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Kyles Ath­letic, last year’s dou­ble win­ners, have ad­mit­ted the ti­tle will be be­yond them this year as they cope with a cat­a­logue of mis­for­tune, writes Ken­neth Stephen.

Nor­man Mac­don­ald’s men, who have had to switch their game against Glenurquhart to­day to their op­po­nents’ ground, were ar­guably last year’s team of the year as they won the dou­ble and took the ti­tle fight to the last game against New­ton­more. Their squad has been dec­i­mated, though, and only four dry days since Jan­uary means they have not been able to lay a new park in Tighnabruaich.

Their co-man­ager James Per­lich said: “We have lost Grant Irvine for a year with a rup­tured cru­ci­ate; Pete Cur­rie has gone to work in Cal­i­for­nia; and Sandy Mcvicar played with a bro­ken wrist all last year and is now hav­ing it treated. We have more play­ers out to­day. Even the man­ager Nor­man Mac­don­ald, a farmer, can’t make it to­day be­cause it is the start of the lamb­ing sea­son.”

Kyles were so stretched for a sec­ond team last week­end that they had to play field 12-year-olds.

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