Portree win national primary girls’ indoor shinty competition

Eight teams (pictured above) were in Portree last Saturday to take part in an excellent day’s competition for the national primary girls indoor shinty competition.

Four teams from Skye — Portree, South End, Bracadale and Dunvegan — were joined by three who had made the long journey from Ardnamurchan, and one who had travelled from Grantown-on-Spey.

At the end of the group stages it was the four Skye teams who progressed to the semi-finals. But there had been little to separate the teams in many of the games, and the travelling contingent made a huge contribution on what was an encouraging day for the women’s game.

In the semi-finals, South End made it through against Dunvegan, while Portree edged a determined Bracadale side 3-1 thanks to two late goals.

Bracadale won the third and fourth place play-off before the final, which was a repeat of the local competition held last month. The outcome was the same, too, with Portree — 3-2 winners in the Skye tournament — scoring from their first attack before going on to claim a 5-1 victory.

Thanks were extended to Sarah Ross, the active schools co-ordinator, for organising the competition, and to members of the Skye Ladies shinty team who helped to referee.