Fi­nal round of pri­mary school in­door shinty

The Oban Times - - SPORT -

ON SUN­DAY Fe­bru­ary 5 At- lan­tis Leisure hosted the fi­nal round of pri­mary shinty games which act as qual­i­fiers for the na­tional fi­nals on Fe­bru­ary 25 in Fort Wil­liam.

Games got started at noon with the pri­mary three and un­der sec­tion get­ting us started. The six com­pet­ing sides com­prised teams from Taynuilt, Park, Rock­field and Kil­mory who played round robin games five min­utes in length.

The aim of this sec­tion is to in­tro­duce the chil­dren to com­pet­i­tive shinty at an ear­lier age and pro­mote par­tic­i­pa­tion in the sport.

It was clear to see that the stan­dard of play has in­creased since the in­tro­duc­tion of this age group and it was Park school’s Dunol­lie Dragons who even­tu­ally pipped the Rock­field Rapids to first place.

Cen­tre stage

Next up the pri­mary five and un­der sec­tion took place with seven teams from across Oban and Lochgilp­head tak­ing cen­tre stage.

The qual­ity of shinty was fan­tas­tic through­out which was epit­o­mised by the stan­dard set by the Rock­field Rock­ets, who came through a tough sec­tion and will rep­re­sent the Oban area at the na­tional fi­nals. Fi­nally, the pri­mary seven sec­tion was up. Taynuilt were the strong­est team in this sec­tion and were all but se­cure of qual­i­fy­ing be­fore play started.

None­the­less, the league was com­pet­i­tive through­out and were de­lighted to wel­come back a St Columba’s team who have been ab­sent from the pri­mary shinty scene for a cou­ple of years.

Ad­di­tion­ally, the Oban Area Devel­op­ment Group was de­lighted to an­nounce it has se­cured a £ 5,000 grant from the Heart of the Com­mu­nity Trust. The cash grant from Scot­tish Sea Farms will be re­leased over a five-year pe­riod to help se­cure the fu­ture of pri­mary tour­na­ments and the hire of venues.

The group were also able to pro­vide two player of the tour­na­ment awards. The pri­mary five player of the tour­na­ment was Rock­field’s James Muir and the shield was do­nated by Munro’s of Oban. The se­nior player of the tour­na­ment award, the Ryan MacPhail Memo­rial Quaich, was pre­sented to Taynuilt’s In­nis Jack­son.

P3 and un­der win­ners Park Pan­thers.

Taynuilt were win­ners of the P7 and un­der sec­tion.

Rock­field Rock­ets won the P5 and un­der com­pe­ti­tion.

Player of the tour­na­ment in the P5 and un­der sec­tion was James Muir of Rock­field Rock­ets.

P7 and un­der player of the tour­na­ment In­nis Jack­son from Taynuilt.

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