The combined Alvie/Kngussie Primary Schools team were very much the underdogs in the MacKay Cup Final at the Dell on Saturday. Inverlochy Primary School had looked the team to beat all through the competition and were certainly overall bigger and stronger. Inverlochy were three-nil up inside seven minutes or so thanks to a hat trick from star forward Rhys Kennedy, and four-nil up after sixteen as Kennedy struck once again. With thirty five minutes each way on a baking hot day and a big field, referee Graham Cameron stopped the game at that point for a water break, and thereafter, Alvie/Kingussie held the visitors better, even though they dominated possession for the remainder of the first half.
The home side never gave up however, and did have a second half penalty awarded but the shot flew over the bar. Nevertheless, they held Inverlochy far better and put on a good show. The experience will have served them well for the future and coach Craig Dawson will no doubt be looking to bring many of these youngsters back for next years competition that little bit older, bigger and stronger. Inverlochy, meanwhile, thoroughly deserved their win and played some excellent shinty, though both sides suffered in the heat as the game wore on.
The Anne Cameron Quaich for Player of the Match was presented by Mrs Catherine Anne MacGregor to Inverlochy's Ben Britton
Kingussie’s top class surface was ideal for the game and the event was enhanced by Camanachd Association efforts to ensure good presentation and to organise an appropriately young piper to lead both teams onto the field.
Report and picture provided by Dave Fallows