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Table topping Ladies record impressive win at Ayr

Table topping ladies record impressive win at Ayr

 

Ayr Ladies 19-49 Oban Lorne Ladies

Tennents National League 1

 

Oban Lorne Ladies made the long journey to Ayr on Sunday with a squad of only 15 players for what would be their toughest match of the season. Ayr having been relegated from premier league last season  would be a strong and organised  team to take on.

 

During the opening minutes nerves were showing and mistakes were made by both teams, the opening plays saw lots of scrums, with both teams having strong forward packs the scrums were fairly even. After 10 minutes Oban’s fly half Lucy Stewart scored her first try and then converted to take the score to 0-7. Fifteen minutes in and Stewart scored her second Try of the day following some great footwork and support from her team mates Lucy found a gap in the strong defence. Again Stewart converted well.  14-0 to Oban Lorne.

 

Oban were playing well as a team working together and showing how much hard work they have been putting in during training together with coaches Corrie Louw, Billy Thomson and Darrell Williams.

Shortly followed another break by Lucy Stewart, great support by hooker Selina Keppie and an offload to winger Ellen Barlow for Obans third try of the day. The conversion was good again by Stewart as Oban now led an impressive 21-0.

 

Flanker Ailsa MacLachlan did well in controlling the defence and excellent line speed throughout the game complimented by Erika Skofca and Kirsty Sinclair Oban’s defence was proving hard to break. However after 30 minutes a try came for Ayr by their powerful forwards finally breaking through the strong Oban defence. The  conversion narrowed the lead to 7-21.

Oban came back with a great response to the Ayr try, an interception by powerful centre Erika  Skofca on the Ayr 5m line followed by a quick offload to Kirsty Sinclair who scored her first try of the game.  After 35 minutes there was another try for Ayr by their strong one out runners,  with a good conversion bringing the score to 14-28.

 

Halftime saw a good motivational talk from head coach Corrie Louw who was overall pleased with the ladies performance.

 

The restart was slightly scrappy with a couple of penalties awarded to both teams. Oban soon sorted out their issues and after  45 mins there was a second try for Sinclair after an interception on the halfway line, she could not be caught by Ayr defence and touched the ball down with ease.  The try was converted and Obans lead extended to 14-35.

Notably in the second half there were some strong runs by props Ellie MacNiven and Laura MacCormick who impressed also with their fearless tackling.

After 55 minutes, Ayr were hungry to close the gap and thier scrum half found space on the outside of Oban defence, after a penalty against oban for being offside, she scored a try on the wing  taking the score to 19-35.

Following Ayr’s try, Heather Fothergill was quick to respond to refs calls and put in a few great tackles putting Ayr wingers into touch. Also great tackles put in by Howdo Bean who found herself playing in the forward pack for the first time with Oban. Ailsa MacLachlan was also quick to defend the Oban line and made some strong runs through the game.At 65 mins Oban used a quick inside ball to Skofca following a strong Oban scrum, there was no stopping her. Stewarts reliable conversation brought the score to 19-42.   After 70 mins Ellie MacNiven scored a try on the back of a powerful run and some clever footwork form the Ayr 5m. Conversion good yet again and the score finished at 19-49.

Oban’s players of the match were awarded to forward Ailsa MacLachlan and Lucy Stewart. With a squad of only 15 the ladies all put in an amazing performance and showed that they are a force to be reckoned with in this league. Their hard work and strong team spirit was certainly shown throughout Sundays performance.

The ladies are away again on Sunday to Greenock Wanderers Ladies who sit mid table after the opening few games. They train every Tuesday 6pm and Thursday 630pm at the rugby club.

Sundays result means that Oban Lorne Ladies sit clear at the top of National Division 1. Sundays win is also the clubs first ever victory over Ayr.

 

Helensburgh 28-49 Oban Lorne

BT WEST DIVISION 2

Helensburgh  28-49  Oban Lorne

15th Sept 2018

 

Oban Lorne made the trip to Helensburgh last weekend for their shortest away trip of the season for this Argyll Derby against old foes Helensburgh. Both these teams know each other well having played  out the last few seasons in West Division 1. With both teams being relegated last season and changes behind the scenes with new coaching teams this was going to be an interesting encounter.

Oban were looking to continue their strong start to the season having claimed bonus point victories in the first two rounds of the league. A 36-6 win at home to Cumbernauld and an impressive 22-32 win at Paisley last weekend. Helensburgh were looking to get back on track after two opening defeats.

The Oban squad showing only a couple of changes from last weeks win against Paisley with Big Kyle Graham claiming a starting slot in the second row after impressing off the bench last week. Young Andy Ritchie made his first start of the season on the wing and was joined on the other wing by veteran Roddy Morrison.

Oban started the game well causing problems for Helensburgh with their expansive game plan. Oban threatened out wide early on and after some good quick rucks the first try of the game came after 5 minutes when No 8 Owen Macdonald Surged clear inside the 22 to score the first of Oban’s tries for the day. Finlay Carmichael stepped up to slot the conversion from an awkward angle and give Oban a 7-0 lead.

