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BT West Division 1
Oban Lorne P
OBAN Lorne’s West Division 1 fixture at home to Carrick was postponed on Saturday due to a waterlogged pitch at both Glencruitten and at North Connel. This was the first postponed fixture for the team due to weather this season and may become a familiar outcome due to the continuing wet weather causing problems to playing surfaces throughout the west regional leagues.
The men in green have a lay off for around a month due to Scotland’s autumn international matches with the team’s next league game not taking place until Saturday December 2 where they travel to take on Argyll rivals Helensburgh RFC.
With eight fixtures played so far this season Oban Lorne sit a lowly 11th place in the league despite significant improvement over recent games that have brought wins over former National Division sides Greenock Wanderers and Irvine.
The game versus Helensburgh on the December 2 will have a lasting effect on both sides for the rest of the season with Oban’s Argyll rivals occupying last place in the league.
Training for Oban Lorne’s men’s section continues every Tuesday from 6-7pm on the sstro pitch at Oban High School. All beginners welcome to come along.
Oban U14s 38
Oban’s U14 team took on Cumbernauld at home on Sunday in the Mitsibushi Motors West U14 Conference. The home side recorded a convincing 38-17 win scoring 10 tries in the process. In the true spirit of rugby Oban also loaned Cumbernauld four players for the match so that a 14-aside contest could go ahead.
Oban U14s are back in action this Sunday along with the U13 team as they both take part in home matches against Ardrossan RFC.
West U16 League
Oban U16 0
North Connel hosted a top-of-the-table clash between unbeaten Oban Lorne U16s and Stewartry on Saturday with both sides boasting 100 per cent winning records this season. Despite the 1st XV fixture in Oban not going ahead, the U16 game had to be played due to the visitors staying the night before in Oban.
The Oban side, who have recorded some big results in recent club and school fixtures, were left stunned on Saturday as an impressive and well drilled Stewartry side dominated in a 42-0 away win that ultimately hands them the U16 League title.
Oban did have chances to get into the game but were undone with poor handling and decision making near the tryline allowing the hosts to break clear and score against the run of play on a couple of occasions.
The Oban side have one remaining league game on November 19 at home to Kilmarnock RFC.
West U18 League
Oban Lorne U18s 46
Oban’s U18 side made the trip to North Ayrshire on Saturday to take on Ardrossan RFC. The Oban U18s had played five league fixtures going into Saturday’s game with no wins despite some promising performances.
A rusty start to Saturday’s game was made by Oban with no scoring or play of note in the opening 15 minutes or so.
As the first half went on Oban grew into the game and cut out some mistakes as they went into half-time with a 12-5 lead.
The confidence gained from their half-time lead grew as they blew the hosts away in the second half by running out convincing 46-5 winners.
Coach Gordon Shearer was left very impressed with his side’s efforts particularly some of the play in the backline and was also pleased to see some of the forwards step up in their performance with talismanic Lorne Sinclair missing.
Oban U18s look to continue their good form with a home match against Kilmarnock RFC this Saturday.
Helensburgh Women 0
Oban Lorne Ladies 105
Sunny, dry conditions were perfect for the ladies’ match on Sunday away to Helensburgh, although the pitch was boggy in places from all the recent rain.
Upon arriving, the team were informed that Helensburgh had recently suffered some bad luck losing their coach and captain, meaning this was their first fulfilled fixture of the season, and they had only 11 players meaning uncontested scrums from the start. Both teams also agreed to a 60-minute match from the start, but agreed it was best to just get some match time for both teams.
Oban started the game as they meant to go on, with try after try as the minutes played out.
All credit to Helensburgh for staying stuck in until the very final whistle and they hopefully managed to clear a few cobwebs as the season will continue to unfold.
The first try came for fly half Lucy Stewart, also Oban’s kicker, which was quickly followed by a try for Erika Skofca, playing out of position at number eight, and two more tries for Stewart, affording her a hat-trick in the opening quarter of the match.
Skofca then scored the fifth try of the game shortly after, shrugging off tackles to sprint towards the line. Tries six and seven were scored by winger Ellen Barlow, who also managed a hat-trick before the half time whistle blew. Try number eight was touched down by scrum half Audrey Barr, up the right wing of the pitch, after running through the muddiest patches.
Try nine was scored by inside centre Kirsty Sinclair. This brought the half-time score to 0-62 to the visiting team after 35 minutes of play.
It was agreed the second half would be 25 minutes’ play, and Oban utilised their subs to get fresh energy on the pitch.
Tries in this half continued to come thick and fast, with another two from Barr, giving her a hat-trick for the match also. Barlow scored her fourth try of the game before substitute winger Rachel MacDonald scored her opener for the game.
Captain of the day Veronica Speirs then scored a convincing individual try after running up the pitch through Helensburgh’s defensive line.
Try number 16 of the game came for recently returned player Claire MacPherson following some great supportive play up the left wing. The last try of the match was afforded to substitute fly half Rebecca Weeks, bringing the final score after 60 minutes to 0-105.
Despite the scoreline, and given that they are a recently established team, Oban ladies were impressed by Helensburgh’s commitment throughout the game and their comradery was encouraging to see.
Oban Ladies now have an impressive 404 points to their name for the season thus far; and perhaps more impressively 0 points against them.
They travel next Sunday to Ardrossan for their opening bowl game following defeat by Glasgow University in the opening round of the cup a couple of months ago. The ladies train on Tuesdays and Thursdays, 6-7pm, with more details available on their Facebook page.