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Tulloch Cup North 2017

Last week (Thursday 11th May 2017) saw the North round of the Tulloch Cup played at Bught Park Inverness.

A fantastic number of entries meant that 19 school teams, amounting to 217 participants (173 boys and 44 girls) were competing for a chance to play in the Tulloch Cup Final. Schools were welcomed to the event and split up into their round robin groups for the day. Four pitches with 5 schools on pitches 1-3 and 4 schools on pitch 4 ensured a simple format with each team playing everyone in their group.

Some excellent shinty was played through the group stages with worthy skill levels, enthusiastic coaches and smiling participants. The top team from each of the 4 groups progressed to the semi-finals.

After the round robins had been completed Kingussie, Inverlochy and Strathpeffer all progressed to the semi-finals as outright group winners. In group 1 a three team tie at the top meant a three-way penalty shootout took place to determine the last semi-finalist, Newtonmore coming out on top beating Portree and Alvie.

George Fraser, CEO of Tulloch Homes was on hand to draw out the two semi-finals from a hat. Inverlochy came out first and were drawn against Kingussie, Strathpeffer against Newtonmore was the second semi-final. Both games were extremely close, going to extra time and penalties. Kingussie and Strathpeffer eventually came out as winners and progressed to the final.

The CA would like to thank George for coming along for the day, it was great to have his support. As a result, George and Tulloch Homes have kindly agreed to donate £500 towards the running of the Tulloch Cup this year which is fantastic outcome and one which we are extremely grateful for.

The final was an extremely close affair, Kingussie Primary just edging out Strathpeffer in the end and running out 2-0 winners. A fantastic display of shinty from both schools with the Kingussie Captain delighted to receive the north round trophy from George Fraser himself. Kingussie will now take on Taynuilt Primary, the winners of the South competition, in the Tulloch Cup Final.

It was wonderful to see so many schools taking part at Bught Park, fantastic attitudes and sportsmanship by all of the young people involved in the day. The CA would like to thank all of the coaches, parents and teachers who committed their time to bringing pupils to the event and coaching throughout the day, it was very much appreciated.

We would also like to thank the referees who gave up their time to help make the event a success; Rachel MacRitchie, Jono Price, Mark Kelly, Shaina Archibald, Cara Mellis, William MacKinnon, Ross MacKinnon and Hannah Johnson as well as Peter Gow our resident PA for the day, Joanne Ford our score keeper, Billy the Bear for entertaining the pupils, Jeya Calder and her ‘tea team’ must also be mentioned and thanked here, providing drinks and snacks all day to the players and spectators. Last but not least a huge thank you has to go to Mike, the groundsman at Bught Park for keeping the pitches in excellent order for the event.

A fantastic day all round.

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