Orkney have fielded their first ever under-16 girls' rugby team, hosting fellow debutants Caithness girls, for a northern derby match.
Both teams had been in training for several weeks on the run-up to the game which was played last weekend. This was reflected in the skills that were showcased on the day. The players displayed a great amount of pride in their colours and passion for the game in an exciting, end-to-end affair which ended in a home victory for the Orcadians.
The large crowd who turned out to watch the game were treated to a feast of tries, the teams tallying five a piece. The result boiled down to the conversion count with Orkney successful with four, Caithness converting three, bringing the final score to 33-31.
The Orkney scores came from Jenna Young, Hannah Stead, Shannon Drever and a brace from Amy Kent. Keira Johnston successfully converted four of the five conversion attempts.
Caithness scored tries through Katie Mackay, Jade Mackay, two from Rhiannon Kirk and Shannon Campbell, who also kicked the three conversions for the away side.
Orkney coach Bruce Ruthven, said:
“This was a huge step forward for girls’ rugby in the North and the enthusiasm shown by both players and supporters bodes well for the future.”
“Both teams worked really hard and gave performances which exceeded all expectations.
“Obviously there is still a lot of work to be done but the commitment shown from both teams was top-drawer.
“Other more technical aspects of the game will improve with experience but the girls will have learnt a lot from the match.