Sunday the 26th of February 2023 saw Orkney RFC minis welcome their Caithness RFC counterparts for the “Friends across the water” Mini Rugby tournament. Nearly seventy budding rugby players were hosted by East rugby at the St Margaret's Hope pitch.
Each section of the Orkney rugby club was involved, with players from East, West, Kirkwall and Westray Minis representing Orkney. Caithness RFC attended with two P6/7 teams and one P4/5 team. The future looks bright for Orkney and Caithness rugby clubs, with some real talent on show from all sides involved.
Photos: Kerry Martin, Stacey Tualasea
Full match video from Picky by Rohallion.
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The squads for this weekend have been announced!
The 1st XV welcome Allan Glen’s to Picky at 14:00- come along & cheer them on!
Meanwhile, the U16s kick off against Dunfermline at 11:00 in the cup.
And on Sunday, the Dragons play the Krakens at 13:00 in Thurso, while the U13 & U14 boys are off to Inverness to play Highland RFC
If you happen to be in the neighbourhood, our away teams greatly appreciate your support!
Travel for the game was via Loganair flight to Glasgow on the Saturday morning something the whole squad are appreciating. Flying made possible by travel assistance from the Scottish rugby union and great flexibility shown by Loganair group bookings.
Women’s National Plate
Pickaquoy, Saturday 18 February 2023
Orkney Dragons 12, Strathmore Women 20
Saturday dawned to produce one of the best days for running rugby that we have had all winter. And my goodness, what a feast of running rugby was served up by the Dragons hosting the women’s team from Forfar, Strathmore, for the first time.
Strathmore fielded a competent looking team, combining pace with power and experience, particularly at half back, and their control in possession early on, enabled the visitors to assert the upper hand in the initial stages of the game. This resulted in the first try of the match after sustained pressure on the Dragon’s line.
Roundup of scores from today’s Under-16 cup games in Thurso:
KGS, Saturday 18th Feb 2023
Wasps 29, Reds 22
Conditions were perfect for rugby at KGS. Beautiful day, with a light Zephyr coming in from the Southwest with only light cloud cover. Shaping up for a fantastic internal match The Reds verses Wasps.
It was a absorbing match of seesawing momentum, moments of individual brilliance and resilient defence.
The Red kicked off and was received by wasps.
Here are your teams to play this weekend: On Saturday, the 1st XV kick off at 14:30 down in Greenock, and the Wasps take on the Reds at 1pm at KGS while the Dragons host Strathmore at Picky.
The U16s are across the Firth on Sunday for three cup playoff games. There is plenty of room on the bus for spectators if anyone wants to go along.
Also good luck to the eight Orkney RFC girls in action this weekend!-
We have four U14s & U16s girls away in Aberdeen on Saturday for the Evolution Series fixtures organised by Aberdeen Wanderers
And 4 girls playing at U16s & U18s for the Caledonia North team on Sunday at Highland RFC
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