Minis in top gear for afternoon of action
Loch Lomond Minis hosted Bishopton at the weekend for an afternoon of good competition.
Lomond were due to play away in the weekend matches, but the pitches at Bishopton were flooded, so a last minute change of plan saw Lomond hosting at Argyll Park.
The first P1-3 match challenged the home side, with Bishopton catching them sleeping on a number of occasions with some quick balls and fast runs.
In the second half Loch Lomond got back into the match, answering back with some tries of their own and the match ended 5-6 to the visitors.
In the next match Loch Lomond were out of the starting blocks with a bang, running some quick tries past Bishopton.
Loch Lomond organised a great defensive line, piling on the pressure and keeping the visitors on the back foot.
A breakthrough before the end of the game gave the visitors a try, however Loch Lomond answered with a try of their own, ending the match 4-1 to Loch.
It was a mixed day for Lomond P4/5 team. The boys were up against a big outfit from Bishopton.
The boys narrowly lost all three games against their opponents but showed flashes of what they can do when they ship the ball out of contact.
Bishopton started the stronger of the two and only last ditch tackles from Michael and Minimunn saved Lomond on several occasions.
Uncharacteristic errors from Lomond cost the boys. Normally strong at the breakdown they lost a lot of their own ball and fell off tackles they would normally make with ease.
However, in loose broken play and when they used the ball, they ran in some beautiful tries.
Minimunn finished two of the best team tries. The first was scored when a great run from Jocko resulted in a ruck at the far side of the park.
Quick and effective rucking from Nicky and Alex allowed Cameron time to take a look for the defence and the support.
Spotting Minimunn out wide Cameron spun a beautiful pass straight out to Minimunn who left defenders trailing as he scorched over for the try.
The second was scored when the boys set up a maul and young Sammy broke from the back of it. Running with the ball in both hands, he threw at least four dummy passes, which left defenders bamboozled.
He drew the last defender then he slipped the ball to Minimunn and he again finished a beautiful team move.
The P6/7 outfit played as a combined team against Bishopton and then Paisley. In both games Lomond lent players to make up the numbers for the opposition.
Lomond won both games comfortably and had to manage a lot of rolling substitutions to make sure everyone got game time, which is a great problem to have.
Some great defensive play and tackling saw the team keep clean sheets in both games.
Some more passing into space could have resulted in more tries, but the coaches were happy with the wins and the effort put in.
This Sunday (March 19) the Minis are playing at Wayside Drumpellier, in their festival, which kicks off at noon.
The under 15 team’s home game against Ayr on Sunday had to be cancelled as the pitches were waterlogged and unplayable.
They will play East Kilbride away next Sunday, as part of the Regional Cup competition.
Match action The Lomond Minis team showed off their skills against Bishopton
Tag! These players battle for the ball
All smiles These youngsters enjoyed the afternoon of rugby matches
On the run This Minis player sprints for the try-line