Games on

The Oban Times - - Front Page - SANDY NEIL AND SIGI KOERNER ed­i­tor@oban­times.co.uk

FULL re­port and a pic­ture spe­cial from a fantastic Killin High­land Games, which drew a great at­ten­dance.

The Bunes­san Show drew ‘mas­sive crowds’ on Mull on Fri­day thanks to a big­ger show­ground.

Black­face judge Don­ald MacCorquo­dale faced a hard task this year choos­ing be­tween the ‘ good num­bers’ and ‘ mag­nif­i­cent’ stock. The Texel and Che­viot judge, Ge­orge Ross, of Heather­lea Croft, Suther­land, also praised their ‘good qual­ity’, as well as the friendly yet com­pet­i­tive show.

The supreme black­face cham­pion, and cham­pion of cham­pi­ons, went to Nor­man MacPhail of Salen’s tup. ‘It does not get bet­ter than to­day. This is the ul­ti­mate,’ he said. Nor­man’s ‘de­lighted’ nephew had his first win with his tup lamb in the open, and twins Laura and Emma Mac­Dougall, 15, of Tober­mory also made the cham­pi­onship.

Their fa­ther Rob­bie, who was ‘proud to bits’, said he knew Laura’s home-bred Texel ewe was ‘a good lamb straight away. When it was born it had char­ac­ter. She was a right cocky lamb. She has tremen­dous skin and car­cass.’

Emma, whose ‘bright’ ewe won supreme Che­viot cham­pion, was pre­sented with the Theresa Wade Memo­rial Tro­phy, ded­i­cated to the pop­u­lar is­land vet who trag­i­cally died in a car crash in 2015, for most points in sec­tions 1- 8 achieved by those aged 20 or un­der.

‘Theresa was a lo­cal girl done good, and came back to meet such a tragic end,’ said the Bunes­san Show’s pres­i­dent, Gor­don Ruther­ford.

This year, Mr Ruther­ford added, the com­mit­tee also opened up the foot­ball pitch so the show­ground was not ‘squashed up’, say­ing: ‘We have got a good crowd. We opened it up to the whole is­land to swell the num­bers, and it has done that. We have a few cat­tle, but not enough. The dog show is al­ways cut-throat.’

Albi, a luxury- coated Ger­man shep­herd, was named best dog in show.

Vis­i­tors driv­ing along the Ross of Mull may have no­ticed a Dalek-shaped scare­crow of vivid rags, cre­ated for the Mull and Iona scare­crow trail by Sue Mur­doch, a mixed me­dia artist, who won three first prizes in the home in­dus­try tent.

Katie Lang, 11, vis­it­ing her grand­mother from Glas­gow, was a novice to the Bunes­san Show, but was de­lighted to win first prize for her in­ven­tive and brightly- coloured marzi­pan sweets.

Twins Ellen and Jemma MacRae used Fri­day’s un­der-11s race as a warm-up for the Mull half-marathon that week­end, but re­ceived a stern pep talk from their younger cousin, who an­nounced the pair ‘could have run faster’.

‘ It is a mas­sive crowd this year,’ said vice-pres­i­dent Stephen MacCal­lum. ‘Ev­ery­body is in­volved. It is all vol­un­tary. Ev­ery­body mucks in.’

‘It is fun,’ summed up farmer Tom Nel­son of Glen­gorm, Tober­mory, in the sheep ring. ‘It’s about see­ing ev­ery­body and sup­port­ing the show.’

For the sec­ond year, Pete Bow­sher per­formed as Chain­saw Pete, deftly carv­ing two ot­ters out of logs, which he do­nated to the com­mu­nity.

Crowds cheered as Robert Laf­ferty back-flipped on his mo­tor­cy­cle. Robert’s 17-year- old sis­ter Hazel came with her boyfriend Rhys Yeadon, 19, to show Rhys’ car – a sal­vaged Mor­ris Mi­nor, com­plete with an en­gine part painted like a Tun­nock’s Tea­cake.

Events took a dra­matic turn for pony club mem­ber Grace Cor­bett from Lochbuie. The 10-year- old rider was all set to com­pete, but on the day she dis­cov­ered her pony, Fly, had gone lame.

Luck­ily her Pony Club com­pan­ion of­fered up her own pony, Shor­tie, at the last minute. Though Grace was not used to rid­ing Shor­tie, she came sec­ond in the best novice rider cat­e­gory and won the pony club pony com­pe­ti­tion.

For full re­sults and more pic­tures from the show, go to www. oban­times.co.uk

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Black­face sheep, judged by Don­ald MacCorquo­dale of North Con­nel.

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Ellen MacRae of Salen won the £10 top prize com­ing first in the un­der-11s race.

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Nor­man MacPhail of Wood­side Croft, Salen, won supreme black­face cham­pion and then and cham­pion of cham­pi­ons, pic­tured with his wife Caro­line and son Seon­aidh.

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Orla MacLen­nan, 14, of Aros Mains, left, was over­all show­ing cham­pion on Myff y, while Vharie Lau­rie, 8, of Der­vaig was re­serve cham­pion on Rosie.

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Max the Ger­man white spitz klein flies down the fly­ball track on a mis­sion for the ten­nis ball.

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Emma Mac­Dougall took supreme Che­viot cham­pion, Theresa Wade Memo­rial Chal­lenge Tro­phy and the Young Farm­ers’ award.

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Stunt biker Robert Laf­ferty, from Killin, took time to read the show pro­gramme be­fore amaz­ing the crowd with a 360- de­gree flip.

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