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Wick Groats celebrate grand slam success


By Matt Leslie


Wick Groats players and management pose for a photo during their annual awards night in the Seaforth Highlanders' Club on Saturday. They had a clean sweep of all the trophies on offer in the various competitions they played in, taking home the David Allan Shield, Colin Macleod Memorial Cup, Eain Mackintosh Cup, the Caithness Division One trophy, the Wick League title and the Highland Amateur Cup, which they have now won four times in the last seven years. Pictures: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios
Wick Groats players and management pose for a photo during their annual awards night in the Seaforth Highlanders' Club on Saturday. They had a clean sweep of all the trophies on offer in the various competitions they played in, taking home the David Allan Shield, Colin Macleod Memorial Cup, Eain Mackintosh Cup, the Caithness Division One trophy, the Wick League title and the Highland Amateur Cup, which they have now won four times in the last seven years. Pictures: Robert MacDonald / Northern Studios

Wick Groats celebrated their all-conquering campaign in style at their annual end-of-season awards night in the Seaforth Highlanders' Club.

Groats cleaned up big-time during the summer as they won every competition they entered – a footballing grand slam.

The County League first division title was won as were the Eain Mackintosh Cup, the David Allan Shield, the Colin Macleod Memorial Cup and the Highland Amateur Cup.

It was a year of glory and long-standing supporter Jocky Shearer was on hand to present the awards on Saturday night.

Ben Sinclair won the player of the year award as well as the supporters' player of the year.

Mark Macadie picked up a prize for young player of the year, while Sandy Sutherland took the top scorer accolade having hit 25 goals during the season.

The club's committee also presented manager Kevin Anderson and assistant Craig Ross with a special award for leading Groats to a memorable clean sweep of silverware.

"It was a great night which topped off a superb season for us," Anderson said. "The players, the committee and the supporters who showed up all had a brilliant time on Saturday, although Sunday morning might have brought a few headaches on.

"The Seaforth club as always was a great venue and special mention to the band they laid on, the Yips, who provided us with some great entertainment.

"It was good to see Jocky stepping in to present the awards and the committee's gesture in giving out a special award to the coaching staff was very much appreciated."



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