Shinty stars in north v south battle


THE ongoing success of local shinty was demonstrated again last weekend when the annual North versus South of Scotland select games were played at Oban and Taynuilt.

No fewer than 13 youngsters in the district have developed their shinty playing for the Milngavie and Bearsden junior team and Glasgow’s only senior team, Glasgow Mid Argyll (GMA) - who also draw many of its players from Milngavie and Bearsden - earned a place in the South Select.

First up at Taynuilt were the under 14 boys which included Jack Berg, Lewis Miller, Cameron Dyvor and Calum McLay.

Unfortunately an ongoing knee injury prevented Cameron Dyvor from playing on the day, however the other three performed admirably going in at half time drawing 2-2. The traditionally stronger North team eventually won 7-2.

Meanwhile in Oban the under 18 girls - captained by Christy Doherty with fellow Milngavie and Bearsden team mates Leonie Traynor, Kara Gilchrist, Lauren Pike, Kirsty McLay and Rachel McCafferty - had a very close game against North, losing a goal in the last few minutes to go down 4-3.

Following this the Ladies’ Senior team featured former M&B players Alana Harrison and Laura McCafferty.

Although the North won convincingly, Laura McCafferty won the player-of-the-match.

The under 17 boys team also featured former Milngavie and Bearsden junior players. Ryan Harrison, Finlay MacMillan and Craig Anderson who all now play first team senior shinty for GMA in the South League 1.

They made a huge contribution toward what most watchers agreed was as exciting a 90 minutes of sport as they have seen for a while.

Two very skilful, high energy teams gave it their all for the whole of a classic end to end game.

With 10 minutes to go the North had made the better of their chances and at 3-1 up looked likely to see the game out. However, a hat-trick from Craig Anderson, including two in the last two minutes gave the South their first victory in this fixture for 10 years.