Oban Lorne Youths reap rewards from fruitful season

Oban Lorne RFC Under 14 and Under 16 award winners for the 2021/22 season pictured with Former USA Rugby Coach Graham Tweed. Photograph: Stephen Lawson.

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Oban Lorne RFC celebrated the success of their Under-14s and Under-16s at a Youth Awards Night.

Both teams enjoyed their first club dinner which saw 52 boys all attend.

The U16s had a successful season that saw them win their league, reach a cup play-off against eventual winners GHA, and reach the tournaments second highest competition – the Shield semi-final.

Four players within the squad were selected to represent Glasgow and the west district.

Coaches Lewis and Kyle would like to pass on a massive thank you to all the players for their continued hard work over the season.

With two games to come this season the under-14s have played 13 matches winning six and losing seven which may appear to be distinctly average however if you delve a little deeper you will  see the bigger picture:

• Used 53 players during all matches.

• All players getting on the pitch to ensure game time and aid development regardless of the impact on the result.

• Players have been asked to play various position to improve their understanding of the game.

• Used a number of captains to build a leadership group.

• Players asked to concentrate on their weaknesses to improve their long term development as opposed to seeking short term gains.

With one game to come this season the U13s have played four games winning all four, which on the face of it looks absolutely fantastic but, again, if you delve deeper you might appreciate that their success could be attributed to:

• The fact that 15 of this 29 man squad has trained and played regularly with the U14s.

• Some may have struggled at times playing up an age group but the benefits are clearly bearing fruit as they seem to dominate when playing down in their own age group.

The U15s have played just twice – winning both games – playing in one of the best age grade matches this season, coming back from 14-0 down to win 28-24 against a well drilled Clifton Hall Side.

The U15s squad comprised of 10 U15s that have played regularly at U16s this season and 10 of the U14s squad.

The benefits of playing up and down a level were clear to see in this group, with the younger players mentally and physically maturing under the leadership of the older players and the U15 players thriving in their primary age group.

In total this season the group of players representing teams at the U13s, U14s and U15s:

• Played 19 won 12 lost seven

• Used 65 players

• Regularly had more than 50 players attending training sessions

2021/22 U16s award winners:

Top Points Scorer, James Campbell; Most Improved Player, Rhys Neil; Clubman of the Year, Logan McKean; Player’s Player of the Year, Finlay Brown (captain); Young Player of the Year, Reece Lawrie; Player of the Season, Murray MacDonald.

2021/22 U14s award winners:

Clubman of the year, Lewis Binnie; Most Improved Player of the Year, Beinn Grey; Players Player of the Year, Donald MacCormick.

Next season it is looking likely that the club will have enough players to run teams at U13s, U14s, U15s, U16s and U18s but to do this well they will need volunteers.  If anyone is interested in helping out at the club please contact Murray Hamilton via obanlornerfc@gmail.com.

Pictures of individual prize winners at obantimes.co.uk.

Photograph: Oban Lorne RFC Under-14 and Under-16 award winners for the 2021/22 season pictured with Former USA Rugby Coach Graham Tweed. Photograph: Stephen Lawson. NO_T21_RugbyAwards_U14_U16_AwardWinners