This was quickly followed by another Try for Oban scored this time by Lorne MacLachlan. Again good quick ruck ball inside the Opposition 22 allowed Lorne to break a couple of tackles and score under the posts. This try was again converted by Carmichael and Oban had raced into a 14-0 lead.

Oban were quick to get on the score board again when Craig Wright was launched from deep in his own half to race almost 80 meters for the next Oban Try. This was again converted by Carmichael and Oban were leading 21-0 with only as many minutes gone.

The Oban pack were dominating the Helensburgh pack at this time with the pace of the game. This was creating space out wide as Oban were willing to give the ball width at every opportunity. This allowed Oban to secure the bonus point with their 4th try after 30 minutess. Craig wright again found space on the outside to outpace the cover defence and score his second try of the game. Carmichael was having a great day with the boot and he nailed another conversion to put Oban 28-0 ahead.

Oban captain Iwan Rhys Roberts was next on the scoresheet with a classic interception try around the halfway line and sped away to score under the posts again. Carmichael converted again for a flawless first half kicking display and Oban were leading 35-0.

The Oban willingness to throw the ball around was to be their own downfall as a couple of dubious offloads allowed the Helensburgh back line to hack the ball into the Oban 22 where another mistake allowed the their centre to ground the ball over the line. This was duly converted and Oban led 35-7 at Half time.

Helensburgh came out with guns blazing at the start of the second half and managed to get their big forward running onto the ball and made good yards into the Oban 22. Poor tackling from Oban was allowing Helensburgh to get on the front foot and the pressure eventually told and the hosts score their second try of the match. Oban 35 Helensburgh 14.

Oban burst right back and Vice Captain Stephen Povey was next to cross the Helensburgh line with a trade mark surge, bursting a couple of tackles to get Oban back on track.

Helensburgh responded again with more poor tackling allowing the forwards to break the advantage line and get in behind. A well worked backs move then allowed the Burgh winger to score in the corner.

Oban made a few changes with Radi Maksimov and Daniel Speirs entering the fray for the last 30 mins. The change in the engine room didn’t change the dominance the Oban pack had enjoyed at scrum time with Oban securing a push over try  after taking the scrum against the feed. No 8 Owen Macdonald touched the ball down for his 2nd try of the game. The Big doctor has been a fantastic addition to the team and brings a real dynamism to the back row.

Oban were to be the architects of their own demise yet again allowing Helensburgh in for the bonus point score with more poor defending. Missed tackles were the order of the day and this will need to be addressed at training this week.

Final score was Helensburgh 28 Oban Lorne 49.

There were lots of positives to take from Obans attacking play although Coach Andrew Johnston was really disappointed to give away 28 points in defence. A lot of work needing done to fix some these problems ahead of next weeks trip away to Strathaven.

The following weekend 29th September Oban will host Dalziel RFC from West Division 1 in the next round of the West shield and this will be a tough test for the Oban team. We would like to Welcome any former players up to the club for a Pie and Pint before the match.

This weekends fixture away to Strathaven kicks off at 3pm.

 

Paisley 22-32 Oban Lorne

Tennents West Region Division 2

Paisley 22-32 Oban Lorne

Saturday 8th September  2018

 

Oban Lorne travelled to Paisley on Saturday to play the side who finished third in the division last year narrowly missing out on promotion and being hotly tipped to win the league this season.

A strong Oban team showing only a couple of changes from the team who were successful against Cumbernauld the previous week with Lorne Sinclair coming in at Hooker and David Cameron taking his place on the wing. There was also a start on the wing for Oban High School PE teacher Callum Murray.

Paisley kicked off and won a penalty almost straight from the kick off with Oban knocking the ball on and player playing the ball in front. The Paisley kicker dispatched the kick with ease, an early warning for Oban.

Oban responded by racing up the other end and after some fast and accurate rucking created space for Vice Captain Stephen Povey to cross the line for Oban’s first try of the afternoon after just six minutes of play.

Almost straight from the kick off Oban were to double their try tally for the afternoon after some good attacking play by the backs took Oban back into the Paisley 22, Back row player Matt Walker was on hand to cross the Try line next to the posts. Finlay Carmichael converted to increase the Oban lead to 12 points to 3 after ten mins.

Oban were causing Paisley a number of problems with the speed of there attacking play. The Oban pack were outworking there much heavier opponents and creating good quick ruck ball for the backs to use with Outside Centre Iwan Roberts and Fullback Craig Wright using their pace to stress the defence.

Finlay Carmichael was to extend the Oban lead with another well struck penalty kick after Paisley were caught offside at the ruck. Oban 15 Paisley 3.

Craig Wright was next on the scoreboard with another scything run down the wing outpacing the Paisley to score behind the posts. Finlay Carmichael stepped up to slot the conversion to put Oban 22 to points to 3 ahead.

This brought an end to the scoring in the first half and the message at half time was to keep the work rate high and keep the ball in hand to keep challenging the defence.

