Etive Vikings prove warriors of mini-rugby

Mini-rugby player Finlay Craig dives across the line in Campbeltown.

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If anything the ground was a tad dry when mini-rugby players rucked up in Kintyre.

Saturday dawned a perfect sunny day. Out on the Meadows there was a biting wind as Etive Vikings showed their class, with a well drilled display, during a warm-up period before the main action.

They joined P4/5 and P6/7 youngsters from Mid Argyll, Oban and Campbeltown Kintyre as short and serious games kicked-off round the field.

It was the third Dalriada of the season and initially teams had to wait for the Islay visitors before every team had match opponents.

During play, a loose count is kept of wins but ultimately they are not scored on a sheet as the 80 players mixed and matched, to ensure each team had a chance and, with at least four games a piece, everyone enjoyed a game of rugby.

It had been hoped to have a couple of bigger games. Sadly time did not allow although coaches had indicated it may have been a bonus towards developing skills collectively as a group.

Several games went to the wire and there was plenty of parental excitement, from the touch line, encouraging teams and players regardless of whether they were tackling for their nominal side.

Etive Vikings won the P4/5 class, with Campbeltown close on their heels and the northern invaders also took the P6/7 age group win, chased by Mid Argyll.

One of the Campbeltown Kintyre Dalriada organisers, John Forster, said: ‘We would like to say a big thank you to our visitors for coming down.

‘Also to the parents and friends who helped, in the kitchen with food and on the field organising and encouraging our boys and girls to acquit themselves honourably.

‘There is still a long way to go but compliments were given by the opposing coaches as to progress we are making.

‘Campbeltown Kintyre would like to make a plea to any boys or girls interested in trying rugby from P6/7.

‘The team would welcome you to come along to make up the numbers and join in the fun.’

The next mini-rugby outing is Islay at the end of the month.

Finlay Craig dives across the line. 25_c14minirugby32

The mini-rugby Dalriada players line up in the sun. 25_c14minirugby30

Teigan Read passes the ball. 25_c14minirugby13

Etive Viking players pass the ball. 25_c14minirugby10

Heading for the line. 25_c14minirugby08