In­ter-schools tag event is huge suc­cess

The Oban Times - - Sport -

THE sunshine split the sky at this year’s Lochaber in­ter-schools tag rugby com­pe­ti­tion as more than 300 pupils from 22 schools, from as far away as In­verie and Stron­tian, took to the field.

The event, held last Wed­nes­day, was run by Lochaber Rugby Club in con­junc­tion with Ac­tive Schools and PE teach­ers and was once again spon­sored by Sport­safe UK Ltd.

In the P4/5 cat­e­gory, In­ver­lochy and Lun­davra were the only teams to win all four of their pool games. They were joined in the semi-fi­nals by In­ver­garry and Banavie, who beat a strong com­bined team from Ard­gour, Achar­a­cle and Kil­choan in a three-way play­off for the last two places.

Lun­davra saw off a feisty chal­lenge from In­ver­garry to win their place in the fi­nal, against In­ver­lochy, who scored a last-minute try to deny Banavie a place. A tense fi­nal, with some great play, saw In­ver­lochy scor­ing the only try of the match to take the ti­tle.

Four teams won all their pool games in the P6/ 7 cat­e­gory, thus earn­ing them their place in the semi-fi­nals.

Lun­davra gave a con­vinc­ing per­for­mance to beat Bun Sgoil Ghaidhlig Loch Abar, while a com­bined team of pupils from Ard­gour, Achar­a­cle and Kil­choan took the sec­ond fi­nals place by win­ning against In­verie. In an in­cred­i­bly hard-fought and well­matched fi­nal, Lun­davra took a well-de­served win.

In the se­condary event, all the teams played each other in a round robin for­mat.

For the first time in many years, Lochaber man­aged to break Mal­laig’s stran­gle­hold on the event, and lifted the cov­eted tro­phy. Mal­laig, un­der the guid­ance of re­tir­ing PE teacher Alan Cargill, took sec- ond place, with Ard­na­mur­chan in third.

Pauline Donaldson from Lochaber Rugby Club said: ‘It’s been great to see the level of rugby skills and sports­man­ship shown by the pupils to­day. We hope ev­ery­one en­joyed the day, and we look for­ward to new play­ers in­spired by the event com­ing along to rugby at the club in Banavie on a Satur­day morn­ing.’

Ac­tive Schools co- or­di­na­tor Brid­get Thomas added: ‘Thanks go to all the Lochaber pri­mary and se­condary schools for at­tend­ing, to the ref­er­ees from Lochaber Rugby Club who worked very hard all day, many of them tak­ing a day off work to do so, to High Life High­land’s Ac­tive Schools team and the PE and school staff, with­out whom this event could not take place.’

Pic­tures: Abright­side Photography.

Left: Lochaber High School team for the day. Be­low left: In­ver­lochy Pri­mary School pupils are de­lighted with their win. And, be­low: Lun­davra Pri­mary School with their tro­phy.

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