Semi-finals heartache for both Kingussie teams.

A victory at the Great Glen shinty 6s tournament continues to elude the High School. The younger (and slightly more handsome!) of our two teams, lead by captain, Bradley Harvie, started slowly with a 1-0 loss to Glen Urquhart B, but recovered well to beat Lochaber thanks to an Ali. Douglas goal. A comfortable 4-0 win against Charleston A featured goals from Harvie, Douglas and two from Michael Slimon, although the non stop running of Arron MacBean was a key factor in this win. Their final league game saw a great defensive performance against a physically strong Portree team. Iain Lynch, James Ross and Struan Robertson played particularly well, although most praise goes to keeper, Jordan Reid, despite the single goal loss. This team met Glen Urquhart A in the semi-finals and despite going ahead through another Ali Douglas goal, were beaten by an older and physically stronger team. Well done to Jordan the stand-in goalie and to Bradley, who got out of his “sick-bed” to play. They both showed great commitment.

The older team started with a very physical 1-1 draw with Glen A, captain, Liam Borthwick netting. This game saw strong performances from Paul Hilson, Sorley Thomson and especially centre Tommy Stewart. This was followed by a 2-0 win over Glen C, featuring goals by Struan Ross and another from Liam, with Cameron Leiper excellent throughout. Struan scored two more against Charleston B to set up a semi-final meeting with eventual winners, Portree. This saw our best performance of the day, with Calum Grover comfortable in goal, Tommy and Paul “rock solid” at the back, Struan controlling the centre and Liam running the forward line. Unfortunately, we were unable to find the net in either normal or extra time, leading to a penalty shoot-out, which we lost by one goal. A third place play-off between our teams saw the older boys triumph 2-1, despite allowing Calum to play out of goal!

Player of the tournament for K.H.S was Tommy Stewart who gave strong performances both in the centre and in defence. All the boys were excellent over the whole day. Apologies for the limited number of photos – this was due to Mr Mackintosh having to attempt to coach both teams, sometimes at the same time!

Kingussie High School S2 Shinty Team wins MacBean Cup

Stunning sunshine welcomed two Kingussie High School shinty teams to An Aird, the home of Fort William Shinty Club, for the S1/2 MacBean Cup competition on Wednesday 3 rd May.
The first year development team, coached by former pupil Calum Grant, opened with a narrow 1-0 loss to Portree and followed this with a victory over Grantown Grammar with Brodie MacBean nabbing the goal. Another win over Inverness High followed, before a loss to an older and stronger Lochaber team. Xander Ross, Kepa Salazar
Roy and Iain Fraser were moving the ball well up front, while Charlie Ferguson and Dylan Rendall competed for everything in the centre of the pitch. The toughest job fell to the defenders, with Pavel Nagle, Ritchie Irvine and Angus Grant battling hard against a very physical Glen Urquhart team. The defence and keeper, Finlay Patterson did particularly well to restrict the S2 Kingussie team to a one-nil win.
The S2 Kingussie team had started with a comfortable 4-0 win over Inverness High, with Ali Douglas looking particularly lethal. The next game was a dour 0-0 draw against Lochaber, where the strength of defenders Ewan Baker, Cammy Leiper and Sean Hilson was important. The next game was another draw, this time against Portree. They struggled to break down a very stubborn Grantown team, with Ali snatching a last second winner. A win over the S1 team and another draw against Glen Urquhart meant the boys went through to a semi-final against Portree. We lost a goal straight away and were rescued by an excellent long shot from Michael Slimon. We went two-one down, before Michael took the game over and scored with two more long range efforts. The final was against a strong Glen Urquhart side and it proved a nail-biter. Despite some strong and skilful dribbling from both Nathan Christie and Dafydd Simon, we were unable to find a way past their goalie.
Somhairle Thomson, who was outstanding throughout, was particularly good in winning every loose ball. Cammy and Ewan’s powerful hitting was finding Ali and extra full forward, Sean Hilson, but we couldn’t break the deadlock, even after extra-time.
Cometh the hour, cometh the hero and in the High School’s case it was goal keeper Xavio Vastano. The game had gone to penalties, with Ali and Ewan scoring two penalties each to match the Glen’s scores. Then in the third round of “sudden death” penalties , Xavio produced his third penalty save to touch a “screamer” of a shot on to the bar and over. Celebrations, presentations and MacDonalds followed.
Well done to Captain, Somhairle Thomson and the rest of his team. They had no subs and all nine boys played every second of each game on a scorching hot day. All of them deserve man of the match awards. Well done also to the S1 team – it’s your turn next year! Thanks to Calum Grant for coming along to help Mr Mackintosh out with coaching the boys. Thanks also to Mr Ross and his boys from Grantown, who came on the coach with us, and to Bremners and their driver for his patience.

Shinty News!

