Double up for Isle of Bute shinty youngsters

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A great turnout of 23 teams spread across the primary seven and five sections arrived at Taynuilt playing fields last Sunday to compete in the annual South of Scotland Primary Championships. This year the event welcomed the sponsorship and support of the Artemis Macaulay Association.

Play got under way at 11am and, for the second year in a row, the playing fields were basked in sunshine without a cloud in the sky.

In the P7 section, Taynuilt comprehensively defeated Inveraray, while Rockfield Rovers defeated the Kyles/Strachur team to give each other a steady start in the competition.

In the P5 section, Rockfield Rapids emulated their P7 team with a 1-0 victory over the Balla Bears, while Taynuilt and Dunadd shared a draw.

At the end of the group stages, the qualifying teams from the P7 group were Taynuilt and Aberdour who would face Kilmory and Bute respectively in the semi-finals. In the P5 section, it was Rothesay and the Glasgow Gaels Yellows who would face Park Sparks and Glen Aray respectively.

The P5 semi-finals got under way with the Glasgow Gaels soon asserting themselves over a young but spirited Park Sparks with the Gaels winning by five goals to one to book their place in the final.

The other semi-final was closer, however, with the Rothesay team winning by a goal to nil. The P5 final was equally close but with the same outcome for Rothesay, who managed to squeeze through by a goal to nil.

The most exciting match of the day was played in the P7 semi-final with Taynuilt and Kilmory. Having played each other several times this year, both teams knew each other well. It was Kilmory who scored near the end of the game to secure their place in the final.

With that result there was going to be a new name on the P7 trophy this year and it was the experienced Bute team who beat Aberdour two goals to nil after extra time. Perhaps having given all in the semi-final, Kilmory couldn’t quite match their semi-final result, and Bute secured a two goals to nil victory, to make it a double for the island teams.

After thanking all those involved in the day, Euan Mc­Murdo, Camanachd Association regional development officer, handed over to Davie Thomson, Macaulay Association president, for the presentation.

The P5 teams were presented with their medals and Rothesay received the new shield.

The Sheena Cameron Memorial Shield was presented to Harry Turner of the Dunadd Destroyers team for his attitude and application throughout the days play and finally the P7 runners-up and winners were handed their medals and trophy to conclude the days proceedings.