On Saturday 29th February the Orkney Dragons finished the pool stage of the National Bowl against Midlands Ladies Development Team- a newly formed team from Perthshire and Dunfermline RFC. After a visit from Storm Jorge the conditions underfoot could politely be called a quagmire but thankfully the rain had abated and sun made an appearance.
Before the action began a minutes silence was observed in memory of Perthshire RFC Captain Adam Pattinson.
Midlands were quick to set the intensity of the game proving they should not be underestimated with some good hard runs and quick off loading they pressured Orkney immediately. The ball was soon slick with mud, as were the players, and it proved tricky control.
Unfortunately due to the weather forecast this weekend, travel issues have meant that the 1st XV game v Aberdeen Wanderers has been called OFF.
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Due to the weather this morning, the East v Kirkwall Mini’s matches are cancelled today. Please do not venture down to Burray today (9th Feb). The matches will be rescheduled for another date.
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Strive is about to hit the road again on two wheels to support Doddie Weir and also Tom Smith. Both rugby legends who represented Scotland and the Lions have been affected by terrible terminal illnesses.
So to show our support for them Willie Tulloch, Garry Coltherd and Leon De Jager will be joining another Scotland and Lions great, Rob Wainwright on the last leg of his cycle from Twickenham to Murrayfield to deliver the match ball for the Calcutta rugby match between Scotland and England on 8th February.
Willie, Garry and Leon will set off with Rob from Newcastle at 12:00am in the morning to cycle the last 100 miles, reaching Murrayfield with the ball at 12:30pm - just in time for the game!
The money raised is being split equally between the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation for Doddie and 40tude for Tom.
We would be delighted if you found get behind the guys and make a donation at the link below. Also if you’re in Edinburgh you might want to drop past Murrayfield early to welcome them home.
Please share this far and wide to get as many people as possible behind these great causes.
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Tennent's Caledonia Region League Division 1
Blairgowrie - Saturday 18th January 2020
Blairgowrie RFC 0, Orkney RFC 53
Orkney travelled south for their latest Tennent’s Caledonia Regional league 1 fixture by Loganair flight on the morning of Saturday 1st February 2020. The usual ferry travel on Friday night being ruled out due to a lack of bunk space. It just so happened that all the cabins were booked up by over tired Shetland Up Helly AA revellers returning to the mainland. Fortunately, team manager Coltherd managed to secure enough seats on the 0730hrs flight to Aberdeen thus ensuring an extra night at home for the players.
Orkney squad; Naill Campbell, Scott Rendall, Erland Drever, Kevin Sinclair, Duncan Gray, Jon Tait, Cammy Gray, Robbie Firth, William Thomson, James Linklater, Scott Russell, Graham Poke, Dean Campbell, Matt Jackson, Philip Ross, Gary Nicolson, Craig Rendall, David Bruce, Derek Robb
Women's National Bowl (Pool A)
Pickaquoy - Saturday 1st February 2020
Orkney Dragons 27, Aberdeenshire Quines
On what started out as a wet and windy Saturday 1st February Orkney Dragons began their National Bowl campaign against Aberdeenshire Quines.
The match kicked off at Noon on the centre pitch at the Pickaquoy Centre under, thankfully clear skies but with a stiff cold wind blowing. Quines had arrived with a depleted squad of 16 but travelled none the less so the fixture went ahead.
Match Report Games v Caithness and Ross Sutherland 2-2-20
On Sunday 2nd February a smaller than usual squad of U 14s headed across the firth to Caithness for matches against Caithness and Ross Sutherland. The squad had players missing due to other sporting commitments, injury and illness so a squad of 11 headed over.
A beautiful day for rugby and with Caithness and Ross Sutherland both having full squads it was agreed to play a round robin format and the other teams would provide them with the players to bring them up to a full compliment of 15. It was agreed that it would be youth scoring rules with 3 points for a try and 1 for a conversion.
Back row l to r : - Caithness player, Aiden Mackie (Caithness), Ryan Linklater, Alfie Copland (Vice captain), Lewis Mackie (Caithness), Thorfinn Sinclair, Declan MacLeod, Alex Thomson.
Front row l to r : - Angus Brown, Isaac Deerness (captain), Scott Craigie, James Braddock, Sammy Laughton, Kadyn Harcus, Dougie Manson (Caithness).
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