Oban and Lorn tag rugby festival
MORE than 200 primary school players from across the area took part in last week’s Oban and Lorn tag rugby festival at Glencruitten. The annual event, which has been delivered for the past seven years, acts as a fantastic end to the season for the area’s primary schools that have been taking part in tag rugby sessions with local rugby development staff, teachers and volunteers.
This year’s festival was organised by Oban High School’s SRU modern apprentice Ellie MacNiven, who was supported by OLI cluster Active Schools coordinator Gillian Walker along with rugby development officer Allan Wright.
Also in attendance were Scottish Rugby’s education manager Paul Kesterton as well as an external verifier to the modern apprentice programme who were invited along to view the event. Schools taking part on the day were Strath of Appin PS, Lochnell PS, Taynuilt PS, Dunbeg PS, Rockfield PS, St Columba PS, Park PS and Easdale PS.
The standard of play throughout the day was fantastic with some very entertaining and high- scoring matches. This year’s winners were Lochnell P4/5s winning a close game 3-2 against Taynuilt P4/5s. Taynuilt P6/ 7s were victorious in the P6/ 7 age group, winning an end to end game 6- 4 against Easdale. The winning teams were presented with their shields and medals along with the runners-up by special guest and SRU vice-president Dee Bradbury, who is also the honorary president of Oban Lorne RFC.
The day was topped off by an appearance of the International World Series Trophy from the London 7s that Scotland lifted at Twickenham recently.
All the schools had an opportunity to be photographed with the trophy throughout the tournament.
Hopefully, the day will encourage more youngsters to take up the game of rugby, both at Oban Lorne RFC and neighbouring Etive Vikings RFC.
P4/5 trophy winners were Lochnell.
Photos: Stephen Lawson Taynuilt were the winners of the P6/7 trophy.
Taynuilt in possession.
Action from the Easdale v Dunbeg game.
Active Schools event organiser Ellie MacNiven with the HSBC Rugby Sevens Trophy which was won by Scottish Rugby at Twickenham recently.