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Oban S1 and S2 v Helensburgh, Saturday February 23
Oban S1 24 v Helensburgh 31
Oban S2 17 v Helensburgh 43
Oban Lorne/Oban High Schools’ first and second year sides welcomed Helensburgh and Lomond to Glencruitten for friendly fixtures on Saturday.
All four teams had great numbers on the day showing the ever-increasing popularity and growth of the game throughout the area.
The first years played out a close-fought affair on Glen 3, with Helensburgh eventually running out 31-24 winners after scoring a late try.
Oban’s four tries came from Murray McDonald, Mid Argyll, (2) and Thomas Jackson (2). This fixture could have gone either way with both sides playing fantastic, free flowing rugby.
On the main pitch, the second year game was a comfortable win for the visitors who ran out 43-17 winners. Oban did have their moments in the game and hit back with a hat rick of tries from the impressive Gregor Warnock.
Both clubs enjoyed fantastic pre-match hospitality provided by a great team of Oban parents. It is hoped Oban can return the favour and travel to Helensburgh before the end of the season.
Oban’s first and second year players were due back in action yesterday (Wednesday February 27) in their next Bulls v Sharks inter-school/club fixture at Oban High School.
West Regional U18 Cup, Saturday February 23
Oban Lorne U18s 10 v Cartha Queens Park RFC 36
After two recent losses in the U18 competition against West of Scotland and Whitecraigs, Oban U18s were looking to salvage some pride with the visit of Cartha Queens Park RFC to Glencruitten on Saturday.
Oban coach Murray Hamilton was left with a pre-match headache with a number of first choice players calling off due to illness or injury meaning he only had a limited squad of 15 players.
A number of players agreed to play out of position including a start for winger Robert McLaughlin at scrum half.
Oban held out in defence in the early stages of the match, but started to fall off the tackles as the first 35 wore on and found themselves 24-0 down at half-time.
Things improved in the second half as the side scored their first points of 2019 with an Angus Neil penalty and a well-taken try from Aaron McCall giving Oban a deserved 10 point haul for their efforts.
Forward Craig Cook and stand off Angus Neil were the standout performers in the Oban side and should see themselves wearing a first team shirt next season if they continue their good form.
Oban U18s are now likely to find themselves in the semi final of the West Bowl that will be drawn this week.
National U15 Girls Club Cup Preliminary Round
Oban U15 Girls 73 East Kilbride 31
East Kilbride’s U15 girls made the trip to Oban on Saturday for the second meeting between the sides this season.
East Kilbride won an evenly-matched contest 21-19 at Glencruitten last September.
Oban’s girls have been impressing this season and played on Sunday after a good showing at the Glasgow Warriors Rugby Championship where they won all of their matches.
After a close start to the game, with East Kilbride leading 14-7, Oban improved their performance and beat East Kilbride 73-31 in a match that was closer than the scoreline suggests.
Oban’s 11 tries came from Chloe Armour, Amber Russell, Mid Argyll, Eve Campbell, Charlie Johnston, Kate Findlay, Jordan MacIntyre (2) and Poppy McKillop (4). Rona Shearer added a further 20 points with 10 successful conversions.
This was probably the best overall performance from the Oban U15 girls who excelled across the pitch in all areas of the game. Such was both teams intent to play fast and positively, there was not one line-out in the 60 minutes of action.
Oban have been rewarded with a tie away to Hillhead Jordanhill Girls in the first round. This tie will take place on Sunday March 10. Fellow Argyll side Islay RFC will also be in action that weekend with a visit to Biggar.
U16 West Regional Cup
Oban Lorne U16s 17 v Cartha Queens Park 36
It was a double header for Oban and Cartha at the weekend with the U16s following in the U18s footsteps by playing on the Sunday.
Oban were confident ahead of the game after a good run of results and an impressive showing of 25 boys for the match day squad including players from Mull, Lochaber and Mid Argyll.
After a good start where they found themselves 7-0 ahead, Oban eased off in the contact areas of the game against a physical opposition who raced into a 19-7 lead at half time.
Oban put the pressure on early in the second half but were undone with handling errors close to the tryline. In the end, Cartha were deserved 36-17 winners in what was an entertaining game of rugby between two well- structured and skillful sides.
Oban U16s await the draw of the next round.
Mid Argyll Dalriada Festival
P4/5s, P6/7s, U15 Girls and U14 Boys from across Argyll will be travelling to Mid Argyll’s Ropework Park, Lochgilphead, this Sunday for the first Dalriada Festival of 2019.
The action kicks off with the Minis at noon, while the U14 Boys and U15 Girls will kick off around 1.30pm.