Oban Lorne Lions’ break­fast

The Oban Times - - Sport -

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.

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