Aberdour enter elite shinty cup

Shinty Cup Draw Shinty Players l-r Doug Newsom and John McLaughlin help with the Draw
Shinty Cup Draw Shinty Players l-r Doug Newsom and John McLaughlin help with the Draw

FIFE’s only shinty team will come of age this year as it celebrates its 10th anniversary with a first ever appearance in Scotland’s national tournament.

Aberdour Shinty Club has entered the iconic Camanachd Cup – shinty’s Holy Grail – for the first time, and were second out of the hat in last week’s first round draw, which means the competition newcomers must make it through a preliminary tie away to Strathglass before qualifying for the first round proper.

Aberdour captain John MacLachlan revealed that the Silversands outfit can’t wait for what will be one of the biggest games in their history.

Biggest game

“It’s great to be involved with the club now it has reached the level of entering the Camanachd Cup,” he said. “Having been there at the very start when we knew very little about shinty, it’s great to see the club celebrating its 10th birthday with our first foray into the competition.

“It’s testament to the work and enthusiasm of Lisa Norman amongst others, who have helped to build and develop the club over the last ten years.”

Duncan Cameron, president of the Camanachd Association is looking forward to welcoming the Fifers into the tournament.

“It’s fantastic to see Aberdour, the newest addition to the competition, take on Strathglass, the oldest club to have graced the Camanachd Cup,” he stated.

Despite the club’s infancy, Aberdour is officially the largest club in the country this year boasting teams at under eight, U10, U12, U14 and U17 level, as well as both womens and mens first and second teams.

On June 18 the club will celebrate its anniversary with demo games in the morning from youth and girls team, while the afternoon will see games against Kyles Athletic Shinty Club. The event is open to all supporters. A barbecue and various stalls will run throughout the day, finishing with a Ceilidh that evening.