Last weekend the Orkney contingent of the Under 18 team who combine with Caithness Rugby Club to compete in Caledonia Competitions travelled south to play Montrose in the first round of the Caledonia Shield. This being the team’s first game for five month due to previous fixtures having to be called off due to weather and travel problems the coaches had reservations concerning the effect of such a long layoff.
The concerns proved to be unfounded as the game commenced with the team showing skill and commitment against a well organised side containing a number of large players.
After eight minutes play the team captain Glen Brough broke through a number of tackles eventually offloading to Stuart Kirk who completed the scoring of the first try, the conversion was missed. The entertaining contest continued at a high pace with the combined team scoring a further three tries by Michael McGregor, Jack McLeod and Jamie Mowat with Stuart Kirk converting two of them. Montrose replied with a converted try leaving the half time score at 24-7.
The second half was played in a similar manner with the visiting team continuing to dominate resulting in a further five tries scored by Ryan Mooney, Cameron Ryder, Lewis Mackay, Stuart Kirk, and Aaron Gibson with Stuart Kirk and Cameron Ryder converting two each. This resulted in a score of 57-7
Due to the Northlink Refit Timetable the club used the Sea Cadets Minibus travelling to Montrose from Aberdeen then after the game the long treck to Thurso. The Club President Brian Lanni undertook the driving duties this was very much appreciated by all his passengers.
Squad Caithness: Cameron Ryder, Michael McGregor, Jamie Mowat, Stuart Kirk, Fred Plass, Jack McLeod, Aiden Sinclair, Lewis Mackay and Lewis Fraser. Orkney: Andrew Mulraine, Ryan Mooney, Connor Hancock, Glen Brough, Scott Stevenson, Josh Rendall, Jak Craigie, Cameron Fraser, Aaron Gibson and Harry Siderfin.
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