Players to discuss if Lovat want promotion into top flight of women's shinty
CHAMPIONS Lovat are set to discuss whether they will accept promotion to the top flight of women’s shinty after winning the North Division Two title.
Manager James Gallacher said his players will talk to each other on whether the Kiltarlity club will make the step up to National Division One in 2020.
Last weekend, Lovat were named North Division Two team of the year at the end of season awards in Inverness.
However with key players retiring from the team, Gallacher says the club are undecided on whether to accept promotion.
“We have a meeting taking place next week regarding promotion.
“We are allowed to go up, it is a case of whether the girls are ready to go up.
“There are some girls who are retiring this year and i’m not sure how we will get on.
“But we will see how it goes, but I am hoping that we will be going up.
“But it is the girls’ decision if we go up and can give the commitment.
“Hopefully they will be up for it and give us at least one season to see how we get on at that level.”
Lovat won North Division Two by four points winning 12 out of 14 games.
Gallacher says his team battled hard to win the league and said that they deserved to be crowned champions.
“We had a good season,” he said.
“We were fortunate in some games but there were other matches that we excelled in.
“We got the wins and that was good enough for us to win the league.”
Lovat player Caroline Maclean accepted the trophy on behalf of the club at the end of season awards at the Kingsmills Hotel on Saturday.
Women’s shinty was established at the club in 2012 and Lovat have won the league previously but this was the first season they were named North Division Two Team of the Year at the end of season awards.
The club does have a large numbers of players in the squad and Gallacher says if they do accept promotion, they could form a second team to play in competition next season.
“We are getting about 19 to 20 players turning up to training which has been good for the club,” said Gallacher.
“We are looking for more players to play for us next year.
“If the players decide that they want to go up to National Division One, then we will be looking at the possibility of getting two teams started to play in competition.”