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Fife Leagues go to the wire


Leagues  review by SHANE FENTON

The 2019 Fife Highland Games season came to a close on Saturday at Inverkeithing, the Ballast Bank event was also the final counting meeting for competitors to gain points for the various Fife Leagues.

The leagues have been well contested this season with a few of them decided on the final day.
In the Open up to 400 metres league, a win and a 3rd place saw Daniel Paxton, Hawick leapfrog Euan Smith, Central AC to take the title,a third place  at Inverkeithing saw Natasha Turnbull, TLJT secure 3rd spot.

The Open over 400 metres league saw John Thomson, Glenrothes emerge a clear cut winner, John ran at 5 meetings and won the 1600 metres at four of them and was 2nd in the other. Don Bradley, Inverness made it a veteran 1 - 2, claiming 3rd spot on the final day was Canadian backmarker Ron Loewen,  a win and two 3rd places at St Andrews was followed by a 3rd at Inverkeithing. Ron returns to Canada later this month wonder if he'll return for the presentation evening!

The Youths' up to 400m league was also clinched at the final meeting with Kyle McFarlane Pitreavie AC picking up 7 points o over take Ryan McMichen, Hawick. Archie Suttie, Anstruther was a comfotrtable winner of the Youth over-400 category recording 1st and 2nd places at Markinch, Thornton and St Andrews.Erin McFarlane,Pitreavie AC finished runner up with Jason White,TLJT claiming 3rd following his win at Inverkeithing.

Charles Fletcher,Grantown on Spey and Cedric Sachet, France finished the Fife season as top two in the Open cycling league with a 3rd place on the last day enough to clinch 3rd place for Paul Gallacher, Kirkcaldy.. Another league decided on the final day was the Youth cycle league, A win and 2 seconds for Reubens Thomson, Grampian Tigers gave him enough points to take top spot off Issac Small Deeside by 2 points. Ross Easthaugh picked up 9 points to give him a share of 3rd place with his fellow Grampian Tiger Heidi Thomson.

Vlad Tulacek, Czech Republic was a good supporter of the Fife games, in the four he participated in he picked 145 points to win the league, 7 wins and a 3rd place at Inverkeithing saw Dan Carlin, Renfrew amass 44 points to move into 2nd place ahead of Lukasz Wenta, East Kilbide.

The prizes for the Fife Leagues will be presented along with the SHGA awards at the Annual Presentation Dinner in the Gilvenbank Hotel in Gklenrothes on Saturday 19th October.

Published: 2019-08-06 18:05:40