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Shinty star Kirsty Deans suffers hairline fracture on way to making Kingussie club history


By Gavin Musgrove

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Kirsty Deans pictured moments after becoming the first woman to score for Kingussie. Kingussie v Fort William in the MOWI North Div One game played at The Dell, Kingussie.
Kirsty Deans pictured moments after becoming the first woman to score for Kingussie. Kingussie v Fort William in the MOWI North Div One game played at The Dell, Kingussie.

Badenoch shinty star Kirsty Deans expects to be back playing within a few weeks after suffering a hairline fracture to her ankle in her goalscoring game for Kingussie.

Deans played for the second team in their recent Mowi North Division 1 win against their Fort William counterparts and made a piece of club history by becoming the first female to score for the club in a senior game.

But she was on the end of a heavy challenge just two minutes after coming on as a substitute at the break in the game the previous weekend.

She showed bravery in continuing to play whilst also scoring the fifth goal in their 6-1 victory. However, a hospital check confirmed the fracture.

Deans said: “It is only a tiny fracture – it is not that bad at all. I am trying to rest it a bit but I have the boot on so I can get around.

“I think I will be able to start rehab in the next week or two and build back the mobility from there. Most of the swelling has gone down.”

Deans said she felt the blow at the time: “I certainly felt it but I had just come on a minute or two earlier so I did not want to go straight back off.

“The adrenalin kicks in a bit and I was wearing shin guards. I just did not get my block in quick enough. Three or four days later it was not feeling right so I thought I had better get it checked.”

However, she was not missed too much in her first game on the sidelines as the Mowi National Division league leaders Badenoch beat Aberdour 12-0 at the Dell on Sunday.

Zoe Reid scored five times with Rhona McIntyre grabbing a hat-trick.

Eilidh Ross and Jeanette McGregor both bagged braces.


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