A gritty and muddy battle between islanders on Saturday (January 18) saw Stornoway Rugby club seniors holding Shetland to a determined 10-10 draw.

Home advantage was not enough for the Stornoway side to get a win and, although they are disappointed, a team spokesman yesterday acknowledged that Shetland fully deserved to get something out of the match.

The spokesman said: “While Stornoway's play was full of effort and enthusiasm, with some great spells of play, Shetland's more experienced team was the better organised and fitter side, even though at least a man down for the full 80 minutes.

“Great to see so many of the Stornoway youngsters in action, if they can stay together and gain experience through committing to training and games the future looks bright.”

Meanwhile Stornoway runners enjoyed the last cross-country race of the season nearby in the castle grounds. There was a good turnout for the race, sponsored by the Crown Hotel, KJ Macdonalds and Macleod & Macleod Butchers.

Stornoway Running and Athletics Club last week (Saturday January 11) took 11 athletes to represent North District in the British Cross-country challenge at Stirling. Six of these fought through to the top six Team North finishers, coming home with bronze medals.

They were Sarah Maciver and Kyla McMurdo in the U13 girls, Iain Matheson in the U13 boys, Francesca Greenstock and Rachel Murray in the U15 girls and U15 boy Charlie Morrison.

Pictures show Stornoway RFC in action against Shetland RFC and SRAC girls muddy but triumphant after last week’s race in Stirling.