Paisley made a couple of positional changes at Half time which really challenged the Oban defence and allowed them to get a period of ascendency. The Oban midfield struggled to adapt to this change and this allowed Paisley to claw back a couple of tries to bring them back into contention in the game Paisley 17 Oban 22.

Oban rang the changes to try and freshen up the team bringing on Stanley Lister, Kyle Graham and Daniel Speirs. This seemed to have the desired effect with Oban managing to get back in control of the game.

Finlay Carmichael managed to give Oban a bit of breathing space with another well struck Penalty kick Oban 25 Paisley 17.

With Oban raising the pace of the game again as their fitness started to show they managed to return to the fast paced game that had served them so well in the first half.

The Bonus point try was finally achieved after another scintillating attack involving both backs and forwards with the ball making the ball out to the wing for David Cameron to slide in at the corner for his first senior try. This was again converted by Carmichael to move Oban onto 32 points.

There was still time for Paisley to score another try as they capitalised on Oban mistake in their 22 to cross for their 3rd try of the afternoon and bring the final score to Paisley 22 Oban 32.

There were lots of positives again for the Oban coach to take from this game although the defensive lapses will need to addressed in training this week.

This week Oban travel to Helensburgh for an Argyll derby where they would look to continue there good run of form, Helensburgh are no strangers having also dropped down from West 1 last season with Oban winning both home and away last season.

Oban Lorne’s next home game is the Tennents West Shield Semi Final at home to Dalziel on Saturday 29th of September.

Oban Lorne 36-6 Cumbernauld

TENNENTS WEST DIVISION 2

OBAN LORNE 36-6 CUMBERNAULD

SATURDAY 1ST SEPTEMBER

 

Oban Lorne 1st XV got off to a brilliant start to the 2018/19 league season on Saturday, with a comfortable 36 – 6 bonus point win against Cumbernauld. The men in green kicked off with confidence after a positive pre-season of testing training sessions in the build up to the league. The starting line up saw three 1st caps for Oban Lorne; Number eight Owen McDonald, back row Lorne Sinclair and David Cameron on the wing. Sinclair and Cameron are both products of Oban High Schools ‘School of Rugby’ Programme.

 

Oban pinned Cumbernauld back from the off, with immense pressure from the kick off, and good attacking play. Finlay Carmichael put captain Iwan Roberts into a gap in the Cumbernauld backline from the first set piece of the game, and the ball was kicked in to the corner, putting pressure on the visitors to try and exit their 22. Cumbernauld struggled to get up the pitch and Oban were awarded with a penalty 25 metres out for holding on in the ruck. Carmichael comfortably slotted it over for the first points of the game.

 

The following 10 minutes saw many breaks in play, with ill discipline from Oban Lorne making it hard for themselves to settle in the game. They were straying offside far too often; an area the team and coaches will be working on improving in training. The first try came somewhat out of the blue, with Craig Wright dancing his way past several defenders sideways across the pitch, and scored under the posts. Carmichael converted. The game continued as it was, with Oban Lorne’s over eagerness at the breakdown costing them 6 points in 10 minutes, with two penalties awarded to Cumbernauld for offsides.

 

It was Oban’s turn with the ball for the rest of the first half, with some structured attacking play resulting in Cumbernauld defending on their try line. Scrum half Vasil Borisov forced his way through a small gap to score, which was converted by Carmichael. Oban were up 17 – 6 at the half time whistle.

 

Oban scored a try early on in the second half, with some individual brilliance by full back Craig Wright. Cumbernauld cleared their lines with a big kick up field, which Wright collected in his own half and beat all defenders on the outside, who couldn’t match his electric pace. Wright then chipped the ball over the Cumbernauld full back, and collected the ball to score near the corner.

 

The next 15 minutes was Cumbernauld’s turn to attack. For almost 10 minutes, the Oban forwards put in a massive defensive effort on their own try line, and were eventually awarded a penalty which was celebrated more than any try in the match. The next try came from an impressive team effort and a number of phases, ending with Owen McDonald receiving the ball from a Carmichael miss pass, and running 20m to score on his debut.

 

The rest of the game was again quite broken, with turnovers at the line outs frustrating the home side. Prop Callum MacLachlan was terrorising the Cumbernauld defence with powerful runs, and good support play by the likes of second row Eric Roberts and vice captain Stephen Povey resulted in some great phases of attacking rugby. The final try was in last play and was another brilliant team try. Prop Corrie Louw threw a textbook scrum half pass out wide to Wright, who drew in a defender to create a 2 on 1 releasing centre Iwan Roberts with only the full back to beat. Andrew Ritchie timed his support run to perfection and received the ball from Roberts to run in 50m for the try.

 

The men in green were delighted to start their season with a bonus point win, and will be looking to take the confidence and winning mentality into next week’s away game in Paisley. Saturdays result means the team lie in third position, joint top of the table along with Uddingston, Lenzie, Paisley and Bishopton who all recorded bonus point wins.

