Aberdour Shinty Club did a remarkable double as they claimed both Mòd Cups on a great day for shinty at the North Inch, Perth.

For the third final in a row the Men’s Aviemore Trophy went to a penalty shootout. A riveting 2-2 game saw Tayforth’s goals by Nathan Ross and Michael MacLeod cancelled out by Angus Thorburn and The Glenturret Man of the Match/Sàr-chluicheadair Roddy MacColl. The only dampener was the lottery of penalties which Aberdour won 1-0 to lift their first ever Senior Trophy in men’s shinty.

The Aberdour women earlier won the LearnGaelic Challenge Cup against Tayforth ladies. A hat-trick by Dour’s Rebecca Thornton wasn’t enough to win her the Glenturret player of the match which went to her teammate Niamh Donnelly.

It was also the final refereeing performances of Henry MacInnes. Famous as the inspiration for the song and tune “The Shinty Referee” by Fergie Macdonald, Henry had refereed for over 45 years and received a presentation and a bottle of The Glenturret to mark his retirement.

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In the morning a combination of come and try shinty and a youth shinty blitz saw around 40 young players from Perthshire, Stirling, Fife and Edinburgh enjoy the sport with the support of the Camanachd Association.

Perth & Kinross Council’s Councillor Grant Laing presented the post match trophies along with John Rennie of the Gaelic Society of Perth. Councillor Laing voiced his and the council’s support for shinty and the hope that the sport can flourish in Perthshire going forward. Anyone interested in supporting shinty in Perthshire should contact the Camanachd Association.

Although it was a double disappointment for Tayforth on the park, they didn’t go away empty-handed. To mark their temporary return to the city they were founded in 1973, they were reunited with the Bein Trophy – donated in the 1970s by the Old Bein Inn – which was recovered last year and presented after the match to their captain Nathan Whear along with other archive material.

The Mòd Cups were supported by Iomain Cholmcille, Live Active, Perth & Kinross Council, Shinty World (Matchball Sponsors), The Glenturret, An Comunn Gàidhealach and the Camanachd Association.