A budding sports commentator from Ardnamurchan joined the broadcasting team at Glasgow Warriors’ recent home game following her prize-winning performance last year. Kate Bradley, 16 shared the commentary box with the voice of PRO12 rugby, Hugh Dan MacLennan and Warriors’ player, Lee Jones at their sold-out match against Zebre at Scotstoun stadium on Friday April 14.
Nearly 20 entries from schools across Scotland were submitted for this category and whilst judges Alex O’Henley and Derek ‘Pluto’ Murray were impressed by the high standard of all the entries, Kate’s confident, informative, and effortless coverage of the women’s shinty Valerie Fraser Cup Final at An Aird, Fort William bagged her the top spot.
A trip to Glasgow and access to the commentary box during a live BBC ALBA sports broadcast was the prize for Kate’s efforts and whilst the S5 pupil opted to cover women’s shinty for her entry to FilmG, as a keen rugby fan Kate was delighted to attend the match against Italian club Zebre.
The Warriors kept Hugh Dan and player analyst Lee Jones on their toes with an action-packed performance where they beat the Italian side 45 to 10, creating an enthralling match commentate on and a brilliant atmosphere.
For Kate, the experience was even better than she had imagined and she loved seeing the professionals at work: from camera-operators, to the sideline reporter, commentator and the rest of the team. Getting to watch the second half from the gantry was a real treat, which Kate shared with fans of FilmG’s Snapchat account along with other snippets from the day.
Kate said: “I had such a great time at the game, the ground was buzzing. It was just amazing to see the whole production team in action – I had never realised the amount of work that goes into a live sports broadcast. My personal highlight was getting to see how everything was brought together - from the careful preparations beforehand to watching the game broadcast live on TV. It was very impressive - and the result was an added bonus!”
Margot McCuaig of mneTV was in charge of the broadcast on the day, and was hugely impressed with Kate’s enthusiasm, encouraging others to give the competition a go in 2018.
Margot said: “It was great to meet Kate and I hope she continues to show such a keen interest in commentary. She’s definitely one to watch out for. Who knows, we could even end up working alongside each other one day! I would encourage anyone with an interest in playing or watching sport to enter the competition this year and it may lead to a whole host of new and exciting opportunities.”