Double Scotland call-ups for Fury

Pic Lisa McPhillips 21/06/2013'Falkirk Fury Prize Giving 2013
Pic Lisa McPhillips 21/06/2013'Falkirk Fury Prize Giving 2013

Clark Eriksson Fury stars Laura Nimmo and Gillian Baird have been selected for the Scotland Senior Womans team that will play in Austria in the European Small Countries Championship.

Pic Lisa McPhillips 21/06/2013'Falkirk Fury Prize Giving 2013

Pic Lisa McPhillips 21/06/2013'Falkirk Fury Prize Giving 2013

Nimmo (21), Fury’s top scorer in the National League, has developed in the past few seasons into a strong forward who is capable of scoring big numbers and producing some strong defence.

She follows in the footsteps of some outstanding front women the Falkirk club has produced – Jen McLaren, Mhairi Buchan.

Another, Baird, was also a tall option for the Scots who will face tough competition as the hosts Austria have played at Euro B level.

Nimmo, a student at Stirling University, was a promising football player before taking up basketball fairly late on in high school and has never looked back – now making the national team.

Meanwhile Clark Eriksson Fury and pro BBL star Jonny Bunyan is ready for Scotland Mens’ attempt to take the European Small Countries Championship for the first time when the event gets underway in Gibraltar next week.

The Scots have never won the title and this year looks as good a time as any with only six countries taking part. Their opening group games are against Malta and Wales.

While the Scots will be without key players – former Fury stars Kieron Achara and Ali Fraser and Glasgow Rocks Gareth Murray all on GB training duty - Bunyan’s long time under-age international teammates Lee Reilly and Fraser Glass will be in the side.

When these three were last in Gibraltar they played for Scotland U16 Men and won the Euro C title at the Gib. Five Fury players were in that Scotland team - an omen, maybe!

However, in a side loaded with guards Fury fans, while supporting the Scots in Gibraltar, will be puzzled that only one of their back-to-back championship winning side has made the Scotland team.