Pre-sea­son fix­tures start in earnest

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Pre-sea­son friendlies - Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 4

A NUM­BER of pre-sea­son games beat the wet weather on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 4.

Aber­dour 1 Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll 0

Marine Har­vest South Di­vi­sion 1 side Aber­dour fought off a sec­ond half on­slaught from Marine Har­vest Pre­mier­ship new-boys Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll to win 1- 0 in their friendly match at Sil­ver­sands.

An­gus Thor­burn gave Aber­dour the lead with a well-taken goal mid-way through the first half.

GMA launched wave af­ter wave of at­tack on the Aber­dour goal in a bid to get back on level terms but they found the Aber­dour de­fence to be well or­gan­ised and when they did get a shot at goal, Aber­dour goalie Tom Bow­er­man was in in­spired form.

The match was played in dif­fi­cult weather con­di­tions and was cut short to avoid fur­ther dam­age to the pitch, es­pe­cially around the goal-mouth ar­eas.

Aber­dour 2 Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll 1

Aber­dour’s sec­ond team beat the Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll sec­onds 2-1 in their 11.30am throw up at Sil­ver­sands.

Both Aber­dour goals came in the open­ing 10 min­utes, with Craig Gir­van and Brian Toal on tar­get.

For­mer Kil­mallie player Seb MacMil­lan got the GMA goal in the sec­ond half.

Caber­feidh 6 Glenurquhart 2

Marine Har­vest Na­tional Di­vi­sion side Caber­feidh beat Glenurquhart from the Marine Har­vest Pre­mier­ship 6-2 in their 2pm throw-up at Cas­tle Leod.

It was a first game back in a Caber­feidh shirt for Kevin Bartlett af­ter his stint with Lo­vat. And Bartlett made a telling con­tri­bu­tion, as the Scot­land in­ter­na­tional scored four times, with Gavin Mclauch­lan get­ting the other two.

‘Cabers’, who also had for­mer Beauly player Ryan MacKay in their side, led 5-2 at the in­ter­val, but a half-time tac­ti­cal switch, which saw ‘Glen’s’ Con­nor Go­labek mark dan­ger-man Kevin Bartlett, made for a more even sec­ond half. Neale Reid and Daniel MacK­in­tosh scored for a de­pleted Glenurquhart squad which was mi­nus a num­ber of recog­nised play­ers who were suf­fer­ing from a sick­ness bug. John Barr, Euan Lloyd and in­jured keeper Stu­art MacK­in­tosh were also ab­sent and Gary MacK­in­tosh deputised in goal.

Caber­feidh had goal-keep­ing prob­lems of their own, with reg­u­lar keeper Ewan Pilcher miss­ing.

Fort Wil­liam P Kyles Ath­letic P

The Drew Fer­gu­son Me­mo­rial Tro­phy match be­tween Fort Wil­liam and Kyles Ath­letic was post­poned as the heavy rain left An Aird un­playable. This was a sec­ond suc­ces­sive post­pone­ment for the Fort af­ter their meet­ing with Aber­dour was called off a week ear­lier.

Glenurquhart 8 Caber­feidh 0

The Glenurquhart sec­ond team were too strong for their Caber­feidh coun­ter­parts, win­ning 8- 0 at Blair­beg.

Calum Miller scored five, Fin­lay Ral­ston bagged a brace and Ewan Car­roll got the other goal. Glenurquhart Ladies player Hazel Hunter played 45 min­utes for the home side.

In­ver­ness P Kin­lochshiel P

In­ver­ness called off their friendly against Kin­lochshiel which was to have been played on the Bught Park out­side pitch. The sides had met at the same venue seven days ear­lier when ’Shiel were 8- 0 win­ners.

Lochaber 2 New­ton­more 3

New­ton­more re­serves edged out Lochaber re­serves 3-2 in their match at Spean Bridge.

Lochaber’s Lach­lan Camp­bell has re­tired from first team duty but he is on hand to help out the colts and he net­ted from the penalty spot for the home side with Stu­art Mathe­son get­ting the other.

