Fresh from their respective successes in the Robert MacArthur Memorial Trophy and the Bute Primary Shinty Trophy, the P5s and P7s of Kyles headed for the ‘National First Shinty Festival in Fort William in high spirits.
The P5s seemed to enjoy the fact that their playing area was enclosed behind a glass wall, this allowed them to concentrate on their Shinty without distractions. Their teamwork was excellent as they cruised to qualification winning all of their first four games, a draw against South Skye in the last game saw them clinch a semi final place against Beauly having scored sixteen goals in their five games.
The semi final was disappointing for the youngsters, having two goals disallowed before finally going down one goal to nil to the eventual winners Beauly. To their immense credit they picked themselves up to beat Lochaber three goals to nil in the third and fourth place play off.
The P7s also performed admirably, winning three and losing two of their five games and narrowly missing out on qualification, finishing in a very creditable third place. They were maybe not helped by the fact that their games were in the Nevis Centre, the extra exposure to the noisy crowd, led to a few more big swings and a little less of the Shinty they are taught.
Both teams can be proud of their skill and endeavour, as can the players of all the teams competing.
Big thanks must go to all the organisers and volunteers that make such days possible.