Campbeltown Courier



The sun shone on Meadows Playing Fields last Sunday as Campbeltow­n-Kintyre Junior Rugby Club welcomed teams from Mid Argyll, Oban and Taynuilt to the second summer Dalriada rugby competitio­n. In this photograph, Campbeltow­n-Kintyre player Connor McMillan tries to retain the ball and evade an advancing Mid Argyll player.

▮ For more on the festival, at which the home club proved its prowess,

The second summer Dalriada rugby competitio­n was played in Campbeltow­n last Sunday.

With Lochaber committed to events in the north and Mull hampered by ferry timetables, numbers at the festival were down.

Mid Argyll, Oban and a couple of intrepid Etive Vikings joined hosts Campbeltow­n/ Kintyre for some fantastic games of rugby.

The lack of numbers did not affect the quality of rugby on show from all teams, with great tries being scored along with some amazing tackling in defence.

In the P4/5 competitio­n, Campbeltow­n Dragons came out on top with four wins and two draws – carrying on where they left off in Oban with 44 tries in total.

Oban Bulls continue to challenge at the top of the leader board, coming in second ahead of Campbeltow­n Warriors and Oban Sharks.

‘It is great to see the commitment and skill in this young age group,’ said regional developmen­t officer Andrew

Johnston. In the P6/7 competitio­n, Campbeltow­n came out on top again, rounding off a great home competitio­n for the hosts.

They won five games out of five, scoring 31 tries and only conceding six. Some strong running led to the tries, but being more aggressive in defence paved the way for their victory.

Oban Bulls pushed them hard in second place, with

Mid Argyll and Oban Sharks rounding off the table.

‘Thank you to Chris Doxsey and his team at Campbeltow­n/ Kintyre Junior Rugby Club for all the work that went in to setting up the day,’ added Mr

Johnston. The next Dalriada festival will be on Mull on Saturday May 7 where organisers are hoping for a big turnout of clubs again, ahead of the return of the Mull Sevens on Saturday May 21.

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