This weeks opponents Paisley RFC narrowly missed out on promotion last season and will be a tough test for the Greenmachine as they also ha d a good start to the league with a 34-23 win away to Wigtownshire in Stranraer. Kick off this Saturday is at 3pm.

 

Oban Lorne’s next home fixture is on Saturday 29th of September as the club welcome Dalziel RFC from Motherwell to Glencruitten for the Quarter Final of the West Regional Shield. Kick off on the 29th is at 3pm

Oban Lorne 43-12 Strathaven

Oban Lorne 43-12 Strathaven

Tennents West Regional Shield Qualifying Round

Saturday 18th August

 

Oban Lorne welcomed Strathaven RFC  to Glencruitten on Saturday  for the West Regional Shield Qualifier.  This is the first of three meetings this season as Strathaven are also in Oban’s league West Division 2

 

Oban had a strong squad following on from their success in last week’s Tower 10’s tournament and were looking to make a statement to the rest of the league by laying down a marker for the season.

 

The Greenmachine started brightly and were quickly on the front foot but the old habits of previous seasons of attacking too close to the rucks were allowing Strathaven to contest well and turnover ball and they held onto it through a number of phases of their own without really trying the Oban defence.

 

The first score of the game came when new club captain Iwan Rhys Roberts  latched onto a great pass and sprinted through a yawning gap to score under the posts. This was a relief all round as he had been doubtful right upto kick off with a muscle strain. This was promptly converted by Finlay Carmichael.

 

Oban then became a penalty machine as no fewer than 15 penalties were given away around the ruck, which saw Oban marched back a further 20 metres for answering back to referee. This was crazy given the warning the team had been given from the official before the game. This was a warning that was ignored as the referee was soon to send sin bin Liam Burns after only 60 seconds on the pitch for an alleged high tackle another area that the referees are clamping down on this season.

 

Oban did well to withstand this spell of pressure and they were soon on the scoreboard again with Craig Wright dancing down the touchline from an opposition drop out 22. Wright then doubled his tally when straight from the kick off a great kick off reception allowed Oban to shift the ball wide early for Wright to sprint clear from inside his own 22 to score  at the other end..

 

To their credit Strathaven came right back at Oban and still enjoying the extra man advantage they continued to pressure the Oban defence. Again Poor discipline was to be the Oban’s down fall as a failure to clear away from the tackle area resulted in Strathaven being able to kick the ball into the corner and score from a rolling maul off their lineout which had been poorly defended by Oban. This brought an end the scoring to an enjoyable first half with Oban leading 17 -5. The men in Green could have gone a further try clear before the break as Callum Murrays effort was disallowed due to a slightly forward pass.

 

Oban were quick to find their stride in the 2nd half with new Oban High  PE teacher  Callum Murray flying in for another score after being released by some great work in the midfield. This was again well converted by Finlay Carmichael.

 

Strathaven were struggling to cope with the speed of play of the Oban backs and the back row who were all quite exceptional on the day. Flankers Matt Walker and Daniel Speirs  were a thorn in their side all day winning a number of contests at the breakdown while newly appointed Vice Captain Stephen Povey was a strong and able ball carrier all day long. Young Daniel Speirs was eventually selected as the Man of the Match for his display .

 

Craig Wright was soon to claim his hat trick of tries with another scything run down the flanks. The ability to release him from full back was really paying dividends as they just could not match his electric pace. Oban are carrying a number of threats in their backline this season and are going to cause a lot of problems.

 

Next up on the scoreboard was Radi Maksimovthe Bulgarian international Hooker who was revelling in the freedom given to him in the new system to hang out wide on the wing. This allowed him to use his pace to beat the cover defence after another fantastic piece of multiphase play.

 

Oban fell asleep for the next five mins or so and gifted Strathaven another soft try from a quick tap penalty when the defence was flatfooted and allowed the Centre to crash through a gap that just shouldn’t have been there. Oban will have to work hard to cut out these minor errors and lapses in concentration.

 

Callum Murray was the next to cross the line for Oban with another opportunistic try after a fantastic break from Calum McLachlan. The big fella playing his first game in his new role of prop broke the Strathaven defence from his own 10 metre line and looked like he might go all the way but was dragged down just yards from the line, the offload was knocked backwards over the line by a Strathaven hand and The flying winger was on hand to pounce and score his 2nd try of the day.

 

This brought the final score to Oban Lorne 43 Strathaven 12 a good victory to start the season. The Oban coaching team were delighted with the majority of the performance but realise that there are a number of areas which still need to be tightened up for the season ahead.

 

There are a number of players back in the mix this weekend and it is great to have options available across the park. With good numbers at training everyone knows that they are going to have to earn their slot in the starting lineup.

 

This weekend Oban host old foes Annan in the next round of the West shield before Starting their league campaign the following week at home to Cumbernauld. Saturdays fixture with Annan is due to kick off at 3pm.

 

 

Tower 10’s 2018

Tower 10’s 2018

On a cracking day for rugby with the sun splitting the sky and the pitch at Glencruitten in fantastic condition Oban Lorne RFC welcomed four other squads to their 2nd Annual Tower 10’s tournament.

