with the boys competing very well with the team from the higher division.

This week sees Oban back on their travels as they return to league action with another away game against Lenzie. Both teams are undefeated so far so something has to give this week. Another victory on the road would see Oban see Oban go 5 from 5 with only 1 league game so far at home!

The coaching team are looking for a strong squad to travel away for what will be a very difficult game.

Oban Lorne’s next home game is against Loch Lomond RFC on Saturday 13th of October.

Oban Lorne Ladies 43-5 Howe of Fife

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OBAN LORNE 43-5 HOWE OF FIFE

Oban Lorne ladies took to the field on Sunday for their first home outing of the season against Howe of Fife. Previous home games this season have been postponed due to opposition teams failing to raise a side. Oban went into Sunday’s game with a 100% record in the league so far including an very impressive away win to Ayr.

This was set to be a good strong game going on previous seasons fixtures between the two sides with Howe of Fife sitting mid table they would provide a stern test.

Oban kicked off to start and although not playing their best rugby they managed to attack in the Howe of Fife 22 for the first 15 minutes of the match dominating the majority of possession in the process. The home side were working hard to break down the strong Howe defence who worked hard to halt a barrage of Oban attacks. Howe of fife were not making life easy for the Oban, contesting strongly in the scrums and at breakdowns.

Oban finally managed to break down the away sides resilience with Ellen Barlow touching down the first try of the game which was then successfully converted by Lucy Stewart. It was much the same play for the majority of the first half of the match with the away defence holding strong. The Oban centre pairing of Kirsty Sinclair and Erika Skofca again this weekend causing problems for with their powerful runs and great support play.

Although Oban were attacking well they were dealt blow when hooker Hannah Cringles went off injured. With no substitutes available Oban played the remainder of the game with only 14 players. This did not affect the Oban ladies and they continued to work hard heading into half time with a score line of 24-0.

During half time coach Corrie Louw spoke to the girls telling to up there game what they needed to improve to keep on top of this game as Howe of Fife could easily hit back on the scoreboard.

After a good team talk the Oban ladies started the second half playing much better and like the team they have been in their previous matches this season. The home defence was much stronger with big tackles from Captain Laura MacCormick and strong turn overs in the rucks from prop Ellie MacNiven. Lucy Stewart in at Stand Off was connecting well with her centre pairing Sinclair and Skofca managing to break through the line of defence to create space for wingers Ellen Barlow and a Rachel MacDonald wllowing them to break free and score

. This provided a much faster flow of rugby making the Howe fifes defence lives difficult. After a rocky start to the game Oban ladies successfully secured a 43-5 win.

Try scorers were Ellen Barlow 2, Rachel MacDonald 2, heather Fothergill 1, Kirsty Sinclair1, Laura MacCormick 1 and Erika Skofca 1. Lucy Stewart converted 4 out of 7

Sundays win lifts Oban Lorne Ladies six points clear of second placed Garioch RFC in the league with a maximum of 30 points from the games played so far.

Oban Lorne Ladies are back in action on Sunday 14th of October away to Garioch for a repeat of last seasons National Bowl Final.