Mi­nis in top gear for af­ter­noon of ac­tion

Lennox Herald - - READER TRAVEL - John Munn

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

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