Joining Oban on the day were local sides Lochaber RFC & Isle of Mull RFC long with national Division 3 side Hillhead Jordanhill RFC. Oban fielded two sides on the day with a 1st XV and a Oban High School former pupils team led by Fergus Bradbury.

This abbreviated version of the game is perfect for pre-season allowing new head coach Andrew Johnston to evaluate a number of players ahead of next weekend’s West Shield match against Strathaven.

Oban fielded two very strong looking sides with a mixture of youth and experience through both teams.

The First match of the day saw Oban 1ST xv welcome local rivals Lochaber who brought a youthful squad down from the Highlands. A tight first half was played with both teams struggling to adapt to the speed of the game and saw only one try scored through Oban’s Andy MacDougall on a powerful surge from 5metres out.

The second half  was a different story altogether with two further tries for Oban from Craig Wright and Matt Walker with Lochaber securing two late  consolation tries as Oban fell off a couple of tackles. Oban won in the end four tries to two.

Next up was the Oban FP’s led by Fergus Bradbury they played Inverness Craig Dunain led by former Oban Player Struan Simpson. The Oban team found their feet quickly and raced into a three try lead in the first half with tries from Allan Wright, Daniel Spiers and David McLauglin all converted by Finlay Carmichael.

Craig Dunain scored a couple of great tries of their own in the second half before a try for Stephen Povey gave them a bit of breathing space. Final score four tries to two for Oban FP’s.

Oban then met Hillhead Jordanhill in the next match. The Team from National League 3 were expected to be the sternest test of the day . Oban started strongly and were quickly on the scoreboard with a try for new club captain Iwan Rhys Roberts. This was quickly followed by a try for another new member of the squad Callum Murray who is a new PE Teacher at the High School. Oban took a two try lead into half time. Hills hit back early in the second period with a well taken try out wide. Oban responded well to this with two further tries for Callum Murray and one for Matt Walker to see them home. A very assured performance against a team from two leagues above.

Our Friends over the water from Isle of Mull RFC were the next opponents for the FP’s team and their strong tradition in 7’s rugby shone as they raced into an early two try lead with a couple of fantastic long range tries. The FP’s team managed to rally at half time and scored three unanswered tries through Allan Wright and a double from David McLaughlin to edge out the islanders by three tries to two.

Mull had to back up this fixture with a small rest period against the Oban team. They carried on where they had left off in the previous game causing problems for the Oban defence with their speed of play and were rewarded with a well worked try from Sean Black. Oban responded with another try from Callum Murray whose pace looks set to cause opposition defences problems in the coming season as he is a flying machine. Further tries for Oban came from Radi Maksimov the Bulgarian international showing good acceleration and strength to score under the posts.  Another for Iwan Rhys Roberts and another for Callum Murray to a single score from Mull. Oban win four tries to two.

The FP’s next opponents were Lochaber who were growing with confidence as the tournament progressed. A great try from young Robert McLaughlin from Dalmally was a great start. This was followed by a brace from David Mclaughlin either side of half time and topped off by Allan Wright who looked impressive at Scrum half all day. Lochaber scored two consolation tries

Next up for Oban was Craig Dunain and the team were full of confidence and enjoying the way the competition was developing. This was a fantastic performance with Oban in complete control. A total of seven tries were scored with another brace for Callum Murray along with tries for Matt Walker, Radi Maksimov, David Cameron and Iwan Rhys Roberts leading to a comprehensive victory.

Oban’s last match of the day was the inter club game against the FP’s. Oban dominated the first half with tries from Andy Ritchie , Calum MacLachlan and Radi Maksimov. Oban were playing a very expansive game and this was causing problems for the FP’s defence who leaked three further tries to Lorne MacLachlan, Borisow Vasil and another for Iwan Rhys Roberts to single reply from Young Sean Gordon who looks really promising. A wee bit more confidence and we will see how fast he can really be!!

The last game of the day was the FP’s v Hillhead Jordanhill who had been rotating their squad of 22 players in each game. A couple of injuries meant it was a mix and match Oban team who struggled with an element of fatigue and just couldn’t get going. Hillhead ran in three tries to Oban’s one to bring an end to the competition.

President of the Scottish Rugby Union Dee Bradbury presented the Tower 10’s trophy to newly appointed Oban Captain Iwan Rhys Roberts to bring to the end a very successful day.  Some very good rugby on display from all teams give hope for the forthcoming season.  Oban Lorne still a number of players to make an appearance this season and the squad is looking fit and strong.

Oban Lorne would like to thank all of the clubs who travelled to take part in Saturdays event and will look forward to welcome the teams back to Glencruitten for 2019’s Festival.

Many thanks must also go to the Ladies team for organising the burgers, Willie Malone for organising the referees and to Argyll & Bute groundsman Ian Hay for preparing the pitches for the event.

Oban Lorne appoint new captain ahead of 2018/2019 season

Oban Lorne are delighted to announce the appointment of Iwan Rhys Roberts as 1St xv club captian for the 2018/2019 season.