Orsten Gard­ner, who is back in the New­ton­more fold as part of their re­serve man­age­ment team, scored first for the vis­i­tors and a John MacKen­zie double gave them the win.

Lochside Rovers 2 Oban Lorn 1

Lochside Rovers beat Oban Lorn 2-1 in their 12.30pm throw-up at Oban High School’s 3G pitch.

The match was orig­i­nally sched­uled for Gana­van but a wa­ter-logged pitch led to a change of venue.

Lochside took an early lead through new sign­ing from Glenorchy Calum Kir­sop, who took ad­van­tage of a re-bound to score.

It was the only goal of a keenly- con­tested first half.

Michael McQueen scored what was to prove to be a vi­tal sec­ond for Lochside af­ter the re-start, beat­ing the im­pres­sive Duncan Blainey in the Oban Lorn goal.

For­mer Lochside Rovers player Drew Walker halved the deficit but Lochside saw out the re­main­der of the game, played in wet con­di­tions, to win 2-1.

New­ton­more 5 Lochaber 1

New­ton­more beat Lochaber 5-1 in their all-Marine Har­vest Pre­mier­ship 1pm friendly at the Ei­lan.

On a cold, wet day, Iain Robin­son scored twice for Paul John MacK­in­tosh’s side with Conor Jones, Paul MacArthur and Nor­man Camp­bell get­ting the oth­ers.

Ryan John­stone got the Lochaber goal. Deek Cameron was the match ref­eree.

Oban Ca­manachd 1 In­ver­aray 2

As with the Lochside Rovers game, the 2pm throw-up be­tween Oban Ca­manachd and In­ver­aray was switched to Oban High School’s 3G pitch.

Oban Ca­manachd were with­out Gary McKer­racher, Scott MacMil­lan and Matt Rip­pon, who has re­joined the club. There was a place for Con­nor Howe, who is back fol­low­ing a spell abroad, and young­sters Daniel MacCuish and Evan MacLel­lan, both aged 17, who played well.

There are changes at In­ver­aray this sea­son with An­drew McMurdo and David Robert­son step­ping down from first team ac­tion.

The match was played 10-a-side in three, 30-minute ses­sions to al­low both coaches time to work with their play­ers.

Al­lan MacDon­ald put In­ver­aray ahead af­ter five min­utes with a 20-yard snap-shot.

Oban Ca­manachd had a chance to level from the penalty spot but Scott MacLach­lan in the In­ver­aray goal made a fine save from An­drew MacCuish’s spot-hit.

Lewis MacNi­col made it 2- 0 when he scored di­rect from a shy on 22 min­utes.

Oban Ca­manachd played well for the re­main­der of the game and they cre­ated a num­ber of chances, only to find keeper Scott MacLach­lan in great form.

All Oban Ca­manachd had to show for their ef­forts was an Ai­dan Mac­In­tyre goal which made it 2-1 with 10 min­utes to go. Fort Wil­liam Ladies 3 Lochaber Ladies 4 With an Aird un­playable 24 hours ear­lier, an im­prove­ment in the weather al­lowed the Fort Wil­liam and Lochaber Ladies teams to take the field for a 2pm throw-up on Sun­day Fe­bru­ary 5.

Both sides will play in Marine Har­vest Na­tional Di­vi­sion 1 next sea­son and two goals from Stephanie Walsh and strikes from Sarah Davie and Kirsty De­laney gave Lochaber the win. Ashleigh Fraser scored twice for Fort Wil­liam and Zoe Smith got the other.

Nei­ther side was more than a goal ahead through­out the game and Kirsty De­laney’s win­ner came just a cou­ple of min­utes from time.

Kayleigh Woods in the Fort Wil­liam goal was player of the match.

Jack Asher Sixes

Strath­clyde Po­lice won the Jack Asher Sixes at the Garscube Sports Com­plex on Satur­day Jan­uary 28.

Af­ter a com­pet­i­tive tour­na­ment, Strath­clyde Po­lice de­feated the 1990s Glas­gow Univer­sity side 3-2 in the fi­nal to se­cure the tro­phy.

