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Oban U16s reach Murrayfield final!

National U16 Schools Bowl

Oban High School/ Oban Lorne 34-22 Duncanrig High School
Tuesday 14th November, North Connel

Oban High School/ Oban Lorne’s U16 team have progressed to the National U16 Bowl Final after an entertaining 34-22 win against Duncanrig High School at North Connel last week.
The Oban side have progressed through the competition with wins against Breadalbane/ Pitlochry/ Blairgowrie (10-45) and a Quarter Final meeting with Ardrossan that finished 50-0.
A strong and full squad was fielded for this semi final tie played at North Connel. Oban went ahead early in the fixture with Connor Taylor touching down for the first try of the game. Duncanrig hit back with their first try of the game almost immediately narrowing the score to 7-5. Oban improved as the first half wore on and raced into a 19-5 halftime lead with further tries from Jordan Norman and another effort from Connor Taylor.
Kenny Gray looked to have out the game beyond doubt at the start f the second half however his effort was ruled out for being offside. Angus Neil did however extend the lead shortly after bringing the score to 26-5.
Things were looking go Oban’s way at this points until a dubious yellow card with 15 minutes to play turned the game on its head. Duncanrig with a mad advantage raced in three unanswered tries to claw back to 26-22. Oban did keep the visitors at bay with an Angus Neil penalty bringing the score to 29-22. As Duncanrig pressed in the later stages Kenny Gray sealed the Oban win with a fantastic solo run from 40 meters out so score with the last play. Fulltime 34-22 to Oban.
The result means that the team will progress to the National U16 Bowl Final that will be played on Wednesday 6th of December at 2.30pm on the back pitches at BT Murrayfield, a fantastic achievement for the players and coaches. Details for the final and for supporter transport will be announced by the school/ club in due course.

Youth Rugby Reports, U13, U14, U16, U18 & U15 Girls

Mitsibushi Motors U13/U14 West Conference
Kilmarnock U13/U14 v Oban Lorne, Sunday 19th November

Oban Lorne travelled to take on Kilmarnock for fixtures a U13 & U14 level on Sunday. A depleted Oban U13 side mixed with Kilmarnock to make up numbers with the hosts running out comfortable winners. The U14 game was a much closer affair with Oban going down 15-3.
This Sunday Oban are scheduled to host Waysiders Drumpellier in the last West U13/U14 games for the season

Mitsibushi Motors U16 West Conference
Oban Lorne U16 46-15 Kilmarnock, Sunday 19th November, North Connel

Oban Lorne’s U16 side rounded off an impressive league campaign on Sunday with a comfortable 46-15 win against a hard working Kilmarnock side. The league has brought some impressive results so far for the Oban team who have won all but one game, a defeat to top of the league Stewartry RFC. A strong squad of 20 players was available on Sunday all looking to impress their coaches ahead of the U16 Schools Bowl Final at BT Murrayfield on the 6th of December.
A big crowd gathered a North Connel with Glencruitten still being closed and unavailable for the game. Oban took and early lead with a try from Ross McCaskill under the posts converted by Angus Neil for a 7-0 lead. Two quick tries followed for winger Ellie Hunter, both setup by some good play in the backline that extended the score to 19-0 with another Neil conversion.
Oban extended their lead again with a penalty followed by an impressive 50 metre run by fullback Jordan Norman giving Oban their fourth try of the game and a 29-0 halftime lead.
The second half was a closer affair with Oban’s discipline letting them down at times. Despite this the lead was again extended as McCaskill scored his second off the day as the powerful forward ran in from 40 meters after gathering a loose ball at the lineout. Kilmarnock failed to put their heads down and responded with a well deserved try taking the score to 34-5.
Both sides scored twice in the closing stages. Oban’s efforts came through a powerful burst by Connor Taylor and the second try from Winger Aaron McCall. Fulltime score 46-15 to Oban Lorne.
Sundays result completes Oban’s U16 League campaign for the 2017 season. Oban currently top the league on 16 points but could be piped to the league title by Stewartry who still have a game in hand.
Oban U16s will continue to compete in friendly fixtures and the West U16 League Cup for the remainder of the season.