The Welshman who has impressed in the backline over the past season takes over from fellow backline player Craig Wright who has led the team for the past two seasons.

It is an exciting time for Iwan to be appointed captain with a large number of new and young players moving into the squad as the team look to bounce back from last years relegation to West Division 2.

Everyone at the club wishes Iwan and his team all the best ahead of the new season.

Tennents West Regional Shield – Preliminary Round

Saturday 18th August

Oban Lorne v Strathaven

Oban Lorne take to the field this Saturday for their first competitive fixture of the new season as the welcome fellow West Divison 2 side Strathaven RFC to Glencruitten.

The two sides will contest for a place in the 1st round of the West Regional Bowl. The 1st round tie will be played on Saturday 25th of August with Oban or Strathaven facing the winner of the Cambuslang v Annan tie that will also be played on Saturday. Kick off this weekend is at 3pm, all welcome to come along a watch.

Oban Lorne’s first Tennents West Division 2 fixture of the season will be played at home to Cumbernauld RFC on Saturday 1st of September, kick off 3pm at Glencruitten.

Pre Season, 2018/2019 Fixtures & Tower 10s

Oban Lorne Pre Season Training starts under new coaching team

 

Oban Lorne’s Pre-season training commences on Tuesday 3rd of July from 7-9pm at the Rugby Club, Glencruitten Drive. Training will be running every Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday from the 3rd until the first fixtures of the 2018/2019 season. Saturday sessions will start at 10am sharp.

In order for players to play to their potential fitness is extremely important so commitment to training over this period will be key to a successful season ahead.

The club are always on the look for new or experienced rugby players for all of our senior teams as well as welcoming all off our U18 players into the senior setup.

This season the 1st XV will be under the guidance of a new coaching team with Andrew Johnston as head coach along with Allan Wright, David McLaughlin and Murray Hamilton as assistant coaches. The squad had a very positive and informative meeting last week with the new coaching team where over 20 players turned up.

Anyone interested in coming along can contact Andrew Johnston on 07568310763.

 

Tennents West Division 2 & West Regional Shield Fixtures announced

 

Scottish Rugby have announced the 2018/2019 season fixtures for all National and Regional Leagues that will be sponsored by Tennents Lager.

Oban Lorne who are taking part in West Division 2 start their league season with a home game against Cumbernauld on Saturday 1st of September.

The Greenmachine then face three consecutive away matches to Paisley, Argyll rivals Helensburgh and Strathaven before welcoming Millbrae to Glencruitten on Saturday 29th of September.

With 22 league games to be played over the season it will be key for the club to make a good start to the season and also hope that weather and pitch conditions are kinder than last year where a big number of games were postponed.

Along with the league Oban will also be taking part in the Tennents West Regional Shield fixtures and have been drawn at home to Strathaven RFC in the preliminary round on Saturday 18th of August. The winner of this tie will face the winner of Annan  or Cambuslang at home the following Saturday 25th.

 

Tower 10’s

 

Oban Lorne RFC will be launching the 2018/2019 season with the now annual Tower 10’s Festival on Saturday 11th of August at Glencruitten.

After a very successful inaugural event last season the club are hoping to build on the event that will help the players prepare for the new season ahead.

Teams attending this years Festival are, Tri Trust Rugby International, LFEA RFC, Isle of Mull RFC, Inverness Craig Dunain RFC, Lochaber RFC, Moray RFC, Queensferry RFC along with hosts Oban Lorne RFC and an Oban High School FPs side led by Fergus Bradbury.

Anyone interested or would like more info on the event should email obanlornerfc@gmail.com

2018 Club Dinner and Awards

Oban Lorne 2018 Club Dinner and awards night

Oban Lorne RFC hosted their annual awards dinner on Saturday evening in front of a packed clubhouse. The  dinner and awards night concludes what has been another busy season for all involved at the club.
  After a fantastic three course meal provided by Michael Hewitt of ‘Oban Spitroasts/Argyll All Occasions Catering Company’ club president Sandy Rokitta gave a brief overview of the season so far that was dominated by some overwhelming success fro our fantastic ladies team. The Ladies were awarded Scottish Rugby Womens Club if the season at the Unions awards dinner at Murrayfield on Friday, this is a massive achievement for the team that the whole club and town should be very proud of.
  The clubs 1st XV have had a very frustrating season is West Division 1 and will find themselves playing in division 2 from September.
  Saturdays awards winners from the 1st XV were; Top points Scorer, Craig Wright, Best Trainer, Jonathan Sayer, Most Improved, Kyle Graham, Best Newcomer, Matt Walker, Player of the Year, Craig Wright, Young Player, Jack Strachan & Player Player, Craig Wright.
  The award winner from the Ladies section were; Top points scorer, Lucy Stewart, Best Trainer, Ellie MacNiven, Most Improved, Ailsa MacLachlan, Best Newcomer, Eika Skofca, Player of the Year, Erica Skofca, Young Player, Ellen Barlow & Players Player Erica Skofca.
  Clubperson of the year went to George Hamilton for his dedication to all teams including youth, mens and ladies in his fantastic pitch side first aid support. George is also a valuable member of the clubs committee holding the very important role of Child Protection Officer.
  The 1st XV’s Bulgarian Internationals Radostin Maksimov and Vasil Borisov were also congratulated with their National Team success this season.
  Outgoing 1st XV Coach Corrie Louw was also presented by gifts from the club and players for his hard work and dedication towards coaching the team over the past seven seasons in what has been an extremely successful time for Oban Lorne RFC.

