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Dornoch Primary School score double dunk of trophies in East Sutherland Basketball Tournament

By Will Clark

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Primary school teams competed in the first East Sutherland Basketball Tournament in three years at Golspie High School.

Dornoch Primary School Boys and Girls won thier respective competitions at East Sutherland Basketball Tournament.
Dornoch Primary School Boys and Girls won thier respective competitions at East Sutherland Basketball Tournament.

Fourteen teams from every school in east Sutherland took part with 100 players involved in the six boys teams, five girls teams and three mixed teams.

Dornoch Primary School celebrated double success when they won the boys and girls tournaments.

Dornoch defeated Lairg Primary School in the girls final and beat Golspie Primary School in the boys final.

In the mixed final, Helmsdale Primary School beat Rosehall Primary School.

Each game lasted five minutes and were refereed by Golspie High School sports leaders/senior pupils including Maisie Mackintosh, Lachie Roberts and Lorna MacRae.

The tournament was an opportunity for the pupils to put their learning from PE lessons and after school sessions into practice.

High Life Highland board member Marianne Hutchison says it was great to see so many pupils taking part, working as a team and enjoying being back at local tournaments after a three year break.

“Bringing young people together for events like this one is one way we can help to contribute to our communities recovery from the pandemic,” she said.

“With over 100 pupils attending, it was well worth the hard work from all involved in putting on the event and we are pleased to have been able to support it through High Life Highland.”

East Sutherland and Edderton councillor Jim McGillivray presented the awards.

He said: “It was a pure joy to see these inter-school games start up again after the pandemic, and it was especially encouraging to witness the skill, energy and enthusiasm of the young competitors in action.

“I very much look forward to the next round of events in the new year, especially the Primary Schools Ceilidh Dancing competition, a uniquely Sutherland occasion always keenly contested, a great spectacle for the audience, and greatly missed these last few years.”

High Life Highland Active Schools coordinator, Elissa Stevenson,said: “It was great to have all these schools involved.

“The event meant that the pupils had an opportunity to take part in a local tournament for the first time in three years and also enabled them to mix with other young people from a range of schools in the area – and ultimately to have fun.

“We were grateful for the help from Golspie High School sports leaders/senior pupils who did an excellent job of running the games and keeping track of the scores; they were an integral part of the event. The games were overseen by the two peripatetic PE teachers who were a huge help.”

Trophies were awarded to the schools coming first as well as each pupil receiving a medal for first and second place. All other pupils received a sticker.

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