Many students are currently breathing a sigh of relief as they celebrate the end of their mid-term exams. However, for one student the pressure is still very much on, at least until Saturday (5 February).
Third year Sports and Exercise Science student, Hamish Munro, will be playing for Buckie Thistle in their crunch match against Brechin today (Saturday 5 February) for a place in the quarter final of the Scottish Cup. Buckie regained their place in the Cup after East Stirling was disqualified for fielding an ineligible player.
Fochabers-born Hamish (25), who plays in a variety of positions including right, left and centre defence as well as midfield, combines his studies with playing top-flight football for the Highland League side, and captaining the University’s football team.
Hamish began his football career playing for the Fochabers Juniors. His potential was quickly spotted and he went on to sign for Forres Mechanics and Peterhead before being lured to Victoria, Australia, to play for Shepparton South, with whom he won the Grand Final in 2009.
Hot on the heels of this success, in 2010 Hamish helped Buckie Thistle to their first Highland League win in 52 years.
“Both wins were special to me, but as Buckie hadn’t won the League in so long, it was fantastic to be part of something that was so gratifying for everyone involved with the club,” he said.
Hamish says that the Moray side don’t feel under particular pressure to win Saturday’s game: “Although this is a massive game, we’re in a good position as Brechin are the obvious favourites. The pressure is on them to perform, while we have nothing to lose and plenty to gain.”
Beyond Saturday Hamish is also hoping to lead the University’s football team to success in the Scottish Universities League. He won’t have much time to celebrate or commiserate, depending on the outcome, as he’ll be heading down to Edinburgh on Sunday 6th, to take part in the Scottish University Sport football trial – a trial put in place to select the best players from universities around Scotland to compete against other UK countries.
Filippo Antoniazzi is Director of Sport at RGU: SPORT, where Hamish trains in the state-of-the-art gym. He commented: “We’re proud to play a supportive role in Hamish’s sporting career. He has proved himself exceptionally capable on the pitch, and his commitment to both his training and his studies is exemplary. We will be cheering him on on Saturday, and know he will go from strength to strength in his football and academic careers.”
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