Dou­ble up for Taynuilt in south pri­mary school sixes

The Oban Times - - SPORT - School shinty

A GREAT turnout of 22 teams spread across pri­mary seven and five sec­tions ar­rived at Taynuilt Play­ing Fields on Sun­day May 7 to com­pete in the an­nual South of Scot­land Pri­mary School Cham­pi­onships.

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

In the P7 sec­tion, Kil­mory and Rock­field shared a goal­less draw to give each other a steady start in the com­pe­ti­tion, while the Balla Bears and Rock­field Rock­ets beat Bute and Ed­in­burgh re­spec­tively to get off to a flyer. With the P7 games be­ing five min­utes in length this en­sured that most of the games were tight and made for an ex­cit­ing group.

The P5 games were equally ex­cit­ing with some high scor­ing matches en­sur­ing plenty of ac- tion for the spec­ta­tors. At the end of the group stages the four teams qual­i­fy­ing from the P7 sec­tion were Taynuilt, Rothe­say, Glas­gow Gaels Reds and Aber­dour re­spec­tively. Taynuilt Tigers and In­verkei­thing qual­i­fied from their P5 sec­tion while Glen Aray and Dunol­lie qual­i­fied from their group.

Pos­si­bly the most ex­cit­ing match of the tour­na­ment came in the P5 semi-fi­nal where In­verkei­thing came back from two goals down to even­tu­ally beat Glen Aray 2- 0 on penal­ties. Taynuilt con­tin­ued their im­pres­sive form and beat Dunol­lie to set up the P5 fi­nal. Taynuilt won the tro­phy for the sec­ond year in suc­ces­sion by even­tu­ally beat­ing In­verkei­thing in a close fi­nal.

In the P7 sec­tion both Taynuilt and Rothe­say won by the same 3-1 score­line against GG reds and Aber­dour re­spec­tively. With the heat play­ing a part on the play­ers by now Taynuilt beat Bute by two goals to nil to make it a dou­ble for the Taynuilt ju­nior shinty club.

This year’s in­di­vid­ual win­ners were Ewan Don­nan, Glen Aray, who won the P5 player of the tour­na­ment and Cal­lum McMil­lan, Rothe­say, who won the P7 award. In ad­di­tion to this Re­gan Craig from Bute Shinty was pre­sented with the Sheena Cameron me­mo­rial shield by Dougie Cameron for his out­stand­ing ef­fort and sports­man­ship on the day.

Thanks must go to all the vol­un­teers who gave up their time on the day to help run, pro­vide cater­ing, or­gan­ise fa­cil­i­ties and ref­eree.

Taynuilt won both the P5 and P7 ti­tles at the South of Scot­land Pri­mary Schools Cham­pi­onship.

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