Mitsibushi Motors West U18 Conference
Cambuslang/ Uddingston U18 15-29 Oban Lorne

Oban Lorne U18s recent good run of form continued on Saturday with an impressive 29-15 win away to a combined Uddingston/ Cambuslang side. Coach Gordon Shearer had a strong team to choose from including Oban Lorne 1st XV player Jack Strachan who is still eligible for U18 rugby.
The team made a sloppy start t Saturdays game played at Uddingston RFC but improved as the first half wore on playing at times some of their best rugby this season.
Oban’s defence was outstanding at times as they held the hosts on numerous occasions while they were camped on the tryline. Try scorers for Oban on the day were David Cameron, Kieron Morrison, Ben MacFarlane Barrow and Craig Cook.
The U18s have no league fixture this weekend due to the Autumn Test between Scotland and Australia. The next scheduled game for the U18s is at home to Newton Stewart/ Wigtownshire on the 2nd of December.

U15 Girls T4 Conference
Oban Lorne U15 Girls 27-21 Highland RFC

Oban’s U15 Girls team took on ‘local’ rivals Highland RFC for the first time on Sunday at North Connel. The game was the best showing so far form the Oban Girls who produced some great rugby against a well drilled opposition. Highland made Oban fight hard throughout the fixture with Oban adding a nit of gloss to the scoreline with Rona Shearers last minute try.
The Oban team boasted a squad of 19 players for the game proving that the Development of girls rugby in the area is going from strength to strength.

Oban Lorne Rugby Update 13/11/2017

Oban Lorne 1st XV
Oban Lorne had a weekend off from league duty with no scheduled fixture on Saturday due to Scotland’s Autumn International Test against Samoa at BT Murrayfield. The Men in Green are not back in action until the end of the Autumn Test series where they will face Argyll rivals and fellow West Division 1 strugglers Helensburgh RFC on Saturday 2nd of December.
It has been a disappointing season so far for Oban Lorne who currently occupy 11th place in the league but could jump into midtable with a much needed win.
A combination of injuries and a loss of several key players has left coach Corrie Louw with a much smaller squad to choose from than in recent seasons.
The team were buoyed this week with a coaching session on Tuesday evening with former SRU Coach Chis Reid who led a very enjoyable session for both the Men and Ladies 1st XV.
Oban Lorne RFC will be showing Scotland’s two remaining Autumn Test Matches versus New Zealand and Australia live on the clubhouse big screen, all welcome.

Oban Lorne Ladies – report to come….

Mitsibushi Motors West U18 Conference
Oban Lorne U18s P-P Kilmarnock U18s
Saturdays U18 clash was postponed as league leaders Kilmarnock RFC failed to raise a team for the journey to Oban. The late call off came as much frustration to the Oban Players and Coaches with the team having their strongest sqaud of the season available.
Oban have been given the league points for the game that propels them into 4th place in the U18 conference.
The team will be hoping to continue their good form from recent games as they travel to Glasgow this Saturday to face fellow mid table side Cambuslang RFC. Saturdays hosts won a close 21-12 fixture at Glencruitten earlier in the year and the same is expected on Saturday.

U17 Friendly Festival at Lochaber RFC P-P

Sundays U17 10 aside Festival hosted by Lochaber RFC in Fort William was postponed on Sunday due to an unplayable pitch at Lochaber’s Banavie ground. This was a blow for Oban who had a strong squad of young U18s and older U16 squad players to form a formidable team. Hopefully this Festival can be rearranged for a date later in the season.

