An­other suc­cess­ful shinty sea­son draws to an end

The Oban Times - - SPORT -

THE FI­NAL fix­tures in a busy 2016 se­nior shinty cal­en­dar took place last week­end.

How­ever, there is plenty go­ing on be­hind the scenes as clubs be­gin their prepa­ra­tions for the year ahead.

Marine Har­vest North Di­vi­sion 2

Lochaber 5 Kil­mallie 0 Braces from broth­ers Danny De­laney and Ben De­laney and an Ian Fyfe goal gave the Lochaber sec­onds a 5- 0 win over the Kil­mallie sec­ond team in their 1.30pm throw-up at Spean Bridge.

Kil­mallie had been handed walk- overs in their last two matches and both teams were keen for this derby to go ahead.

Lochaber went in front cour­tesy of a neat goal. Danny De­laney played a one-two with Ben De­laney be­fore fin­ish­ing with a low, hard drive into the bot­tom cor­ner of the net.

The home side dou­bled their ad­van­tage when Ben De­laney played a clever ball to Stu­art Mathe­son and he slipped the ball to Danny De­laney who crashed a shot into the top cor­ner of the net on his back-hand.

Ben De­laney got in on the act to make it 3- 0. Hav­ing gath­ered the ball with his back to goal, some clever move­ment from De­laney saw him get away from the clutches of Kil­mallie full­back Craig MacIsaac and ri­fle the ball home from around the penalty spot.

Ben De­laney’s sec­ond and Lochaber’s fourth goal of the game came fol­low­ing a well-re­hearsed set-piece. Danny De­laney rolled a free hit to his older brother who smashed the ball home to make it 4- 0.

Lochaber’s Iain Fyfe had moved for­ward from wing back and when a long ball into the dan­ger area came off a de­fender’s stick and landed to Fyfe around 10 ten yards from the ‘D’, he showed great com­po­sure and passed the ball into the net for Lochaber’s fifth goal of the game.

Kirsty De­laney was un­lucky not to add her name to the Spean Bridge side’s score­sheet af­ter get­ting her­self into some great po­si­tions, with one of her strikes com­ing back off the post.

Lochaber’s Mairi Dun­can showed why she was picked for Stu­art Reid’s Scot­land women’s squad for the 2016 shinty/ camo­gie in­ter­na­tional against Dublin by hav­ing an out­stand­ing game at wing cen­tre.

Ref­eree Iain Kennedy’s fi­nal whis­tle not only brought an end to the match, but also brought the cur­tain down on the 2016 se­nior shinty sea­son.

The re­sult means Lochaber climb above Glen­garry to fin­ish the sea­son in fourth spot in the di­vi­sion.

Youth shinty

Fort Wil­liam U14 2 Skye Ca­manachd U14 2 Skye Ca­manachd U14 clinched the Marine Har­vest North Di­vi­sion 1 ti­tle af­ter they drew 2-2 with Fort Wil­liam U14 at An Aird on Satur­day Novem­ber 12.

The Skye young­sters went into the game two points clear of their Fort Wil­liam op­po­nents so they knew that at least a draw would be enough to re­tain the ti­tle.

The teams had agreed that should Fort Wil­liam be ahead at the end of the reg­u­la­tion 70 min­utes, the ti­tle would be de­cided on com­ple­tion of ex­tra time which would start goal­less. There would be penal­ties if the teams were still level af­ter ex­tra time.

Skye head coach Wil­lie MacDon­ald was with­out key de­fender James Mor­ri­son. The ever- con­sis­tent full back sus­tained a hair­line frac­ture to his hand in the pre­vi­ous week’s Marine Har­vest Lon­don Shield Fi­nal de­feat to Oban Ca­manachd U17. The en­su­ing reshuf­fle saw Jamie Gil­lies go­ing to full back, Ross Gor­don to cen­tre and Dan MacDon­ald to buck­shee for­ward. Niall MacPhee was given a start at full for­ward.

Fort Wil­liam head coach Vic­tor Smith started 2016 Marine Har­vest U14 Player of the Year Lachie Shaw at buck­shee back.

Skye thought they had taken the lead midway through the first half.

Ross Gor­don sent a dan­ger­ous ball from just in­side the Fort Wil­liam half in on top of the home goal. The ball was missed by ev­ery­one and Skye claimed the ball had crossed the goal line, how­ever ref­eree John Wood waved away their claims.

