Shinty re­view of the sea­son - part 2

The Oban Times looks back on the sec­ond half of the 2016 shinty sea­son.

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July Bute Pri­maries lift MacKay Cup

Bute Pri­maries beat New­ton­more Pri­mary School 3-2 to win the MacKay Cup at An Aird.

Goals from Bute’s Leon McMil­lan and Rory McDon­ald were can­celled out by Zan­der Ross and Iain Fraser but Bute’s Leon McMil­lan got his sec­ond which meant Bute won pri­mary school shinty’s most pres­ti­gious tro­phy.

Scot­land U17s record dou­ble win

Scot­land U17s recorded su­perb wins over Kilkenny U17s and Dublin U17s on their 2016 Marine Har­vest Ire­land tour.

The Scots beat Kilkenny U17s 15-9 at Nowlan Park with Oban Ca­manachd’s Daniel MacVicar, New­ton­more’s Iain Robin­son and Beauly’s Rob­bie Brindle get­ting goals.

Scot­land U17s then beat Dublin U17s 16-13 in the sec­ond match at Par­nell Park. In­ver­aray’s Lewis Mont­gomery and Iain Robin­son and Daniel MacVicar found the back of the net to see off the Ir­ish.

On the field round- up Marine Har­vest Premier­ship

New­ton­more fin­ished the month at the head of shinty’s top di­vi­sion with Oban Ca­manachd in sec­ond spot. Fort Wil­liam and Lochaber ended the month in the rel­e­ga­tion po­si­tions.

Marine Har­vest Na­tional Di­vi­sion

Kil­mallie topped the ta­ble for the first time at the end of the month, with In­ver­aray in hot pur­suit.

Marine Har­vest North Di­vi­sion 1

Strath­glass re­turned to the top of North 1 with New­ton­more sec­onds just be­hind.

Marine Har­vest South Di­vi­sion 1

A derby win over Lochside Rovers left Oban Celtic ahead of Aber­dour at the top of the di­vi­sion on goal dif­fer­ence.

Marine Har­vest North Di­vi­sion 2

Aberdeen Univer­sity con­tin­ued their march to what seemed like an in­evitable cham­pi­onship suc­cess.

Marine Har­vest South Di­vi­sion 2

Kil­mory re­turned to the top of the ta­ble ahead of Tay­forth but with a game more played.

There wasn’t much league shinty played in this di­vi­sion dur­ing the month.

Ca­manachd Cup

Kin­lochshiel, Lochaber, New­ton­more and Oban Ca­manachd made it through to the Ca­manachd Cup semi-fi­nals. Oban Ca­manachd were drawn to face Lochaber with New­ton­more tak­ing on Kin­lochshiel.

Artemis Ma­caulay Cup

Kyles Ath­letic reached the last four with a win over Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll but suf­fered a sur­prised de­feat to In­ver­aray in the semi-fi­nals.

Kin­lochshiel beat Lo­vat 3- 0 to se­cure the other place in the fi­nal.

Bal­liemore Cup

Kil­mallie lifted the 2016 Bal­liemore Cup with a 6- 0 win over Caber­feidh at Blair­beg.

Kil­mallie took the lead through Mark Gra­ham and two goals late in the first half from Michael Rodger and Mark Gra­ham again put them in con­trol. A 10 minute Liam Mac­Don­ald hat-trick early in the sec­ond half put Kil­mallie out of sight.

Aberdein Con­si­dine Suther­land Cup

The New­ton­more sec­ond team re­tained the Aberdein Con­si­dine Suther­land Cup with a 6- 0 win over the Kin­gussie sec­ond team at the Dell.

Dun­can Gor­man put New­ton­more ahead and a quick-fire Conor Jones brace gave them a 3- 0 half time lead. Martin Hall, Iain Robin­son and Conor Jones com­pleted the win.

Strathdearn Cup

Lochcar­ron, Fort Wil­liam, Kin­gussie and Skye re­serves all reached the semi fi­nals.

Bul­lough Cup

The more fan­cied Kil­mory and Tay­forth won their semi-fi­nal ties against the Aber­dour and Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll sec­ond teams re­spec­tively.

