Former Rothesay Academy pupil Jane Ross saw her hopes of taking the field for Team GB at the London Olympics dashed on Friday as Great Britain’s women’s football team crashed out of the tournament following a 2-0 quarter-final loss to Canada.
Jane, who plays for Scotland’s most successful ladies’ club, Glasgow City FC, had been named as one of four stand-by players alongside the 18-strong main squad, and thus found herself in the slightly awkward position of depending on an injury to another player in order to be called into the team.
And though that injury call-up never happened, dad George - who accompanied wife Katie on a visit to London this week to see their daughter - told The Buteman Jane had greatly enjoyed the experience, taking part in all the training sessions and sitting in on coach Hope Powell’s discussions on tactics before each game.
“She had all the Olympic experience,” George said, “without any of the stress of wondering whether or not she was going to get a game!”
Meanwhile, Bute’s other link to the London 2012 Games - Canadian basketball player Shona Thorburn - remains alive and well going into the final round of qualifying ties in the women’s basketball tournament this weekend.
Shona, whose gran Sandra Thorburn was born and brought up in Rothesay, has played an important part in her country’s attempts to progress to the knockout stages over the last week.
After 58-53 to Russia in their opening group game, the Canadians bounced back to beat Great Britain 73-65.
A 64-60 loss to France was followed on Friday by a vital 79-73 defeat of Brazil to keep the Canadians’ hopes of qualifying alive.
The top four teams in each of two six-team groups will go through to the quarter-finals, and the Canadians - the last women’s basketball team to qualify for London - currently lie fourth in Group B, ahead of their final group game against Australia at 2.30pm on Monday.