Title Joy At Last For Orkney Rfc

ORKNEY RFC gained promotion to National 3 in style on Saturday afternoon as they trounced visitors Kinross 73-7 at Pickaquoy to clinch the Caledonia League Division 1 title.

Man of the match for the home side James Linklater got all the early points, slotting three penalties, and bagging a try and conversion before any of his team mates go on the scoreboard.

Kinross had chipped their points in early though, and briefly lead Orkney 6-7 after a converted try answered Linklater's first two penalties.

However, it was more or less one way traffic after that, as Orkney built a commanding lead of 42-7 by half time.

It was more of the same in the second 40 minutes, and by the time referee Ian Rushbrook sounded full-time Orkney had extended their lead to 73-7.

SRU representative for the Midlands Don Burns presented the league trophy to Orkney RFC vice captain - captain for next season - Neil McCartney and the championship celebrations kicked off in earnest as the players wished team mate Andy McGill a happy 40th birthday.

Orkney scorers: James Linklater: two tries, seven conversions, three penalties; Adam Baird, two tries; Raymond Moodie, two tries; Danny Bain, one try; Andrew Cuddihy, one try; Philip Ross, one try; Rodney Spence, one try.