U13 & U14 Mitsibushi West Conference
Oban U13s & U14s P-P v Ardrossan

In keeping with the general theme of the weekend Oban Lorne’s U13 & U14 teams were left without a fixture as Ardrossan RFC failed to travel for the fixtures. With two squads of players ready for the game both players and coaches were left disappointing at the outcome given the glorious weather conditions on Sunday meaning the games could have gone ahead.
These fixtures can hopefully be rearranged for later in the season.
Oban’s U13 & U14 teams are away to Kilmarnock RFC this Sunday.

Mitsibushi Motors West U16 League
Oban Lorne U16s v Kilmarnock
Oban’s U16 team play their last fixture of the league season on Sunday at home to Kilmarnock RFC. A win would secure 2nd place in the league for Oban who have won every game apart from last weeks 42-0 loss against league leaders Stewartry RFC.

Oban U18s 14-22 Stewartry

Mitsubishi Motors West U18 Conference
Oban Lorne U18s 14-22 Stewartry U18s
Oban Lorne’s U18 side welcomed Stewartry RFC to North Connel on Saturday in what was Oban’s fourth fixture of the 2017/18 season.
The Oban team have improved with every game this season and recorded an impressive 12-12 draw at Newton Stewart last weekend.
Despite a number of unavailable players due to the school holidays Oban still fielded a strong team with the game being played at 13 aside to match Stewartrys’ numbers in keeping with the spirit of the game.
Oban made a rusty start to the game and found themselves 5-0 down after 5 minutes of play. The hosts failed to gather the kick off and found themselves under increasing pressure near there line where the visitors eventually ran over for the first try of the game.
From the restart Oban enjoyed their first possession of the day and were looking very dangerous in attack with good runs from Lorne Sinclair, Ewan Shearer and Angus Harris MacLeod. After a period of pressure on the line Centre David Cameron crashed over for a well worked try with Andrew Ritchie’s conversion giving a 7-5 lead.
Oban were on top at this stage in the game and extended their lead with Stand Off Ben MacFarlane Barrow touching down for Oban’s second try. Another Ritchie conversion gave a 14-5 lead.
Both sides played out a physical end of the first half as Stewartry responded with a try narrowing the score to 14-10.
Oban struggled to keep hold of the ball in the second half and were forced to defend time after time as Stewartry held most of the ball and territory in the game. The Oban team were heroic at times in defence with countless tackles keeping the away side at bay.
Lorne Sinclair was forced off the pitch with 20 minutes remaining with a head knock meaning Oban lost one of their most prominent ball carriers for the closing stages of the game.
A couple of try saving tackles were made by fullback Andrew Ritchie and Winger Sean Gordon as Stewartry pressed for another score.
Stewartrys dominance with possession eventually took hold as they scored two further tries to lead 22-14. Oban did push hard late on with a Brych Hensman Martin try being disallowed as the winger was bundled into touch just before touching the ball down.
Despite a 22-14 defeat Oban had played well for the most part, particularly in defence and were led well by captain Kieron Morrison.
Many thanks must go to Stewartry for travelling a long distance for the game and to match referee Grant Mulraney from Paisley for officiating the game in a good manner.
Oban U18s have a week’s rest from league duty before they take on Bishopton away from home on the 21st of October .

Oban Lorne Ladies win Queen of the 10’s!

