Oban Lorne to hold past players gathering
OBAN Lorne RFC has been in operation for 53 years and this season the 1st XV are competing in West Division 1, the highest competitive level in their history.
This is only one division below National competition.
None of this would have been possible if the former players, committee, members, friends and associates had not started the club 53 years ago.
‘Many former players and members still live in the town and the idea was to get them back up to the club,’ said Murray Hamilton, current vice president of Oban Lorne RFC. This idea, like most, was discussed over a beer after a successful win for Oban Lorne at Glencruitten last year. It was agreed that it was nice to see so many former players in attendance at the game, but chatting to them, the club became aware that there were so many more that didn’t come along.
‘ We needed to address this, and like all sports clubs everyone is a volunteer and has their own jobs and careers and family to look after. But the rugby club is supposed to be a family and it seemed a good plan to have a get together of all former players, with the aim of re- engaging them with the rugby club.
‘After all, it was their hard work and efforts that have built this club to what it is, and the current success would not be possible without their earlier efforts.
‘So, on Saturday November 28, we have arranged a dinner and some local guest speakers to talk about the old days and hope that as many former players, friends, associates of Oban Lorne as possible will attend.
‘There are lots of guys from across Argyll, and indeed across the country now, who have played for Oban over the years. Lots of players represented Oban and Mull at the start, and going back to the old county system there are team mates scattered across Argyll. We hope that they will all manage to get together on the 28th for a meal and drink or two to catch up. Sport is a wonderful thing that creates lifelong friendships. I think that we should strive to keep our sports clubs as healthy as possible and the best way to do that, in my opinion, is to work hard to keep everyone involved and make sure they all feel a part of the family.’ Saturday November 28 is a busy day for the club. It starts with the U18 team playing Cumbernauld ( 1pm ko) followed by a West Division 1 fixture of Oban Lorne V Cambuslang (2pm ko). The evening event starts at 7pm; tickets cost £15pp and the money will be collected on the night. There are some tickets available at the clubhouse and the sports shop in Oban, alternatively sign up so the club has an idea of numbers. There is a sign-up sheet in the sports shop. For any further information contact Murray Hamilton (murray. hamilton@ argyll- bute. gov.uk) or phone 07786655202. The club hope that this will become a regular event and in the future former players from all over the country, and indeed the world, come back to the club. All players attending are encouraged to bring any club memorabilia they may have. There will be a table set up on the night to display ‘artefacts’ from the club’s history.