Sunday 25th September saw the Women’s Camanachd Association Macaulay North v South representative games come to Oban.
Despite the wet weather which put a halt to most senior games in Argyll on Saturday the women’s event was given the all clear early Sunday morning. Girls from as far north as Lewis and east as Aberdour travelled to Mossfield.
The U17 game threw up at 1pm and the South made the 1st attack, however on 9 mins the North found there form and Skye’s Katherine Dibble made it 1 -0. Further goals from Lochaber’s Natalie MacDonald and Strathglass’s Chloe Macleod saw the score 3 – 0 at half time. Karen Williamsons North squad definitely had the edge on ability but also age proving a vital factor over Rosie Mulligan’s young South squad.
The North remained in control for the second half but the game was much closer with only two further goals from Lochabers Sarah Davie. The North were deserved winners with Captain Charlotte Graham ( Strathglass) lifting the cup. While the North’s Chloe Macleod stood out despite a great effort by South’s Number 11 Iona MacCulloch (Dunadd) and Chloe was awarded Player of the match by referee Alex MacVicar.
The senior game however saw a much closer game between Coach Robbie Gordon (North) and Ross Brown (South) sides.
The South starting the stronger of the 2 teams, Aberdours Katy Smith making an impact 2 mins in with a goal putting the South 1 -0 up. Twenty minutes later Niamh Donnelly (also Aberdour ) made it 2- 0 to the south after more good link up play with Katy Smith. The North however had other plans and gained possession from the restart. Lovats Laura Gallacher finding the net to make it 2-1.
Despite efforts from both teams and a stronger North second half the game remained 2-2 until the last 6 minutes when Skyes Lorna MacRae pounced on the rebound of one of Taryn Neilson’s many fantastic saves to ensure the trophy headed back North with Captain Laura Gallacher.
Referee Alex MacVicar deservedly deemed Lochaber’s Mairi Duncan the stand out player on the park, edging out Aberdour Taryn Neilson for her fine saves throughout. This year sees the North swing the pendulum of wins from south dominance. last year a north win made it 8 each. The North have now won 9 and the south 8 encounters.
The Women’s Camanachd Association would like to thank the Macaulay Association for their continued support and hospitality. The WCA presented Macaulay Associations Davie Hamilton with a gesture of thanks for all his input.
The WCA would also like to thank referee Alex MacVicar for being in charge of both games and Oban Lorns Karen and Claire for Goal Judging.
Thanks also goes to Superdrug Oban for the Senior strips and Michael Dunstaffnage for the u17 strips.
Argyll shinty shop were also kindly in attendance.
Ian Hay and his team at Mossfield deserve huge credit for the condition of the park and it’s maintenance which allowed the event to go ahead.
A grateful thanks goes to Paul Paterson who came along and took all the photos on the day for which the WCA are very appreciative.#WomensShinty
All photos courtesy of Paul Paterson