Well done to our boys who recently attended the 43rd Central Florida Highland Games.
The night pre-games was spent at a Ball organised by the games members/committee. Fantastic food and hospitality.
There was tribute paid to previous games stalwart and general heart of the games Chip Crawford who sadly passed late last year. He featured on the games t-shirts in a touching tribute.
Games day itself was 5 Scotsman vs 5 Americans.
Team Scotland consisted of
Jamie Gunn - Halkirk.
John Hugh Macleod - Lochinver.
Stuart Anderson - Lochearnhead
Craig Winslow - Dumbarton.
Kyle Randalls - Falkirk.
American team consisted of
Hayden Baillio - unsure of where he was from
Eddie Johnson - Kansas.
Charles Fay - Florida.
Kendall Thomas - Indiana.
Garret Blatnik - Tennessee.
There was some give and take all day with the top 3 positions constantly changing hands with each event passing.
The positions finished with Team U.S.A taking the win. Top 3 positions individually finished
1. Blatnik 2. Randalls 3. Gunn.
There were 3 new ground records throughout the day coming in the 56 for distance by Blatnik with a throw of 43’1. 2 hammer records both throw by Randalls in the 16 hammer of 141’2 and 22 hammer of 118’10.
Scotland took event wins in the 16 putt, both hammers and finally in the caber with Gunn finishing the day off with the phrase ‘are you not entertained’ taking inspiration from Russel Crowes gladiator.
Unfortunately John McLeod injured his back during the weight for distance events and limped through the hammer before alternate athlete Fraser Ewan made entrance to show his muscle memory was still there in the caber, sheaf and WFH events. (Also competing in the open A events the day after)
The sheaf turned out to be an Achilles heel for team Scotland with the Americans taking 1st-5th.
To summarise, all of the Scotland boys showed up and provided tremendous form to throw as well as they did in January which is in the middle of winter training (off season).
Published: 2020-01-25 10:50:36