High school girls pitch in for Bradbury Cup

OHS Bulls lift the trophy after playing the first ever all girls Bulls v Sharks rugby match. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn.

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Oban High School staged its first Bulls v Sharks girls rugby match last week.

The Bulls v Sharks format has grown significantly in the last two years and the school is  delighted with how well the students are doing and how many are participating in competitive sport.

Dee Bradbury presents the Bradbury Cup for Girls Rugby to Bulls captain Jess Jevons. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn.

Because of the significance of last week’s game, a new cup was commissioned and Dee Bradbury, who was the first female president of Scottish Rugby, went along to present it. The cup has been named the Bradbury Cup for Girls Rugby in honour of Dee’s contribution to the game in Oban and how she has been instrumental in helping to create these opportunities for young girls.

Dee was part of the first Oban Lorne ladies team that was set up more than 20 years ago.

Action from the game. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn.

On field, a fantastic display of rugby was in evidence despite the girls not having seen much competitive action this year.

Murray Hamilton, Oban High School’s head teacher of physical education, said: ‘I am extremely proud of how well all the girls have played. Some of the players only started a couple of weeks ago and for most of the players it was their first full game.

‘It is great to see how excited they have been in the build up to the match and they have been a credit to the senior coaches who have been leading the training sessions after school.

Action from the game. Photograph: Kevin McGlynn.

The standard was impressive with some excellent tackles from both teams, in particular Gemma Cameron and Cairistiona McAloon.

Once the ball was moved wide to find space, the tries were flowing in from both teams. There were some great individual efforts from Abby MacQueen, Anna Macarlane-Barrow, Mabel Rodwell, Pamela Ingram, Chloe Armour, Dana Johnston, Cairistiona McAloon and Nicola Duncan.

The Bulls eventually ran out winners scoring eight tries to six for the Sharks. Dee presented the Bradbury Cup to Jess Jevons, captain of the Bulls.

Mr Hamilton said Dee Bradbury was impressed and thanked her for going along and presenting the trophy. He also paid tribute to Oban trio Isla MacGillvray, Poppy MacKillop and Amy Gibson who have encouraged and inspired the young players.

‘I am really excited about the potential at Oban High School and the rugby girls have set the bar really high,’ he added.