Im­pres­sive away win for Lorne Ladies

Lis­more Ladies 0 Oban Lorne Ladies 71 BT Women’s Na­tional League 2

The Oban Times - - Sport -

A SUNNY Sun­day on April 9 saw 15 Oban play­ers travel across to Ed­in­burgh to take on Lis­more Ladies in their penul­ti­mate league game of the sea­son.

The ladies have typ­i­cally strug­gled to muster a full squad for away games, so the match started off on a good foot, and with Lis­more only turn­ing out with 13 play­ers this left Oban with some sub­sti­tutes to utilise.

The open­ing try of the game came within roughly 60 sec­onds of Lis­more’s kick off, with stand- off Lucy Ste­wart ini­ti­at­ing the points, con­vert­ing her own try to open the scor­ing at 0-7.

The first half car­ried on in this thread, with five tries scored by the half-time whis­tle de­spite Lis­more’s best ef­forts to put pres­sure on the Oban at­tack.

Ste­wart scored once again, as did front row Ge­or­gia Mitchell, with winger and re­cent ad­di­tion, young Ellen Bar­low, also scor­ing twice.

Through­out the game Oban were con­sis­tently play­ing well as a whole unit, sup­port­ing each other and suc­cess­fully putting into prac­tice what they have been work­ing on in train­ing re­cently.

As the sec­ond half un­folded, it was clear that Oban had the up­per hand in the match. Lis­more were strug­gling with in­juries and as the game played out there was in­creas­ing stop­page time to al­low their play­ers to re­ceive treat­ment.

The match was even­tu­ally down to the min­i­mum of 10 play­ers aside.

Since the scrums were un­con­tested for the du­ra­tion of the game, this al­lowed the usual front row play­ers to move out of po­si­tion. Prop Mitchell found her­self play­ing in the cen­tre of the back line, where she took to it like a nat­u­ral, scor­ing an im­pres­sive sec­ond try of the game off an Oban scrum us­ing a re­hearsed set play.

Hooker Laura MacCormick moved to sec­ond row and man­aged an im­pres­sive run through three tack­les up a large por­tion of the pitch be­fore gen­er­ously of­fload­ing to af­ford Bar­low her hat-trick try.

Ste­wart scored an­other three tries in the sec­ond half, bring­ing her to­tal to five for the match which, along­side eight suc­cess­ful con­ver­sions, meant she con­trib­uted a very im­pres­sive 41 of Oban’s fi­nal 71 points.

The other try scored in the sec­ond half was achieved by woman of the match Selina Kep­pie, who re­li­ably fea­tured in break­down af­ter break­down, per­form­ing a great sup­port­ing role through­out the game in both de­fence and at­tack.

A spe­cial men­tion goes to Karina Devlin, who had a ster­ling per­for­mance on the wing dur­ing her first rugby match. Each and ev­ery player con­trib­uted to an im­pres­sive whole team game, with ev­ery lady con­tribut­ing to the over­all Oban dom­i­na­tion.

The ladies only have one game left of the 15s sea­son, where they will travel to An­nan for the last game in the league.

This is cur­rently sched­uled for May 7. The teams have met twice this sea­son so far and, with one close win apiece, this fi­nal game is bound to be an ex­cit­ing grudge match.

Sup­port­ers are very much wel­come and en­cour­aged to at­tend. An­nan are yet to play cur­rent league lead­ers Howe of Fife next week­end, but it is likely this fi­nal match will also de­cide who fin­ishes sec­ond in the league, putting even more pres­sure on the re­sult.

The ladies train from 6pm-7pm on Tues­days and Thurs­days, with begin­ners and ex­pe­ri­enced play­ers wel­come alike. De­tails can be found on the Oban Lorne Ladies Rugby Club Face­book page.

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