Sunday, January 18, 2009

Lewiston finally win Zandra's Quaich at Club Sixes Competition

It has taken them five years to do it but Lewiston finally came out on top in the annual Zandra Mackintosh Memorial tournament held on the all weather pitch on Monday 29th December.
As has been traditional since the competition was inaugurated the weather was bitterly cold although this year the fair sized crowd was spared the rigours of spectating in the lashing rain as happened on a previous occasion. This competition now seems to have become a fixture in the annual Hogmanay festival that livens up the Glen in the run up to New Year's Day and there were a number of visitors to the Glen in evidence as well as some returnees from abroad. Amongst the latter was numbered Martin Douglas and his son Hamish back in Drum for the festive season. Martin has been 9 years in Perth, Western Australia and for all that the weather at the Astroturf was -2 for most of the afternoon he seemed cheerful enough. Hamish seemed to thrive on the cold and scooted about all over the place at the same pace and in the same manner that Martin himself used to do as far as the Wing Centre can remember.
The competition for the trophy was as always fierce-and teams appeared representing Balmacaan, Up the Glen, Lewiston, The Blarmor Bar , Hillside, The Town , Druimlon, and The Smiddy . This last team however had a change of heart half way through the competition and changed its name to “Wildcard” and because it consisted of three young ladies and Iain “Balbeg” Macdonald plus assorted others they certainly put up a good show. The eyebrows were initially raised at Mr Corrigan (sen) in goal but they widened with wonder at the dexterity of his stick work.
The rules of course indicated that each team needed to be made up of at least 8 players amongst whom should be numbered a lady , a youngster and a veteran - though to be truthful these rules do appear to be more than a little flexible. Hillside consisted of the Fraser brothers and the Abriachan Barrs -though El Presidente himself was not involved. Balmacaan with Mike Cameron , Big Ron Fraser, Dixon and Ruaraidh looked good on paper though sadly the competition was not played on paper. “Peem” Gault turned out for the Blar as did Steven Callendar of ‘Shiel but it was the appearance of Ken Fraser between the posts as “hailstopper” that took the biscuit. Meanwhile Druimlon seem to have roped in players from Kilmore Road and Pitkerrald and Geordie Stewart -yes believe your eyes- was in the vanguard of the Town attack.
The Wing Centre did not really pay close attention at all times to what was happening on the park because truthfully the social atmosphere on the sidelines was too much of a distraction though he did think that the Up the Glen side seemed to be in with a fair shout what with Ally Mackintosh (jun) , Charlie Duncan, Andrew Macdonald and Andrew Corrigan on the team.
The bitter truth for the West-the-Burners was however the fact that Lewiston appeared to have retained Paul Mackintosh who along with the Reid brothers and Big Arran Macdonald certainly made for a top combination.
At the semi-final stage Lewiston managed to sneak through against the Hillsider Fraser/Barr combo and the Up the Glenners , competitive as always , managed to knock out Lewis Maclennan and the Druimloners. It certainly puzzled the Wing Centre that Lewis wasn’t playing in the Lewiston team given that not only was the place called after him but his granny lives there!
The final was a fiercely competitive struggle and in the end Lewiston shaded it in the penalty shootout after the real match finished even at 1-1. It was third time lucky for the Lewiston boys and girl because they have lost out in the final of this competition over the last three years.
The competition closed with a few words of thanks from Donald Paul to one and all and especially remembering Mairi Moffat of the Blarmor who had organised the catering with supplies from Carl Falconer (Highland Hog Roasts) and heaters and generators supplied by Garry Mackintosh (HIS)
The Zandra Mackintosh Quaich was then presented to Debbie Surtees and Neale Reid of the winning side by Mrs Pauline Trelfer one of the Glen teams' band of faithful followers. Pauline has hardly missed a Saturday on the sidelines home and away this past season.
Enjoy the pics above but sorry about the werewolf eyes though-may fix them later. Then again maybe not.

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