Rugby falls foul of the weather
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.