Fitness proves to be the deciding factor
OBAN Camanachd held their traditional New Year fixture on Saturday at Mossfield Stadium.
The park was in remarkably good condition for this lively encounter.
The Veteran’s Team, made up of members of the successful team that won the Scottish Cup in 1996, made a positive start to the game, although they went two goals down in the first-half, both scored by new signing Willie Neilson.
The veterans replied through Fraser Inglis who finished off a fine move involving David Mac- Cuish and Dougie MacIntyre resulting in a half-time score of 2 -1 to Camanachd.
The veterans were rolling back the years and were proving more than a match for their younger opponents. With Alec MacVicar marshalling the defence to good effect, the contest between him and son Daniel MacVicar was proving interesting.
Welcome return Making a welcome return to the Camanachd line-up was Andrew ‘Papa’ MacCuish after a longterm injury.
The game, which was played in a sporting fashion, was over as a contest when James MacMillan, playing in an unaccustomed role up front, completed the scoring.
With legs beginning to weary, Scott Buchanan, the Veteran’s goalie, pulled off a string of fine saves to keep the score line respective, ably assisted by substitutes Ian Hay, Gareth Evans and David Devine thus ensuring a good finish to the match which was well handled by referee Billy Wotherspoon.
The presentation of the John Collie Trophy was made by Club Chieftain Ian MacIntyre who presented the cup to winning captain James MacMillan.
Both teams made their way to Coasters for some welcome hospitality.
As the countdown begins to the new season, Camanachd resume training on Tuesday and Thursday in preparation for up and coming friendlies against Inveraray and Kilmallie.
The club eagerly awaits the 2016 fixtures due to be issued by the Camanachd Association at the end of January.
Team manager Ian Hay said: ‘We have provided the Camanachd Association with the necessary information regarding our home allocation of league fixtures and from that info we hope to have a more balanced league programme on a par with other clubs in the Premiership thus ensuring the opportunity of a positive start to the league.’
Oban Camanachd and Oban Camanachd Veterans before their annual New Year fixture at Mossfield Stadium last Saturday.
Oban Camanachd Under 14 players and their coaches Brian Logan and Steven Sloss with the 9-a-side
Fraser Inglis fires the ball past Gavin Stobbart to open the scoring for the Veterans.
Above: Gavin Stobbart saves from Dougie MacIntyre.
Right: Alex MacVicar clears his lines despite
the close attention of Malcolm Clark.