Argyll says goodbye to rugby development officer after 10 years

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Sandy Rokita, Allan Wright, Lee Buckley, and Murrah Hamilton. 17_T22_Rugby02

North Argyll ran out comfortable winners over south Argyll on Friday night, but the post-match ceremony was all about Oban’s Allan Wright.

Allan carried out his last official duty as Argyll and Bute’s rugby development officer by refereeing the under 16s match, which ended 60-22 in the north’s favour, who won the inaugural Jolomo Cup.

For the last decade rugby has been his life; every weekday has been filled with helping youngsters develop, and at the weekend, he put in just as much work.

He leaves his role to become a part of LiveArgyll’s Active Schools team based in Oban.

After the game, Allan was thanked for all the hard work he put in and received gifts, including the number 5 Oban Lorne RFC shirt he wore in the RBS National Bowl final.

Speaking at the post-match ceremony, Lee Buckley from South Argyll said: ‘Certainly, south and Mid Argyll would not be in the position it is without him.

‘Thank you for all your hard work.’

Sandy Rokita, Oban Lorne RFC president, said: ‘It was a great display of rugby today. Over the last 10 years Alan has done a fantastic job.’
Murray Hamilton said: ‘I am sure we all agree it will be hard to replace Alan, but he has left rugby in a really healthy state in Argyll. Thank you for all your hard work.’

Speaking after the presentation, Alan said: ‘Rugby has been my life for the last 10 years.

‘Every day during the week and weekend has been taken up by rugby and I have loved every minute of it. I think it was really nice to finish off with this game.

‘A big moment for me was having a lot of these boys playing at Murrayfield in December representing Argyll and Bute.

‘We have come a really long way over the past 10 years and it would not be possible without the volunteers. My job would not be possible if it was not for them.

‘I am sure I will still be about with the whistle – you won’t get rid of me.’