Shinty: Rothesay U14s finish third in schools tournament

Rothesay (front right) pictured with Douglas Academy, Dunoon and Lochgilphead teams at the final round of the south of Scotland under-14 schools competition.
Rothesay (front right) pictured with Douglas Academy, Dunoon and Lochgilphead teams at the final round of the south of Scotland under-14 schools competition.

Rothesay’s under-14 shinty team have been showing signs of significant progress in the course of this season’s south of Scotland under-14 schools tournament.

The team, run jointly by Bute Shinty Club and Rothesay Joint Campus, took part in all three legs of the tournament, which began at Douglas Academy in Milngavie in October, continued at Dunfermline Academy in December and concluded in Dunoon last week.

Rothesay were slow to get going at the beginning of the tournament, beaten in all three games in the Milngavie round, albeit by the odd goal in all their games.

The second round saw an improvement in the island team’s performances, though they still lost out by the odd goal - but the third and final round saw the team really beginning to gel, playing some good shinty with constructive passing and some nice finishing.

Worth a mention from the Dunoon games were cracking goals by any standard from Aaron McKirdy and Lewis Poole as the Rothesay team won two games, drew one and lost narrowly in the other three to finish third in the league overall behind winners Douglas and runners-up Dunoon.

Coach Duncan Cowan said: “The difference was quite noticeable from the beginning of the tournament to the final round in Dunoon, and all the team are to be commended for the effort put into the tournament.

“All need to keep attending the training as it is making a vast difference to all of their games. With the McBean and McMaster competitions coming next over the next few months the boys will all be better prepared and hopefully will give a better account of themselves.”