Oban Lorne 20-24 Stewartry

BT WEST DIVISION 1

SATURDAY 28TH APRIL

OBAN LORNE 20-24 STEWARTRY

Along with the excitement of the Ladies winning the National Bowl the backlog of West Division 1 fixtures meant that the Oban Lorne 1st XV were also in action with a rearranged fixture against mid table Stewartry RFC.

With all players supporting the Ladies in their 45-5 Bowl triumph at BT Murrayfield the Oban Lorne committee arranged a neutral venue for Saturdays game as the fixture was played at Bouroughmuir RFC’s Meggetland ground, a short trip from Murrayfield.

Oban Lorne fielded a relatively strong team but were missing key players such as Lorne MacLachlan, Jamie Bate, Jack Strachan, Connor Kerr, Finlay Carmichael, David McLaughlin and Iwan Rhys Roberts. The majority of the missing players are unavailable due to injuries.

Stewartry RFC who are safe in mid table had nothing to play for in this fixture  still fielded an impressive lineup and found themselves rave into a very early 7-0 lead thanks to some poor defence around the breakdown from Obans pack.

Oban responded mid way through the half as Captain and Stand Off for the day Craig Wright burst clear from 30 metres out to score and reduce the deficit to 7-5.

The men in Green were competing well in the game aided by some superb back row play from Stephen Povey, Daniel Speirs and Matt Walker.

Poor tackling proved to be Oban’s downfall on the day however as Stewartry again capitalised on some sloppy defending to score their second try of the day extending the score to 14-5. Wright responded for Oban with a penalty just before the break to reduce the score to 14-8.

Stewartry dominated most of the possession in the send half but Oban were looking very dangerous on the break and took the lead on 45 minutes as Calum MacLachlans break upfield setup Bulgarian International Radostin Maksimov who finished off well. 15-14 to Oban.

This lead was however short lived as Stewartry’s dangerous outside Centre scored to regain a 21-15 lead for his team.

Calum MacLachlan went close again for Oban as the powerful winger just lost control off the ball as he surged towards the tryline. Oban did give themselves a real chance at victory as Wright scored his second of the day with 10 minutes remaining taking the team back into the game at 21-20.

Stewartry controlled the closing stages well and slotted over a penalty kick taking the score to 24-20 meaning Oban needed a try to win the match. Oban pushed late on but could not breach the away defence as Stewartry held on for a narrow and hard fought 24-20 win.

The result means that Oban’s task of surviving in the league is looking in real doubt as the team lie nine points adrift of 10th placed Irvine RFC.

This Saturday Oban Lorne welcome Kilmarnock RFC to Glencruitten for the second time this season. The clubs met in March with the game being abandoned due to an injury to the referee. Saturdays must win game for Oban kicks off at 3pm.

Murrayfield here we come!

BT WOMENS NATIONAL BOWL SEMI FINAL

SUNDAY 8TH APRIL 2018

OBAN LORNE LADIES 29-5 HOWE OF FIFE HARLEQUINS

Oban Lorne Ladies took to the field on Sunday in the biggest game of their 15 year history as they welcomed National Division 1 side How of Fife Harlequins for the much anticipated BT National Bowl Semi Final.

For Oban this game has been the reward for what has already been a hugely successful 2017/18 season with the team securing the National Division 2 title in style by winning all 10 fixtures played so far and only conceding two tries in the process. The Bowl competition has offered the team a chance to take on higher league opponents and challenge for a National Final place at BT Murrayfield n Saturday 28th of April.

A large home crowd gathered at Glencruitten as the teams were piped onto the field  on a fantastic spring day. Oban Lorne Coach Corrie Louw and Team Manager Darrell Williams had a full squad to choose from with the strong contingent being led by Captain Laura ‘America’ MacCormick.

Oban made a strong start to the game and were eager to get on the scoreboard early to ease some of their pre match nerves. Italian Centre Erika Skofca had a strong run early in the game giving Oban a great attacking platform to play from. Unfortunately the ball was knocked on near the line gifting Howe a reprieve in the form of a 5 metre scrum.

A handling mistake from Howe’s stand off at the tryline was gathered up by Oban Inside Centre Kirsty Sinclair who made the visitors pay for their mistake touching down for an early try. Oban Led 7-0after a straightforward conversion from Lucy Stewart.

Despite going ahead so early on this was not t be a one sided fixture as has been the case in the majority of Oban’s fixtures this season. Howe Harlequins possessed a big physical presence and were competing very well at the breakdown thanks to their impressive blindside flanker and second row.

