Oban Lorne to hold past play­ers gath­er­ing

The Oban Times - - Sport -

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.

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