Wiliam Thomson goes over to score Orkney's final try.

Wiliam Thomson goes over to score Orkney’s final try.

Orkney Rugby Club claimed an emphatic bonus point victory against Morgan Academy this afternoon.

A strong first half showing saw Orkney score and convert seven tries, to put them ahead at the break, 49-5, in the BT Caledonia League Division One clash.

Despite the home team’s dominance in the first period, the second half was a closer affair, with the final score line of 61-15 a true reflection of Orkney outplaying Morgan for most of the match.

After the match, Orkney captain Adam Baird praised the performance of his team, saying that he believed it was an even better performance than last week’s, opening day victory against Mackie Academy.

Hat trick scorer Chris Hellewell, is congratulated by teammates John Pickles (left) and Graham Shearer, after scoring Orkney's second goal.

Hat trick scorer Chris Hellewell, is congratulated by teammates John Pickles (left) and Graham Shearer, after scoring Orkney’s second goal.

Orkney FC claimed their first ever North Caledonian League win, in an impressive manner at the Pickaquoy Centre, earlier today. The Reds defeated Alness United 7-0, in front of a crowd of  around 150 spectators.

It was an assured display from the home side throughout, with Chris Hellewell scoring a brace inside 11 minutes, to provide an almost perfect start.

Orkney started equally as impressive in the second half. Graham Shearer scoring two and Aiden Drever striking from long range to give his side an unassailable lead, with 35 minutes still to play.

Hellewell completed his hat-trick just after the hour mark, when he headed in a Gareth Manson cross at the back post. In the process, he became the first player to score three goals in one game, for the club, something which he described after as “a great feeling.”

Drever added his name to the scoresheet again soon after, to complete the scoring, before he picked up the man of the match award.


Orkney Rugby Club are in BT Caledonia League One action this afternoon, taking on Morgan Academy FP at the Pickaquoy Centre.

Both side were victorious in the opening round of fixtures last weekend, with Orkney defeating Mackie Academy, 50-21, and Morgan thrashing Ellon, 66-7.

The game is due to kick-off at 3pm.




Orkney FC take on Alness United today at the Pickaquoy Centre, in their second match of the North Caledonian Football League season .

The Reds defeated the Dalmore Park based outfit in a cup match last year and will be looking to replicate the result when the two sides meet today.

The game had been due to take place at Kirkwall Grammar School, but the venue was  changed earlier in the week.



Orkney Island Council’s policy and resources committee met, in private, yesterday to consider tenders for public and school bus contracts that will run for the next five years.

A spokesman for the council said today that the committee’s recommendations will now be considered at a special meeting of the Full Council next Wednesday, September 17.

The contracts are due to come into effect in January 2015.


Vodafone believes it has traced the fault which has been affecting many local people’s mobile phone coverage, over the past week.

The problems are being attributed to a fault at a mast, with a spokeswoman for the firm apologising for the disruption to service.

She said:”We’re sorry some of our customers in Kirkwall are experiencing signal problems.

“The local site developed a fault around 10am on September 9.

“This is a two cell site and while one cell was back in action on September 11, we are still having issues with the second cell.

“Our engineers are investigating and we hope to have the site up and running, as it should, as soon as possible.”


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