Mini rugby players enjoy Oban festival

The young rugby stars from Oban, Mid Argyll, Lochaber, Kintyre and Taynuilt who took part in the rugby festival at Oban Lorne Rugby Club. Photographs: Kevin McGlynn.

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It was the turn of Oban Lorne to host their mini rugby tournament on Saturday.

Action from the weekend’s mini rugby match between Oban and Oban 1. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn

Participating were teams Etive Vikings; Mid Argyll; Lochaber; Kintyre and Oban Lorne.

There were four games for each team in the primary 4/5 section, five games each in the primary 6/7 section and development games for the primary one, two and threes, with more than 100 participants in total.

Lochaber also played Oban Lorne at S1/S2 level. All the matches took place before the first team’s match against Uddingston.

It was an excellent day, with fantastic rugby on show at all levels. The weather was kind, despite concerns about frost on Friday evening.

Volunteer referees from the senior Oban team kept to the tight time schedule, before handing over to others when they had to go and prepare for their match.

Action from the weekend’s mini rugby match between Oban and Oban 1. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn

Walter Speirs, Oban Lorne’s mini rugby convenor said: ‘Primary school rugby has really grown in Oban over the past few years, with around 70 children now regularly training on Wednesday evenings.

‘This would not be possible to manage without the assistance of the army of volunteer coaches and parent helpers. We can still use more coaches if there is anyone out there willing to help and, of course, would welcome more players.’

The next tournament will be hosted by Lochaber Rugby Club in Fort William this Sunday starting at noon.

Some of Oban Lorne Rugby Club’s youngsters were delighted to run out with the first team and have their photograph taken before Oban Lorne’s league match. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn