Simon Allard (left) competes in the log wrestle event at the 107th Maclean Highland Gathering Games at Maclean Showground on Saturday.
Simon Allard (left) competes in the log wrestle event at the 107th Maclean Highland Gathering Games at Maclean Showground on Saturday.

Clan has Highland flair

THEY came.

They saw.

They ... survived.

Yamba's own Highland Games team, Clan McCracken, impressed all judges with its efforts at Saturday's event.

Most of all, they impressed each other.

“We all surprised ourselves,” team member Scott Morschel said.

“It was just a very fun day had by all.

“I guess we showed old farts can do something.”

The six-man team, who are all aged 36 and older and train with Phil Kelly at Yamba's Main Beach, competed across events including the caber toss, kilted dash, stone throw and log wrestle.

In the end they came away with a second and fourth in the overall classifications.

So will Clan McCracken be back next year? “Without a doubt.”

And they'll be bringing reinforcements.

“We have already picked up a few members for next year,” Morschel said.

“For now we will keep up what we are doing and get ready for the 2012 games.”



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