Catch up with all the latest successes at Club, District, Regional and National competitions.............
Ham & Gav scoop Pool & Darts awards
The club's annual Pool & Darts was held on 22nd February in the Halkirk Youth Club. With Pool favourites Andrew Gunn and Bryan Sinclair knocked out in early rounds, it was young pretender Gavin Swanson who picked up the winning certificate, with John Coghill the man pipped in the final. The 3rd/4th playoff saw Robert Sutherland edge out Ali Miller to take the 3rd prize certificate.
It was the same story in the darts, where favourite Roddy Gray was ousted in the 2nd round by Robert Sutherland. However Robert couldn't keep his run going and faltered in the final when he was overcome by fans' favourite Hamish Coghill. Gavin Swanson picked up the 3rd certificate just ahead of Jack Cowan who it must be said seemed to be slightly hindered by his slightly tight rugby top.
The long wait for Junior Quiz Trophy goes on
Even home soil could not help the Halkirk Juniors lift the Ulster Trophy for best team at the District Junior Quiz. In a drop of one place from last year, the Halkirk A team were third this year. Alan Macleod, Mark MacDonald and Hamish Coghill were the trio taking the bronze. Also competing but t unplaced were Halkirk B, Alistair Budge, Jamie Gunn and John Coghill. The Halkirk D team put in a great effort but with only 2 members, Cheryl Henderson and Fiona Swanson, their valiant efforts went without reward.
Macleod toppled by Big Mac for Junior Quiz honour
The 2006 winner better known as Beeg Al didn't even manage on the podium last night as Mark Macdonald scooped the top honour closely followed by Gavin Swanson in silver and Hamish Coghill in bronze. A good turnout saw 20 members take part in the Junior Quiz. This should ensure plenty of teams for the District Junior Quiz next Tuesday.
Its a Super Sunday for Sinclair
Sunday 4th February will go down as Super Sunday for Halkirk YFC due to a triple success. First up was the result of the Member of the Year competition which went to club chairman, Bryan Sinclair. Swiftly following was Bryan taking the Overall Individual title at the District Ten-Pin Bowling competition. To round the day off the Halkirk A team won the Comm Cup for Ten-Pin Bowling which also means qualification to the National Finals later this month.
The successful team comprised Ellen Falconer, Carol-Ann Budge, Bryan Sinclair, John Coghill, Willie Budge and Jamie Riddell.
Halkirk B also competed well and were very unlucky not to get in the prize list. The B team were Carolyn Coghill, Lorraine Angus, Alistair Budge, Isobel Swanson & John Anderson.
Speechmaking team qualifies for National Finals
Halkirk will be represented at the National Senior Speechmaking Finals after the team of Bryan Sinclair (Chairman), Gail Sinclair (Speaker) and David Brewster (Vote of Thanks) qualified from the Regional Eliminations held at the North Region Conference.
The celebrations did not end there though as top award in the fancy dress competition went to none other than Angus Mowat, dressed as an Indian chief.
Anderson shares individual as Halkirk A claim top prize
John Anderson built on his third place at the Club Competition to win Best Junior and also share the best overall award with James Barnetson at the District Winter Stock judging with 192 points from a possible 200. The success did not end there for Halkirk as the A team of Kenneth Sutherland, Andrew Gunn and Bryan Sinclair took home the Sibster Trophy for the 2nd year in a row for the club. The lads amassed a total of 550 points out of a possible 600. Bronze in the team event also went to Halkirk with the D team of Duncan Pottinger, David McCarthy and Alistair Budge (523). Alistair also scooped third equal in the Junior competition (176). The individual awards didn't stop there as Kenneth Sutherland (189) was runner-up in the Associates Section with Carol-Ann Budge in third (184).
The other Halkirk teams were placed as below:-
7th - Halkirk C - Alan Macleod, Carol-Ann Budge & George Coghill Jnr (501)
8th - Halkirk B - Alan Gow, John Anderson & Carolyn Coghill (499)
Angus Mowat also took part as an individual.
