Oban Lorne de­feated by the weather

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BT West Divi­sion 1 Oban Lorne P Car­rick P

OBAN Lorne’s West Divi­sion 1 fix­ture at home to Car­rick was post­poned on Satur­day due to a wa­ter­logged pitch at both Glen­cruit­ten and at North Connel. This was the first post­poned fix­ture for the team due to weather this sea­son and may be­come a fa­mil­iar out­come due to the con­tin­u­ing wet weather caus­ing prob­lems to play­ing sur­faces through­out the west re­gional leagues.

The men in green have a lay off for around a month due to Scot­land’s au­tumn in­ter­na­tional matches with the team’s next league game not tak­ing place un­til Satur­day De­cem­ber 2 where they travel to take on Ar­gyll ri­vals He­lens­burgh RFC.

With eight fix­tures played so far this sea­son Oban Lorne sit a lowly 11th place in the league de­spite sig­nif­i­cant im­prove­ment over re­cent games that have brought wins over for­mer Na­tional Divi­sion sides Greenock Wanderers and Irvine.

The game ver­sus He­lens­burgh on the De­cem­ber 2 will have a last­ing ef­fect on both sides for the rest of the sea­son with Oban’s Ar­gyll ri­vals oc­cu­py­ing last place in the league.

Train­ing for Oban Lorne’s men’s sec­tion con­tin­ues ev­ery Tues­day from 6-7pm on the sstro pitch at Oban High School. All begin­ners wel­come to come along.

Oban U14s 38 Cum­ber­nauld 17

OBAN’S U14 team took on Cum­ber­nauld at home on Sun­day in the Mit­si­bushi Mo­tors West U14 Con­fer­ence. The home side recorded a con­vinc­ing 38-17 win scor­ing 10 tries in the process. In the true spirit of rugby Oban also loaned Cum­ber­nauld four play­ers for the match so that a 14-aside con­test could go ahead.

Oban U14s are back in ac­tion this Sun­day along with the U13 team as they both take part in home matches against Ar­drossan RFC.

Mit­si­bushi Mo­tors West U16 League Oban U16 0 Ste­wartry 42

NORTH Connel hosted a top-of-the-table clash be­tween un­beaten Oban Lorne U16s and Ste­wartry on Satur­day with both sides boast­ing 100 per cent win­ning records this sea­son. De­spite the 1st XV fix­ture in Oban not go­ing ahead, the U16 game had to be played due to the vis­i­tors stay­ing the night be­fore in Oban.

The Oban side, who have recorded some big re­sults in re­cent club and school fix­tures, were left stunned on Satur­day as an im­pres­sive and well drilled Ste­wartry side dom­i­nated in a 42-0 away win that ul­ti­mately hands them the U16 League ti­tle.

Oban did have chances to get into the game but were un­done with poor han­dling and de­ci­sion mak­ing near the try­line al­low­ing the hosts to break clear and score against the run of play on a cou­ple of oc­ca­sions.

The Oban side have one re­main­ing league game on Novem­ber 19 at home to Kil­marnock RFC.

Mit­si­bushi Mo­tors West U18 League Ar­drossan 5 Oban Lorne U18s 46

OBAN’S U18 side made the trip to North Ayr­shire on Satur­day to take on Ar­drossan RFC. The Oban U18s had played five league fix­tures go­ing into Satur­day’s game with no wins de­spite some promis­ing per­for­mances.

A rusty start to Satur­day’s game was made by Oban with no scor­ing or play of note in the open­ing 15 min­utes or so.

As the first half went on Oban grew into the game and cut out some mis­takes as they went into half-time with a 12-5 lead.

The con­fi­dence gained from their half-time lead grew as they blew the hosts away in the se­cond half by run­ning out con­vinc­ing 46-5 win­ners.

Coach Gor­don Shearer was left very im­pressed with his side’s ef­forts par­tic­u­larly some of the play in the back­line and was also pleased to see some of the for­wards step up in their per­for­mance with tal­is­manic Lorne Sin­clair miss­ing.

Oban U18s look to con­tinue their good form with a home match against Kil­marnock RFC this Satur­day.

He­lens­burgh Women 0 Oban Lorne Ladies 105

SUNNY, dry con­di­tions were per­fect for the ladies’ match on Sun­day away to He­lens­burgh, al­though the pitch was boggy in places from all the re­cent rain.

Upon ar­riv­ing, the team were in­formed that He­lens­burgh had re­cently suf­fered some bad luck los­ing their coach and cap­tain, mean­ing this was their first ful­filled fix­ture of the sea­son, and they had only 11 play­ers mean­ing un­con­tested scrums from the start. Both teams also agreed to a 60-minute match from the start, but agreed it was best to just get some match time for both teams.

Oban started the game as they meant to go on, with try af­ter try as the min­utes played out.

All credit to He­lens­burgh for stay­ing stuck in un­til the very fi­nal whis­tle and they hope­fully man­aged to clear a few cob­webs as the sea­son will con­tinue to un­fold.

The first try came for fly half Lucy Ste­wart, also Oban’s kicker, which was quickly fol­lowed by a try for Erika Skofca, play­ing out of po­si­tion at num­ber eight, and two more tries for Ste­wart, af­ford­ing her a hat­trick in the open­ing quar­ter of the match.

Skofca then scored the fifth try of the game shortly af­ter, shrug­ging off tack­les to sprint to­wards the line. Tries six and seven were scored by winger Ellen Barlow, who also man­aged a hat-trick be­fore the half time whis­tle blew. Try num­ber eight was touched down by scrum half Au­drey Barr, up the right wing of the pitch, af­ter run­ning through the mud­di­est patches.

Try nine was scored by inside cen­tre Kirsty Sin­clair. This brought the half-time score to 0-62 to the vis­it­ing team af­ter 35 min­utes of play.

It was agreed the se­cond half would be 25 min­utes’ play, and Oban utilised their subs to get fresh en­ergy on the pitch.

Tries in this half con­tin­ued to come thick and fast, with an­other two from Barr, giv­ing her a hat-trick for the match also. Barlow scored her fourth try of the game be­fore sub­sti­tute winger Rachel MacDon­ald scored her opener for the game.

Cap­tain of the day Veron­ica Speirs then scored a con­vinc­ing in­di­vid­ual try af­ter run­ning up the pitch through He­lens­burgh’s de­fen­sive line.

Try num­ber 16 of the game came for re­cently re­turned player Claire MacPher­son fol­low­ing some great sup­port­ive play up the left wing. The last try of the match was af­forded to sub­sti­tute fly half Re­becca Weeks, bring­ing the fi­nal score af­ter 60 min­utes to 0-105.

De­spite the score­line, and given that they are a re­cently es­tab­lished team, Oban ladies were im­pressed by He­lens­burgh’s com­mit­ment through­out the game and their com­radery was en­cour­ag­ing to see.

Oban Ladies now have an im­pres­sive 404 points to their name for the sea­son thus far; and per­haps more im­pres­sively 0 points against them.

They travel next Sun­day to Ar­drossan for their open­ing bowl game fol­low­ing de­feat by Glas­gow Uni­ver­sity in the open­ing round of the cup a cou­ple of months ago. The ladies train on Tues­days and Thurs­days, 6-7pm, with more de­tails avail­able on their Face­book page.

Photo: Stephen Law­son

Lorne Ladies’ Erica Scofka barges her way through the He­lens­burgh de­fence dur­ing last Sun­day’s game. It was Erica’s birth­day the day be­fore.

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