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!

S1 Shinty Team at Beauly Festival

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.

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!

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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.

Victory at the Daniellla Crawford Cup.

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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

Girls Shinty

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.

SHINTY FINAL!!

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!

Kingussie High School Girls Storm To Victory [Girls Shinty]

Girls Shinty Team

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.

KHS Girls Shinty Team beat Ardnamurchan, Kinlochleven and Lochaber B in School League

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!

KHS successfully retain The Wade Cup

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!