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Lochgilphead’s Ropework is more used to the round ball game, but last weekend the Lochgilphead pitch was the venue for a festival of junior rugby.
Mini rugby clubs in Argyll reached the half way stage of their 2017/18 Dalriada festival of rugby season after Saturday’s event, hosted by Mid Argyll RFC.
Ignoring persistent rain, a good crowd of supporters turned out to cheer on the boys and girls taking part in the fifth festival so far this season – after Oban Lorne, Etive Vikings, Isle of Mull and Kintyre had already hosted ahead of the October holidays.
Joining Mid Argyll on Saturday October 28 were teams from Oban Lorne and Kintyre as well as welcome visitors from further north, Lochaber RFC.
The scores from the festival were as follows:
Mid Argyll 3-1 Oban Lorne; Lochaber 5-0 Kintyre; Lochaber 5-0 Mid Argyll; Oban Lorne 2-4 Lochaber; Mid Argyll 5-1 Kintyre; Kintyre 0-4 Oban.
Kintyre 5-4 Lochaber; Oban Lorne 5-2 Mid Argyll; Mid Argyll 5-6 Kintyre; Oban Lorne 4-1 Lochaber; Kintyre 3-3 Oban Lorne; Mid Argyll 2-1 Lochaber.
Mid Argyll and Lochaber also played an entertaining S1/2 fixture at 12-aside, with the hosts running out narrow 10-9 winners after resisting a strong fightback by the northern side.
Argyll and Bute rugby development officer, Allan Wright, said: ‘Saturday was a great day to finish off the first half of our season. The standard of rugby on show was excellent, despite the weather conditions.
‘It has been great to see the development of the mini rugby section at Kintyre, who are now becoming a welcome part of our programme.
‘Many thanks must to go all the players, coaches and parents who have made all these festivals possible so far this season.’
The Dalriada season will take a break over the winter months, before resuming at the end of February.
Lee Buckley of Mid Argyll Rugby Club said: ‘At the half way point in the season the Dalriada league tables stand with both Mid Argyll teams leading. Well done to all our players and keep up the good work.’
Table – Season 2017/18 (standings at October 28, 2017)
P4/5 Pld W D L Pts
1. Mid Argyll 11 6 1 4 24
2. Etive Vikings 7 6 1 0 19
3. Oban Lorne 10 4 0 7 18
4. Lochaber 3 3 0 0 9
5. Kintyre 4 0 0 4 4
6. Isle Of Mull 3 0 0 3 3
7. Islay 0 0 0 0 0
P6/7 Pld W D L Pts
1. Mid Argyll 12 7 2 2 27
2. Oban Lorne 11 5 1 5 22
3. Etive Vikings 8 3 3 2 17
4. Isle Of Mull 6 1 1 4 9
5. Kintyre 4 2 1 1 9
6. Lochaber 3 0 0 3 3
7. Islay 0 0 0 0 0
Mid Argyll’s Murray Macdonald on the ball, supported by Aileen Barr and James Campbell, as Kintyre player Ruaraidh Campbell applies pressure in a P6/7 match. no_a44rugby08