De­feat for Oban Lorne in last league game

The Oban Times - - Sport -

A MUCH- changed Oban Lorne made the trip to Ayr­shire on Satur­day to take on midtable Irvine RFC. Noth­ing was at stake for ei­ther of the teams on Satur­day with Oban se­cur­ing sur­vival in the league af­ter last week’s 21-14 win over Kil­marnock at North Con­nel. Irvine RFC have been in good form in the sec­ond half of the sea­son af­ter a dis­mal open­ing to the sea­son. The hosts on Satur­day have raised a few eye­brows through the game in Scot­land with some no­table sign­ings through­out the sea­son in­clud­ing former Fi­jian in­ter­na­tional stand off Nikki Lit­tle.

Oban recorded a 16-10 win at Glen­cruit­ten over Satur­day’s op­po­nents ear­lier in the sea­son but knew that they were in for a tough af­ter­noon with a num­ber of key play­ers un­avail­able.

Miss­ing from the squad were prop Tommy Suther­land, back row’s Lorne MacLach­lan and Struan Smith. Half back pair­ing of Fin­lay Carmichael and Dave McCabe also missed out along with sus­pended cen­tre Mal­colm Ka­vanagh.

Oban were up against it for most of the game as Irvine ran out com­fort­able 71-15 win­ners in what was to be Oban Lorne’s heav­i­est de­feat of the 2016/17 sea­son. Re­spond­ing from the bar­rage of scores from the hosts were tries from scrum half Vasco Borisov and stand off Ru­dolphe Ber­trand, who also landed a penalty in Oban’s haul of 15 points from the game.

Satur­day’s match brings to an end what has largely been a dis­ap­point­ing sea­son for Oban Lorne, who will be left re­lieved at se­cur­ing safety in the league by a mar­gin of only two points from ninth-placed Kil­marnock.

Af­ter early prom­ise with some en­cour­ag­ing per­for­mances, the team were un­able to gather any mo­men­tum over the year with a num­ber of in­juries and too many changes in the match day squad from week to week.

The team’s progress has also lately been re­stricted due to a lack of win­ter train­ing fa­cil­i­ties in the town dis­rupt­ing weekly train­ing ses­sions.

Oban Lorne’s at­ten­tion now turns to­wards their an­nual sev­ens Fes­ti­val that will be held on Satur­day May 6. Train­ing con­tin­ues ev­ery Tues­day and Thurs­day evening at Glen­cruit­ten from 7-9pm.

BT West Di­vi­sion 4 Ar­gyll and Bute P Cowal P

AR­GYLL and Bute’s home game on Satur­day was post­poned due to a lack of play­ers. The game will be resched­uled by the West Re­gional League Com­mit­tee.

Ar­gyll’s next game is away to Glas­gow Univer­sity Medics on Satur­day April 29.

BT Women’s Na­tional League 2 An­nan War­riors P Oban Lorne Ladies P

Oban Ladies league match away to An­nan War­riors was post­poned on Sun­day as the op­po­si­tion were in ac­tion in the Na­tional Bowl Semi Fi­nal. Oban Ladies are back in ac­tion away to Lis­more RFC in Ed­in­burgh on the 9th of April be­fore they travel to play the re­ar­ranged match in An­nan on Sun­day 7th of May.

Oban Lorne Seven’s 2017

OBAN Lorne RFC will be host­ing their an­nual seven- aside fes­ti­val on Satur­day May 6 at Glen­cruit­ten.

A mix­ture of lo­cal and vis­it­ing teams will be present at the tour­na­ment start­ing at noon

Any­one in­ter­ested in en­ter­ing a team should email oban­lorneen­quiries@gmail.com or get in touch via the club’s face­book page.

Photo: Stephen Law­son

Leven de­fender Glen Russell holds his head in his hands while Ross Mait­land and Craig MacEwan cel­e­brate Mait­land’s equaliser dur­ing last sea­son’s Scot­tish Am­a­teur Cup semi-fi nal which the Oban side even­tu­ally lost 2-1 af­ter ex­tra time.

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