Au­gust A first for Skye Ladies

Skye Ca­manachd Ladies won the 2016 Marine Har­vest Na­tional Di­vi­sion 1 ti­tle for the first time af­ter they beat Aber­dour Ladies 9- 0 in their fi­nal league fix­ture at Sil­ver Sands.

Lorna MacRae scored four times; Jenna Beaton helped her­self to a hat-trick whilst Caitlin MacLean and Ilana Pater­son got the oth­ers.

Lochaber win Va­lerie Fraser Ca­manachd Cup

Lochaber won the Va­lerie Fraser Ca­manachd Cup for the first time when they beat Skye Ca­manachd 4-2 at An Aird.

Kirsty De­laney got all four Lochaber goals whilst Lorna MacRae was on the dou­ble for Skye. Lo­vat Ladies beat Strath­glass Ladies 7-1 ear­lier in the day to win the Marine Har­vest Chal­lenge Cup.

Jones gets on his bike for char­ity

Kin­gussie co-man­ager Rus­sell Jones cy­cled from Land’s End to John O’ Groats to raise funds for Luck­y2BHere and Chest Heart & Stroke Scot­land.

Shinty chief to leave

The Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion an­nounced that chief op­er­at­ing of­fi­cer Torquil MacLeod, would leave the or­gan­i­sa­tion at the end of the sea­son to take up a new po­si­tion as de­vel­op­ment man­ager with VisitS­cot­land, work­ing in the events direc­torate in Ed­in­burgh.

North U21 take the Caol Cup

The North U21 re­cov­ered from los­ing an early goal to beat the South U21 3-1 at Ju­bilee Park.

Daniel MacVicar put the South ahead but Craig Mor­ri­son and a Char­lie Mac­Don­ald brace gave the North the win.

On the field round- up Marine Har­vest Premier­ship

New­ton­more re­mained out in front and Lochaber pulled out of the rel­e­ga­tion zone at Skye’s ex­pense.

Marine Har­vest Na­tional Di­vi­sion

Kil­mallie stayed top of the di­vi­sion and Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll were ahead of In­ver­aray in sec­ond place.

Marine Har­vest North Di­vi­sion 1

The New­ton­more sec­onds re­gained top spot from Strath­glass.

Marine Har­vest South Di­vi­sion 1

Oban Celtic stayed top with Lochside Rovers on their tail ahead of Aber­dour.

Marine Har­vest North Di­vi­sion 2

Aberdeen Univer­sity main­tained their 100 per cent league record and looked on course for the ti­tle.

Marine Har­vest South Di­vi­sion 2

Tay­forth re­turned to the top of the ta­ble, with Kil­mory drop­ping to sec­ond.

Ca­manachd Cup

The 2016 Ca­manachd Cup Fi­nal will be be­tween New­ton­more and Oban Ca­manachd af­ter ’More de­feated Kin­lochshiel and the Oban side got past Lochaber in their tele­vised semi-fi­nal ties.

Aberdein Con­si­dine Suther­land Cup

At the start of Au­gust, Kin­gussie beat Glenurquhart and New­ton­more de­feated Tay­forth to set up an all-Bade­noch fi­nal.

By the end of the month, New­ton­more were 6- 0 win­ners in the fi­nal.

Strathdearn Cup

The Glenurquhart sec­ond team beat the Kin­gussie sec­onds and Lochcar­ron edged out Skye af­ter ex­tra time to reach the fi­nal.

Septem­ber Dou­ble North Ladies win

The North were dou­ble win­ners against the South.

North U17 won 5- 0 with goals from Skye’s Kather­ine Dib­ble, Lochaber’s Natalie Mac­Don­ald, Chloe MacLeod from Strath­glass and two from Lochaber’s Sarah Davie.

The se­nior meet­ing was a much closer af­fair. Skye’s Lorna MacRae and Lo­vat’s Laura Gal­lagher for the North and Aber­dour pair Katy Smith and Ni­amh Don­nelly had the score level at 2-2.

How­ever, a sec­ond goal from Lorna MacRae with only six min­utes re­main­ing gave the North a 3-2 win.

