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!

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