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Tiree 5-a-side Tournament

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Recently the annual 5 aside tournament was held at the reef pitches, luckily the sun shone and brought along a happy crowd of spectators.

Given the early start due to the number of events that weekend there was a good turnout of teams including a couple of junior teams and seven senior teams that played against each other with a mixture of fun, laughter and jolly spirits carried on from the previous night’s festival.

The two teams fighting for the coveted winners’ trophy provided a thrilling final – one of the goalies spilled the ball gifting a goal to the opposing team, then at the other end a goal was created due to the lack of height of the goalie to make it one a piece. By the second half both teams were feeling the effects of the gruelling weekend and it looked like extra time was looming until a speculative shot from Findo screamed into the back of the net. 2 -1 with time running out it looked like it was all over but a sudden surge and scramble of bodies into the box at the other end and somehow the ball was in the back of the net. With the score even and in keeping with the state of the players’ stamina the majority decision was to go straight to penalties. These were mostly best forgotten but in the end On Death’s Door just edged.

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The junior winning team were the Crazy Cousins, the best young player award went to a very talented visiting lad who out shone most of the adults. Steven Cameron was best senior player with Donald Roddy Mackay picking up highest goal scorer for the second year in a row. Niall MacKinnon, Hillcrest was awarded the most entertaining player of the day as he enthralled the crowds with his antics! On Death’s Door picked up the Winners Trophy.

A big thank you has to go to Neil Connor and Bino who stepped in as referees for the day with out which no match could have been played.

Here’s hoping next year’s tournament turns out just as exciting.

Tiree’s Fun Filled Weekend

Tiree Show Pipe BandWas there ever a weekend like it? The fun started on Friday when, with the sun shining, locals and visitors reaped the benefits of the months of hard work put in by the committee to enjoy Tiree’s annual Agricultural Show.

The spectators were entertained watching the serious business of the judging of livestock,  but the largest crowd gathered to watch the Dog Agility team performing their routine through tunnels, along wobbly planks and over hurdles

Dog Agility Team– many comments were heard about there being “no way my dog could do that”.

Deciding on the winners in the pet and home produce sections was a difficult time for the judges and the effort put in by all entrants was apparent with the standards of entries once again being very high.

By the middle of the afternoon the sun had retreated behind the clouds and the wind turned cooler but still the children played on the bouncy castles and the queues at the refreshment stands continued.

The day was marked with a tinge of sadness as Alex MacArthur who has been announcing livestock results and prize winners for many years is hanging up his microphone and retiring from being the voice of the Show.

All the tickets for the Show Dance at An Talla were sold out and once again locals and visitors of all ages danced until the early hours.

The weather on Saturday was decidedly grim with the sort of misty rain that soaks you as soon as you go out, unfortunately this meant that the Sports day was cancelled and didn’t take place till Tuesday. By 6pm the rain had more or less stopped and the first ever Tiree Music Festival Kicked off with a procession to An Talla led by Tiree Pipe Band.

On Sunday at 11am the place to be was down at the Reef Pitch to either watch or take part in Tiree 5 A-side Tournament. Details of this competition will be in the next issue.

Without exception the opinions of all who joined in the events of the weekend were, that it had been a huge success, tiring for both organisers and participants, but something to talk about for many weeks and a highlight to look forward to next year.