Summer weather calls foul on shinty fixtures last weekend
HEAVY rain which fell on Friday night and Saturday morning caused havoc with shinty fixtures last weekend with 11 of the 22 games allocated having to be called off due to unplayable pitches.
The Strathdearn Cup final managed to beat the weather with Newtonmore defeating Glengary 3-1 thanks to a hat-trick from Calum Stewart.
Only one premiership game survived which resulted in a 1-1 draw between Lovat and Inveraray.
The other three scheduled premiership games all fell victim to the weather. In their first match since the retirement of goalkeeper Graham MacPherson, INVERARAY faced a potentially dangerous trip north to play Camanachd Cup finalists, Lovat.
Things looked ominous for the Argyll outfit when Fraser Gallacher scored for Lovat on the seventh minute, but Lewis MacNicol pulled one back just before half-time. A stubborn defensive display by the visitors saw the match end 1-1, earning Inveraray a valuable point in the battle to avoid relegation from shinty’s top tier. The Royal Burgh side’s rivals for the drop, Oban Camanachd, have three games in hand over Inveraray, however, and have shown some decent late season form.
OBAN CAMANACHD and Lochaber’s Premiership tie was postponed at the weekend when Mossfield was deemed unplayable because of the weather.
Ian Hay’s men will next be in action on September 12, when the play Kinlochshiel in Taynuilt.
The side’s league future is still uncertain, with them sitting second-bottom of the Marine Harvest Permiership, one point ahead of Inveraray, but with three games in hand.
NEWTONMORE’S remains second from the bottom of south division one after a 3- 0 defeat to Aberdour. Wth just four games left to play, Kilmory stay level with bottom side Glenorchy on two points each, separated by goal difference.
South Division Two
Marine Harvest Under 14 League Div 2 Inverness v Caberfeidh Glenurquhart v Kinlochshiel
Marine Harvest Under 14 League Div 3 Lochaber v Newtonmore Lovat v Strathglass
UP FOR THE CUP: A jubilant Newtonmore squad celebrate their 3-1 Strathdearn Cup final win over Glengarry
SILVERWARE: Newtonmore captain Martin Ivil holds aloft
the Strathdearn Cup