The visitors enjoyed a strong spell in the game during the first 20 minutes but were undone at times with some fantastic Oban tackling. Ailsa MacLachlan was having a storming start to the game with her work rate in defence being particularly impressive. Impressive too was a big hit from winger Ellen Barlow who managed to hold  back a promising Howe attack.

Howe Harlequins hit back on the scoreboard after around 20 minutes as a quickly taken free kick was finished off over the line reducing the deficit to two points at 7-5 to Oban.

It was the visitors who controlled the majority of possession and territory during the first half but were limited in scoring opportunities down to a fantastic defensive attitude by the whole Oban team.

Oban, when in possession looked the more promising side in attack and broke up field on a couple of occasions with runs from try scorer Kirsty Sinclair and Captain Laura MacCormick.

The reward for Oban’s superb defensive display was a second try that was scored just 5 minutes before the halftime break. Rachel MacDonald’s run up field gifted Oban possession close to the tryline. Some clever play by scrum Half Audrey Barr allowed Prop Ellie MacNiven to power over the line and extend Oban’s lead to 12-5.

Both sides played out a largely uneventful closing to the first half as Oban went in to the break as narrow leaders.

Oban’s efforts were dealt a blow early in the second half with Prop Ellie MacNiven being removed from the field due to a concussion. MacNiven was replaced by Nienke Van Geel  who proved to be a very string replacement impressing at scrum time throughout the second half.

It took Oban 15 minutes of the second half to orchestrate a promising attacking move. Stand Off Lucy Stewart broke free from within her own half and had a timely offload to the onrushing Erica Skofca who raced clear and touched down for Oban’s third try of the game.  This extended the score to 17-5 as a tricky conversion bounced back off the uprights.

Oban were now looking very dangerous anytime they had the ball in hand with notable good plays from fullback Kelly Lamont and winger Ellen Barlow. Unfortunately Barlow had been carrying an injury from around halftime and she was replaced with Lyndsay Waterson coming off the bench.

The home side were starting to dominate areas of the game and were unlucky not to score their fourth try of the game after some good forward play resulted in the ball being held up over the line.

From a 5 metre Scrum Oban found their fourth try and a bit of breathing space that came along with it. The hugely impressive Ailsa MacLachlan just manged to touch down underneath the posts, a big rewarded for her had work through the game as she extended her teams lead to 24-5.

Oban could now relax a little were looking very confident with the ball in hand. Further good runs from the likes of Erica Skofca, Kelly Lamont, Kirsty Sinclair and Rachel MacDonald were putting the tiring How defence under pressure.

With 10 minutes remaining Oban pressed for their final try of the day. Some clever play by Rachel MacDonald and Lyndsay Waterson allowed the ball to be spun from left to right across the pitch eventually finding the determined Erica Skofca who finished off her second try of the game putting the result out of doubt bow at 29-5.

Despite being behind in the game huge credit must be given to Howe Harlequins who never gave up and had a very strong finish to the game. The visitors dominated the closing stages of the play but could not find a clinical edge to get past the yet again strong Oban defence.

As the final whistle was blown their were celebrations all round Glencruitten as Oban  Lorne Ladies now progress to the BT National Bowl final at BT Murrayfield on Saturday 28th of April.

Despite the celebrations Oban were very respectful of Howe Harlequins who were without doubt the most impressive side Oban have played against this season. Sundays game could at one stage have gone either way and a 29-5 score line does not reflect how the majority of the game was played.

Key players for Oban on the day such as Laura MacCormick and the centre paring of Sinclair and Skofca contributed well to the win but nobody could come close to emulating the efforts of flaker Ailsa MacLachlan who simply put in an outstanding performance.

The team enjoyed their aftermatch celebrations in a packed Glencruitten clubhouse but the attention for now goes back to league duty where the team face a tough trip away to Kelso this Sunday.

Oban Lorne Ladies will be taking on Garioch RFC Women in the Bowl final who had a convincing 55-0 against Orkney in the opposing semi final game. Ticket’s for Oban Lorne’s final on ‘Silver Saturday’ can be purchase via the Scottish Rugby website with supporters being encouraged to choose Oban Lorne from the list of available clubs to receive commission from the gat receipts.

More details for the final will be announced by the club in due course.

The Ladies team would like to thank the Regent Hotel Oban for their fantastic team breakfast on Sunday as well as Tommy Sutherland from Bespoke Hotels who provide a buffet and aftermatch meal for the teams and supporters. Thanks must also go to the long list of ongoing sponsors and supporters who made the event on Sunday go extremely well.

Oban Lorne Ladies:

  1. MacCormick ©, S. Keppie, E. MacNiven, V. Speirs, G. Mitchell, R. Sims, A. MacLachlan, C. Leslie, A. Barr, L. Stewart, K. Sinclair, E, Skofca, E. Barlow, R. MacDonald, K. Lamont.
  2. Van Geel, C. MacPherson, H. Cringles, H. Bean, S. Rosinski, L. Waterson, L. Comer.