The event re­mem­bers Jack Asher who was a Glas­gow Univer­sity hon­orary pres­i­dent, for­mer club cap­tain (1958–59) and a renowned shinty player and ref­eree.

Drop­kick Mur­phy Sixes

Ed­in­burgh Univer­sity won the 2017 Drop­kick Mur­phy Sixes, hosted by Ed­in­burgh Univer­sity Shinty Club at Mus­sel­burgh on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 4.

Ed­in­burgh beat hold­ers Tay­forth 2-1 in the fi­nal, with New­ton­more’s Duncan Gor­man and Skye Ca­manachd’s James Pringle get­ting the goals.

The win­ning Ed­in­burgh squad also in­cluded Alex Dun­nings from Oban, Calum Grant from Kin­gussie and Lochcar­ron’s Niall Arnott.

Aber­dour took the ladies ti­tle, beat­ing Strath­clyde in the fi­nal.

Teams trav­elled from as far afield as Caith­ness and the English Shinty As­so­ci­a­tion to take part in the pop­u­lar event.

Shinty ac­tion this Satur­day

The pre-sea­son friendlies con­tinue on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 11.

Oban Ca­manachd host Kyles Ath­letic at Gana­van; Lochside Rovers take on Kyles Ath­letic’s sec­ond team at the same venue whilst Oban Celtic face Glas-gow Mid Ar­gyll at Moss­field whilst Oban Celtic face Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll at Moss­field.

Skye Ca­manachd and Lo­vat meet at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree, for the Ge­orge Michie Me­mo­rial Cup, whilst Kil­mallie are off to the Bught Park to play In­ver­ness. Lochaber and Fort Wil­liam sec­ond teams are sched­uled to meet at Spean Bridge to con­test the Glen Mhor Cup although a venue switch to An Aird is pos­si­ble.

Dal­las Young takes Kin­gussie to Cas­tle Leod to play Caber­feidh, whilst the Skye colts are off to Lochcar­ron. There should also be an in­ter­est­ing con­test at Blair­beg where Glenurquhart wel­come Beauly. In last week’s Oban Times, we pre­viewed the open­ing day’s fix­tures in both the Marine Har­vest Pre­mier­ship and Na­tional Di­vi­sion.

This week we look at the open­ing matches in the North and South Di­vi­sions.

Marine Har­vest North Di­vi­sion 1

League cham­pi­ons New­ton­more re­serves be­gin the de­fence of their ti­tle with a trip to Brae­view Park to play the Beauly re­serves in this eight team di­vi­sion.

Newly-pro­moted Aberdeen Univer­sity are the only non-re­serve team in this league and they are also on the road as they open with a match against Kin­gussie colts at the Dell.

Fort Wil­liam and Skye Ca­manachd sec­ond teams meet at An Aird and there is also a re­serve match at Blair­beg where Kin­lochshiel are Glenurquhart’s op­po­nents.

Marine Har­vest South Di­vi­sion 1

Lochside Rovers and Aber­dour fin­ished the 2016 shinty sea­son in the league’s top three po­si­tions, with Aber­dour a point bet­ter off in sec­ond place, so there will be plenty at stake when the sides meet on the open­ing day of the 2017 shinty sea­son.

Col Glen, who fin­ished fifth last year, have home ad­van­tage against newly-pro­moted Tay­forth. Kil­mory also make the step up from Marine Har­vest South Di­vi­sion 2. They open with an away game with Taynuilt. Kyles Ath­letic sec­onds take on Glenorchy at Tighnabrua-ich. Ballachulish have no fix­ture in this nine-team di­vi­sion.

Marine Har­vest North Di­vi­sion 2

Lo­vat sec­onds, rel­e­gated from North 1 last sea­son, open with a game against Bole­sk­ine at Bal­gate.

The Caber­feidh and Lochaber sec­ond teams fin­ished third and fourth places re­spec­tively so their clash at Cas­tle Leod will be a close en­counter.

Glen­garry wel­come Lewis Ca­manachd to Craigard in what is a re­turn to his pre­vi­ous club for Lewis boss Duncan Mac­In­tyre.