Hot Rod takes the title at Beef Production Competition
Aberdeen & Northern Marts Beef Production Competition
Champion - Roddy Gray
Reserve Champion - Kenneth Sutherland
Best homebred animal- Kenneth Sutherland
Best Daily Live weight Gain - Kenneth Sutherland
Best Paraded - Kenneth Sutherland
Castletown Butcher knows his Beef and Lamb
Andrew Mowat proved he knows his stuff when he won the Club Winter Stock judging competition. The event was held at Stemster Mains by kind permission of the Coghill Family. Andrew, who works for the Castletown Meat Company, came out on top after judging two classes of prime lambs and one class of prime cattle. He won the Junior competition and also lifted the trophy for Most Points overall. The Official judge was Mr Donald Mackenzie, Weydale Mains and the full prize list was as follows:-
Novice - 1st - George Coghill Jnr
2nd - Ali Miller
Junior 1st - Andrew Mowat
2nd - Gavin Swanson
3rd - John Anderson
Senior - 1st - Bryan Sinclair
2nd - George Coghill Jnr
3rd eq - Andrew Gunn & Duncan Pottinger
OVERALL 1st - Andrew Mowat
2nd - Gavin Swanson
3rd - Bryan Sinclair
Also taking part but unplaced were Angus Mowat, Mark MacDonald, John Coghill, Alan Gow & Alan Macleod.
North Region Speechmaking
Halkirk member Jacqueline Keith was part of a Caithness District team which took part in the North Region Elimination. The competition was held in Forres and although the team were unplaced, Jacqueline received good marks although she had little time to practice. Her team-mates were Bower members Laura Sandison & Carrie Macadie.
Coghill & MacDonald take the honours at Seed & Root Show
The Open Seed & Root Show was held on Saturday 25th November with a Coffee Morning also being held.
The main prize winners were as follows:-
Junior Baking - 1st Michelle MacDonald, 2nd Laura Gow
Senior Baking - 1st Michelle MacDonald, 2nd Laura Gow
Open Baking - 1st Nan Budge, 2nd Liz Hewitson
Open Produce - 1st Lorraine Angus
Junior Seed & Root - 1st John Coghill, 2nd John Anderson, 3rd Alan Macleod
Senior Seed & Root- 1st John Coghill, 2nd John Anderson, 3rd Alan Macleod
Open Seed & Root - 1st Willie Budge, 2nd Lorraine Angus, 3rd Kenneth Sutherland
Double disappointment for Halkirk
There was a double blow for the Halkirk teams at the District elimination for the Brains of the North competition in Bower Hall. With Halkirk C finishing top after the 1st round and Halkirk A in second, it looked a closed book. However due to only 1 team per club qualifying for he final, Halkirk A were replaced by 3rd placed Bower A. After a dramatic final which saw Halkirk C's Gail Sinclair put up a valiant solo effort in the General Knowledge round, Bower took the Cup. The Halkirk C team comprised Gail, Jacqueline Keith, Aly Miller & John Coghill. The A team was made up of Hamish Coghill, Bryan Sinclair, Dave Brewster & Willie Budge.
There were also the following teams taking part:-
Halkirk B - John Anderson, Angus Mowat, Marc MacDonald & Kenneth Sutherland - 8th place
Halkirk D - Carol-Ann Budge, Isobel Swanson, Ryan Macleod & James Morrison - a credible 10th place
Decade of gold comes to an end at Sheep Dressing
After 10 years of glory, Halkirk finally succumbed the District Sheep Dressing Shield at Quoybrae on 28th October. Bower were the winners although maybe a big night on the previous evening did nothing to improve the hopes of the Halkirk faithful. The Club Chairman certainly looked as if he was feeling the exertions of the previous night's entertainment with team-mate David Brewster. The lads were second with Halkirk B, Ally Budge and Dave McCarthy, coming in third. Credit goes to the lads for turning up and putting on a decent show.
