Mac­tavish, Suther­land, Bul­lough and Strathdearn Cup draws made

The Oban Times - - Sport -

THE DRAWS for the RBS Mac­Tavish Cup, Aberdein Con­si­dine Suther­land Cup, Bul­lough Cup and Strathdearn Cup all took place at High­land Print Stu­dio, In­ver­ness, on Mon­day 23 Jan­uary.

The draws were made by Ali­son McMen­emy from the High­land Print Stu­dio and Glenurquhart keeper Stuart MacK­in­tosh, who is the player rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion.

The venue was se­lected be­cause High­land Print Stu­dio is about to em­bark on an ex­cit­ing ven­ture with the Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion which will see artists work­ing with shinty clubs to cre­ate a se­ries of prints cel­e­brat­ing the con­tem­po­rary cul­ture and her­itage of Scot­land’s iconic indige­nous sport of shinty. The pro­ject has re­ceived fund­ing from the High­land Cul­ture – Take Pride, Take Part In­vest­ment Fund.

New­ton­more went into the RBS Mac­Tavish Cup draw as hold­ers while their sec­ond team were 2016 Aberdein Con­si­dine Suther­land Cup win­ners.

Tay­forth were rein­ing Bul­lough Cup cham­pi­ons and Lochcar­ron lifted the Strathdearn Cup last year.

2017 Bal­liemore Cup Draw

The draw for the 2017 Bal­liemore Cup will take place at 2pm in the Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion Of­fice, In­ver­ness, on to­day (Thurs­day).

All Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion mem­bers are wel­come to at­tend.

2017 Ca­manachd Cup Draw

The fi­nal cup draw for the 2017 shinty sea­son, the pres­ti­gious Ca­manachd Cup, will take place in early March when the pre­lim­i­nary round and first round ties will be pulled out of the hat.

The sec­ond round draw will be made af­ter the first round ties have taken place.

The 10 Ma­rine Har­vest Premiership sides join the com­pe­ti­tion at the sec­ond round stage.

2017 shinty fix­ture list

One sure sign that the new shinty sea­son is just around the cor­ner is the im­mi­nent re­lease of the new fix­ture list.

Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion op­er­a­tions and events man­ager Astie Cameron has con­firmed that the 2017 fix­ture list is due for pub­li­ca­tion on Tues­day Jan­uary 31 .

The fix­ture list will in­clude all com­pe­ti­tions ex­cept the Ca­manachd Cup, which is drawn on a round by round ba­sis through­out the sea­son.

Oban Celtic an­nounce pre-sea­son plans

Oban Celtic man­ager Kenny Wother­spoon has set his side four test­ing pre-sea­son friendlies through­out the month of Fe­bru­ary as they pre­pare for life in the Ma­rine Har­vest Na­tional Di­vi­sion.

The Oban Celtic squad open with a game against Taynuilt at Gana­van on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 4.

Ma­rine Har­vest Premiership side Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll come to Moss­field to play Oban Celtic on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 11.

There will also be top di­vi­sion op­po­si­tion a week later when Kil­mallie are the op­po­nents, again at Moss­field.

The ever-pop­u­lar Robert Wylie Me­mo­rial Cup match takes place on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 25 as Bal­lachul­ish come to Moss­field.

Oban Celtic will be out to win back the tro­phy af­ter Kin­lochshiel took it west with a 5-1 win last year.

The throw up times are yet to be con­firmed.

Daniel Madej will con­tinue as Oban Celtic club cap­tain this com­ing sea­son, with Neil Carmichael as vice- cap­tain.

Oban Ca­manachd pre­pare for the new sea­son

Oban Ca­manachd have re­sumed train­ing in prepa­ra­tion for sea­son 2017 and hop­ing to build on last sea­son’s suc­cess that saw the club fin­ish sec­ond equal in the Premier League and reach the fi­nal of the Scottish Cup, los­ing nar­rowly to New­ton­more.

With last year’s team cap­tain James MacMil­lan tak­ing a year out in Aus­tralia, it was ex­pected that promis­ing young­ster Ross MacMil­lan would be given a chance to es­tab­lish him­self in the first team. How­ever, he has de­cided to leave the club and play for Oban Celtic next sea­son.

Com­mented team man­ager Ian Hay: ‘With the team play­ing in the top flight of shinty, it Satur­day June 10. is im­por­tant for the play­ers to com­mit to the train­ing sched­ule laid down by the club. To this end, we are dis­ap­pointed to have lost Ross but we wish him well.

‘How­ever, on the plus side, the club wel­come back Con­nor Howe and Matty Rip­pon, who have shown the com­mit­ment re­quired at the level the team play at, as well as show­ing loy­alty to the team man­ager.’

On go­ing to press both Ca­manachd and Lochside were try­ing to ar­range much-needed match prac­tice for this week­end.

Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion step up hunt for new chief

The Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion has stepped up the hunt for a new chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer to lead the or­gan­i­sa­tion fol­low­ing the de­par­ture of Torquil Ma­cLeod af­ter the As­so­ci­a­tion’s an­nual gen­eral meet­ing in Novem­ber 2016.

The as­so­ci­a­tion pre­vi­ously ad­ver­tised the post but didn’t make an ap­point­ment af­ter in­ter­view­ing four can­di­dates.

They have since taken time to re­view the terms and con­di­tions on of­fer and the post, based in In­ver­ness, has been re-ad­ver­tised, now of­fer­ing an in­creased salary of be­tween £ 35,000 and £45,000 de­pend­ing on ex­pe­ri­ence.