Lochaber top Great Glen Sixes

Lochaber High School re­tained the Shinty Shop Great Glen School’s Shinty Sixes at Blair­beg.

The 11-team tour­na­ment ended with a close fi­nal be­tween Lochaber and Kin­gussie and a sec­ond half Vic­tor Smith strike was enough to give Lochaber a 1- 0 vic­tory.

On the field round- up Marine Har­vest Premier­ship

New­ton­more clinched a sev­enth suc­ces­sive Marine Har­vest Premier­ship ti­tle when they beat Kin­lochshiel 7-1 at Kirk­ton.

It was a sparkling per­for­mance with Glen MacKin­tosh scor­ing five times.

Skye kept their slim sur­vival hopes alive by beat­ing Kin­gussie in Portree, but Fort Wil­liam were rel­e­gated.

Marine Har­vest Na­tional Di­vi­sion

Kil­mallie se­cured the ti­tle, beat­ing near­est chal­lengers Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll at Yoker.

Marine Har­vest North Di­vi­sion 1

The New­ton­more sec­onds sur­vived a late scare to beat Kin­lochshiel sec­onds 4-3 at Kirk­ton, se­cur­ing the league ti­tle in the process.

Marine Har­vest South Di­vi­sion 1

Oban Celtic be­came league win­ners with an em­phatic 9-1 win over the Kyles Ath­letic sec­ond team at Tighnabru­aich.

Marine Har­vest North Di­vi­sion 2

Lochcar­ron’s dropped point against the Caber­feidh sec­onds meant Aberdeen Univer­sity clinched the ti­tle with­out play­ing a league game dur­ing Septem­ber.

Marine Har­vest South Di­vi­sion 2

A draw with near­est chal­lengers Kil­mory was enough to give Tay­forth the ti­tle and pro­mo­tion to South 1.

Ca­manachd Cup

New­ton­more lifted the Ca­manachd Cup, win­ning 1- 0 in a tight en­counter with Oban Ca­manachd at An Aird, Fort Wil­liam.

This game’s de­ci­sive mo­ment came af­ter just three min­utes with Evan Men­zies set­ting up Glen MacKin­tosh to score.

Andy MacKin­tosh’s role in a well- oiled New­ton­more de­fence earned him the cov­eted Al­bert Smith Medal for man of the match which was pre­sented by Rene Smith.

Artemis Ma­caulay Cup

Kin­lochshiel made his­tory when they fi­nally saw off In­ver­aray to win 5-3 in the Artemis Ma­caulay Cup Fi­nal at Moss­field, Oban.

Keith MacRae and Jor­dan Fraser had ’Shiel 2- 0 ahead, only for Al­lan Mac­Don­ald and Fraser Watt to re­store par­ity.

Jor­dan Fraser put ’Shiel back in front – all be­fore the half time whis­tle.

A Fraser Watt penalty squared the fi­nal once more but Oliver MacRae and Keith MacRae again gave Kin­lochshiel their first se­nior tro­phy.

Strathdearn Cup

Marine Har­vest North Di­vi­sion 2 side Lochcar­ron lifted the Strathdearn Cup with a 4-1 win over Glenurquhart’s sec­ond team at Castle Leod.

Glen’s James MacPherson wiped out an early Al­lan MacKay goal and Lochcar­ron went on to lift the tro­phy thanks to a Cris­dean Fin­layson dou­ble and one from Nick Dal­gety.

Bul­lough Cup

Tay­forth sur­vived a sec­ond half fight-back to beat Kil­mory 4-3 and win the Bul­lough Cup at Stra­chur­more.

Tay­forth led 4- 0 at half time with a Conor Sweeney brace, an Orsten Gard­ner ef­fort and an Andy Scott strike.

Kil­mory were a dif­fer­ent propo­si­tion in the sec­ond half though and three quick goals from John Stra­chan, Steven Walsh and Alex Cunningham got them back in the con­test but Tay­forth took the spoils.

Oc­to­ber New caps in Scot­land squad

Scot­land head coach Ron­ald Ross named his se­nior squad for the 2016 Marine Har­vest Shinty/ Hurl­ing in­ter­na­tional against Ire­land.