Help at hand from former Members
Once again the club could call on former members to help out at the Club Sheep Dressing practice. The lambs were supplied by Andrew Swanson, Quarryside and able assistance given to the budding dressers by former National winner, James Allan, Durran Mains. A good turnout meant this was a worthwhile evening with a line - up including Andrew Mowat, James Morrison, Davie Brewster, Bryan Sinclair, Ally Miller, Gavin Swanson, Mark MacDonald, Jack Cowan, John Coghill & Hamish Coghill.
Kennedy Cup retained for fifth year in a row!
Halkirk A snatched the Kennedy Cup by half a point from Bower A to keep the cup for the fifth year in succession. A theme of "A day at the Races" was the order of the day for the ladies who once again put in alot of time and effort to secure 1st equal place in the Handicrafts section, while the Halkirk A team managed a third place in the stock judging event. Halkirk B girls were third in the Handicrafts while the Halkirk B lads were fourth. Halkirk B also managed third equal overall with Bower B. Well done to all.
The winning team consisted of:-
Angela Sutherland, Natalie Blackwood & Jacqueline Budge
Alan Gow, Kenneth Sutherland & Bryan Sinclair
The B team were:-
Lorraine Angus, Chloe Bunch & Isobel Swanson
David Brewster, Angus Mowat & Willie Budge
Halkirk Horrors on Tour - 3rd prize
Stock judging success for Halkirk Members at the Highland - 22-25 June
Halkirk members were part of Senior, Junior and Associate Stock judging teams at the Royal Highland Show. Bryan Sinclair and David Brewster judged Beef and Dairy in the Senior event whilst John Anderson and Alan Gow were part of the Junior Team. John had the fifth top score in the individual while the team finished a very credible 6th. Willie Budge was part of the Associate team representing Caithness which won the Associate competition.
The North Region "A" team in the Pentathlon comprised 5 Halkirk members, Angus Mowat, Bryan Sinclair, David Brewster, John Anderson and Willie Budge. Unfortunately the team were not placed in the top three standings after taking part in the following events:-
Quiz - David & John
Halkirk Gala - 18th June
Halkirk Horrors - 2nd prize
County Sports Field Night - 6th June
The Sports Trophy was regained at Halkirk Primary School for the third year in a row. Some good running performances in the Ladies 100m and 400m from Natalie Blackwood, Cheryl Henderson & Isobel Swanson stood Halkirk in good stead whilst the lads did their bit with Graham Gunn & Hamish Coghill winning the Junior and Senior 400m. This was coupled with Bryan Sinclair grabbing gold in the Tossing the Sheaf and Halkirk A winning the Tug of War. A good turnout plus points picked up at the Hockey and football saw a comfortable 40 point winning margin for Halkirk.
Highland Dream is over for 2006
There will be no Halkirk representation at the National Tug of War Finals at the Highland Show this year. Both teams failed to qualify from their respective groups in the qualifier held at Cornhill Games on Saturday 3rd June..
Halkirk A were in League 1 with Strichen A, New Deer, Mearns and Strichen B.
Halkirk B were in League 2 with Turriff, Echt, Mid Deeside, Forss and Lower Banff.
First and second standings went to the top 2 in League 1, Strichen A and New Deer. Third place and qualification for the Highland went to Turriff JAC.
The Halkirk teams were:-
A team – Gavin Swanson, John Murray, Bryan Sinclair, Graham Gunn, Mark MacDonald & Willie Budge. Coach – Michael MacGregor
B team – Alistair Budge, Mark Cannop (trialist), David McArthy, John Coghill, Alan Macleod & Hamish Coghill. Coach – Catherine Murray
Summer Rally - 27th May
Dingwall Auction Market
It was the doc's day as Alistair Findlay scooped 2nd prize in the Individual Stock judging competition. The Halkirk A team were also runners-up in the team event - Bryan Sinclair, Alan Gow and John Anderson. Fourth place in the team event went to Halkirk C - Alan MacLeod, James Morrison and Willie Budge. In sixth were the B team - Angus Mowat, Alistair Findlay and Jamie Henderson.
