Take the strain: Staffin women out to wrench back Games title!

A DETERMINED Staffin team are going all out to haul back their Skye Highland Games title next week.

After a decade of dominance – but two recent hollow years – the talented squad from the Taobh Sear, who are no strangers to silverware, are stepping up their training for the tug o’ war in Portree on Wednesday.

And they are imploring everybody from Staffin and Trotternish to head up to The Lump to roar them to to victory.

Forty eight hours before the contest, the team will be having a final training session at Staffin playing field and one last run through their tactics and some fine-tuning. The team are looking forward to coming up against their old foes, the Portree Bootcamp Girls, who beat them last year and in 2013.

Team captain Maggie Ross, from Elishadder, said they had stepped up their preparations after the last two Games brought an end to an amazing record of consecutive victories. She did not want to hand any advantage to the opposition and would not confirm or deny that the team’s diet also included double daily helpings of brose…

“We have an 11-year record but have lost the last two years,” Maggie said. “We are really determined to get a win this year, so instead of just turning up on the day we have had a couple of practices.

“We have our team all set and they are all putting in 100 per cent. We had a pull against the lads practicing football in Staffin on Friday night and gave them a run for their money! We have our technique polished up and are raring to go!”
Everybody in Staffin wishes the team, and all the Staffin competitors at the Games the vey best of luck.