Queen of the 10s tournament
The Oban Lorne Ladies team left early on Sunday 10th September to travel through to Livingstone RFC for the SRU Queen of the 10s tournament. The ladies had a strong squad of experienced players, as well as a couple of new recruits that have recently joined the team. Erika Skofca has joined the team from Italy where she has played 7 a-side rugby but this was her first experience of the Scottish rugby rules, and Hannah Cringles, an Oban local, joined for her debut having only just set foot on a rugby pitch for the first time in her life this summer. The tournament consisted of National 2 and development teams from across Scotland.
The team played a total of 4 games, 2 in the pool draw and then the semi-final and final of the tournament. The first game was drawn against Liberton, a development team, where the whole team showed off the skills they have been practicing in training and maintained a fast, attacking play throughout, scoring 6 tries to nil, and 5 conversions. The second pool game was drawn against West of Scotland, another development team, and once again the squad gelled well to play some great off-loading rugby, making full use of their speed on the wings. Once again the ladies secured a convincing win with West of Scotland failing to put any points on the board. This took them through to the next round of the tournament.
The semi-final was against Wigtonshire. In this game, any early nerves had settled and the set plays that the team have been developing during the past season and this summer’s pre-season were starting to come together. Once again the final score showed a convincing win for the Green Army, with still no points against them. This took them into the final where they met Kelso, and secured a 46-0 victory to earn them their first silverware of the season. Captain Laura MacCormick said ‘the team’s attack was fantastic, making use of offloads which we’ve been practicing at training, using supporting runners on the outside shoulder to loop round the defensive line. I am very proud of the whole team, it’s a brilliant way to start the season’.
Newcomer Skofca played amazingly, having played 7s for Italy she showed no fear going into contact, and helped the team make great headway in every match. Brand new player, Cringles had a great first ever day of games too and for all players alike this positive start will help to settle any nerves going into the upcoming season. Oban chalked up a total of 167 points total with no points conceded during the whole day, which speaks volumes as to the amount of effort that has gone into pre-season training and shows that they have started as they mean to go on. The BT Women’s National League 2 season starts this Sunday at Glencruitten against Aberdeenshire Quines, 2pm kick off, where the ladies hope to continue with this positive momentum. They train on a Tuesday and Thursday at the Oban rugby pitches, Glencruitten from 6-7pm with everyone welcome, no prior experience necessary.

A week of ups and downs for Oban Lorne

BT WEST DIVISION 1
SATURDAY 9TH SEPTEMBER 2017
KILMARNOCK 106-13 OBAN LORNE
An understrength Oban Lorne 1st xv fell to what could be a record club defeat on Saturday going down 106-13 to Kilmarnock in their first away fixture of the league season.
There was no chance of the team building on last weeks good showing in a narrow home loss to Garnock with Coach Corrie Louw being faced into eight changes to the starting 1ST XV. Player commitment along with a couple of injuries early on the season seems to be causing some serious concern for the squad even in these early stages of the season.
Connor Ferris started his first game for the club in 6 months while Mark Charlton, Craig McGuire, Jonathan Sayer and Kyle Graham all started a 1st xv match for the first time. There was also a return to the team for second row Jamie MacMillan after an absence to the team for a couple of seasons.
Despite the heavy final score Oban did lead early in the game 5-0 with a well worked try and managed to contain the hosts to a 12-8 advantage after 20 minutes. The floodgates however opened up after this as Kilmarnock notched up a huge points tally of 106 points.
Much credit must go to the 18 Oban Lorne players who made the long trip. Their commitment and effort in representing the club must be applauded despite the heavy loss.
The task does not get any easier for Oban Lorne as they entertain league leaders Allan Glens RFC this Saturday at Glencruitten. Kick off 3pm.

OBAN LORNE HOST CAL POLY TECH UNIVERSITY TEAM
Oban Lorne did have some good news to enjoy last midweek as they played out an entertaining 41-37 win against Californian touring side Cal Poly Tech University.
The homes side fielded a mixture of 1st XV and 2nd XV players even including 54 year old full back Robert Wright who played the first half of the game.
Both sides attacked with good intent with a high scoring match entertaining the big crowd.
Oban’s physical dominance in the pack proved to be the difference on the night as the hosts clung onto a narrow 41-37 win.
A minutes silence was well observed prior to the game to mark the passing of Angus MacColl at Isle of Mull RFC. Angus was a popular figure among rugby clubs throughout the west of Scotland becoming well known after years of playing for the Isle of Mull 1st XV. Thoughts of all at Oban Lorne RFC are with Pamela, Leanne, Scott and the rest of the family and to all the members at Isle of Mull RFC.