Senior Photography - 1st Carolyn Coghill
Junior Sewn Apron - 1st Laura Gow
Junior Sewn Apron - 2nd Michelle MacDonald
Cheese Scones Junior - 3rd Cheryl Henderson
Tray Bake Junior - 4th Cheryl Henderson
Tray Bake Senior - 1st Carolyn Coghill
Raspberry Jam Junior - 1st Cheryl Henderson
Fruit Loaf Senior - 2nd Isobel Swanson
Birthday Cake Senior - 2nd Angela Sutherland
Shortbread Senior - 2nd Cheryl Henderson, 3rd Carolyn Coghill
District Hockey - 23rd May
The Halkirk Girls did the club proud by winning the Ladies section with a great win over Forss and a battling draw against Bower. The star turns were recent birthday girl Fiona Swanson with a great goal in the win over Forss as well as Michelle Sutherland who played out of her skin to ensure a winning night for the girls. Also playing their part were Louize Louwe, Cheryl Henderson and new member Chloe Bunch.
In the lads section it was once again Bronze with the B team coming out on top in the 3rd/4th playoff against the Halkirk A team. After racing into a 5-0 lead, a stunning comeback looked on when the fastest hat-trick in YF Hockey history was scored by the man they call Brewster. Alas it wasn't to be for the A team who were fourth.
The victorious B's were made up of Bryan Sinclair, Mark MacDonald, Graeme Gunn, Alistair Budge and John Coghill.
The disappointing A's were Andrew Gunn, James Riddell, Gavin Swanson, Hamish Coghill, Dave Brewster and George Coghill.
District Football - 22nd May
With the regular Halkirk side out of action this year due to their National success it was left to the B and C teams to try and keep the County football title. However it was not to be and third and fourth place was attained.
The teams were:-
B team - George Coghill, Alan Rutherford, Ryan Macleod, John Coghill & Lee Kirk
C team - Dave Brewster, Alistair Budge, Andrew Mowat, Hamish Coghill & Keith Hossack
In the Ladies football, Fiona Swanson, Michelle Sutherland and Cheryl Henderson put up a valiant effort in the 5-a-side competition.
District Summer Stock judging - 20th May
Caithness District Young Farmers held their Summer Stock judging competition on 20th May 2006. Dairy Cattle were judged at Messrs Ronaldson, Westerseat, with sheep at Mr & Mrs Bruce Swanson, East Murkle and beef cattle at Messrs Gunn, Carsgoe. The official judges for the day were Mr Morris Ronaldson, Westerseat and Mr Don Budge, Brae-Edge.
Halkirk retained the Spillers Cup for best team with Bryan Sinclair, Alan Gow and John Anderson. In third place were Halkirk B, comprising Dave Brewster, Angela Sutherland and Angus Mowat. The 2nd individual was Bryan Sinclair while Alan Gow was third equal. Top junior member was Alan Gow, followed by John Anderson and Angus Mowat.
Club Summer Stock judging - 9th - 10th May
Over two nights, beef cattle were judged at Mount Pleasant, sheep at Newton and dairy cattle at Westerseat. Special mention to the stock donors, Messrs Mackay, Mr D Brewster and Messrs Ronaldson. Also the official judges, Mr Donald Budge, Ian Campbell and Morris Ronaldson.
1st - Alasdair Findlay, 2nd - Gavin Swanson, 3rd - Hamish Coghill
1st - Bryan Sinclair, 2nd - Alasdair Findlay, 3rd - Gavin Swanson
Also taking part were Mark MacDonald, Dave Brewster, Darryn Sutherland, David McCarthy & Angus Mowat
District Agri-Skills - 7th May
A valiant effort by the two young Halkirk teams but unfortunately they were unplaced at the final reckoning.
Halkirk A - Angus Mowat(Captain), Dave Brewster, David McCarthy
Halkirk B - Darryn Sutherland(Captain), Andrew Mowat, Ryan MacLeod
Club AGM and the results were:-
Overall Best member - Bryan Sinclair
Best Junior Female - Fiona Swanson
Best Junior Male - Alan Macleod
Best Senior Female - Carolyn Coghill
Best Senior Male - Bryan Sinclair