National Youth Bowl Under 18 Final
Murrayfield, Sunday 29 November 2015
Dundee Eagles U18s 12, Orkney/Caithness U18s 21
Last Saturday saw fifteen U18 Orkney players meet at the Northlink Terminal in Stromness at 8am to commence their epic journey to play Dundee Eagles at Murrayfield.
They survived the choppy crossing down the west side of Hoy and made it in one piece to Scrabster. They were met in Thurso by Tracey Kay and five of the Caithness players.
As is the nature of playing rugby in the expanse of the North of Scotland, the player numbers were topped up to the full compliment of 22 by picking up the last two Caithness players in Latheron.
The Caithness Development Officer was collected in Inverness for the onward journey to Edinburgh.
Orkney RFC's very own Ryan Arcus was gleaming with joy last Tuesday evening (17th Nov) at the Orkney Youth Awards ceremony at the King Street Halls. Ryan received his SALTIRE award and SUMMIT award for his time and effort that he has put into his coaching at Orkney RFC since November 2012.
Caledonia North U18 Conference
Invergordon, Saturday 21st November 2015
Ross Sutherland 12 Orkney/Caithness 29
On Saturday 21st November, the Orkney under 18 squad travelled across the Firth to meet up with the Caithness contingent to travel down to Invergordon to take on Ross Sutherland in a Caledonian North fixture.
By kick off time the early snow had disappeared leaving a brisk day with little wind.
Unfortunately, tomorrow's National league 3 match v Irvine RFC has been called off due to the weather warning & travel concerns.
It will be re-arranged for a later date.
U18 Youth Bowl Semi-Final
Pickaquoy - Saturday November 14, 2015
Orkney/Caithness U18s 24, Garnock RFC U18s 20
The Orkney/Caithness Under18 team played Garnock a team from Ayrshire in the Semi Final of the National Bowl Competition, the visitors had undertaken an over 300 mile road trip on Friday and intended staying in the County for two nights showing great commitment to age group Rugby.
The Orkney Under 14 team traveled down to Aberdeen on Friday night for a game against Mackie RFC in the town of Stonehaven. The Mackie U14 team has a 2 year unbeaten record and was to be one of the toughest opponents on Orkney’s 2015/16 calendar.
The team arrived at Mackie’s ground to be met with heavy rain which continued throughout the match. During the first 10 minutes of play Mackie started strongly and it took Orkney a while to find their feet with good rucking and some committed tackling from Charlie Pasotti and Kieran Park holding Mackie at the Orkney 5m line.
Banchory, Saturday 7th November 2015
Deeside Under 18s 5, Orkney/Caithness Under 18s 26
The Orkney and Caithness teams travelled separately to Banchory to play Deeside in a Caledonian Conference league game, a hard game was expected as Deeside remained unbeaten in league games to date.
By kick off time it had been raining steadily for two hours and underfoot conditions where very soft.
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