Another fantastic term for CSM Shinty! Fresh from the Christmas break the SW Shinty 6s resumed with CSM Blue taking points off of Mylor Cons and CSM Gold holding Devon to a draw on their own pitch. This, coupled with other results, means a play-off between Mabe and Mylor Cons to decide the league title will take place on 23 April at the Dracaena Centre. Once again the league has continued to help develop shinty, with the newest recruits continuing to impress on the big stage.
Dropkick 6s saw four CSM students and two alumni represent the England Shinty Team as they took part in a series of short, ten-minute six-a-side matches, and put in some sterling performances, including a 4-0 rout of Aberdeen Uni.
In the Alumni match the current team ran out 4-2 winners against the Old Boys, with both Luke Wilkinson and Jamie Cranston getting a brace.
The biggest event this term was the English Shinty Championships held in Bristol. Six CSM players and one alumnus helped Cornwall Shinty Club win the championships for the third year in a row, with Jamie Cranston finishing the tournament as top scorer with seven goals. CSM student George Wickenden captained Cornwall B in the tournament, and gave an exemplary account of himself, as did all CSM students involved.
The term came to a close with the second Town-Gown, the showpiece occasion against Monstantine. Despite a valiant effort from the students, the Monsters once again took the points with a 6-1 win, with James Beaumont scoring for the Miners.
All in all it has been a fantastic year for CSM Shinty, and under the new guidance of Luke Wilkinson as president and George Wickenden as captain, CSM will go from strength to strength both on and off the pitch!
- James Beaumont
Monstantine and CSM pose after the Town and Gown
CSM players past and present gather for the alumni match