There was no doubt­ing the open­ing goal on 25 min­utes though. The in­dus­tri­ous Mark MacQueen gath­ered the ball 20 yards from goal and hit a thun­der­ous shot from left of cen­tre which saw the ball fly­ing into the top cor­ner of the net.

With 10 min­utes of the first half re­main­ing, Skye suf­fered a blow when cap­tain Christina MacDon­ald was forced off with a back in­jury.

Mark MacQueen went to buck­shee back to re­place MacDon­ald and Archie MacDon­ald came off the bench to slot in at left wing cen­tre.

Play flowed from end-to- end in what was now a highly com­pet­i­tive en­counter.

Skye fin­ished the half strongly but couldn’t add to their score thanks, in the main, to stout Fort Wil­liam de­fend­ing.

There was a com­plete turn­around at the re-start though. What­ever Fort Wil­liam coach Vic­tor Smith said to his troops struck a chord and they went on to have good spells of play dur­ing the first 15 min­utes of the sec­ond half.

Fort Wil­liam wing for­ward Paul Pater­son and Skye wing back Gil­leas­buig MacVicar were hav­ing an en­thralling bat­tle with the de­fender putting his body in the way of ev­ery­thing Pater­son could throw at him.

The sec­ond half was just five min­utes old when Fort Wil­liam drew level. Vic­tor Smith had had a quiet first half by his stan­dards against Skye’s Jamie Gil­lies. But Smith made half a yard of space be­fore hitting a low, hard 12-yard shot on the turn into the goal to make it 1-1.

Skye went back on the at­tack, pres­suris­ing the Fort backs and they re­gained the lead from the penalty spot on 55 min­utes.

With Skye’s Abby MacLean in­volved in a melee on the goal line, ref­eree John Wood pe­nalised some dan­ger­ous play and Ross Gor­don made no mis­take with the re­sul­tant spot-hit, driv­ing the ball high into roof of the net to make it 2-1.

Fort Wil­liam re­sponded and al­most lev­elled for a sec­ond time with first Vic­tor Smith go­ing close and then Paul Pater­son rat­tling the cross­bar.

The ef­fort from both sets of play­ers was a credit to their clubs and it was Skye’s turn to go close when Dan MacDon­ald waltzed through the Fort de­fence on the left, but he sent his shot wide of tar­get.

Abby MacLean then passed up a chance, send­ing a shot from the right wide of the post.

There was no doubt both teams wanted to win the game and, in the fi­nal minute of the match, Vic­tor Smith squeezed the ball past Skye keeper Mur­phy Hen­der­son from close range to make it 2-2 with his sec­ond goal of the game.

There was to be no deny­ing Skye, for whom Jamie Gil­lies and Dan MacDon­ald were ex­cel­lent, and their cel­e­bra­tions be­gan when ref­eree John Wood took the throw up and im­me­di­ately blew the fi­nal whis­tle to end a match which was high in en­ter­tain­ment and com­mit­ment with plenty skill to boot.

The win com­pletes the dou­ble for Skye who add the Marine Har­vest North Di­vi­sion 1 ti­tle to the MacMaster Cup which they lifted on Ca­manachd Cup Fi­nal day.

Af­ter the match, with Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion Re­gional De­vel­op­ment Man­ager (East) on hand, Skye cap­tain Christina MacDon­ald was pre­sented with the Marine Har­vest North Di­vi­sion 1 tro­phy.

Lochaber U14s win Bal­lachul­ish Sixes

Lochaber U14s won a well-at­tended sixes tour­na­ment to take the Seedie Lawrie Cup at Ju­bilee Park, Bal­lachul­ish, on Satur­day Novem­ber 12.

As well as host team Bal­lachul­ish, Aber­dour, Ard­na­mur­chan, In­ver­aray, Kil­mallie, Lochaber and Oban Lorn were present.

Lochaber were un­de­feated through­out the day and a Max Camp­bell goal gave them a 1- 0 win in the fi­nal.

Womens shinty

Marine Har­vest North Di­vi­sion 2 - play- off Glen­garry 0 Lo­vat 6 Lo­vat won the Marine Har­vest North Di­vi­sion 2 ti­tle when they beat Glen­garry 6- 0 in their play- off match at the Bught Park, In­ver­ness, on Sun­day Novem­ber 13.

The play off was nec­es­sary af­ter both sides fin­ished their re­spec­tive league cam­paigns level on points at the top of the ta­ble.

The vic­tory means Lo­vat add the Marine Har­vest North Di­vi­sion 2 ti­tle to the Marine Har­vest Chal­lenge Cup won ear­lier in the sea­son.

Match re­port to fol­low in next week’s Oban Times.

