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.