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Stornoway rugby club’s senior team was in action for the first time in a long while on Saturday (25 September) in a match described as ‘hard but fair’ at Bayhead.

Visitors Garioch RFC inflicted a defeat on the island team, winning 43-22 after a bruising but well-matched contest in the Tennent’s Caledonia North Region League Division 3.

Noted for his first outing with the seniors’ team was 18-year-old Drew Maynard, a speedy player who produced two impressive tries from long runs to the touchdown.

Director of rugby Iain GG Campbell said: “The game was played in excellent spirits with hard but fair competition, ultimately ending in defeat for us to a very efficient Garioch side.

“Final score was 43-22 and a well-deserved bonus point win for Garioch. Stornoway were rewarded for their effort with a try bonus point to kick-start their season, thanks to tries from Jeff Macdonald, Chris Adams and two cracking long range tries from debutant Drew Maynard.

“We’d like to thank the Garioch boys for travelling and for a well-fought match.”

The next rugby action in the calendar sees Stornoway ladies hosting Shetland at Bayhead this week (Saturday 2 October) while the men’s team will be away to Kinloss Eagles the following Saturday.

Pictures show the Stornoway team before the match, Drew Maynard in full flight during one of his tries, and David Maciver refusing to let go of the ball despite intense pressure (Stornoway RFC).