Tayforth Camanachd

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Tayforth
Tayforth camanachd.png
Full name Tayforth Camanachd
Founded 1973
Ground Levenhall Links
Manager Derry Barton
League South Division 2
2016 1st (SD2)
Home colours
Away colours

Tayforth Camanachd is a shinty team originally from Perth, Scotland, but now playing at Levenhall Links, Musselburgh. In 2016, the club finished at the top of South Division 2.

History[edit]

Formed in Perth in 1973 by Barry Nesbitt and Father Eugene O'Sullivan, the club drew upon the number of Highlanders living in the Central Belt as well as the Irish community in Perth.[1][2] Willie Dowds was another player associated with the club that had helped to expand the game locally.[2]

Fr. Eugene O'Sullivan, who was nicknamed the shinty priest, appeared on the front page of the Daily Record in 1970, having been sent-off for punching his opponent, a Kyles Athletic player.[1] At times during the late 1970s and early 1980s, Hugh O'Kane was also part of the team.[3]

The club reached the Camanachd Cup semi-final in 1988 and won the national Aviemore sixes in 1990.[2]

The club narrowly missed out on promotion to South Division One in 2011 after a winner-takes-all game with Strachur. Due to the poor state of the pitch at the North Inch during season 2011, many games were played at Edinburgh East Lothian's old park, Levenhall Links.[2] Tayforth made a move to Levenhall on a more continuous basis for season 2012.

In September 2015, the club won the Bullough Cup, a competition for reserves in the South Division 2.[4] They retained the trophy in 2016. Later in the year the club finished at the top of South Division Two.

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "Tayforth look to the strath for new blood". Strathspey & Badenoch Herald. 14 February 2007. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  2. ^ a b c d Ross, David (8 November 2013). "Marking four decades of one of Scotland's most colourful shinty clubs". The Herald. Glasgow. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  3. ^ "Hugh O'Kane, London Camanachd". www.shinty.com (Press release). 11 January 2016. Archived from the original on 6 August 2016. Retrieved 16 July 2016. 
  4. ^ "The Pick Of The Sticks: Newtonmore move closer to title after derby victory". The National. 28 September 2015. Retrieved 23 December 2016.