Edinburgh University Shinty club is pleased to confirm that third-year student Isla MacKay is the first winner of the Dr Johnnie Cattanach Memorial Medal as the club’s Player of the year. She was presented with the award in Newtonmore this week by local playing legend George Fraser of Newtonmore who assisted with the project funding through Tulloch Homes.
EUSC had their first home game of the season last weekend, hosting a depleted Dundee side.
First to play were the women.
Since both teams wanted the game to go ahead, Edinburgh loaned so of its star players to the Taysiders.
As the throw-up commenced, the heavens opened up. A deluge of rain descended, but the game prevailed, with Edinburgh emerging the winners.
Edinburgh women 9 Dundee (et al) 0
Despite the pitch developing in the a mire, the men’s game went ahead.
Another dominant performance for the Edinburgh boys with a convincing 12-0 win.
Edinburgh travelled to St Andrews on the 31st of October.
With both Edinburgh teams emerging victorious from the matches.
Although the weather wasn’t the best, both teams battled on and played some brilliant shinty.
Womens Score: Edinburgh 5 St Andrews 0
Mens Score: Edinburgh 6 St Andrews 1
Whilst the national leagues are starting to wind down for the year, the University season is getting in to full swing.
Edinburgh University Shinty club kicked off their season last Saturday hosting a strong Strathclyde team.
Although short on players, confidence was high amongst the Edinburgh players, having had a successful campaign the weekend previous at the Freshers Tournament in St Andrews. With captain Ryan Balharry at the helm, the team took the field ready to meet their opponents head on.
Although Edinburgh put up a valiant effort, the home-side went in to halftime 2-0 down. After a rallying call from their leader Balharry, the team charged back on to the field with fire in their bellies ready to take back the game.
Sadly it was not to be Edinburgh’s weekend, losing 3-0 to the men in maroon. Though the scoreline was not in the home teams favour, it certainly did not reflect the close competition of the game.
Edinburgh University Men 0 – Strathclyde Men 3
The Edinburgh women’s team were denied their opening fixture of the season as Strathclyde were unable to summon enough players to make their fixture.
We will be in the CSE at the Sports Fair this week from 10-4 on Wednesday and Thursday, please come down to see us. Also our taster sessions will be happening on two occasions this week: Thursday 17th 7PM-8.30PM @ Peffermill 3G Pitch and Friday 18th 2PM-4PM @ the Pavilion Cafe on the Meadows.
We headed to St Andrews the Wednesday past to play in the Littlejohn Tournament, the highest aspiration of university level shinty.
Our lads and lassies were both feeling confident and ready for the day ahead and we just eager to get started. First up both teams had Glasgow which saw draws for both the men and women.
Next up we had RGU and again both teams went away with draws but it was not until the third match that the lads and lassies were able to get some high scores and get wins over St Andrews.
Strathclyde and Dundee both followed this but because of the lack of enough wins both Edinburgh teams were only able to get to the final on account of goal difference.
The men were on first and fought hard against Strathclyde but were sadly beaten by the better team on the day by 4 goals. The lassies had started their game slightly later and were able to closely match RGU enough to take them to penalties. However, the game was ended with a win for RGU in the sudden death round of the penalties. A cruel way to end the game but it indeed had to end somehow.
So the lassies sadly were not able to regain the cup and the lads not able to hold out for four in a row.
We will be back next year.
It was only the lassies who were playing today and the match had to be moved out to Musselburgh. It seems like it was a fantastic match because the final result was 7-1 for our lassies.
Our final game before the Littlejohn will be this coming Saturday home to Aberdeen University.
It was only the lassies who were playing this weekend as the lads’ game had been cancelled. We had our throw-up at the usual time of 12PM.
The ladies were off to a flying start when they netted a goal very quickly in the first half. Then another two in quick succession and without much of challenge from RGU the first half finished with Edinburgh up 3-0.
A few changes were made in the second half and the lassies felt like they had this match in the bag. With a few attempts on goal RGU had obviously pulled their socks up in the second half and Edinburgh’s attempts were parried. However, RGU had come out quicker on the counter and managed to net 3 goals of their own. We thought luck still on the home side enough to hold out with a goal in front but sadly RGU found the equaliser.
After the matched we hosted some students over from the states from Longwood University in Virginia. We introduced them to the sport and got them playing a small but intense match. They really seemed to enjoy themselves and promised that they would make the Tayforth Ceilidh on at 8PM at the Counting House on West Nicholson Street tonight.
Scorers: Kirsty MacIntyre, Arabella Kennard
ALUMNI DAY/DROPKICKS TOURNAMENT
Alumni day will be the 28th March this year. We are also hoping to combine this with the annual Dropkicks Tournament, so it will be a great day packed with plenty of shinty action! The tournament will be held out at the Musselburgh pitches, 6-a-side teams, with an entry fee of £2 per person. So spread the word and anyone wanting to enter a team get in touch!
A big thank you to Ronald Ross, The Camanachd Association and Edinburgh University Sports Union for putting on a coaching course today in the CSE Gym, Edinburgh. It was a good way of getting everyone involved with the sport, as well as improving our coaching skills. There was a great turnout and enjoyed by everyone!