Oban Lorne 26-52 Hillhead Jordanhill

PRE SEASON FIXTURE
SATURDAY 12TH AUGUST 2017
OBAN LORNE 26-52 HILLHEAD JORDANHILL
Oban Lorne RFC stepped up their preparations for the upcoming 2017/18 season with a home friendly fixture against National Division 3 side Hillhead Jordanhill RFC. A mixture of 1st XV and 2XV players were fielded by Oban Head Coach Corrie Louw with a number of players looking to further impress after success at the Tower 10s tournament the previous weekend.
The home side fielded a fairly strong side despite a number of players being unavailable either due to injury or work commitments. The game was to played in 4x 20 minute quarters to give both sets of coaches a chance to feedback to the players on the pitch.
Hillhead kicked off in perfect conditions at Glencruitten and made a storming start to the game. Oban lost control of the ball at the kick off gifting the visitors possession in the Oban 22. A couple of quick phases of play were completed before the helpless Oban defence crumbled to give away the first try of the day after only a minute of play.
Oban were left shocked by their lacklustre start and were again on the back foot as Hillhead raced through some poor tackling on the 5th minute to soar into an early 12-0 lead.
At this stage things were looking worrying for the home side, a big step up in performance was required to prevent a heavy scoreline.
Oban replied well to their disastrous start and marched their way into the Hillhead half thanks to successive penalties being awarded their way by referee Willie Malone. The scoreline was narrowed on 15 minutes with Lorne MacLachlan powering over from short range after a period of pressure on the tryline. Scrum half Finlay Carmichael converted narrowing the score to 12-7. Hillhead though hit back with their third score of the game increasing their lead to 19-7.
The scoreline remained the same at the end of the first quarter with Oban growing into the game but however wasting a couple of try scoring opportunities in the process.
Oban’s improvements continued into the second quarter with a second try of the game coming from Scrum Half Finlay Carmichael. The home side were on top in terms of territory and possession aided by the visitor’s poor discipline at the breakdown. Carmichael dived over from the back of a ruck after a barrage of attacks on the line by the Oban forwards. The men in green were impressing at this stage of the game with some good attacks and retaining the ball well from a well oiled lineout. The usual dominance at scrumtime was missing however for the hosts who came up against a formidable Hillhead front row.
At halftime the score stood at 21-14 to the visitors with Oban pleased with their performance so far despite their slow start.
Halftime changes were made with Daniel Broderick replacing Craig McGuire at hooker while Calum MacLachlan and Dave McCabe were also introduced into the backline.
Oban had arguably their best period in the game going into the third quarter. Dave McCabe’s influence in midfield was proving to be a difference in attack as two well timed passes setup Oban Captain Craig Wright for two tries in quick succession. The two tries finished off from just inside the Hillhead half gave Oban a 26-21 lead.
Oban held onto their lead until the final play of the third quarter when an individual error over the tryline resulted in an easy touchdown for the onrushing Hills players. With the score tied at 26-26 Hills missed the resulting conversion in front of the posts meaning the sides would go into the last quarter equal on points.
Unfortunately for Oban the last 20 minutes of the game proved to be a one sided affair for the visitors as they ran in four unanswered tries against a tiring defence.
The final score recorded a convincing 52-26 win for Hillhead Jordanhill despite a spirited performance from Oban Lorne.
Player/ Coach Corrie Louw was happy with his teams performance overall with more positives than negatives to be taken from the game.
Oban Lorne RFC would like to thank Hillhead Jordanhill RFC for travelling for the game and wish them well for the season ahead in National Division 3.
Oban Lorne;
C. Louw, C. McGuire, D. Kemp, L. MacLachlan, A. MacDougall, J. Strachan, S. Povey, V. Mihov, F. Carmichael, I. Rhys- Roberts, A. Wright, T. Harrison, C. Wright, V. Borisov, D. McLaughlin.
D. Broderick, R. Morrison, D. McCabe, C. MacLachlan
BT WEST REGIONAL SHIELD PRELIMINARY ROND
SATURDAY 19TH AUGUST 2017
GARNOCK V OBAN LORNE
Oban Lorne kick off their 2017/18 season on Saturday with a tough away fixture to fellow BT West Division 1 opponents Garnock RFC in the West Regional Shield. The two sides have been familiar opponents over the past few years with Oban recording a narrow 10-7 win in their last meeting in February.
A win on Saturday would setup a home fixture against the winner of a fixture between Argyll rivals Helensburgh RFC and Division 2 side Cumbernauld. This potential fixture would be played on Saturday 26th of August at Glencruitten with a 3pm Kick off.
Oban Lorne and Garnock will meet again on Saturday 2nd of September at Glencruitten for the first West Division League game of the season.