Hon­ours even in shinty/hurl­ing/ camo­gie clashes

The Scot­land and Queens Univer­sity squads notched a win apiece in their shinty/ hurl­ing/camo­gie en­coun­ters last week­end. Queens Univer­sity (0-7) 7 Scot­land Uni­ver­si­ties (6-10) 28 The Scot­tish Univer­sity men’s squad recorded a 28-7 win in their shinty/ hurl­ing meet­ing with their Queens Univer­sity coun­ter­parts at the Dub in Belfast on Satur­day Novem­ber 12.

Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll’s Craig An­der­son has played in a num­ber of these fix­tures and was the Scots’ top scorer in this 3pm throw up.

His im­pres­sive 14 point haul - half of Scot­land’s to­tal - came cour­tesy of two goals, three dead ball two-pointers and a cou­ple of in-play sin­gle points.

Tay­forth’s Hamish An­der­son also found the back of the net as did Skye’s Will Cowie who bagged a goal and a point whilst his club team mate James Pringle also scored a goal.

Beauly’s Sandy El­rick notched the other Scot­land goal whilst a point from GMA’s Jack Berg com­pleted the vis­i­tors’ tally.

Queens ben­e­fited from five sin­gle points and a two-pointer. Queens Univer­sity 10 Scot­land Uni­ver­si­ties 6 The Scot­tish Univer­sity ladies squad put up a good fight be­fore go­ing down 10- 6 in their shinty/camo­gie meet­ing with their Queens Univer­sity coun­ter­parts in Belfast on Satur­day Novem­ber 12.

Aber­dour keeper Taryn Neil­son was given the nod to start in goal in this 1pm throw-up, whilst Skye’s Sarah-Jane Fer­gu­son took over be­tween the posts at half time.

The Scot­land points came from a goal from Bade­noch and Strath­spey’s Rhona MacIn­tyre and a goal from Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll’s Rachel McCaf­ferty - the lat­ter a 45-yard hit.

Queens Univer­sity racked up enough points to give them the spoils though.

Bade­noch’s Me­gan Ralph was named player of the match.

Lochaber an­nual gen­eral meet­ing

The date for Lochaber Ca­manachd Club’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing has been changed.

The Spean Bridge club’s AGM will now take place on Friday Novem­ber 18 at the Bridge Cafe, Spean Bridge. The meet­ing starts at 7.30pm.

In a busy week­end, the club’s an­nual din­ner dance takes place at the West End Ho­tel, Fort Wil­liam, the fol­low­ing night.

Lochcar­ron mark suc­cess­ful sea­son

Strathdearn Cup win­ners Lochcar­ron marked a suc­cess­ful sea­son at an awards evening in the Lochcar­ron Ho­tel on Satur­day Oc­to­ber 29.

As well as col­lect­ing the Strathdearn Cup this sea­son, Lochcar­ron also fin­ished run­ners up to Aberdeen Univer­sity in Marine Har­vest North Di­vi­sion 2.

Un­sur­pris­ingly, Scot­land U21 cap Nick Dal­gety was to the fore when the prizes were be­ing handed out.

The club’s top scorer col­lected both the Play­ers’ Player of Year and Man­ager’s Player of the Year ac­co­lades.

Liam Arnott picked up the Young Player of the Year and U17 Player of the Year prizes.

Calum Dean Morrice was given the En­deav­our and Com­mit­ment Award and Most Im­proved Player, whilst Jan Pick­ing was ac­knowl­edged as Vol­un­teer of the Year.

There was also a spe­cial 20 Year Ser­vice Award for Bob Munro who was pre­sented with a tro­phy pro­duced by Alan MacPher­son of Tan­era Ca­mans.

An­nual gen­eral meet­ing

The 2016 Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion an­nual gen­eral meet­ing takes place at the West End Ho­tel, Fort Wil­liam, on Friday Novem­ber 25.

This will be a fi­nal an­nual meet­ing for cur­rent chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Torquil Macleod who is leav­ing the or­gan­i­sa­tion to take up a role with VisitS­cot­land.

The AGM starts at 7.30pm.

Womens an­nual gen­eral meet­ing

The Womens Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion an­nual meet­ing takes place at The Isles of Glen­coe Ho­tel on Satur­day Novem­ber 26, start­ing at noon.

Skye Un­der-14s pic­tured with the North Di­vi­sion One league tro­phy af­ter the 2-2 draw with Fort Wil­liam at An Aird last Satur­day. Photo: Alba Pho­tos

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