Ross in­cluded three new caps: Oban Ca­manachd’s Lorne Dickie, Kin­gussie’s Thomas Borth­wick and Lo­vat’s Greg Mathe­son.

Mod Cup win for Skye

Skye Ca­manachd’s sec­ond team beat Lewis Ca­manachd 3- 0 to lift the Mod Cup at Shaw­bost.

Peter Gor­don, Iain MacLel­lan and Kenny MacLeod got the goals.

Scot­land and Ire­land do bat­tle

Scot­land out-scored Ire­land to win 14-5 and lift the Marine Har­vest Quaich fol­low­ing their Marine Har­vest shinty/ hurl­ing In­ter­na­tional at the Bught Park.

There were no goals in the match and the Scots stayed in front from early in the game.

Ire­land U21 fought off a spir­ited sec­ond half come­back from Scot­land U21 to win 30-17 in their en­counter at the Bught Park. Skye’s Will Cowie and Char­lie Mac­Don­ald from In­ver­ness scored the Scot­land goals.

Af­ter three suc­ces­sive wins against Ir­ish op­po­si­tion, Stu­art Reid’s Scot­land women’s squad went down 12-2 to the Dublin women in their match on the Bught Park out­side pitch.

Marine Har­vest shinty awards

The 2016 An­nual Marine Har­vest Shinty Award win­ners were an­nounced at a cer­e­mony and din­ner at Dru­mossie Ho­tel, In­ver­ness.

Marine Har­vest’s business sup­port man­ager Steve Bracken made a num­ber of pre­sen­ta­tions in­clud­ing Coach of the Year - PJ MacKin­tosh, Player of the Year - Fin­lay MacRae and Club of the Year - New­ton­more.

Oban Ca­manachd’s Iain Hay, Kil­mallie’s Mark MacPherson, Oban Celtic’s Kenny Woth- er­spoon, Lochaber’s Michael De­laney, Fort Wil­liam Ladies’ Elaine Wink and Ard­na­mur­chan’s Lyn­d­say Bradley were amongst the other man­age­rial win­ners. Player prizes in­cluded Oban Celtic’s Neil Carmichael, Kil­mory’s Hal Jones, Fort Wil­liam’s Lachie Shaw and Ard­na­mur­chan’s Eilidh Ross.

On the field round- up Marine Har­vest Premier­ship

New­ton­more were given the league tro­phy fol­low­ing their win over Skye at the Ei­lan, a re­sult which fi­nally rel­e­gated the is­landers.

Marine Har­vest Na­tional Di­vi­sion

Kil­mallie took re­ceipt of the Na­tional Di­vi­sion tro­phy af­ter a win over Beauly at Canal Parks.

The ti­tle suc­cess means Kil­mallie will play top flight shinty next sea­son.

Marine Har­vest North Di­vi­sion 1

The New­ton­more sec­ond team re­ceived the North 1 cup af­ter their derby win over their Kin­gussie counter-parts.

Marine Har­vest South Di­vi­sion 1

Oban Celtic lifted the league ti­tle af­ter beat­ing the Kyles Ath­letic sec­ond team at Moss­field in their fi­nal fix­ture.

They also win pro­mo­tion to the Na­tional Di­vi­sion.

Marine Har­vest North Di­vi­sion 2

Aberdeen Univer­sity were pre­sented with the league tro­phy af­ter their fi­nal fix­ture which saw them beat In­ver­ness at the Bught Park.

Novem­ber Man­age­rial changes

There were a num­ber of man­age­rial changes at the end of the 2016 shinty sea­son.

At Glenurquhart, Iain MacLeod took over from co-man­agers Billy MacLean and Dave Men­zies.

Alan MacRae re­placed Stephen MacLean at Beauly and John MacLeod stepped down at Skye with co-man­agers Wil­lie Cowie and Peter Gor­don tak­ing over.

Kin­gussie, Lo­vat and Tay­forth re­main on the look- out for new bosses.

