Rugby falls foul of the weather

The Oban Times - - Sport -

BT West Divi­sion One He­lens­burgh P- P Oban Lorne OBAN Lorne were again left with­out a fix­ture on Satur­day with the team’s West Divi­sion 1 Fix­ture away to He­lens­burgh be­ing called off due to a frozen pitch. Such was the sever­ity of the week­end’s cold weather, only five fix­tures were played in the whole of Scot­land.

The lat­est post­pone­ment means that Oban Lorne have only played two fix­tures since the start of Novem­ber, both away games to Kil­marnock and Len­zie. Glen­cruit­ten has not seen any rugby played at home since the Oc­to­ber 31.

The Green Ma­chine now face a huge fix­ture back­log from now un­til the end of the sea­son with the team hav­ing played only seven out of 18 league matches.

De­spite the recorded num­ber of games called off the team is still main­tain­ing high num­bers at train­ing with 20-30 play­ers turn­ing out ev­ery Tues­day and Thurs­day evening.

Next up in the league is a tough league game against pro­mo­tion chas­ing Car­rick RFC. Oban went down 51-5 to the same op­po­si­tion in Oc­to­ber and will be look­ing for a much im­proved per­for­mance this time around. A win for Oban Lorne will see the team firmly ce­ment their place in the top half of the league while clos­ing the gap on the top four places. Hope­fully the weather con­di­tions will al­low Oban to host their first home game in three months. Kick off is 2pm at Glen­cruit­ten.

BT West Divi­sion 4 Ar­gyll and Bute P- P Cowal AR­GYLL and Bute’s league game at home to Cowal was post­poned on Satur­day with both Glen­cruit­ten and North Con­nel pitches be­ing frozen. This was ex­tremely frus­trat­ing for Ar­gyll who had man­aged to assem­ble a healthy squad of 22 play­ers.

As with Oban Lorne, this was the lat­est in a string of post­pone­ments that Ar­gyll have had to deal with this sea­son. While the team is per­form­ing much bet­ter and gain­ing bet­ter num­bers than last sea­son it has been hard to gain any mo­men­tum with the num­ber of post­poned games.

This Satur­day Ar­gyll and Bute host Hyn­d­land RFC. Ar­gyll recorded their se­cond win of the sea­son at Hyn­d­land in Novem­ber and will be look­ing for an­other pos­i­tive re­sult this week­end.

Kick off is 2pm at Glen­cruit­ten or North Con­nel.

BT Women’s Na­tional League Divi­sion One OBAN Lorne Women are back in ac­tion this Sun­day as they take on league lead­ers Ayr at Glen­cruit­ten. Oban Women are cur­rently on the look­out for new play­ers. Any­one in­ter­ested can at­tend train­ing on Wed­nes­day nights 6-7pm at the club­house.

Oban Lorne Mini Rugby OBAN Lorne’s Mini Rugby sec­tion has seen a huge rise in play­ing num­bers over the win­ter.

With Wed­nes­day night train­ing moved in­doors in At­lantis Leisure in Novem­ber, the club is now at­tract­ing around 30 young­sters ev­ery week.

Mini Rugby train­ing is open for all P4-7 play­ers while the club also caters for P1-3 too. The club will be at­tend­ing an in­door fes­ti­val at At­lantis on Sun­day Jan­uary 31 along with other Ar­gyll clubs.

The Dal­ri­ada fes­ti­val sea­son starts again on Sun­day March 6 with Mid Ar­gyll host­ing the first fes­ti­val of 2016.

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