Young Argyll players make their mark in shinty finals

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Enthusiastic crowds looked on as the 2019 National First Shinty Championships were held across two Fort William venues.

The GS Campbell finals on Saturday February 16 brought together more than 150 of the best young players from across Scotland, all vying for the coveted national P5 and P7 titles.

The P7 and under tournament was played at the Nevis Centre and the standard of play throughout the day was of the highest order with all 11 teams giving a great account of themselves.

Section A saw Aberdour edge out a classy Strachur/Kyles side on goal difference to clinch second spot. Aberdour would narrowly lose out by a single goal to Portree Gaelic School after pushing them all the way in the semi-final.

The final was contested between Portree and Balnain Primary from Drumnadrochit and it was the Skye youngsters who lifted the trophy, having gone through the tournament undefeated.

Over at Lochaber High School, there was another feast of shinty at the P5 and under competition.

Newtonmore defeated a gallant Glasgow Gaelic School side in the final, and the Fair Play Award went to the young shinty players from Inveraray.