Oban Lorne Lions’ breakfast
OBAN Lorne RFC again opened its doors for the second Saturday morning running for the weekend’s British & Irish Lions win over New Zealand.
More than 50 club members, players and visitors enjoyed a full cooked breakfast prepared by club volunteers while enjoying the rugby action live on the big screen.
This Saturday the club will again be hosting the same event with all welcome to attend for the deciding test match. The clubhouse will be open from 8am with breakfast offered at £ 8.50 per person. All proceeds will go towards club funds.
Also in attendance at the breakfast were members of Birmingham and Solihull Rugby Club who are completing a charity cycle of the UK to raise funds for a much need septic tank at their clubhouse.
Four hardy members of their club are undertaking a massive challenge of 1,030 miles over 13 days.
Oban Lorne president Sandy Rokitta exchanged plaques with the visitors and welcomed them to join the West Highland hospitality that Oban Lorne RFC had to offer. Oban Lorne RFC have upped their preparation for the 2017/18 season with the start of pre-season training over the past week with men’s and ladies’ teams being put through their paces with no fewer than five sessions with coach Corrie Louw.
Players commenced training on Monday June 26 with a running fitness test followed by some hill running at Gallanach the following evening.
Following that was another fitness/recovery session at Ganavan Sands on the Wednesday before a tough session up and down Jacob’s Ladder on Thursday.
Prior to the Lions fixture on Saturday, the commitment of the players was shown with a short session at 7am with a healthy turnout considering the timing. Another five sessions will follow over the next couple of weeks before the usual Tuesday/ Thursday training pattern resumes.
Oban Lorne RFC begin their 2017/18 competitive season with a tough fixture away to Garnock RFC in the preliminary round of the West Regional Shield on August 19.
Garnock will also be the first opposition for the Green Machine as the team from North Ayrshire visit Glencruitten on Saturday September 2. Glasgow Warriors will be running a summer camp in Oban during the school holidays. The camp will be delivered by Warriors staff on Friday July 21 at Oban Lorne RFC. From the start of next season, Scottish Rugby will be launching their new player registration system (SCRUMS).
All players from mini to senior rugby in Scotland should register on this system. Any players not registered will be unable to play.
Scottish Rugby will be running courses to upskill volunteers on the new developments. These courses were meant to be delivered in June/July but have been postponed due to enhancements made to the new system.
The four members of Birmingham and Solihull Rugby Club who were on a charity cycle and took in the Lions’ game at the Oban Lorne clubhouse.