The Donella Crawford 6’s is a key fixture for school teams in the shinty calendar each year. Providing a platform for high school girls to come together and take part in some competition, while remembering Donella, who was a huge advocate of the girl’s game. Ardnamurchan High School, once again, offered to host the event which saw 12 (3 more than 2016) high school teams sign up.
It was a lovely sunny and warm day for the most part, a stark contrast to the snow we had last year. The teams were split into 2 groups, fixtures were handed out and we got underway, only a few minutes late, which wasn’t too bad.
In the group stages each team played each other once allowing for the top 2 teams from each league to progress to the semi-finals. Portree HS and Lochaber HS both finished their respective groups unbeaten with Ardnamurchan HS coming second to Portree and Kingussie HS just pipping Kinlochleven HS on goal difference to take the last semi-final spot.
The semi-finals were played in unison, 4 minutes each way. The Lochaber V Ardnamurchan game was an extremely tight end to end battle with only 1 goal, coming from Lochaber in the final minute separating the teams. On the other park a dominant Portree HS team managed to put 3 goals past Kingussie HS, last year’s winners.
The final was end to end with a high level of skill on show by both teams, the game was goalless until inside the final minute with both teams enjoying some pressure. Lochaber’s crucial goal came from a hard earned corner with the ball travelling low into the box the Portree HS keeper managed to get her feet to the ball but was under a lot of pressure and the ball was deflected into the back of the net. With only seconds remaining after the goal there was no way back for Portree and celebrations for the Lochaber HS girls, who last year had lost out in the final.
Donella Crawford’s cousin, Alistair McMillan was on hand to conduct presentations and hand over the medals and the trophy to the winning Lochaber captain. Alistair also took the time to comment, as did many of the coaches, on the rising standard of girl’s shinty and how it continues to improve each year.
The Camanachd Association would like to thank Alistair for agreeing to conduct the presentations on the day as well as Kirsty Delaney and Hanna Dougan for taking the time out their day to referee the event and Colm O’Rua and Ardnamurchan High School for hosting, it was very much appreciated.