Etive Vikings host final mini rugby festival of season

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Mini rugby teams ended their 2017/2018 Dalriada programme on Sunday when Etive Vikings hosted the final festival of the season at Taynuilt Community Sports Field.

Despite wet conditions, fantastic rugby was on show during the day proving the amount of hard work that has been put in by players and coaches throughout the season.

This was the ninth Dalriada of the season hosted by an Argyll and Bute club, the largest number of festivals to be held in the area in one season.

Sunday’s event was attended by Oban Lorne RFC, Mid Argyll RFC, Lochaber RFC along with hosts Etive Vikings RFC. A few players from Isle of Mull RFC also came along and joined in with other teams. Unfortunately Kintyre RFC and Islay RFC were unable to attend.

Going into the final round of fixtures, the P4/5 overall season winner was still to be decided, with only four points separating Etive Vikings in first place and Oban Lorne and Mid Argyll in second and third.

The scores from Sunday’s P4/5 event were: Etive Vikings 6-Lochaber 1; Oban Lorne 3-Mid Argyll 6; Etive Vikings 5-Oban Lorne 0, Lochaber 3 Mid Argyll 3; Oban Lorne 3- Lochaber 3 and Mid Argyll 2-Etive Vikings 2.

The P6/7 age group saw Mid Argyll going into Sunday’s fixtures nine points ahead of nearest challengers Oban Lorne in second. The scores from Sunday’s P6/7 event were: Mid Argyll 5-Oban Lorne 0; Etive Vikings 5- Lochaber 0; Mid Argyll 5-Lochaber 0; Oban Lorne 3-Etive Vikings 6; Mid Argyll 2-Etive Vikings 4 and Oban Lorne 6-Lochaber 4.
The final 2017/2018 Dalriada tables were as follows:
P4/5 PLD W D L PTS

1. ETIVE VIKINGS 21 17 3 1 57
2. OBAN LORNE 27 10 3 14 52
2. MID ARGYLL 24 11 6 7 52
4. LOCHABER 18 6 6 7 41
5. KINTYRE 10 0 0 10 10
6. ISLE OF MULL 7 0 2 5 9

P6/7 PLD W D L PTS

1. MID ARGYLL 28 16 5 7 65
2. ETIVE VIKINGS 23 14 5 4 56
3. OBAN LORNE 28 11 4 13 54
4. LOCHABER 19 2 0 12 25
5. KINTYRE 10 6 1 3 23
6. ISLE OF MULL 10 2 1 7 15

Congratulations to Etive Vikings who were season winners at P4/5 and Mid Argyll at P6/7.

This season has been a hugely succsessful one for mini rugby clubs in the area.

Argyll and Bute Rugby Development Officer Allan Wright said: ‘This has been the most promising season yet for mini rugby teams in Argyll. It has been great to see such a high number of players attending our nine Dalriada Festivals this season. Our Highland neighbours Lochaber RFC have been a fantastic addition to the programme, along with Kintyre RFC who attended a few events for the first time.

‘I would like to thank all of the players, coaches and parents who have helped make this such a fantastic season’