Na­tional win caps great sea­son for Oban club

The Oban Times - - SPORT -

OBAN Ca­manachd Club com­pleted a re­mark­able sea­son on Satur­day when their Un­der 17 team won the Na­tional Ma­rine Har­vest Lon­don Shield Fi­nal de­feat­ing Skye 3 - 2 at the Eilean, New­ton­more.

With the se­nior team fin­ish­ing sec­ond equal in the pre­mier league as well as reach­ing the Scot­tish Cup fi­nal and with team man­ager Ian Hay voted premier­ship league man­ager of the year, sea­son 2016 proved to be one of the best in re­cent years.

Lochside Rovers, the club’s re­serve side, fin­ished third in South Divi­sion 1, fin­ish­ing the top re­serve side in the league made up of one-team clubs and re­serve sides. The club’s un­der 14 team just missed out in the na­tional Ken MacMaster com­pe­ti­tion, beaten 3-2 in the semi-fi­nal by Kyles Ath­letic in what was re­garded as one of the best games played at this level.

It has been a long, hard sea­son for both un­der 14s and un­der 17s, who play most of their games against north op­po­si­tion.

For team coaches Stephen Sloss and Brian Lo­gan, at un­der 14 level, and David MacCuish, Scott Buchanan and Ge­orge Eas­ton, at un­der 17, the sea­son has pro­duced a wealth of tal­ent that will stand the club in good stead for years to come. For Lochside Rovers, af­ter reach­ing the Suther­land Cup fi­nal and los­ing South Divi­sion 1 on goal dif­fer­ence in 2015, this sea­son was a pe­riod of con­sol­i­da­tion with team man­ager Gareth Evans bring­ing in sev­eral play­ers from the suc­cess­ful un­der 17 group to play reg­u­larly at this level.

And with Daniel MacVicar and Ross MacMil­lan firmly es­tab­lished in the se­nior set-up, the club is in a healthy po­si­tion to kick on next sea­son. Ul­ti­mately, it is Oban Ca­manachd who will ben­e­fit from the youth set-up and, hope­fully, have an­other suc­cess­ful sea­son in 2017.

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