The new chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer will be re­spon­si­ble to the Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent and board of direc­tors for en­sur­ing the smooth run­ning of the or­gan­i­sa­tion, mar­ket­ing and com­mu­ni­ca­tion.

The role is based at the as­so­ci­a­tion’s head of­fice in In­ver­ness and the job de­scrip­tion and can­di­date spec­i­fi­ca­tion are avail­able from the Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion web­site www.shinty.com. Any in­ter­ested ap­pli­cants can also dis­cuss the post in con­fi­dence with Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Jim Barr by call­ing 07900 052568.

Kil­mallie AGM

Kil­mallie hold their an­nual gen­eral meet­ing at Caol Com­mu­nity Cen­tre to­mor­row (Fri­day Jan­uary 27).

It is a big year for the Caol Parks side as Mark MacPherson’s se­nior squad re­turns to top di­vi­sion shinty.

The AGM starts at 7pm and all are wel­come.

Rory Kennedy is new cap­tain of New­ton­more

Rory Kennedy will cap­tain New­ton­more in the new shinty sea­son.

Kennedy takes the arm­band from fel­low de­fender and fel­low Scottish in­ter­na­tion­al­ist Steven MacDon­ald, who lifted all ma­jor hon­ours open to the club last sea­son with the ex­cep­tion of the Artemis Ma­caulay Cup.

Kennedy has put a time on the side­lines with a se­ri­ous hand in­jury be­hind him and he was a key player in a solid New­ton­more de­fence which only lost 23 goals in 28 com­pet­i­tive games in 2016.

He is also a main­stay in Ron­ald Ross’ Scot­land squad.

Dal­las Young ap­points Kin­gussie as­sis­tant

New Kin­gussie first team man­ager Dal­las Young has wasted no time in ap­point­ing his as­sis­tant man­ager for the new sea­son.

Bar­rie Dal­las, a first team reg­u­lar for many years, will as- sist Young in his new role. Ally Ma­cLeod and Ron­ald Ross will con­tinue to lead the Kin­gussie sec­ond team.

Doe MacRae to as­sist at ’Shiel

Doe MacRae will as­sist new Kin­lochshiel man­ager John­ston Gill this com­ing sea­son.

MacRae is a well-known fig­ure in shinty cir­cles and Gill has nom­i­nated him as his right-hand man as the new man­age­ment team look to build on the suc­cesses of 2016 un­der for­mer boss Colin Fraser, who was voted out of the man­age­rial hot-seat at the end of last year af­ter lead­ing the team to Artemis Ma­caulay Cup suc­cess and a fourth place fin­ish in the Ma­rine Har­vest Premiership – their high­est fin­ish ever.

John­ston Gill pre­vi­ously man­aged the side for a three­year pe­riod, lead­ing them to the Ma­rine Har­vest North Di­vi­sion 1 ti­tle and Bal­liemore Cup suc­cess.

Gill will be with­out John Don MacKen­zie and Dun­can ‘Ach’ MacRae this sea­son as both have joined Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll.

Aber­dour pre­pare for new sea­son

Ma­rine Har­vest South Di­vi­sion 1 side Aber­dour will pre­pare for the new shinty sea­son with four warm-up matches.

Lisa MacColl’s Aber­dour squad open with a match against Fort Wil­liam at Sil­ver Sands on Satur­day Jan­uary 28.

They then host Ma­rine Har­vest Premiership new boys Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll at the same venue a week later.

Af­ter a two-week gap, the Aber­dour sec­onds and the Kyles Ath­letic sec­onds meet at Sil­ver Sands on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 18. Throw up for this one is at 1.30pm.

Then, just seven days ahead of the new shinty sea­son, Aber­dour head for the Dell to face the Kin­gussie sec­ond team on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 25.

Beauly pre-sea­son pro­gramme

Beauly have put their pre­sea­son plans in place as new boss Alan MacRae looks to hit the ground run­ning as new boss of the Brae­view Park side.

Beauly lost 5-2 to Lo­vat in the Lo­vat Cup on Mon­day Jan­uary 2 but they showed enough in the sec­ond half of that match to demon­strate that they will be able to build on the progress made last sea­son.

There’s an early start for the Greens as a mixed Beauly first and sec­ond team side host Aberdeen Univer­sity at Brae­view Park on Satur­day Jan­uary 28.

There will be no on the field ac­tion on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 4 as the club hold their fundrais­ing sale of work at the Phipps Hall.

How­ever, Beauly will be tested over the next three Satur­days as they play top flight op­po­si­tion.

On Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 11 Beauly make the short jour­ney to Blair­beg to take on Glenurquhart.

They are on the road again on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 18 as they face Kin­gussie at the Dell.

Beauly end the month with a third match against Ma­rine Har­vest Premiership op­po­si­tion as they play newly pro­moted Kil­mallie at the Canal Parks.

Glas­gow MA AGM

Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll’s are hold­ing their an­nual gen­eral meet­ing at Hill­head Sports Cen­tre, Hugh­en­den.

The club will re­view the 2016 sea­son and dis­cuss their plans ahead of their re­turn to the Ma­rine Har­vest Premiership next sea­son.

Ali­son McMen­emy, Di­rec­tor, High­land Print Stu­dio and Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion Player Rep­re­sen­ta­tive to the Board, Stuart MacK­in­tosh who made the draw.

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