Life’s just a beach on Is­lay

The Oban Times - - Sport -

OBAN Lorne’s 1st XV and ladies’ team made the trip to Ar­gyll neigh­bours Is­lay RFC who hosted their an­nual Beach Rugby Fes­ti­val in Port Ellen last week­end.

The Green Ma­chine fielded both a strong men’s and ladies’ team who were both hop­ing to keep up their good record in re­cent fes­ti­vals.

Oban’s 1st XV team have reached the fi­nal of the event on four oc­ca­sions but have never lifted the beach rugby tro­phy.

The ladies’ team, with a large squad, per­formed well against the other three teams tak­ing part with a good win over Cartha Queens Park and played well in losses to Wat­so­ni­ans ladies and T200. The ladies then had a re­match with Cartha in the bowl fi­nal where the op­po­si­tion won by a 3-2 mar­gin. The team did suf­fer a blow mid­way through the day when Lucy Ste­wart was air­lifted to hos­pi­tal in Glas­gow with a sus­pected neck in­jury.

For­tu­nately, the in­juries were not as se­ri­ous as first thought and she will re­turn to pre-sea­son train­ing as nor­mal.

Aber­feldy and Pais­ley along, with an Is­lay team, were Oban Lorne 1st XVs op­po­nents in the group stage of the men’s com­pe­ti­tion where the Oban side won all matches fairly com­fort­ably.

The semi-fi­nal was con­tested with reign­ing cham­pi­ons Kil­choman Dis­tillery. Oban Lorne won a tough and close game de­spite yel­low cards to both Robin MacQueen and Andy MacDougall.

Oban Lorne faced Bruich­lad­dich Dis­tillery in the fi­nal, who were rep­re­sented on the day by BT Premier­ship new­com­ers Marr RFC. Un­for­tu­nately, Oban ran out of steam in the fi­nal go­ing down nine tries to two as they fin­ished up as runners-up yet again. Ar­gyll and Bute fielded a team made up with some Is­lay boys. Is­lay lost to Loch Lomond in the men’s plate semi-fi­nals, go­ing down 4-1. Kin­tyre trav­elled over for the sec­ond year run­ning and made it through to the third-place fi­nal but went down seven points to three against a strong Trin­ity Ac­cies. The sec­ond-place plate fi­nal saw a con­vinc­ing win for Loch Lomond against Aber­feldy which ended 3- 0.

The hos­pi­tal­ity shown by Is­lay Rugby Club and the warm wel­come from Port Ellen, along with a well- earned dram at the end of the day from Kil­choman Dis­tillery, made for an­other great week­end.

Pre- sea­son Train­ing

Pre-sea­son train­ing for Oban Lorne RFC’s se­nior teams will be­gin on Tues­day June 27. Oban Lorne 1st XV are look­ing for­ward to their third con­sec­u­tive sea­son in West Divi­sion 1 un­der the guid­ance of head coach Cor­rie Louw.

Due to league ex­pan­sion, the team will en­dure 22 league fix­tures this sea­son, mean­ing the squad will need to be well pre­pared for the sea­son ahead. Oban Lorne’s 2nd XV and ladies’ fix­tures are yet to be an­nounced by their re­spec­tive leagues. Pre-sea­son train­ing is open to all play­ers and be­gin­ners are more than wel­come. Times and venues will be con­firmed on the club’s Face­book page and web­site.

Lions break­fast with Oban Lorne RFC

The club will be host­ing a Bri­tish and Ir­ish Lions break­fast for the three up­com­ing test matches with the All Blacks on June 24, and July 1 and 8.

The test matches will be shown live on the club’s big screen with a full break­fast be­ing served from 8am.

Cost per per­son is £ 8.50 with pro­ceeds go­ing to club funds. All mem­bers and non-mem­bers are more than wel­come to come along.

Win­ners of the ladies’ com­pe­ti­tion were T200.

Bruich­lad­dich de­feated Oban Lorne

9-2 in the fi­nal.

Ac­tion from the fi­nal.

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