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Sunday, 31 March 2013

Orkney vs Muir of Ord

Steven Edwards opens the scoring for Orkney

Steven Miller shoots

Ewen Dance on the attack

John MacLeod on his way to scoring the equaliser

John MacLeod in full flow

Captain Erik Bews tackles Daryl Henderson

John MacLeod's header comes back off the Orkney post at 1-1

Captain Erik Bews clears the danger

Steven Edwards congratulates Steven Budge on scoring the winner
The Times Cup semi-final between Orkney and Muir of Ord Rovers was played in Thurso at the Dammies yesterday in brilliant sunshine. In a very competitive and tight match, Orkney won 2-1 after extra time. Orkney took the lead in the first half and Rovers equalised in the second half. Rovers had their chances to wrap the game up, including a header that hit the post with 5 mins left, but couldn't beat the keeper. Orkney scored late in the first half of extra time.

The red mist took over late in extra time and around 5 or 6 players from both sides were booked and a Rovers player was sent off as frustration set in.

Saturday, 30 March 2013

Davie Cooper Memorial Cup featuring Andy Goram & Charlie Miller

Andy Goram saves penalty

Andy Goram celebrates saving penalty

The victorious Thurso Rangers FC

Charlie Miller celebrates scoring the vital equaliser by jumping on Swifts goalie Ian Smith

Man of the match Jack Halliday tries to tackle Charlie Miller

Chris Sutherland takes on Nigel MacKenzie as Andy Goram watches

Andy Goram directs his defence

Niall Manson celebrates beating Andy Goram with a penalty

Andy Goram at full stretch

The winning penalty

Andy Goram congratulates the winner

Andy Goram thanks referee Johnny Munro
The Davie Cooper Memorial cup was played at Thurso's Dammies today in brilliant sunshine. Thurso Rangers FC, featuring Glasgow Rangers legends Andy Goram and Charlie Miller, beat Thurso Swifts 5-4 on penalties after the game was drawn 3-3.

Swifts were 3-1 up, but two late goals, including the equaliser by Charlie Miller, sealed their fate.

During the penalty shoot-out everyone scored until it was 4-4. Andy Goram saved the last penalty by Swifts and went wild in celebration. Andy presented the cup to the Thurso Rangers captain.

Thursday, 28 March 2013

North Highland College - Hair, Beauty & Hospitality Show

The Beauty, Hair and Hospitality students of the North Highland College, Thurso, held their annual show on 26 March in the new Engineering and Technical Centre. The theme was internationality and 9 countries were featured - with two models for each country.

The audience of 120 were entertained by compere Willie AI MacKay. I was part of the team of photographers from Thurso Camera Club who took photos throughout the day - as the models were made up and then during the evening show. The photos will be used by the students as part of their exam portfolio.

The lighting was difficult during the catwalk show - there wasn't enough bright lights and the changing colours didn't help.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Scottish Surfing Championships

Mark Cameron

Chris Clarke

Jamie Bain

W Watson & A Harper

Chris Clarke

Andrew MacLeod

Chris Noble

Allyn Harper

Chris Noble

Mark Boyd

Shoana Blackadder

Chris Noble

Chris Noble

Andrew MacLeod

The winners: Chris Noble, Mark Boyd, Jamie Bain, Shoana Blackadder
The 40th Scottish Surfing Championships were held in Caithness over the last weekend. The early heats and the Junior final were staged at Brims Ness on Saturday as the waves at Thurso East were poor. The Brims Ness waves were very short and surfers struggled. The light was very flat and dull and so pics were poor.

Sunday's competition at Thurso East had good high rollers but again the light was very poor and it rained most of the time, so struggled to get good clear pics. The East wind was also biting cold on the fingers, especially after 6 hours at the waters edge.

The prize presentation was held at the Tempest cafe and the winners were:

Juniors - Jamie Bain, Fraserburgh
Ladies: Shoana Blackadder, Thurso
Longboard: Mark Boyd, Thurso
Seniors: Chris Noble, Thurso
Open: Chris Noble, Thurso
Best scoring wave: Andrew MacLeod