Saturday the 27th of August, An Aird, Fort William will play host to the highlight of the Women’s Shinty calendar, CUP FINALS DAY. As well as a great family day out the day promises to be an awesome showcase for women’s shinty with a jam-packed programme kicking off with the first throw-up at 13:00. If last year’s Cup Finals in Inverness are anything to go by, the crowd should be in for some exciting end to end shinty.
We have today managed to speak to Rebecca Masson and Jenna Beaton, Captains of both Valerie Fraser teams, Lochaber and Skye to find out how they are all feeling ahead of the biggest game in their shinty season
HOW ARE THE LADIES FEELING AHEAD OF THE BIG GAME?
RM – We are feeling a mix of excitement and nerves but as soon as the game starts on Saturday the nerves will soon disappear. We have worked hard all season and it has paid off by reaching the final. This is our first final so we are delighted to be there but we want to go one better and win it.
JB – All the girls are really looking forward to Saturday, excited with a wee bit of nerves as well which is good. We have all worked so hard at training and throughout the season so will be a really exciting game to finish off the season.
HOW DOES IT FEEL TO BE CAPTAIN OF THE TEAM ON SUCH AN IMPORTANT DAY?
RM – I feel a great sense of honour to be the captain this season. We have a great squad and coach, Michael Delaney, who have all worked hard in training all season. I am already proud of how well all the girls have done this season in both the National League and development league but I really would love to lift the cup this Saturday as captain.
JB – I’m so proud to be captain again this year, all the girls have played brilliant and have had such a great season, they are a great group of girls to play alongside it would mean everything to win on Saturday.
WHAT ARE YOUR EXPECTATIONS OF THE DAY?
RM – If previous encounters between us and Skye are anything to go by it will be a highly competitive, fast paced and end to end match. In the league this year we have both beaten each other by narrow margins. It is a hard game to predict but of course I would love to see Lochaber to win and I feel we are capable of doing so
JB – It’s going to be such a tough game for us, so unpredictable every time we play each other you never know what’s going to happen but I do know it will be a great game to watch
Thank you very much girls and we wish you all the very best for the match on Saturday.
We hope to catch up with the Lovat and Strathglass Captains this evening.
The WCA would like to thank our sponsors Marine Harvest and Peter Gow for their continued support of #womensshinty as well as a huge thank you to everyone at Fort William Shinty Club for all their help.