Oban Ca­manachd U17s win Marine Har­vest Lon­don Shield

A last-gasp Daniel MacVicar goal gave Oban Ca­manachd U17s a 3-2 vic­tory over Skye Ca­manachd U17s to win the Marine Har­vest Lon­don Shield at the Ei­lan.

Skye’s Ruaraidh MacLeod twice can­celled out goals from Lewis Buchanan and Daniel MacCuish be­fore MacVicar’s dra­matic win­ner.

Mixed for­tunes for Scot­tish univer­sity squads

The Scot­tish Univer­sity mens’ squad recorded a 28-7 win in their shinty/ hurl­ing meet­ing with their Queens Univer­sity coun­ter­parts at the Dub in Belfast but the ladies lost out in their shinty/camo­gie meet­ing with their Queens Univer­sity coun­ter­parts.

Skye youths claim Marine Har­vest North Di­vi­sion 1 ti­tle

Skye Ca­manachd’s U14s clinched the Marine Har­vest North Di­vi­sion 1 ti­tle af­ter they drew 2-2 with Fort Wil­liam U14s at An Aird.

Lo­vat Ladies make step up

Lo­vat won the Marine Har­vest North Di­vi­sion 2 ti­tle and pro­mo­tion to the top di­vi­sion in the women’s game when they beat Glen­garry 6- 0 in their play- off match at the Bught Park, In­ver­ness.

De­cem­ber Strath­glass push ahead to Marine Har­vest Na­tional Di­vi­sion

Strath­glass were suc­cess­ful in their ap­pli­ca­tion to the Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion to step up to the Marine Har­vest Na­tional Di­vi­sion next sea­son.

The Can­nich club will also re-in­tro­duce their sec­ond team in Marine Har­vest North Di­vi­sion 2 fol­low­ing in­creased ac­tiv­ity at youth level over the last cou­ple of years.

Stra­chur back in the fold

Stra­chur will re­turn to se­nior shinty in 2017 af­ter tak­ing a break last sea­son.

Stra­chur, with their im­pres­sive Stra­chur­more pitch and pav­il­ion, will com­pete in Marine Har­vest South Di­vi­sion 2.

Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion AGM

Rep­re­sen­ta­tives from shinty clubs across the coun­try gath­ered at the West End Ho­tel, Fort Wil­liam, for the Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion AGM.

The need for a Ca­manachd Cup spon­sor, agree­ment on qual­i­fied ref­er­ees for youth matches, in­creased mem­ber­ship and in­sur­ance fees were dis­cussed whilst New­ton­more’s bid to al­ter the rules sur­round­ing tech­ni­cal ar­eas nar­rowly failed to win suf­fi­cient sup­port.

Womens Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion AGM

The Womens Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion AGM took place at The Isles of Glen­coe Ho­tel.

It was a fairly straight­for­ward event, boosted by news that two new clubs will be en­ter­ing com­pe­ti­tions next sea­son - Oban Lorn in the league and the English Shinty As­so­ci­a­tion in the Marine Har­vest Chal­lenge Cup.

Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent praises Oban Times’ shinty cov­er­age

Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion Pres­i­dent Jim Barr praised The Oban

Times for their shinty cov­er­age dur­ing the 2016 shinty sea­son.

In his an­nual re­port, Jim Barr said: ‘Many lo­cal papers pro­vide ex­ten­sive cov­er­age of the sport, a re­flec­tion of the im­por­tant role shinty plays in the life of com­mu­ni­ties across Scot­land. ‘Most no­tably, The Oban

Times dou­bled its cov­er­age with a weekly two-page spread pro­vid­ing a com­pre­hen­sive round-up and pre­view in each edi­tion through­out the sea­son.

‘ We grate­fully ac­knowl­edge the ef­fort and sup­port of all jour­nal­ists, pho­tog­ra­phers and edi­tors who pro­vide shinty cov­er­age within their pub­li­ca­tions.’

The Oban Times was pre­sented with the me­dia award at the 2016 Marine Har­vest Shinty Awards.

Pho­to­graph: Neil Pater­son.

A ju­bi­lant Scot­land squad cel­e­brate af­ter their 14-5 win over Ire­land in Oc­to­ber to lift the Marine Har­vest Quaich.

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