Islay Beach Rugby, Pre Season Training and Lions Breakfast

OBAN LORNE PERFORM WELL AGAIN AT ISLAY BEACH RUGBY

Oban Lorne’s 1st XV and Ladies team made the trip to Argyll neighbours Islay RFC who hosted their annual Beach Rugby Festival in Port Ellen last weekend.
The Greenmachine fielded both a strong men’s and ladies team who were both hoping to keep up their good record in recent festivals.
Oban’s 1st XV team have reached the final of the event on four occasions but have never lifted the beach rugby trophy.
The Ladies team with a large squad performed well against the other three teams taking part with a good win over Cartha Queens Park and played well in losses to Watsonians Ladies and T200. The ladies then had a rematch with Cartha in the Bowl final where the opposition won by a narrow margin. The team did suffer a blow midway through the day when Lucy Stewart was airlifted to hospital in Glasgow with a suspected neck injury. Fortunately the injuries were not a serious as though and the player will return to pre season training as normal.
Aberfeldy & Paisley along with a local Islay team were Oban Lorne 1ST XVs opponents in the group stage of the men’s competition where the Oban side won all matches fairly comfortably.
The semi final was contested with reigning champions Kilchoman Distillery. Oban Lorne won a tough and close game despite yellow cards to both Robin MacQueen and Andy MacDougall.
Oban Lorne faced Bruichladdich Distillery in the final who were represented on the day by BT Premiership newcomers Marr RFC. Unfortunately Oban ran out of steam in the final going down nine tries to two as they finished up as runners up yet again.
As always the Islay Beach Rugby was a fantastic and well organised event. Many thanks must go to Islay RFC for running the day and the hospitality they offered to all the teams taking part.

OBAN LORNE PRE SEASON TRIANING 2017

Pre Season Training for Oban Lorne RFC’s senior teams will begin on Tuesday 27th of June.
Oban Lorne 1st XV are looking forward to their third consecutive season in West Division 1 under the guidance of head coach Corrie Louw. Due to league expansion the team will endure 22 league fixtures this season meaning the squad will need to be well prepared for the season ahead.
Oban Lorne’s 2nd XV and Ladies fixtures are yet to be announced by their respective leagues.
Pre Season Training is open to all players and beginners are more than welcome. Times and venues will be confirmed on the clubs Facebook page and website.

LIONS BREAKFAST WITH OBAN LORNE RFC

Oban Lorne RFC will be hosting a British & Irish Lions Breakfast for the three upcoming test matches with the All Blacks on the 24th of June, 1st & 8th of July.
The Test matches will be shown live on the clubs big screen with a full breakfast being served from 8am.
Cost per person is £8.50 with proceeds going to club funds. All members and non members are more than welcome to come along.

Lions Breakfast with Oban Lorne RFC

Oban Lorne RFC will be showing all three of the British & Irish Lions Tests v the All Blacks on the clubhouse big screen.

A full breakfast will be open along with an open bar from 8am for each game.

The cost is £8.50 per person with proceeds going to club funds.

All members and non members are welcome to attend.

For more information keep an eye on our Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/Oban-Lorne-RFC-205750612797668/