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Players of all ages and abilities converged at Glencruitten on Saturday as Oban Lorne Rugby Football Club hosted a rugby re-start event in conjunction with Scottish Rugby and RBS Rugby Force.
The day started with the mini players displaying their skills in mix up games before Oban High School players took to the pitch.
The senior men and women’s teams helped coach and lead sessions for the youth players which was great to see.
The Vets – aka Auld Farts – then had a challenge match against the women’s team before the men’s teams played in a round robin tournament with teams from Garnock, Lochaber and Mull.
Garnock came out on top, winning all three matches. There was some slick rugby on display from Oban, with head coach Corrie Louw happy with the performance and delighted to have so many players back at his disposal.
William Malone and Duncan McCabe were the match officials on the day which also featured live music from Joshua Campbell – providing a lovely backdrop and brightening things up during some of the rainy intervals.
Parents and players were also given the chance to contribute and benefit from a swap shop of old and new kit, something the club encourages to help out anyone who wants to come and give rugby a try.
Food was the focus after the matches and the club thanked their new catering team of Brian and Ale Simmonds for making sure everyone was fed and watered.
Post match, the players and spectators enjoyed watching the Lions game together with more live music from Josh Campbell.
‘It was a great restart for Oban Lorne and a lovely bit of normal for everyone,’ said club secretary Murray Hamilton.
The first game of the season for the men is Saturday September 4.
‘We would love to see new and old faces along to support the club and all the teams,’ added Murray.
‘Our new website has all the fixtures for all teams. Membership can also be paid online.
‘Thank you to Iwan Roberts for building the new website www.obanlornerfc.com
‘Thank you to Garnock, Mull and Lochaber for travelling, Josh Campbell for playing, Stephen Lawson for photographss and everyone who came along to support the event.’
Oban High School’s School of Rugby programme will resume once schools return.