Lorne Ladies turn on the style

The Oban Times - - Sport -

ON A GREY and driz­zly day in Oban, the Green Army warmed up in slip­pery con­di­tions with 14 play­ers, ready to wel­come An­nan War­riors to Glen­cruit­ten. An­nan trav­elled with subs, but un­for­tu­nately no ex­pe­ri­enced front row, so un­con­tested scrums were re­quested from the start of the match. This was a dis­ap­point­ment to Oban, who had won al­most ev­ery one of their op­po­si­tion’s scrums in their pre­vi­ous meet­ing just a few week­ends pre­vi­ously, a 10- 8 win for An­nan in the BT Women’s Bowl. How­ever, the team were quick to ad­just their game plan and moved play­ers out of po­si­tion in or­der to cre­ate the best de­fence for An­nan’s set-up.

The Oban ladies’ team were con­cen­trat­ing on cor­rect­ing those mis­takes which re­cently cost them the BT Women’s Bowl to An­nan by just two points, and it showed in their im­pos­ing de­fen­sive line. An­nan were un­able to main­tain for­ward mo­men­tum when they had ball in hand, and Oban did a solid job of keep­ing them in their own half.

The score was, how­ever, opened in the first half by An­nan af­ter a break­through by one of their quick run­ners on the wing just as they had done in the pre­vi­ous match. This was to be the only gen­eros­ity the Oban ladies af­forded them for the re­main­der of the match though.

High school stu­dent and scrum-half Lucy Ste­wart scored a re­tal­ia­tory try be­fore the half­time whis­tle to bring the score to 5-5 go­ing into the break. This im­pres­sively means that 17-yearold Ste­wart has scored in ev­ery game she has played from the Oban ladies thus far.

It was a tough and phys­i­cal game that con­tin­ued to play out af­ter the half-time break, in wors­en­ing muddy con­di­tions. The ref­eree’s de­ci­sions ap­peared to be work­ing against the girls in green, and frus­tra­tions were be­gin­ning to show on both sides. As tem­pers be­gan to run high, a quick talk by cap­tain Camilla Les­lie and vice- cap­tain Laura MacCormick brought Oban back in or­der and they worked hard to stick to their own game plan. Les­lie led by ex­am­ple, driv­ing through An­nan play­ers left and right to dive over the line and clinch the win­ning try of the game (10-5).

The fi­nal whis­tle granted Oban ladies a well de­served, although nar­row, vic­tory over An­nan War­riors to main­tain their po­si­tion at the top of the league. A spe­cial men­tion goes to Rachel Mac­Don­ald and Selina Kep­pie, who both played a very im­pres­sive first game with the se­nior ladies, hav­ing pro­gressed through the Oban High School girls’ teams. Player of the match was given to Lyn­d­say McWater­stone, who stood in at full­back, flanker and stand- off dur­ing the match as needed and did an ex­cel­lent job in all po­si­tions.

Af­ter such a near miss in the Bowl, this was ex­pected to be Oban’s tough­est game of the sea­son thus far and it did not dis­ap­point, with the re­turn game still to be played in April – one not to be missed by sup­port­ers. The win in­creases Oban’s lead at the top of the league to five points over An­nan.

Women’s rugby

In the shorter term, the Green Army will host the Royal Dick Vet Col­lege Ladies at 2pm on March 5. Ladies train­ing is at 6pm on Tues­days and Thurs­days with ev­ery­one wel­come.

Oban Lorne Ladies cel­e­brate af­ter their 10-5 win over An­nan. Photo: Stephen Law­son

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