Oban and Lorn tag rugby fes­ti­val

The Oban Times - - Sport -

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.

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