Sports re­view of the year – part two

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July Hamil­ton Ac­cies win D& K Cup

AN UN­BEATEN Hamil­ton Ac­cies left Oban with some sil­ver­ware af­ter win­ning the 23rd an­nual D& K Laf­ferty Cup.

The win­ners saw off tough com­pe­ti­tion in Dundee United, Heart of Mid­loth­ian, Al­loa Ath­letic and the only other side to progress through the tour­na­ment with­out los­ing a game, Oban Saints.

Hamil­ton fin­ished the tour­na­ment on 10 points, with Dundee United fin­ish­ing sec­ond with seven points. Oban Saints fin­ished third with six, with Hearts fin­ish­ing fourth with two points and Al­loa Ath­letic came bot­tom of the group with one point.

West High­land Tennis Week at up­graded courts

THE UP­GRADED tennis courts at At­lantis Leisure, Oban, were well used as they played host to the 45th an­nual West High­land Tennis Week.

Around 70 com­peti­tors took part in the com­pe­ti­tion, with 16 of those be­ing from Amer­ica.

Lo­cals were also in­volved with 20 of them show­ing up to play in the Ar­gyll day tour­na­ment. 17_t28ten­nis01

Au­gust Magic McPhee scores maiden GP vic­tory in Czech Repub­lic

CON­NEL’S John McPhee pro­duced an out­stand­ing wet weather dis­play to take his maiden grand prix race vic­tory – de­spite hor­ren­dous con­di­tions in the Moto3 World Cham­pi­onship round at Brno in the Czech Repub­lic.

Hav­ing pro­vi­sion­ally qual­i­fied in 11th place the pre­vi­ous day, the Rac­ing Steps Foun­da­tion-backed rider was handed an overnight boost of two grid slots af­ter penal­ties were handed out to a pair of rid­ers ahead who were ad­judged to have rid­den too slowly.

Red- and- blacks to face New­ton­more in Ca­manachd Cup fi­nal

Oban Ca­manachd are through to the 2016 Ca­manachd Cup fi­nal af­ter they de­feated Lochaber 4-2 in their ac­tion-packed semi-fi­nal at Taynuilt Sports Field.

An­drew MacCuish, who was named BBC Alba man of the match by pun­dit Gary Innes, scored two of Ca­manachd’s goals, with Daniel MacVicar and Daniel Cameron net­ting the re­main­ing two to see their team through to the fi­nal.

Septem­ber Oban side lose to early goal in Ca­manachd Cup fi­nal

SHINTY’S ‘big day’ out ended in suc­cess for New­ton­more as they lifted the Ca­manachd Cup for the 31st time fol­low­ing a tense and keenly- con­tested 1- 0 vic­tory over Oban Ca­manachd.

The fi­nal took place on a sunny day and in front of large crowd in Fort Wil­liam. Glen MacKin­tosh scored the only goal of the match in the third minute of play.

Oban Celtic win South Di­vi­sion One

Oban Celtic clinched the Marine Har­vest South Di­vi­sion 1 ti­tle and pro­mo­tion to the Marine Har­vest Na­tional Di­vi­sion with an em­phatic 9-1 win over Kyles Ath­letic’s sec­ond team in their 3pm throw up at Tighnabru­aich.

Oc­to­ber Craggy Is­land Triathalon proves to be an­other big suc­cess

AROUND 500 com­peti­tors took part in the an­nual Craggy Is­land Triathlon last week­end.

The event, which is or­gan­ised by Durty Events, raises money for Oban Moun­tain Res­cue Team. Paul McGreal of Durty Events said: ‘It was ab­so­lutely fan­tas­tic and the good weather helped. Ker­rera be­ing beau­ti­ful also helped with the rac­ing.’

One of the par­tic­i­pants was tele­vi­sion broad­caster and Dea­con Blue drum­mer Dougie Vipond.

Scot­land leg­end Chris coaches the art of kick­ing to mem­bers of Oban Lorne RFC

A MIX­TURE of youth, 1st XV and ladies play­ers were for­tu­nate to at­tend a spe­cial­ist kick­ing ses­sion de­liv­ered by Scot­land leg­end Chris Pater­son at BT Mur­ray­field last Fri­day.

