April 2018 Newsletter

On The Field
It has continued to be a bit of a rollercoaster for the 1st team with a disappointing performance and loss against Kyles Athletic followed by a nail biting cup win against Glenurquhart. Its not often that you equalise with less than two minutes of injury time left and then win a penalty shoot out on the 18th penalty. For the game against Caberfeidh we had seven players missing mostly with injuries so it was a good opportunity for some second team players. It was another tight match though we deserved the 3 – 2 win. It was also great to see such a large travelling support at the match.

The 2nd team have had some great results with a 2 - 1 away win against a strong Skye side being the highlight after a convincing win against Glengarry. These are the two sides that we felt would be amongst our closest challengers for the title.

The under 14s and under 17s have not got off to a winning start, but both teams have competed well and the under 14s in particular were unlucky to lose by the only goal to Kingussie. Although the under 17s had a heavy defeat to Fort William, the Fort William under 17 team this year is outstanding [three of them were in the Fort William 1st team forward line at the weekend scoring the penalties to win them their cup tie] and are favourites to win the under 17 competitions.

The Primary team got to the semi final of the first shinty competition in Fort William and won the fair play award.

Dr Johnny Cattanach Memorial Field
Many thanks to Rob Ritchie for putting up a fence round the black earth [left over from the soil that was stored in the adjacent field] to stop the lambs getting onto it.

The remaining work to move the stones and plant the grass seed on the new pitch will probably not take place until the end of June.

Any more Dr Johnny jars left full of coins? Another large jar was deposited a couple of weeks ago and we now have £557.31 from this simple fundraiser, but about ten jars that were taken have not been returned with coins!

Grass Cutting - Many thanks to Stuart Mackellaig for agreeing to take over the regular work from Paddy on the main field. We need at least one other person to take a turn to lighten the load. Training will be provided.

- Jude Houghton has been doing this for several years and gave it a total redesign and we are very grateful to her for all the work she has done.   At the end of May James Carstairs is taking over this role which is great. If you see anything missing or any inaccuracies on the website please let me know.

- Some of you may have noticed that we had a leak at the standpipe behind the Smiddy end goal. Many thanks to Alan Orr for helping Rob get the water turned off and the problem sorted. It took several hours of guddling in muddy water to achieve this!

Tea volunteer rota
There is a list of 1st team games in the clubhouse and there are two ways you can potentially help, by taking one turn on the rota during the season and/or by donating some home baking for a game. Games are covered up to early July.

Many thanks to the second team volunteers including Dawn, Cathy, Kirsty, Jane and Michelle for the support that they have been providing. We are always looking for more volunteers to help them too. Thanks also to the parents who are helping with the under 14 and under 17 matches.

New Sign at The Gate
Its arrival is imminent I am told.

Road safety measures
There has been a delay in the promised road marking and signage from the Council at the Eilan gate and we are continuing to chase them.

MiDas course
The next course/test is in Aviemore on Sunday 13th May. You need D1 on your licence and MiDas to drive the Aviemore bus. You are then eligible to apply for the Highland Council licence which enables you to drive the Kingussie based minibus [though there is a long delay with this at the moment]. The club covers the cost of this course.

Wednesday 6th June Williamson 6s 1800
Sunday 24th June Texas Scramble
Saturday 4th August Highland Games captains fundraiser
Sunday 12th August Veteran's 6s
Saturday 1st Dec Annual Xmas sale

50/50 raffle
Many thanks to Steven Borthwick of Kingussie for donating £50 of his winnings back to the club.

General Data Protection Regulations
A new law comes into force soon governing the protection of data. The club is currently examining what steps we need to take to ensure we are compliant with the regulations.
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The Eilan Pitch
Fortunately the Eilan at the moment is in much better condition than it was this time last year. Thanks to Ian Brodie for continuing to do divot repair work every week which makes a big difference. [Ian has also donated an old lawnmower which will be really useful for the areas round the white posts in particular].

We have had some ''earthquake work'' carried out on the pitch by Gavin Irons our contractor with the fertiliser applied at the same time. The pitch however will still require some remedial work after we have the Dr Johnny Cattanach Memorial Field in use.

       Ian Gibson Tel 01540 673048 Mob 07817 378729
       30th April 2018