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.