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Wednesday, 31 July 2013

Halkirk Utd vs Clach (4-5)

Andrew Sinclair opens Morrison Park

Gala Queen Rachel Gunn presents flowers to Andrew's wife

Halkirk Community Sports Foundation Directors, Management Committee and guests

The teams and match officials

Benn Murray opens the scoring after 9 mins

Grant MacNab is felled by Christopher Lawrie who gets sent off

Graham Elder shows the red card

Gordie MacNab scores the 2nd from the free kick

Grant MacNab scores the 3rd

Steven Morris with a header

Gordie MacNab with a free kick that just crept over the bar

Pher Nicolson
Halkirk Utd lost 5-4 to Inverness Clachnacuddin in the North of Scotland cup match at Halkirk's new football ground, Morrison Park. The park was officially opened by Andrew Sinclair who donated over £1.2 million to the village for a sports complex. The football park is phase one of the project.

Halkirk opened the scoring with a Benn Murray header, but Clach hit back with two headers. The Clach centre half got sent off for downing Grant Macnab when he was clean through and Gordie MacNab scored from the free kick. 2-2 at half-time.

The floodlights were switched on for the 2nd half and Grant MacNab scored a third early in the 2nd half when the keeper hit a clearance kick against him and Grant had a simple tap in. Clach then equalised soon after with a cracking drive. Halkirk then threw the game away with two bad own goals in the space of 5 mins. Alan Hughes scored with a great low drive in the 90th minute.

Sunday, 28 July 2013

Pentland Utd vs Wick Groats (1-1)

Alan Hughes beats Gary MacKay

Grant MacNab celebrates

Sean Stewart is sent flying

 A large crowd watch the match

Luckasz Geruzel shoots

Andrew Cumming

Chris Taylor gets an angry blast from Jamie MacKenzie

Pentland Utd scored in injury time against Wick Groats to make the score 1-1 in the top of the table clash at Dunnet on Friday evening in front of a large crowd. Grant MacNab scored mid-way through the 2nd half and Jamie MacKenzie hit the very late equaliser.

Some good goalmouth action with Luckasz missing an open goal from 8 yards, Ross Allan hitting his own post with a clearance and Grant MacNab hitting the bar with a pile driver and with another effort forcing a cracking save from Michael Gray.

Saturday, 27 July 2013

Halkirk Highland Games "Heavies"

The Heavies plus judges Leslie Oliphant & Alistair Gunn

Jimmy Van de Walle, Belgium

Craig Sinclair, Aberdeen

Scott Ryder, London

Jason Young, Tain

Sebastion Wenta, Poland

Scott Ryder, London, World Champion

Hans Lockema, Holland

Jamie Gunn, Halkirk

Murray Gunn, Halkirk

Sebastion Wenta, Poland

A record 15 international heavyweight athletes competed in brilliant sunshine at the Halkirk Highland Games today including the current World Champion and World silver medalist. They came from Australia, USA, Poland, Belgium, Holland, England and Scotland. I was on the microphone, but managed to catch a few snaps using a remote triggered camera.

World Champion Scott Ryder won the overall championship.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Ridden Classes at Caithness Show

Some action pics of a few ridden classess and the ridden championship at the Caithness County Show held in Wick on Sat 20th July in blazing sunshine. The Championship and Reserve went respectively to Caroline and Lisa Coghill, Halkirk. Caroline is the last pic and Lisa is the 2nd last pic.

Tuesday, 23 July 2013

Halkirk's Morrison Park - first game

The teams line up in front of the North stand

The East stand

The dug outs

Gavin Swanson and Luckasz Geruzel

Luckasz Geruzel watches his header go wide

Ross Allan and Ian MacKay

Luckasz Geruzel beats Andrew Bremner but the header went wide

James Murray scores the first ever goal at Morrison Park

Michael Bremner tries to weave his way through

Stevie Campbell is felled by Gary MacKay

Ian Mackay

Ruari McCartney shoots wide

Mathew Mackay after the first goal

The first ever match on Halkirk's new football pitch, Morrison Park, was played tonight between Halkirk FC and Pentland Utd FC in a Caithness Division One league game. Pentland Utd won 4-0.

James Murray scored after 40 mins to record the first ever goal at the ground. Luckasz Geruzel scored two in the 2nd half and the 4th was an own goal. It was very dull and grey and it rained near the end of the match. The floodlights were not used.