The ses­sion ar­ranged by Oban Lorne RFC com­mit­tee mem­ber Tommy Suther­land was set up to help Oban cen­tre Alessandro Franzo with his univer­sity stud­ies but also acted as a fan­tas­tic op­por­tu­nity for some of the club’s play­ers learn from a top level coach. Oban Lorne RFC would like to thank both Chris Pater­son and Scot­tish Rugby for their help in or­gan­is­ing a fan­tas­tic day for the play­ers.

Isle of Mull win bat­tle of North Ar­gyll

ISLE of Mull Rugby Club se­cured vic­tory over lo­cal ri­vals Ar­gyll and Bute RFC away from home in an en­ter­tain­ing spec­ta­cle for the Oban crowd.

Au­tumn sun­shine and Glen­cruit­ten’s su­perb play­ing sur­face was the set­ting for this lo­cal derby. The two sides had met only a fort­night be­fore at Gar­mony and the is­landers were feel­ing qui­etly con­fi­dent af­ter their 48- 0 vic­tory.

The Muil­leachs turned in a first class per­for­mance to win this game 33- 8. Mag­nus makes in­ter­na­tional de­but against tough Ar­gentina FOR­MER Oban High School pupil Mag­nus Brad­bury made his de­but for the Scot­tish na­tional team at BT Mur­ray­field on Satur­day in Scot­land’s 19-16 au­tumn test win against Ar­gentina.

Play­ing 52 min­utes of the nail-bit­ing, last-minute win, Brad­bury im­pressed in his first Scot­land ap­pear­ance with some con­fi­dent pow­er­ful runs, im­pres­sive tack­ling, in­clud­ing a try-sav­ing ef­fort on Ar­gentina’s winger Guido Petti.

MacCrone wins emo­tional Beat­son’s Mull Rally

TWELVE months af­ter be­ing in­volved in the ter­ri­ble crash which claimed the life of his close friend and co- driver Andy Mort, John MacCrone claimed an emo­tional win in the Beat­son’s Mull Rally.

The Der­vaig driver, pi­lot­ing his Ford Fi­esta R5 and re­united with co- driver Stu­art Loudon, with whom he took vic­tory in 2013, won a thrilling bat­tle with his old ri­val, nine-time win­ner Calum Duffy.

Novem­ber Glen­cruit­ten golfer sets his sights on turn­ing pro­fes­sional next year

SCOT­TISH Am­a­teur Golfer of the Year Robert Mac­In­tyre will spend one more sea­son as an am­a­teur be­fore test­ing him­self on the pro­fes­sional cir­cuit.

Robert was awarded the pres­ti­gious am­a­teur of the year ac­co­lade af­ter hav­ing ‘his best year on the course’, fin­ish­ing the sea­son as the lead­ing Scot in the world am­a­teur golf rank­ings. He is cur­rently in 11th place. 17_t44RobertMacIn­tyre03

De­cem­ber Kyokushinkai grad­ing tests

The Cale­do­nia Kyokushin clubs held grad­ing tests in Oban and Lochgilp­head. The Oban grad­ing saw Char­lie McLaugh­lin move up to 3rd Kyu, while his brother Dar­ryl moved up to 1st kyu.

Paul Mackay de­serves a spe­cial men­tion as the lat­est mem­ber of the club to gain his ‘shodan’ - 1st de­gree black belt.

New­ton­more cel­e­brate win­ning the Ca­manachd Cup.

John McPhee af­ter win­ning in the Czech Repub­lic.

Mull’s Tony Haun­schmidt breaks through the Ar­gyll de­fence.

Mag­nus af­ter his suc­cess­ful de­but for Scot­land at BT Mu­ray­field with Oban Lorne RFC mem­bers Al­lan Wright, Cameron Smith and Mur­ray Hamil­ton.

Robert Mac­In­tyre.

Stu­art Loudon and John MacCrone.

Oban Celtic with the South Di­vi­sion One cham­pi­onship tro­phy.

Chris Pater­son with the Oban Lorne mem­bers.

Char­lie McLaugh­lin, Paul Mackay and Dar­ryl McLaugh­lin af­ter their re­cent grad­ing.

Prizewin­ners at West High­land Tennis Week.

Hamil­ton Ac­cies af­ter win­ning the D& K Cup.

Dougie Vipond.

An­drew ‘Papa’ MacCuish.

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