Double win for Taynuilt in youth tag tournament

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Rugby Fest winners Taynuilt primary 4/5 and 6/7 teams with players of the tournament Sam Love, left, and Malcolm Innes, right.

Fast and furious was the order of the day at Glencruitten last week as 12 teams tackled the Oban Primary School Tag Rugby Tournament.

Organised by Active Schools OLI cluster co-ordinator Gillian Walker, with the help of Argyll and Bute rugby development officer Allan Wright, the tournament was played to a very high standard with six schools from Oban and the surrounding area taking part.

The event was even more poignant for Allan Wright who was marking his tenth and final festival in his development officer role.

All is not doom and gloom, however, as Allan may be present next year in his new roll with Active Schools.

‘Today’s tournament was up there with the best of them,’ he said.

‘I believe these schools have the best sports coaches and today has been one of the most chilled out and fun days we have had with two cracking finals.’

Both finals featured teams from Rockfield and Taynuilt primary schools, with both having won through their primary 4/5 and primary 6/7 sections.
In the younger age group, Taynuilt A gave a dominating performance against Rockfield A to take the trophy while their counterparts in the older age group had a slightly harder task to win their mach against the senior Rockfield A team.

Rugby development officer Allan Wright adjudicates his last festival in the role.

Scottish Rugby’s regional manager Jen Miller was also present at the event and named Innes MacLaren, Rockfield P4/5, and Sam Love, Taynuilt P6/7, as the players of the tournament in their respective age group categories.
‘Both players showed exceptional sportsmanship and athletic ability,’ she said.

Organisers thanked all the players taking part, teachers and coaches as well as Oban Lorne RFC.

Teams competing on the day were: Rockfield A and B; Lochnell A and B; Taynuilt A and B; Park A, B and C and D; Easdale and Luing; Strath of Appin.

Action from the tag rugby festival at Glencruitten.