Picky - Sunday, 22 February 2015
Orkney U15 0 Highland U15 30
On Sunday 22nd February, Orkney Rugby Club's under 15's played host to a large squad of players from Highland Rugby Club. As Orkney does not normally have an U15 team this team was made up of a number of older U14.
Despite the age difference between the two teams Orkney played incredibly well and showed an enormous amount of passion and commitment.
Marty Flett of Alfred Flett Building Contractors presenting new strips to the Orkney U15 team.
Orkney RFC are delighted to announce the appointment of Tom Hughes as our new Rugby Development officer. Tom took up the post at the start of February from his predecessor, Bruce Ruthven, who left for Stewart Melville in Edinburgh last summer.
Tom is well qualified for this role having both a BSc (Hons.) in Sports Coaching and Performance, as well as a foundation degree in Rugby Coaching and Performance, both from the University Of Glamorgan. During the university courses, he gained a massive amount of experience through working with professional clubs such as the Cardiff Blues and Newport Gwent Dragons before developing a community rugby program in the Hamptons area near New York in the USA.
Tom will be working side by side with Mark Sinclair our SRU Modern Apprentice to ensure that the development of rugby in Orkney is progressed to the next level.
ORFC chairman Neil McCartney said that it took a while to get Tom in post but that he and the committee are delighted to have him here and that they will all be working closely and supporting one another in his role.
Caledonia North U18
Thurso - Saturday, 21 February 2015
Ross Sutherland RFC U18s 12, Orkney RFC U18s 18
The Orkney Under 18 Rugby Team travelled across to Thurso to play Ross Sutherland at Caithness RFC. Due to fixtures being cancelled due to weather and teams not being able to raise a team it was agreed that this game would be classed as a double header counting for double points. The Orkney team where pleased to get playing as this was the first game since the first week in December.
BT Caledonia Shield Final
Pickaquoy Infield - Saturday, February 21, 2015
Orkney RFC 27, Glenrothes 10
Orkney RFC won the BT Caledonia Shield with a hard-fought 27-10 win over Glenrothes at a breezy and chilly Pickaquoy on Saturday afternoon.
The double-header fixture also gave Orkney a bonus-point win to stay top of Caledonia League Division 1.
This Saturday, the 21st Feb see's Glenrothes RFC travel to Orkney to play in the much anticipated 'double header'. The game is going to be a bruising encounter with both teams looking to gain precious points in the BT Caledonia League Division 1 encounter and the coveted Caledonia Shield. A win for Orkney would see them stretch their lead over 2nd placed Glenrothes and still have two games in hand. They would also be crowned winners of the Caledonia Shield which allows them to progress to play the winner of the West Region Shield which was GHK. This BT Shield semi-final match is away in GHK and is scheduled to be played on the 7th March and is is one step away from a Murrayfield final.
The double header kick off is at 1pm at Pickaquoy and the Caledonia Region Shield will be presented to the winning side immediately after the final whistle
Orkney Rugby Club is keen for as many players, parents and coaches to attend a meeting at 12 noon on Sunday the 22nd February at the Rugby Club. Bruce Frame, the BT Sport Scottish Rugby Academy Manager for Caledonia will run through a presentation relating to the Caledonia Academy. The Caledonia Regional Academy is set up to identify and upskill high quality male and female players and coaches to play and coach at the highest level. This is an important visit to the county as there have already been players selected to represent the Caledonian Region and the National squad over the years. Having an academy created to identify and nurture future talent within the Caledonia Region will help to maintain interest in rugby both within and outwith the county.
BT Caledonia League Division 1
Pickaquoy Infield - Saturday, February 14, 2015
Orkney RFC 32, Gordonians 10
A hard-fought victory for Orkney saw them come from behind to eventually win 32-10 over Gordonians at Pickaquoy this afternoon, securing the bonus point in the second half, but having to defend well against the young, fit and fast student outfit.
It might have been February 14, but this was no St Valentine's Day Massacre. However, the win sees Orkney climb back to the top of BT Caledonia League Division 1, with Glenrothes losing 25-20 away to Morgan Academy FP. Orkney and Glenrothes are both on 53 points but Orkney have two games in hand - including next weekend's home tie against the second-place side - and a far superior points difference.
The 1st XV Match kicks-off today at Picky at 12 noon.
There is also a challenge match on and plenty of real ale to be drunk while watching the Internationals on TV in the clubhouse before some live music in the evening!
Just in case you were thinking of something to do today....
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