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!
Eight boys, captained by Pavel Nagle, took part in a shinty development festival on Wednesday and turned in a series of promising performances. The opening game against Inverness High showed that accuracy would be a key factor as the goals were so small. Once we got our shooting on target, goals by Brodie MacBean and Marcus Orr saw us open with a win. Game two was against Ardnamurchan 2 and Iain Fraser claimed a hat-trick, Brodie got two and Marcus one more. Next up was the local derby against an excellent Grantown Grammar team. Probably our best performance of the day produced a 2-0 win, with Angus Grant in the centre and Xander Ross up front being the pick of our players in this match. Brodie and Iain both netted against Glen Urquhart 1, but it took an excellent save from Finlay Paterson in goals to keep us in front in this match. The two defenders, Pavel and Dylan Rendall had to be at their best in this tight fixture.
The hot sun took its toll in the next couple of games, as Kingussie somehow managed to lose to Ardnamurchan 1 and then Dingwall. Communication between players was not at its peak during these games. It is sometimes amazing how vocal they can be off the pitch, yet how quiet they can be on it! The boys finished their games with a comfortable 3-1 win over the Glen Urquhart second team. Mr Mackintosh’s choice for the player of the festival was Brodie MacBean. He never stopped moving in all the games and constantly showed the right attitude.
Massive thanks to Jordan Reid, Liam Borthwick and Ruairidh Anderson who came along to referee the games and all did an excellent job.
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.
The Kingussie High School girls team had a great victory in Ardnamurchan on Thursday. There were 9 teams competing in a strong field with all teams playing each other in a round robin format. The Kingussie girls started strongly winning the first four games before losing the next three. A fine win in the last group game against Ardnamurchan B meant that we qualified for the semi final, coming fourth in the group.
The semi final was against group winners Ardnamurchan A who had beaten us 3-0 in the group game. The tag of underdogs seemed to spur on Kingussie and they dominated the game creating numerous chances. It was a solitary goal from Mairi Stewart that won the game. Mairi picked the ball up before rasping an unstoppable shot from distance.
The final was then against reigning champions Lochaber, another team that had beaten us in the group stage. Again Kingussie started the game brightly and a wonderful hit from Megan Ralph was enough to win the match and the trophy was heading back to Kingussie.
It was a pleasure to accompany the team today as the girls showed determination, fight, spirit hard work and a great work ethic throughout every game. It was a fantastic team effort and all girls played their part in an impressive win. Well done to all girls involved and all parents should be very proud of their daughters. I certainly am! Mr Adamson
Well done to the three S5 & S6 girls who played in the Women’s Shinty North v South matches at the weekend. The Under 18 team with Megan Ralph and Mairi Stewart won 8-1 and the Senior team with Rachael Borthwick won 5-1.
KHS has five current pupils involved in the shinty Camanachd Cup Final this Saturday (5th September) at the Bught Park, Inverness. The game starts at 3pm so if you have nothing planned for Saturday then let’s get as many people there to support the local ladies team. Good luck to all the girls involved from Kingussie High School. BRING BACK THE CUP!
Last week the Kingussie High School Girls Team played their second league tournament of the year at Lochaber High School.
Kingussie were unbeaten in four matches against Lochaber B, Ardnamurchan and Oban before defeating top of the league Lochaber A. The team played incredibly well and only conceded one goal during the entire tournament.
Player of the tournament was Katie Falconer who was superb in defence.
Well Done to the Girls Shinty team who were competing in the first tournament of the league today! The girls played superbly all day beating: Ardnamurchan, Kinlochleven and Lochaber B.
They then showed great spirit and determination in their final game against Lochaber A but unfortunately could not maintain their unbeaten run!
Congratulations to all the girls on great individual performances but also for showing a brilliant level of teamwork! Bring on the next tournament!
Kingussie’s U16 Shinty team successfully retained the Wade Cup in a closely fought tournament at The Dell last Wednesday (19th November 2014).
The Kingussie team completed the league stage of the day unbeaten and without conceding a goal. Ruaridh Anderson (S3), Roddy Young (S3), Iain Robinson (S4), Stuart Mitchell (S4) and Duncan Gorman (S5) all grabbed a goal each to ensure Kingussie secured a spot in the final.
The final saw Kingussie take on a strong Lochaber side and in a very tight game, Iain Robinson managed to grab the only goal of the game and in doing so ensured the trophy made the short trip back along Ruthven Road.
Well done to all the players for a great performance!