Oban Lorne 45
DAVID BARNES @ BT Murrayfield
OBAN LORNE shrugged off their lower league status to secure an emphatic victory over Garioch with a powerful second half performance in the Women’s Bowl Final.
Garioch actually opened the scoring through wing Liadh Broughton, but Oban Lorne responded with a converted try from stand-off Lucy Stewart. Then, just before the break, centre Kirsty Sinclair barged over from close range and Stewart converted again to give the west coast side a 14-5 lead.
“I said to the girls that it was going to be a hard game against a team in the league above and we made it even harder for ourselves with the passing not going to hand, so some harsh words were said at half-time about keeping the ball, taking it forward and finishing off the tries – and that’s what they did,” said Cory Louw, the Oban Lorne coach.
“We’ve got a lot of power in that back-line. Our outside centre – Erika Skofca – is from Italy, and she didn’t wake up until the last ten minutes, but she’s a powerhouse. We’ve got everything there – speed, power and handling.”
Prop Ellie MacNiven, full-back Kelly Lamont (twice), number eight Camilla Leslie and Skofca all touched down in that second period, as Oban Lorne ran away with it. Stewart converted five of her team’s seven scores.
“It was a tough afternoon. They thoroughly deserved it. In the first half, we had a good defence, but we tired after the break,” said Garioch captain Jess Silcocks. “We haven’t played each other for a couple of years, but they are about to get promoted into our league, so it will be interesting to see how they go next year.”
“Generally speaking, we’re in a brilliant place as a club. We have a squad of 35 – a very close-knit group – and great links with other local teams in Banff and Huntly. It has been a great season of building for us, so hopefully we’ll reap the benefit next year. We won it last year, couldn’t back it up this year but you can’t win it every time – I’m sure we’ll be back next year to smash it.”
Presenting the trophy was an emotional moment for SRU vice-president Dee Bradbury, who was one of the founding members of the women’s section at Oban Lorne.
Garioch: K Chan; L Broughton, R Bestwick, N Simpson, R Laurenson; A Dewar, E Baroch; J Shaw, S Campbell, K Eades, A Ross, C Matthews, J Silcocks, N Grimbleyy, T McIntosh. Subs: A Newsome, K Jamieson, B Bass, E Nichol, M Kerr, H Nicholson, K Yule
Oban Lorne: K Lamont; E Barlow, E Skofca, K Sinclair, S Rosinski; L Stewart, A Barr; G Mitchell, L MacCormick, E MacNiven, S Kelpie, R Sims, A MacLachlan, E Shearer, C Leslie. Subs: N Van Geal, V Speirsm, C MacPherson, H Cringles, R MacDonald, L Cromer, J Farthing.
Referee: M Hay
Garioch: Try: Broughton.
Oban Lorne: Tries: Stewart, Sinclair, McNiven, Lamont 2, Leslie, Skofca; Cons: Stewart 5.
Scoring sequence (Garioch): 5-0; 5-5; 5-7; 5-12; 5-14 (h-t) 5-19; 5-21; 5-26; 5-31; 5-36; 5-38; 5-43; 5-45