CENTRAL Belt based shinty club, Tayforth, say they fear they may not have a big enough squad to see them through the forthcoming season, and have issued an urgent plea for players. The club is appealing from any shinty players from the game's heartlands in Badenoch and Strathspey who may be living, studying or working in the area to join their ranks. Club president Derry Barton said: "We only have 12 players signed on at the moment and with all of us now the wrong side of 30 it is vital that we inject a bit of fresh blood to the team. Without new players we just won't be able keep the team going over the course of a full season." Historically, the club has benefited from the number of Highlanders based in the Central Belt and Dundee, as well as in their Perthshire heartland. However, only one of the present team is living in the Perth area – a situation the club would ideally like to see changed. Barton, who still turns out regularly for the team at the age of 42, said: "It would be nice to have some more players from Perthshire, but at this stage we would like to see a few keen boys arriving from anywhere to bolster the squad." The disbandment of the Tayforth club would be a disappointing start for the new president of the Camanachd Association, Gill McDonald. It would mean the loss of a club who have competed well with teams at the highest level, at a time when new fledgling clubs, such as Lewis Camanachd, are beginning to enter some of the cup competitions. Tayforth was formed in Perth in 1973 by Barry Nesbitt and hurling playing priest Fr Eugene O'Sullivan. One story surrounding the priest is that Fr O'Sullivan made the front page of the Daily Record the 1970s after he was sent off for fighting during a match. A few weeks later an opposing marker is reputed to have said to him: "I'd better comb my hair, I might be getting my picture in the paper!" Anyone interested in joining Tayforth Shinty Club should contact Derry Barton on 0780 324 7885.
Tayforth look to the strath for new blood
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