IN a fantastic day for local shinty Milngavie and Bearsden JSC won the Scottish Hydro Electric National Under-14 Development Trophy at The Bught Park, Inverness.
The junior final was the curtain raiser to the senior Camanachd Cup Final on Saturday between Fort William and Inveraray where a crowd of around 4,000 saw the team from Lochaber run out 3-1 winners.
Milngavie and Bearsden had booked their place in this festival of shinty by virtue of winning the South of Scotland Development League, beating local rivals Linlithgow into second place.
Their opposition, Glenurquhart Shinty Club from nearby Drumnadrochit had won the northern equivalent.
Traditionally, northern clubs have the edge over their southern counterparts so Milngavie and Bearsden, sponsored by Allied Surveyors Scotland, travelled to Inverness as second favourites to lift the trophy, but came away with a memorable 3-1 win.
Things looked bleak when Glenurquhart took an early first-half lead in front of their large local support. But just before the interval Ryan Harrison of Boclair Academy scored a superb goal to level the tie.
In the second half Milngavie and Bearsden played their best shinty of the season, dominating Glenurquhart in all areas of the park.
Further goals from Boclair pupils Ewan Forsyth and Kenneth Campbell secured the fantastic victory.
Captain Ewan Forsyth duly lifted the trophy prior to the senior final to the delight of the supporters who had made the long journey north.
The other members of the team were Craig Anderson, Brendan McLoone and Finlay MacMillan (Douglas Academy), Alana Harrison, Christy Doherty and James Doherty (Boclair Academy) with the squad being completed by Eilidh McLay (Douglas Academy), and Ross MacLeod and Rachel McCafferty (Boclair Academy).
Local under 17 players also had reason to cheer recently when, playing as Glasgow Mid Argyll — the local senior club in this area — they won the South of Scotland six-a-side tournament at Inveraray, beating pre tournament favourites Glenorchy, from Dalmally, in the final.
In a fantastic advert for the game the two teams in the final could not be split and GMA eventually ran out winners on penalties with Innes MacMillan of Douglas Academy slotting home the winner.
Archie Robertson of GMA paid special tribute to the efforts of
Milngavie and Bearsden Junior Shinty Club in bringing on the entire winning team from primary level.
Garry Luke (Cleveden High), Robert Scott (ex-Douglas Academy), Drew Reddie and Innes MacMillan (Douglas Academy), and Scott Buchanan (Boclair Academy) all came through the Milngavie and Bearsden ranks and now play senior Shinty at GMA whilst Laura McCafferty (Boclair Academy) and Gemma McShane are part of the GMA senior ladies squad who recently competed, and narrowly lost, in the ladies Scottish Cup Final.
For more information on playing shinty contact Norman MacMillan on 0141 956 6706.