On Friday a new shinty competition for gaidhlig speaking pupils took place in Newtonmore on the Eilean. There were many teams involved such as Glasgow Gaels, Edinburgh Park and Inverness with two sides entered. 4 pupils of Kingussie High School were involved in the Newtonmore side – Kepa Salazar Roy, Marcus Orr, Ritchie Irvine and Iain Fraser. Iain Robinson S6, was also involved as he was asked to coach the side for the day because of his shinty experience and the fact he is a Gaidhlig speaker. The Newtonmore side was captained by Iain Fraser who led them through the group stage fairly easily, winning all games apart from one which was drawn 0-0 in an exciting match with the Glasgow Gaels team. This meant that Newtonmore had reached the final and would play the only team they failed to beat in Glasgow Gaels. The game was as exciting and competitive as the first and in the 2nd half of 6 mins the sides could only be separated through 2 close range finishes from Newtonmore forward Kepa Salazar Roy. This capped off a hard fought victory for the Newtonmore side after some very tough opponents in the final.

Kingussie High School hosts Festival of Sport (@sportscotland @HighlandCouncil)


Thursday the 28th of April will see hundreds of school pupils taking part in a celebration of sport at Kingussie High School in an event organised by the High Life Highland Community Sports Hub in Aviemore as well as school staff. The club sport event will involve dozens of club coaches and national governing bodies of sport working with the school to deliver over 20 activities to over 250 school pupils.

Kingussie High School has supported a number of current and former pupils to become world class athletes.  With 15 Olympians coming from Badenoch & Strathspey; the local area and its schools have produced more Olympians per head of population compared to anywhere else in the UK.   This was recognised in 2007 when Lord Coe unveiled a bronze statue in Aviemore to celebrate the Olympic achievements of athletes from Badenoch & Strathspey.

The club sport event has been organised to help inspire the next generation of sports stars by giving them the opportunity to try new sports and find out about further opportunities to take part in sport.  Each pupil has selected 3 different sessions and will receive 30mins of coaching in a range of sports, from cycling to tennis, football to dance.

Donald Hall, Community Sport Hub officer at High Life Highland stated This event is a great example of what a Community Sport Hub can achieve by working in partnership to encourage school aged children to get more involved with sport and physical activity opportunities taking place in the local area.  It will help establish new links between clubs and the school so that there is a strong sporting legacy for the future.”

10329237_792177284247905_9105836638261447066_nDavid Smith, who won Gold in rowing at the 2012 London Paralympics, was a former pupil of the school.  Several other former pupils went on to become Olympians and are now working as professionals in the sports industry, these include Andrew Freshwater (1998 Olympics), Lesley McKenna (2002, 2006, 2010 Olympics) and Noel Baxter (2002, 2006 Olympics).   Baxter now works with the British Ski team coaching the next generation of Olympians and stated “School sport played an important part in my development as a young athlete.  The PE department supported me and the school allowed me to train and compete abroad.  I was able to take part in a range of sports offered by the school and local clubs which helped me to develop my all round athletic ability”

Each pupil will receive a flyer on local sporting opportunities and given the chance to join clubs and get involved in new sports.   It is hoped that new links will be established between the school, sports governing bodies and local clubs so that a sporting pathway will be further developed.   Sports ambassadors from the school will be identified as a future point of contact together with the PE department and Active Schools Coordinator. Ollie Bray, Headteacher at Kingussie stated  The school really believe that sport and physical activity can have a very positive impact on the educational attainment and health of our pupils.  We are delighted to be working with the Aviemore Community Sport Hub and a range of clubs & partners to develop this unique initiative and give our pupils further opportunities to get involved in local sport”

sportscotland, the national agency for sport is supporting this initiative and a partnership manager will be coming along to support the day.  Sports development staff and PE teachers from other schools will also be in attendance so they can develop similar initiatives in other schools throughout the Highlands.

Stewart Harris, sportscotland’s Chief Executive, said Community Sport Hubs are a great legacy success story and have delivered a huge boost to community sport in every local authority area in Scotland. There are almost 1,000 clubs and 115,000 members across the Hubs, which offer a wide range of sports and activities, and this is providing more and better opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to take part.”

The Aviemore Community Sport hub, part of the Scottish Government &  sportscotland legacy 2014 project is delivered locally by High Life Highland is working in partnership with school staff and Active Schools to pull together the club sport day.12028720_728813807250920_3632741093065108829_o (1)

Well done Josh Peters!

Josh Peters

We would like to congratulate and wish former student JOSH PETERS all the best going in to full time football with Hibernian FC.

Josh was a great example at school of someone who as well as having a talent at Football, studied hard and conducted himself in a great manner.

He is also an example of a footballer who got released at a young age (14 years old) from a full time Football club but with a desire to improve and a positive bounce back ability has found himself back in full time football at 19. He never moaned or looked back about what never happened, he always looked forward and how he could improve.

Well done and Best wishes from all at KHS

Girls Hockey!


Kingussie High School hockey teams played Charleston Academy in a range of friendlies.The seniors performed extremely well in their new strips- winning 2-0! The first goal was scored by Amber Whitecross with the help of Megan Ralph. The team played some excellent hockey in the first half of the match. In the second half the girls went on to dominate the pitch with an amazing goal from Rachel Borthwick. The team played so well that Jessica Ross (goal keeper) didn’t touch the ball the whole game. The joint women of the match were Joanna Kinnear and Velvet Mcbain for their consistent effort throughout the game. Well done to all the senior girls!

The younger girls also performed well in a round robin with the s3s coming 2nd and the s1s coming 3rd. They all played consistently throughout the game, scoring some really good goals. Well done to the junior girls! Keep it up.