Impressive away win for Lorne Ladies
Lismore Ladies 0 Oban Lorne Ladies 71 BT Women’s National League 2
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.