Grassroots roundup: Loch Lomond Rugby Club, Dumbarton Accies and golf action
Loch Lomond Minis
After a very long break from rugby, Loch Lomond minis hosted a fixture at the club once again.
McLaren and Cumnock joined the Lomond teams for some very enjoyable, overdue rugby action.
P1/2s enjoyed a successful run out with several debutants all getting their hands on the ball.
Loch Lomond P3s got the season underway against very well drilled McLaren and Cumnock sides.
Angela Munn said: “Amongst some individual brilliance, there were also moments of great team work with the past few weeks’ hard work on offloading before the tackle paying off.”
The P4/5 teams played two games first against Cumnock and then McLaren.
Angela added: “In the Cumnock match, the team slowly started playing and had some good passages of play but their defence let us down.
“This was understandable after so many months without competitive rugby but, as the game went on, the team started to gel and work together showing glimpses of what they can do.
“In the McLaren match they were more like the team everyone remembered. The defence was good with great line speed and the passing skills improved.”
The P6/7 team also had a busy day as they once again graced the pitch.
A new combination of players this season showed much promise for the games ahead.
Angela summed up the day saying: “Overall everyone at Loch Lomond minis were just delighted to welcome players and supporters back to the club.”
The minis travel to Helensburgh this weekend.
Loch Lomond Juniors
Loch Lomond under-13 and under-14 teams were back in action at the Dillichip on Sunday.
The U13 team faced Cambuslang and the U14 team were against Ardrossan.
These were the first league games of the new season, and the first time the U13 team had played on a full size pitch.
The U14 team played well against Ardrossan, showing excellent attacking skills and some super offloading to score a number of lovely tries. They communicated well as a team and were strong defensively.
The U13 team are just finding their feet with the full size pitch, and despite their hard work and all their rugby skills on display, they were caught out by Cambuslang’s wingers as they defended too narrowly, forgetting about all the space out wide. They worked hard and have learned some valuable lessons for their next game.
The U16 team had a longer journey, travelling to Oban for their first game of the season. They played excellent rugby especially in the first half, scoring a few well worked tries, and were unlucky not to score a few more which would have edged them ahead at half time.
Oban however were stronger in the second half as Lomond players tired and they did not have enough fresh legs on the bench. Everyone dug deep, with some strong defensive work on the try line and some really good tackling on display.
A really positive first game and the coaches were really proud of how well everyone played.
Next Sunday the U16 team face Allan Glens at the Dillichip, while the U14 team travel to Garnock while the U13s have a free weekend.
Dumbarton Accies 9-1 Ardeer West Recreation
By Robert Porter
Accies proved too strong for their Ayrshire Premier Division counterparts with a high tempo performance at the weekend.
The pattern of the match was set very early on, with Accies going two goals up inside the first two minutes.
On their first attack, Accies took the lead. An Andrew Burton flick on released Logan Park.
Park’s cross into the box reached Alan Nicolson whose first time shot was pushed onto the post by Ardeer keeper Justin Robertson. Sam Degg was on hand to tap the rebound home from inside the six-yard box.
The second came quickly after. Park again crossed into the box and this time Andrew Burton volleyed home from twelve yards.
Ardeer steadied themselves and came back into the game for a short period. Jack Frew’s shot flew past Accies upright.
Degg then saw a header saved as Accies counter-attacked.
A long ball reached Ardeer’s David Harvey, who shot wide. Ryan Dorrian then saw a shot saved as Ardeer sought a way back into the match.
The half ended 2-0 and Accies came out all guns blazing after the interval.
Logan Park set up Alan Sweeney and although Sweeney’s shot was saved, Sam Degg headed the rebound home.
But Ardeer hit back when David Henry’s cross was met at the back post by Marc Farrell.
Accies quickly regained their three-goal lead however as Alan Nicolson did well to set up Park who stayed composed to finish the move.
Andrew Burton then hit the bar with a rocket of a shot.
Ryan Banks saw two long-range shots fail to trouble the Ardeer goal.
Park scored Accies fifth following some unselfish play by Andrew MacNally.
MacNally had beaten the offside trap, then took the ball around the keeper. With the goal at his mercy MacNally passed across the face of the goal to allow Park to roll the ball into the empty net.
A great free-kick move saw substitute David Goodwin find Andrew Burton inside the Ardeer box. The forward wasted no time in finishing the move.
Fellow substitute Callum Shipcott then set up Degg for his hat-trick.
To their credit, Ardeer continued to push forward and saw Darren McCann’s effort go narrowly over Accies bar.
Accies substitute Andrew MacDonald entered the fray for the last 10 minutes and scored twice.
His first came following a Park cross which he initially controlled then volleyed home.
His second, and the final goal of the game, came following a quick swivel inside the Ardeer box and shot that found the net.
Dumbarton and Argyll Ladies Golf
Dumbarton and Argyll Ladies Golf Team finish runners-up in the Scottish County Finals.
The Team are pictured at Forres Golf Club where the finals took place which took place on 27, 28 and 29 August. The Team qualified at the Inter-Counties Championships in June, which were held at Cardross Golf Club, and the County Team consisted of three Cardross Ladies.
In the final they were narrowly beaten by Perth and Kinross who took the Scottish Title. The full team was Fiona Rattray, Aileen Baker, Laura McGeachy, Lorna Mcclymont, Lorraine Campbell (Team Captain), Lori MacDonald, Vicky Hendren, Maggie Kinvig and County Captain Jean Leitch.
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