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It has been a whirlwind footballing year for Scotland since the last West Coast World Cup.
The men’s team have had two managers, the woman’s team reached a world cup only to lose two games and surrender a three-goal lead in unfortunate circumstances in the third, and Kilmarnock’s first European campaign in 18 years didn’t even take them out of the UK.
Among all this madness, Donald MacLeod provides his usual humorous report on a high quality and high scoring West Coast World Cup: 21 of the finest and most available footballers in the west battled in scorching heat to take home the trophy in the fifth edition of the tournament.
Planning so horrendous it made UEFA look competent saw the tournament scheduled at the same time as HebCelt plus shows in Uist, Tiree and Kilchoan, and a late cancellation didn’t help, but the four teams that made it oozed quality: Lewis and Harris, Uist and Barra, Rest of the West, and current champions Skye and Lochalsh.
Each of the teams had won the cup once before, so the competition was guaranteed its first two-time champs. The scores were generally high and defences were definitely not on top in the final group match, as Skye and Lochalsh squeaked past Rest of the West 25-23.
Lewis and Harris eventually claimed the prize in a hard-fought final against Skye and Lochalsh, which finished 7-4.
Congratulations to Angus ‘Fungi’ Macdonald, who becomes the first player to win the trophy twice and, therefore, stakes his claim as the finest fives player ever from the West Coast. Congratulations also to Andrew Rennie, who becomes the first winner as both player and manager. Didier Deschamps watch your back!
Many thanks to everyone who came along and played the games in great spirit. Same time next year (but not Hebcelt weekend!).
Kim Carnie to play
Mòd Ghlaschu 2019 fundraising continues next month with an exciting concert featuring Oban’s Kim Carnie and special guests in the Òran Mòr on Friday August 16.
Kim and her band have been performing all over the place for the past couple of years and she is also well known for her presenting slots on BBC Alba.
Rumours abound that album number one is in the pipeline too – so it’s well worth going to hear her at this concert. Tickets, £12, are available on www.ticketweb.co.uk and only for over-14s. Under-16s must be accompanied by an adult.
‘Peatlemania’ comes to Glasgow
In a phenomenon now known as ‘peatlemania’, Lewis’s local heroes Peat and Diesel are coming to play in Glasgow next year on Saturday January 25 after one of the most rapid rises to popularity the West Coast has seen.
They originally booked the Òran Mòr as the venue for their first venture to Glasgow but tickets have sold so quickly that they have been forced to upgrade the venue to the Barrowland – allowing for the band to coin the phrase: from the barrow to the Barrowland! Tickets on sale from www.beyondpresents.com.