If there has
been a reason for holding back with the pen and ink it’s probably been the form
of the Glen this season in the various competitions-though some recent matches
have given cause for hope. However, there are many more things to write about
in the shinty world without reporting on games that cause personal and
community distress - and as herself says “winning isn’t everything” though
actually she is wrong there.
New York has
been and gone - the experience left two or three memorable pics. One of these
was of the team and the other was of Dixie Maclennan at what might in another century
have been the sack of Rome.
The favourite in this household however is the snap
of Smudger with Officer Dibble. Officer D is a big lad but he’s standing on the
pavement and Smudger is on the street. I think S is telling him that he is
that the most important action of recent times has been the 2-0 home win
against Lochaber. It was a tight game. The Glen - strengthened by the return of
international forward Fraser Heath - made their usual whirlwind start but were
unable to find their way past the stuffy Lochaber defence thanks largely to
goalkeeper Callum Macdonald and full-back Lachlan Campbell. Lochaber gradually
grew into the game and by half time had a slight edge in midfield though their
forwards were unable to get much change out of a Glen defence where John Barr
and Lewis Maclennan were dominant.
It has to be said also that both Lachie
Smith and James Hurwood put in excellent performances in the backline for the second
week in a row.
defences on top it was always going to take something fortuitous or special to
break the deadlock and David Smart’s first-time strike following a long David
Maclennan shy could be placed in both categories. Suffice to say it came
slightly against the balance of play at the time. With Lochaber pressing hard
for the equaliser, there was always space to be found in their defence and when
Conor Golabek produced an opportunist finish in 86 minutes the vital points
were finally secured for the Glen.
were disappointed no doubt but they have a MacTavish Cup final to look forward
to in June - and if their forwards can do something and believe in themselves a
bit they have a chance. The formbook doesn’t give them much support but then again
in a cup game anything can happen provided you make it happen.
Glen, the absence of the team from the MacTavish final for the first time in
four years is a disappointment but injuries and absences haven’t helped with a
settled side-though to be fair the same is true of other sides.
The loss in
the MacAulay against Skye was another daft Saturday. Looking back at the game
and bearing in mind the natural tendency of the supporter to see the match through
the eyes of his own team it is still difficult to take in that the guys were
unable to at least take the match to extra time given the amount of pressure
they had in the second half. Gannon did what he was supposed to do one supposes
- and if any consolation can be taken from the result it is that it at least cheered
up former Glenner Davie MacVicar.
console ourselves that we are not bothered about the MacAulay because the final
is on Games Day and we cannot play in it- but every few years Games Saturday
does not coincide with the MacAulay’s big day and this was one of them. Now we
will have to wait another four years for it to come round again.
seconds – goodness knows how Chrissie, Paul Mac and Hendo have managed it but wins
against Lochside then Lochcarron in the Sutherland and against Glengarry in the
Strathdearn are excellent though League form needs it all.
The Wing Centre has
seen all the matches and the thing that has made all the difference is the
ability to take chances. Conor Golabek was on form in the first Sutherland
match - how that boy worked against Lochside - but if 'Side's Keith MacMillan
had not done in his knee and left the field then perhaps …..but then again ,who
Garry, James Macpherson got a hat-trick and Drew Maclennan also had a superb
game. If they are both available for the Beauly match then who knows?
have had a mixed time in the big league as was expected - but they will get
better. The last match against Strathspey was a close contest - and would have
been closer if Hazel had not been taking lessons from the guys in how to miss a
penalty. Still Ms H is the top scorer but Ishbel Barr, Hayley Hunter, Debbie
Surtees and Abbie Stoddart have also scored. Provided they get a full squad
together they can win their cup match v Fort William this weekend but like the men’s
teams they will be missing some youngsters who will be off on the High School
And all the
above brought to you courtesy of the willing and hardworking volunteers at the club who work hard to fund
it all. Their latest actions resulted in a Gala Day and Disco in Blairbeg Hall.
Here is one for
a start- in all the fuss going on at the Bught over sports facilities with the
rugby club being massively subsidised with new pitches and the nonsense of a
proposed velodrome for the newly “sexy” cycling (mountain biking one can
understand) is there any consideration being given to a refurb of the 1920s
Bught Park Shinty stadium. No? Thought not. Unlike rugby players and cyclists,
shinty players are ignorant lower class ‘oiks’ who can be safely ignored in
official circles unless there is a call for anything quaintly highland to be on
display. Time the Common Good Fund was raided.
There is no sponsor
as yet for the Camanachd Cup. Not for the Wing Centre to wonder why RBS decided
that iconic trophy was not for sponsoring. Perhaps they had been watching “Outlander”
and decided the sport was too dangerous to back. So where now?
With the Scottish Cup supported by the socially responsible William Hill
betting chain and the Scottish League Cup funded by “Betfred” (what was the SFA
thinking about? Money perhaps?), the Wing-Centre certainly hopes that Torquil
will not be going down the Bookies to seek money. The message that Scottish
football is sending out is appalling and shinty should certainly set a higher
If nothing respectable
turns up soon, Torquil should just give it to Marine Harvest who have been
steadfast in their support for the game over numerous seasons. It’s time they
got a little more bang for their bucks.
And while we
are at it, what about a letter from the Camanachd President to that nice Mr
Swinney now that he’s in charge of education to ask him what he intends to do
to raise standards in shinty in all those schools in the shinty areas who ignore it and refuse to include it as part
of their regular PE curriculum?
that this sounds outrageous actually says it all.