Kintyre and Oban take the spoils as Dalriada summer series goes down to the wire

Kintyre’s Kyle McQuaker receiving the 2022 P4/5 Dalriada summer series shield from Lee Buckley of Mid Argyll RFC.
Kintyre’s Kyle McQuaker receiving the 2022 P4/5 Dalriada summer series shield from Lee Buckley of Mid Argyll RFC.

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Junior rugby players from Kintyre proved their prowess in the Dalriada summer series, winning overall victory in the P4/5 category.

The final round of the seasonal rugby competition took place last weekend, hosted by Mid Argyll RFC in Lochgilphead.

On a lovely summer’s day, in-between showers, the Kintyre youngsters contested teams from Lochgilphead, Oban, Taynuilt, Mull and Lochaber in their final matches of the series.

In the P4/5 competition, only seven points separated the top five teams going into the final tournament.

On the day, Mull came out on top, winning all four of their games to continue their massive improvement over the season.

Mid Argyll came into the last event with a three-point lead but lost a couple of games by the odd try to end up second equal for the series with Mull.

Oban were the top try-scorers in the P4/5 age group, scoring 124 over the series, to finish in fourth.

Kintyre finished second on the day, winning three of their games, with some incredible tries being scored. This allowed them to leapfrog Mid Argyll and secure the top spot in the summer series.

At the end of the day, one point separated the top three teams, showing how tight the competition has been from week-to-week.

In the P6/7 competition, Oban entered the final day with a strong lead and would have had to suffer a major collapse to not secure the series.

Oban won four games and drew one against Lochaber, missing the top spot on the day by points difference.

This secured the summer series for the Oban team and reflected the consistency they have shown all season, as well as being the top try-scorers, with 109 touchdowns in total.

Lochaber secured top spot on the day and proved again what a tough team they are to play against.

Kintyre came in third place and would surely have been challenging for the title if they hadn’t missed the last couple of events.

Etive Vikings came in fourth position – also missing the last couple of events which affected their final standings.

‘All in all, it was a fantastic series with some great mini rugby being played over the last few months,’ said a spokesperson.

‘With the older players cycling out into secondary school after the summer, the plan is to start running an Argyll schools competition after the holidays.’

The Dalriada autumn series will start on Saturday August 27, again in Lochgilphead, with an exciting new format to be trialled.