First Dalriada Rugby Festival of the season

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Meadows welcomed teams from across Argyll recently for the first Dalriada Rugby Festival of the season.

On a glorious day Kintyre Junior Rugby welcomed Mid Argyll Wild Boars from Lochgilphead and the Etive Vikings from Taynuilt.

The event involved children from P4/5 and P6/7 and was played using the new Age Grade Law Variations and with some new ideas from the new Argyll and Bute rugby development officer Andrew Johnston.

Instead of just focusing on the number of tries scored, there were points awarded for positive aspects of play such as offloads out of the tackle, getting the ball into space and tackling, bringing a different emphasis to the games and producing some really enjoyable rugby.

In the P4/5 age group Kintyre emerged victorious in two games against Mid Argyll and drew the third with some exceptional rugby on show. There were player of the match awards selected by the coaches for Teghan Campbell, Angus Taylor and Bryson Lawrie for Kintyre and Joseph Brown and Richard Griffin for Mid Argyll.

In the P6/7 event the Wild Boars and the Vikings were very evenly matched over the course of the day with both teams winning one match, losing one match and drawing the final match 28-28. Yet again there was some fantastic rugby on display. Player of the match awards were voted for by the opposition coaches who selected Scott Murdoch, Tom Corns and Aiden Lawrie for the Etive Vikings and Aaron Martin and Jemma Macdonald for Mid Argyll.

All-in-all it was deemed a successful day in beautiful surroundings.

This weekend Etive Vikings will host the next festival in Taynuilt.

Isiah Doxsey from Campbeltown makes a break for Kintyre against Mid Argyll in the P4/5 match. 20_c39rugby01

Mid Argyll’s Joseph Brown about to be tackled. 20_c39rugby02

Joseph Brown from Mid Argyll makes a break in the game versus Kintyre. 20_c39rugby03