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Photos courtesy of Susan Worland Bentley, Laura Cooper, Denise Francis





San Mateo and North Bay teams are piped on for the Cup Match, Livermore Games 2005

The San Mateo Hooligans (white) and North Bay Cabarfeidh (hoops) teams are piped on by Aaron Shaw before the Cup Match, Livermore Games 2005.

SECOND ANNUAL LIVERMORE CUP TOURNAMENT (14 & 15 May 2005)
Livermore Scottish Games at Robertson Park (Livermore, California)

OUR SECOND YEAR AS PART OF THE LIVERMORE SCOTTISH GAMES!

The NCCC staged a three-team round robin tournament for the Livermore Scottish Games in 2005. Dividing roughly along geographic lines we had the North Bay Cabarafeidh, the South Bay Excelsiors, and the San Mateo Hooligans. On Saturday we played three matches to decide who would play in the Cup Match on Sunday. Cabarfeidh and The Excelsiors ended with exactly the same record and goal differential! Sunday afternoon, after a consolation match, the Cup Match went down to the wire. In fact after two halves and a single Overtime period the match was tied at 2 - 2. Due to scheduling demands (the field was being used for other events) we could not play another overtime or have a penalty shoot-out, so the 2005 Livermore Cup ended as a tie between the San Mateo and North Bay teams. Whew!

We were pleased to have Livermore Games guests of honour Charlie, Amelia and Phillipa Blair Oliphant (children of Laurence Blair Oliphant, head of the Oliphant family in Scotland) in attendance at Cup final on Sunday. Honorary Chieftain McBain of McBain also came by at the end of the match, so we had quite a crowd for our finale!

More pictures will be added over the coming weeks...

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Action in front of the Cabarfeidh goal from the Cup Match.
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Lisa Hill and Armin Busse vie for the ball while teammates await the outcome.
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This time it's action in front of the Hooligans' goal during the Cup Match.
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Armin Busse and Michael Bentley try to follow the ball
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Mark Lawson and Armin Busse chase the ball.
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Bruce Norris and Sean Casey follow the ball while Bryan Norris watches.
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Iain MacDonald (far left) moves the ball out of the box.
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A close-up of the Northern California Camanachd Club Cup
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The San Mateo Hooligans (white) and the South Bay Excelsiors (gold/red) after the first match of the tournament. The Hooligans won 3-0.
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Three of the NCCC's original "shinty boys" with the Blair Oliphants (l-r: Michael Bentley, Amelia and Philippa Blair Oliphant, Elheran Francis, Aaron Shaw)
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Philippa, Charlie, and Amelia Blair Oliphant watch the Cup Match begin while piper Aaron Shaw plays the NCCC March behind them.
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John Morrison (center) provided us with an amazing trophy cup, pictures here with Michael Bentley (left) and Elheran Francis (right).