* This course is fast approaching and numbers are low. Please contact Bruce ASAP if you are interested *
Bob Easton is running a Refereeing Level 2 Course at ORFC.
Date & Times:
Saturday 7th December from 11am - 4:30pm
Register your place with me ASAP. A good opportunity to understand the rules of the game and/or for general discussion even if you're not planning to actually referee. Be good to make the most of Bob`s visit.
- Also have a look at the Level 1 course on January 11-12th
Internal Rugby Match Report: Picky 23-11-13
The Doonies proved too much for the Uppies running out comfortable 7 tries to 5 winners. However, neither side was for giving up bragging rights this early in the festive season!
The Uppies actually started the stronger of the two sides, running in a couple of early scores - the first following a superb off load from Gary Farquhar. But as the half wore on even the unbiased referee, Gary Coltherd, had to penalise the Uppies for consistently slowing down possession, and lying all over the ball.
As a consequence the Doonie possession statistic started to increase and gaps started opening up around the pitch - Ali Linklater and Gary Nicolson making the most of the wide open spaces.
Sunday 24th November 2013
Caithness 40, Orkney 15
Orkney’s U16 girls travelled across to Caithness on Sunday morning for their second ever competitive match. Having secured a hard-fought and narrow 33-31 win in their first match, at Pickaquoy on November 10, it was likely that Caithness would be out for revenge on home soil, and so it was in the first quarter.
Caledonia North Under 16 Division
Kellands Park, Inverurie - Saturday 23rd November 2013
Garioch RFC U16s 3 - Orkney RFC U16s 76
On November the 23rd Orkney U16s travelled down to Garioch to play one of their league games. A good result was expected as the lads had heard of heavy defeats conceded by this team so far.
The game kicked off at 11.06am with a bright sun in the Orkney boys’ eyes. The game got off to a good start as Fergus Macivor scored straight from the kick off and Sam Croy converted (score 0-7). Sloppy play and bad rucking led to a succession of Garioch penalties, but with a strong defence Orkney held back the attack and Jordan Basford used his size to his advantage to cross the line. Sam Croy made another conversion increasing the score to 0-14.
Jordan then took the ball straight from the kick off, running through the defence line like a knife through butter and scoring within the same two minutes with two fabulous tries. Two tries from Taylor Pirie and Orkney were ahead 0-33. The Garioch boys were determined to put up a fight and multiple plays got the ball into the Orkney half, no worries from captain Cammie Gray, though, as soon enough he was on the scoreboard after a fantastic run.
The half time score was 0-40 to Orkney.
Where: at the Club
When: 8pm this Saturday, 23 November
All members and guests are welcome to test their intellect at this open quiz night, Graham Garson is in charge of the questions, with a curry thrown in for good measure.
Entry £10 per team. Teams limited to up to 5 persons.
RBS Caledonia League Division 1
Pickaquoy infield – Saturday, November 16, 2013
Orkney 25, Strathmore 14
Orkney RFC finally overcame Strathmore by five tries to two in a tough battle on the Pickaquoy infield pitch early on Saturday.
In a match that kicked off at 11am to accommodate the flying visitors, the home side often had to dig deep in defence to make sure of the points, and even when they were 20-0 up early in the second half there were signs that the match was in no way a settled affair.
Indeed, when Orkney turned round two tries ahead after a first half played towards the Peedie Sea end and with a strong wind behind them, there were mutterings on the touchline that they could have done with a bigger cushion to take into the second 40 minutes.
However, in the end the five points were in the bag and Orkney remain third in the RBS Caledonia Division 1 table behind Perthshire and Dunfermline, and six points ahead of Caithness.
Caledonia North Under 18 Division
Redcloak, Stonehaven - Saturday 16th November 2013
Final Score: Mackie Academy FP 48, Orkney 24
Orkney players travelled to Stonehaven to face tough opposition in top of the table Mackie Academy on Saturday. The Orkney team knew that with only 14 players able to travel it would be a hard fought match.
The conditions were perfect for running Rugby and Mackie got on the scoreboard early with a try after six minutes. The conversion in front of the posts was missed. Mackie were then forced to defend as Orkney applied pressure but an unfortunate bounce from a Mackie kick resulted in Mackie scoring under the posts. This time the conversion was successful.
Once again Orkney replied to the try with some determined play with forwards David Porteous and Duncan Gray making good ground. Mackie’s carelessness in loose play, combined with Orkney pressure led to a penalty in the Mackie half. Taylor Pilkington Tait subsequently secured Orkneys first points with an impressive kick into the wind and low winter sun.
U16's BRAVERY AND PASSION TRIUMPH OVER WELL DRILLED ABERDEEN WANDERERS TO STAY SECOND IN THE LEAGUE
Caledonia North Under 16 Division
Dounby - Sunday 10th November 2013
Final Score: Orkney RFC U16s 7 - Aberdeen Wanderers RFC U16s 5
Orkney U16's faced a well drilled and organised Aberdeen Wanderers team on a cold, clear winter's day in Dounby.
Orkney got off to a flying start in the first two minutes with a charging run by Cammie Gray. This try was converted by Sam Croy.
Orkney found themselves under a great deal of pressure in the set pieces but the lack of possession was offset by some barn-storming runs by the Orkney forwards. Notable performances were Taylor Pirie and Robbie Hay with the tireless back row of Euan Humphries, James Nicholson and Cammie Gray making numerous tackles and powerful runs against a well organised defence.
On Sunday 10th November, Orkney girls played their first ever under 16s match versus Caithness. This was a greatly anticipated event with the girls on both sides of the Pentland firth having been in training for several weeks prior to the game and the large crowd were not disappointed with the commitment and skills on display throughout the match.
Caithness won the toss and kicked off to Orkney showed their intent right from the kick off with several strong runs which ended up with an infringement in the Caithness 22metre area. Caithness did well run to run out off danger but we're turned over after two consecutive crunching tackles by the Orkney centres Hannah Stead and Kelsey Harvey. The resulting scrum led to Orkneys first try after the backs moved the ball out to the wing through four pairs of hands to Jenna Young who outpaced the winger to the corner, Keira Johnston converted, (7-0). The resulting kick off went straight to Amy Kent who showed great strength to shrug off three tackles to score under the posts and then converted, (14-0). Caithness then woke up and dominated play for the next ten minutes and scored two tries of their own through their captain and winger who showed great strength and pace, also adding the conversions, (14-14).
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