Portree Gaelic School and Newtonmore Primary School victorious at National First Shinty Finals 2019
The GS Campbell National finals brought together over 150 of the best young players from across Scotland all vying for the coveted National P5 and P7 titles.
The P7 & Under tournament was played at the Nevis Centre, Fort William in front of a large and noisy crowd. The standard of play throughout the day was of the highest order with all 11 teams giving a great account of themselves.
Section A saw the impressive Portree Gaelic School top the group on maximum points with the equally impressive young Balnain Primary team two points behind, claiming the runners-up spot. Section B was extremely competitive, with last year’s winners Inverlochy Primary topping the group, with the excellent Aberdour Primaries edging out the classy Kyles/Strachur side on goal difference to clinch second spot.
The first semi-final saw Portree Gaelic School take on Aberdour Primaries, with Portree racing to an early 3-0 lead. However, the young Aberdour side showed great character to pull the score back to 3-2 and they had the momentum going into the latter stages of the game, but they ran out of time and it was Portree Gaelic School that emerged victorious and the first side through to the final.
The second semi-final saw defending champions and local side Inverlochy take on the surprise package Balnain from Drumnadrochit, and it was the young talented Balnain side that took everyone by surprise prevailing by 3 goals to nil to set-up an intriguing final.
The final started with Portree Gaelic School on the attack and they raced to a 3-0 lead, however Balnain showed great resilience and scored two well taken goals only for Portree Gaelic School to score their fourth goal of the final to win the P7 & Under National First Shinty Championships 2019. Portree Gaelic School were worthy winners having gone through the tournament undefeated.
Willie MacDonald the Camanachd Association’s Youth Director presented the trophy and medals to all the players and Coaches.
The Fair Play Award went to Dingwall Primary School
The P5 & Under competition took place at Lochaber High School and the large crowd was entertained with an afternoon of fantastic shinty.
Newtonmore and Cradlehall Primary schools qualified from a highly competitive Section A, with Glasgow Gaelic School and Portree Gaelic School qualifying from an equally competitive Section B.
The semi-finals were thrilling encounters with Newtonmore Primary edging out Portree Gaelic School 3-2 thanks to the golden goal, and the Glasgow Gaelic School defeating Cradlehall Primary 5-1
The final was dominated by the classy Newtonmore side, led by the outstanding Joe Coyle proving too strong in the end for a gallant Glasgow Gaelic School side, running out worthy 9-1 winners.
The Fair Play Award went to Inveraray.