Double trophy joy for BCHS girls
WINNING that very first trophy is a special moment for any football team, but to do so with a league and cup double is a memorable achievement indeed.
However, that is excatly what Buckie Community High School's under-15 girls team have done, claiming the North of Scotland Cup last Monday at Borough Briggs in Elgin, which will join the Moray League trophy captured the Tuesday prior to that.
The eight strong squad - comprising goalkeeper Lori Lappin, Caitlin Carnegie, Janey Bain, Catie Carter, Amy Bruce; Reagan Duncan, Kayla Grant-Fielding and Brooke Keenan - swept all before them in both competitions. In the league, which took the format of three round robin tournaments held through the year, the girls romped home, scoring 83 goals and only dropping points in a draw with Elgin Academy.
In the cup, where they faced Elgin Academy, Millburn Academy, St Machar Academy and Grantown Grammar, they were to emerge undefeated, drawing again with Elgin but claiming the scalps of the other schools.
Principal teacher of PE at BCHS Colin Smith said: "It great for them to get their first trophies, especially doing the league and cup double.
"They're a very strong side and there success is not a total surprise - last year they were second in the league and third in the cup, plus we've had a lot of very good S1s coming through.
"They've done amazingly well not losing a game in either competition and getting these trophies gives their confidence a huge boost. it shows them what they can achieve.
"We've been running girl teams at Buckie high for the last three or four years and a lot has happened in that time."
Adding his voice to the congratulations was BCHS rector Neil Johnson.
He commented: "I’m delighted at the success that hard work and commitment has brought to our girls.
"We have had considerable success in boys’ competitions over the past few years - I’m delighted that the girls are now getting their share of the spotlight. Well done to them and the staff and families who support them."
Mr smith also paid tribute to coaches Sophie Henderson (S6) and Jodie Murray (S5) as well as teacher Fiona Dixon for all their hard work on behalf of the squad.