Skye and Lochalsh do well in mini-rugby festival

Invergordon welcomed nearly 250 rugby-playing primary school children from all over the north of Scotland recently for the annual Ross Sutherland Minis Festival.

The event was heralded as a great success by those attending, with fantastic weather making the day all the more enjoyable for the watching families.

Greg Dobson, who took two Skye and Lochalsh teams over for the day, praised the event. ”I’d like to extend a massive thank you to everyone at Ross Sutherland for putting on a superb and enjoyable day,” he said. “The adults, and the boys and girls, had a great time and I know that our members’ list will balloon from the experience of those who were involved.”

In both the P4/5 and P6/7 sections things were very close, with two teams tying for top spot in each section. Overall winners in the P4/5 section were Lochaber who edged out Highland Reds thanks their better head-to-head record, and in the P6/7 section Moray Reds got the nod ahead of Caithness thanks to a better points difference.

In the P1/3 section Moray and Ross Sutherland enjoyed several games of tag rugby with every player getting a medal for their efforts.

The Skye and Lochalsh P4/5s did a sterling job in beating the host team and went on to draw with other teams. Every member of the team did an exellent job in attack and in defence Scorers on the day were mainly Alex Tulley and Ruari Lates but Max Stancliffe got the winner against Highland. Tackle of the day was absolutely textbook by David Parsons stopping Highland going over when it seemed inevitable.

The senior P6/7 Skye team was a similar affair. Every player gave it their whole commitment, with some elusive running by Harry Partridge backed up in support with good rucking by the forwards Rowan Dobson, Loudan MacKay, Alasdair MacRae and Tyler Henry. Some good moves were put together by the backs and well-deserved tries for Joshua Mockett and Duncan Matheson, but player of the day for the seniors was Finlay Davidson at scrum-half who kept both the forwards and the backs playing as a team even when they were head-to-toe in mud.

During the tournament, the players’ thirsts were kept at bay thanks to a large stock of bottled water and juice supplied by Evanton-based Technip Offshore as part of their sponsorship of the event.
The Skye and Lochalsh team are always looking for new players, both boys and girls from P4 to P7, as well as local business sponsors for equipment and strips.
Please contact Greg Dobson on dobson.harris@virgin.net.