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NCCC and SLOSC after the Glenfarclas Cup Match at the Campbell Games 2005

The Northern California Camanachd Club (NCCC) and the San Luis Obispo Shinty Club (SLOSC) after the 2nd Annual Glenfarclas Cup Match at the Campbell Games 2005.


CAMPBELL SCOTTISH GAMES / 2nd ANNUAL GLENFARCLAS CUP MATCH (18 June 2005)
Field Athletics venue (Campbell, California)

The second annual Glenfarclas Cup was contested on Saturday June 18th in Campbell California (near San Jose) as part of the Campbell Highland Games and Celtic Celebration. The two California Shinty clubs, the Northern Calfornia Camanachd Club (NCCC) and the San Luis Obispo Shinty Club (SLOSC), played an intense match in front of a vocal crowd. The two sides were piped onto the field by Lynne Miller and play began shortly after 3PM. The NCCC fielded a strong side and created ongoing challenges for the SLOSC defense, with forceful play from the forwards and midfielders resulting in four goals before halftime.

After a short break play resumed and the NCCC side managed three more goals for a final of 7 to 0. Again persistent attacks by the forwards and strong play through the midfield kept the SLOSC from mounting sustained counter-attacks. Scorers included Scott Mikusko, Hermann Baer, and John Young. Both clubs demonstrated improved technique from last yearıs Cup Match, and their energetic play gained new fans at the Campbell Games.

A VIP panel was on hand to select a Player of the Match and SLOSC captain Alan Cameron won the honour. Glenfarclas was shared from the trophy quaich amongst both sides with players chatting and sharing stories after the post-game ceremonies. The appearance of the late afternoon sun put an exclamation point on a hard played match and a great day for the American Shinty squads.

The Field Athletics venues featured Shinty, Rugby, and an exhibition soccer match. More pictures will be added over the coming weeks...


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The two teams being piped onto the field by Lynne Miller.
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John Young scores one of his three goals!
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John Magee passes the ball past an onrushing opponent.
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Approaching the ball ready to strike!
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Action in front of the SLOSC goal.
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Ben Phillips uses his long reach to try and steal the ball.
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Pursuing the ball!
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A battle in the midfield with Neil Rankin at the center.
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Michael Bentley tries to free the ball for a shot.
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Bruce Norris fights for the ball.
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Armin Busse prepares to settle the ball along the sideline.
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Neil Rankin passes the ball downfield.
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John Magee clears the ball from the defensive end.
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The SLOSC defense clears the ball.
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John Magee reaches in.
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Shinty buddies, John Magee and Alan Cameron.
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Hermann Baer overruns the ball during a NCCC attack.
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The VIP Committee that selected the Play-of-the-Match (l-r: Sandy Welsh - Past Chieftain, Campbell Highland Games Assn.; Sally Howe - Secretary, Campbell Downtown Assn. and Publisher, Campbell Express; Bette Deal - Executive Director, Campbell Chamber of Commerce).
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SLOSC Captain Alan Cameron accepts the Player-of-the-Match award.
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NCCC co-founder Michael Bentley raises the Glenfarclas Cup.
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NCCC co-founder Elheran Francis speaks after the match.
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SLOSC founder Alistair Paterson speaks after the match.