Oban side on Camanachd Cup semi-final duty this weekend
OBAN Camanachd’s game against Kyles Athletic due to be played at Tighnabruich last weekend was called off on the Saturday morning due to an unplayable pich.
The focus now turns to this Saturday when they play Lochaber at Taynuilt Playing Fields for a place in the shinty’s blue riband competition – the Camanachd Cup final.
This is arguably the most important game for the club since that memorable day in Inverness 20 years ago when against the odds Oban Camanachd won the cup defeating the all conquering Kingussie 3-2 in a remarkable final.
The Oban team who lie in second place in the Marine Harvest Premiership are on a good run of form this season under the direction of team manager Ian Hay who, apart from longterm injuries to Ian Campbell and Keith MacMillan and the suspended Gary Lord, has a full squad to choose from.
Lochaber defeated Skye last week to ease their relegation worries. The team have shown good form in this competition defeating Kingussie and Kyles on their way to the semi-final.
The game will be a closely contested encounter, with the league meetings earlier this season ending in a 1-1 draw at Spean Bridge and Camanachd winning 2-1 at Mossfield Stadium.
The game will be televised by BBC Alba with a 4.05pm throw up as both teams contest the right to play Newtonmore in the final at An-Aird in September after the Badenoch team defeated Kinlochshiel by 2 -1 in the other semi final. Commented team manager Ian Hay: ‘Our last appearance in a Scottish Cup Final was in 2001 when we were beaten 2- 0 by Kingussie.
‘I played in that game myself and although we ended up losing it was a wonderful experience and I will be telling the players that and what it means to the club to get to the final and for shinty in general in Oban.’
Manager Ian Hay has chosen the following players for the semi-final: Gavin Stobbart, Willie Neilson, Gary MacKerracher, Scott McKillop, James MacMillan, Ross MacMillan, Ian MacMillan, Andrew MacCuish, Daniel MacVicar, Malcolm Clark, Robert Alexander, Scott MacMillan, Lorne Dickie, Daniel Cameron, Aidan MacIntyre and David Lafferty.
Oban Camanachd pictured after winning the Mod Cup last year. The red and blacks will be hoping to go on and lift the Camanachd Cup in the final at Fort William on September 17 but they have to overcome Lochaber in the semi-final at Taynuilt on Saturday first.