Orkney 27, Glenrothes RFC 10
Glenrothes took a strong squad north for this Caledonia Shield final which also doubled up as a top of the table league clash.
While Orkney’s only defeat this season was at Carleton Park in September, the Reds went into the game on the back of two disappointing defeats.
On a chilly day, Orkney started with a strong wind largely at their backs and were immediately on the front foot when Glenrothes knocked on the kick off deep in their 22m area.
Glens’ number 9, Michael Delorey, was penalised for a squint feed at the home side’s scrum and this allowed the home team to tap and launch a series of attempts on the line which eventually Scott Rendall crossed. James Linklater converted with what was to prove the only successful kick of the afternoon.
Increasing Orkney pressure led to points when they mauled the ball to the goal line and Al Watson dived over close to the left touchline.
Shortly after this score Orkney extended their lead even further when Alan Brown was awarded a try from a scrum 5m from the goal line.
The visiting supporters were given something to cheer when driving runs by Steven Dick, Daryl Warrender and Ryan Douglas forced Orkney deep into their own territory and Ross Hutchison got his name on the score sheet, diving over from close range.
A Glenrothes kick into their opponents 22m area was snatched up by Orkney who shipped the ball left where Marcus Guthrie was left with a clear run into the corner to give Orkney a league bonus point and a 17-point half time lead.
The second half was a much more level contest. Orkney, despite being a man down after a deliberate trip, opened the second half scoring when Rendall claimed his second try of the afternoon, again from close range.
Glenrothes did have the consolation of scoring possibly the best try of the contest, a great passing move finishing with Goodall scoring.
Orkney were rightly jubilant about their victory and though Glenrothes were disappointed they can take consolation from running Orkney closer than any other team in Kirkwall.
Ryan Venters was voted man of the match for his overall contribution.
Team: S Gray, R Venters, C Goodall, S Varney, A Campbell, S Hainey, M Delorey, L Fowlis, S Dick, S McAlpine, S Bell, R Hutchison, R Douglas, K Christie, D Warrender. Replacements R Bryce, J Cowan, S Morrison.