Alan MacRae takes over as Beauly boss

The Oban Times - - SPORT - New Beauly man­ager Alan MacRae.

Beauly Shinty Club has an­nounced the ap­point­ment of Scot­land U21 head coach Alan MacRae as their first team man­ager for the 2017 and 2018 shinty sea­sons.

Alan MacRae pre­vi­ously man­aged neigh­bours Lo­vat. He took charge of the Bal­gate side in 2012, re­plac­ing co-man­agers John MacRitchie and James Gal­lagher, and guided them to RBS MacTav­ish Cup suc­cesses in 2013 and 2014 whilst also fin­ish­ing run­ners up to New­ton­more in the Marine Har­vest Premier­ship over the same pe­riod.

Af­ter leav­ing Lo­vat at the end of the 2014 sea­son, MacRae had a spell at In­ver­ness as co-man­ager with Drew McNeil and he was Scot­land U21 head coach for the re­cent Marine Har­vest shinty/ hurl­ing en­counter with Ire­land’s U21s.

Alan MacRae will be re­spon­si­ble for de­vel­op­ing the play­ing side of the club with the aim of Beauly se­cur­ing pro­mo­tion to the Marine Har­vest Premier­ship by sea­son 2019.

Alan MacRae’s first match in charge at Beauly will be the an­nual Lo­vat Cup meet­ing with ri­vals Lo­vat at Brae­view Park on Mon­day Jan­uary 2 2017.

MacRae, who is ex­pected to con­tinue in his role as Scot­land U21 head coach, takes over from Stephen MacLean who had noted an in­ter­est in con­tin­u­ing his two year ten­ure in the role. The Beauly club pol­icy is to en­sure all se­nior coach­ing ap­point­ments are avail­able and ad­ver­tised on a two-year cy­cle, with a re­view held at the end of the first sea­son, and the Beauly com­mit­tee in­vited ap­pli­ca­tions for the role last month.

It was MacLean’s sec­ond stint in charge of the se­nior team at Brae­view Park and he coped with the loss of se­nior play­ers such as Conor Cor­mack and Sean Stewart to put to­gether a promis­ing young side which fin­ished fourth in the Marine Har­vest Na­tional Di­vi­sion last sea­son, two points be­hind third placed In­ver­aray.

Beauly also ran Kin­lochshiel close in the Ca­manachd Cup, only los­ing out af­ter a quar­ter fi­nal re­play. They also reached the RBS MacTav­ish Cup quar­ter-fi­nals and the Bal­liemore Cup semi-fi­nals.

Beauly took time to ac­knowl­edge their grat­i­tude to Stephen MacLean for as­sem­bling the cur­rent squad and for his un­stint­ing ef­forts over many years.

Beauly also con­firmed Neil Brindle will re­main as their sec­ond team man­ager for sea­sons 2017 and 2018.

Brindle, who has also en­joyed suc­cess coach­ing at the U17 age group at both club and area level, took over the Beauly colts at the start of the 2016 sea­son.

He will be look­ing to im­prove on the team’s sev­enth place fin­ish in Marine Har­vest North Di­vi­sion 1 last sea­son and will also be hop­ing for ex­tended runs in the Aberdein Con­si­dine Suther­land Cup and Strathdearn Cup com­pe­ti­tions.

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