Cowal and Bute are junior cup winners
PRIOR to shinty’s senior Macaulay Cup final last Saturday (August 19), three area teams representing Oban and Ballachulish, Mid Argyll, and Cowal and Bute contested a round robin tournament at Glencruitten Park.
The tournament showcases the best talent across the south area at S1 level in the hope that it will promote an increase in participation at this age group.
With three teams competing, each team played each other twice and the winner was decided by who topped the group at the end of the league games. Mid Argyll were up first against the Oban area team. From the start Oban put pressure on the lesser experienced Mid Argyll side and at the end of the 16-minute game had managed to win by three goals to nil.
Mid Argyll then faced Cowal and Bute and the Cowal area team put the same scoreline past the Mid Argyll side.
It was clear that the next game would be close and it was won by a goal to nil against the Oban area team which proved decisive in the end.
The next round of games took place and the younger Mid Argyll side, although still losing both games, showed a vast improvement, getting used to the bigger pitch and playing 12-a-side.
The final game would be a decider between Cowal and Bute and Oban and Ballachulish.
As with the first game, it was an excellent match with excellent skills and tactical awareness demonstrated. Despite some clear chances for both teams no goals were scored and the Cowal and Bute team won by virtue of their earlier defeat of Oban and Ballachulish.
The victorious team were presented their medals and trophy by Camanachd Association president Jim Barr and thanks must also go to the Macaulay Association and Artemis who kindly sponsored the event this year.
The victorious Cowal and Bute team.