Arran RFC shine at rugby festival

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A reformed Arran Rugby Club outshone their opponents during a hard fought friendly match at the annual rugby festival held at the Ormidale Park on the Easter weekend.

Traditionally known as the Arran Rugby 7s, the festival changed format this year to a 15 a side tournament, owing to many opposition teams being unable to attend due to league fixture commitments.

A team of Arran players, some of whom have not played a competitive game since being unable to muster a full league team last year, reformed to host a day celebrating and enjoying ruby.

Playing against Ardrossan Academicals who compete in the BT National League Division 3 team, Arran performed exceptionally well right from the start of the match and eventually dealt their opponents a defeat of 55 – 7 by the final whistle.

Ardrossan Academicals who travelled over to Arran for the day also experienced a lack of players which left two Arran players joining the team to even out the number of players.

Following the match a number of junior players took to the field to enjoy some rugby training under the watchful eyes of Scottish rugby Union modern apprentice, Euan Rains who passed on tips about ball control passing, kicking and teamwork.

Supporters who remembered to bring their boots, and many that were enthused by the day’s play, took part in a kicking competition and a ball passing accuracy game on the sidelines.

Visitors, guests and supporters welcomed the return of seeing rugby taking place at the Ormidale Park, along with good food from Hooked and Cooked and unlimited refreshments from the beer tent which stayed open until late into the afternoon.