ABERDOUR'S shinty stars celebrated an impressive year on and off the field with its annual awards night and ceilidh recently.

During a memorable 2014, the senior men’s team picked up their first piece of silverware by roaring back from two goals down to beat Strachur 3-2 and win the South of Scotland Plate final and reached the semi-final of the prestigious national Balliemore Cup tournament.

There were individual honours for members of the senior squad as Angus Thorburn and Cameron McCue were selected to represent the South of Scotland at under-21 level in their annual clash with the North, where they won 3-1 with Angus Thorburn scoring, while Craig Grant travelled to Ireland recently representing Scotland at the University International where they won 19-15.

The second team also enjoyed success by reaching the Bullough Plate final before losing out to Glenorchy in what was a boost for the club’s developing youth, while the ladies team climbed the league table to finish in third place, just two points from the top.

The Ladies in the club also enjoyed a wealth on honours, with Katy Smith, Vicky Henderson, Niamh Donelly, Katie Booth and Lisa Norman representing the Senior South Team (pictured) who won 5-3 against the North. Norman captained the side and netted a hat-trick Lisa to bring the team ahead from 3-1 down with Smith was awarded Player of the match.

All five players also represented the women’s Scotland team against County Down in the Annual Country vs County Challenge cup and helped the Scots to a 14-9 victory.

In the under-18 South team Taryn Neilson, Rosie Mulligan, Lily Mitchell and Isla Thorburn were represented with Mulligan being awarded Player of the match, while Niamh Donnelly was selected as the Women’s Camanachd Association National Division player of the year.

In the youth section, ‘Dour’s under-17s became National Development Cup Champions last month to cap a hugely successful year for the club.

The winners from the club’s awards night are: Youth section: Under-eight coaches’ player – Alastair Chamberlain; Under-eight most improved – Logan Adam; Under-10 coaches’ player – Hamish Brown; Under-10 players player – Ollie Hobdell; Under-10 most improved – Kieran Pritchard; Under-12 coaches’ player – Ben Hobdell; Under-12 players player – Ben Hobdell; Under-12 most improved – Ross Carmichael; Under-14 coaches’ player – Finlay Duncan; Under-14 players player – Ali Abbott; Under-14 most improved – Ben Thomson; Girls’ youth player – Catriona Aitchison.

Senior section: Under-17 coaches’ player – Rosie Mulligan; Under-17 players player – Tom Abbott; Under-17 most improved – Luc Galanti; Second team coaches’ player – Tom Abbott; Second team most improved – Brian Toal; Ladies coaches’ player – Niamh Donnelly; Ladies most improved – Gillian Brown; Senior players player – Craig Callaghan; Eddie Norman Memorial Trophy for first team coaches’ player – John Martin Phillips; First team most improved – David Mackenzie.

The club wished to thank their supporters, parents and coaches for their backing throughout the season and to the Cedar Inn for their post-match hospitality.

Aberdour are on the lookout for new sponsors for all teams for the 2015 season, and for volunteers to assist in fundraising, sponsorship, maintaining websites and coaching. Anyone interested should email aberdourshintyclub@gmail.com.