Aviemore was the venue last week, for the twenty-second annual two day National Disability First Shinty Festival which saw Stanecastle A & B teams from Ayrshire emerge as winners.
A record 12 teams and 10 schools from Inverness, Oban, Perth, Glasgow and North Ayrshire enjoyed coaching from Camanachd Association shinty coaches and premier league shinty players, and games throughout the two day event which culminated in a tournament.
This year saw the introduction of A & B tournaments, with the top 2 teams in each league playing each other in the finals.
Both leagues were extremely competitive with some excellent play and great goals scored throughout the day.
League A was won by Stanecastle A with defending champions Abercorn edging out Oban High on goal difference to clinch second spot.
Culloden School from Inverness playing in their first shinty tournament topped League B on maximum points with Stanecastle B clinching second place.
The B final was played first and it was Stanecastle B who emerged victorious edging out surprise packets Culloden School 1.0 in an entertaining and evenly contested final.
The A final, between last year’s winners Abercorn and Stanecastle will live long in the memory and will go down as one of the most exciting in recent years, with both sets of players giving every ounce of energy to be crowned 2019 champions. It took a golden goal from Stanecastle A to separate the sides and all credit must go to both teams for providing such and entertaining and enthralling encounter.
Tournament sponsors Duncan and Rosemary MacPhee presented the trophies and medals to all the players and coaches.
Camanachd Association Youth Director, Willie MacDonald, said: “This is one of the most rewarding events we hold annually as we are bringing together children who don’t get many opportunities to compete in shinty. The event grows in popularity each year, with a record 12 teams taking part this year, so I hope we build on this success for next year”.
Festival organiser and Regional Development Manager, Ronald Ross, said: I would like to thank our festival sponsors the Celtic FC Foundation “Inspiring Sport” programme and the MacPhee Family for their support of this hugely enjoyable event.
Scottish Disability Sport CEO, Gavin Macleod, said: Congratulations to the Camanachd Association on another successful Disability First Shinty Festival and well done to all the schools, coaches and players who participated. It is great to see so many teams taking part this year.