The Strath­glass sec­ond team are back in the league and they make the short jour­ney to the Bught Park to play their In­ver­ness counter-parts.

Strath­spey Ca­manachd and the Kil­mallie sec­ond team will play at Gran­town Gram­mar School.

Lochcar­ron fin­ished sec­ond in the league at the end of last sea­son and are with­out a fix­ture on the open­ing day of the sea­son in this 11-team league.

Marine Har­vest South Di­vi­sion 2

With Tay­forth and Kil­mory pro­moted from last year’s Marine Har­vest South Di­vi­sion 2, Oban Lorn, who fin­ished third in 2016, make the jour­ney to Stra­chur­more to play the re­turn­ing Stra­chur side, back in the league af­ter a 12-month ab­sence.

With their first teams meet­ing at the Win­ter­ton, the Bute and In­ver­aray sec­ond teams do bat­tle at the Mead­ows.

The Aber­dour and Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll sec­ond teams start with a league meet­ing at Sil­ver­sands hav­ing met at the same venue in a pre-sea­son match which the home side won 2-1.

Dunoon have no fix­ture in this seven-team league.

Cameron Suther­land moves to Lochside

Highly-rated goalie Cameron Suther­land has joined Lochside Rovers from Ballachulish.

Suther­land was a star per­formed for Balla’ in the Na­tional Di­vi­sion last sea­son and his per­for­mances earned him a call up to the Scot­land U17 squad which toured Ire­land.

He missed the week­end win over Oban Lorn, so Beano Lo­gan played in goal. He’s likely to pro­vide com­pe­ti­tion for Oban Ca­manachd goalie Gavin Sto­b­bart.

MacCorquo­dale makes Oban Lorn switch

Ewan MacCorquo­dale will play his shinty at Oban Lorn this com­ing sea­son.

De­fender MacCorquo­dale was ham­pered by a back in­jury at Oban Celtic last sea­son but his ex­pe­ri­ence will make him a valu­able ad­di­tion to the Oban Lorn squad.

Hav­ing al­ready added An­drew Hunt, Ful­ton Ron­ald and 18-year- old Scot­land U17 cap Ross MacMil­lan to his squad, Oban Celtic boss Kenny Wother­spoon will feel he has ad­e­quate cover.

Nine­teen play­ers all took part in Oban Celtic’s 4- 0 win over Taynuilt a fort­night ago, with a fur­ther ten play­ers un­avail­able, so Kenny has a size­able squad at his dis­posal for the sea­son ahead.

McIn­tyre back in the fold

Kil­mallie have been boosted by Peter McIn­tyre’s re­turn af­ter a spell abroad.

McIn­tyre was a first team reg­u­lar with Kil­mallie be­fore play­ing for In­ver­aray in the Marine Har­vest Pre­mier­ship. He re­lo­cated to Aus­tralia for two years but his re­cent re­turn is a boost to Mark MacPher­son’s at­tack­ing op­tions as Kil­mallie step back into shinty’s top flight.

Fraser Macmil­lan makes Taynuilt re­turn

Fraser Macmil­lan has re­turned to Marine Har­vest South Di­vi­sion 1 side Taynuilt for the 2017 sea­son.

Macmil­lan had a good 2016 sea­son for Oban Celtic, in which the club won Marine Har­vest South Di­vi­sion 1 pro­mo­tion, but work com­mit­ments mean he would be un­able to fea­ture in most of their away games in the Marine Har­vest Na­tional Di­vi­sion.

GMA Ladies seek new boss

Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll Shinty Ladies have in­vited ap­pli­ca­tions for the po­si­tion of first team man­ager for the 2017 shinty sea­son.

GMA were Va­lerie Fraser Ca­manachd Cup and Marine Har­vest Na­tional Di­vi­sion 1 win­ners in 2014 and 2015 but lost out to Lochaber and Skye Ca­manachd last sea­son.

The club is seek­ing a new man­ager who will de­velop the team fur­ther and in­spire the play­ers to fu­ture suc­cess.

Any in­ter­ested ap­pli­cants are in­vited to email de­tails of their ex­pe­ri­ence and how they feel they can con­trib­ute to the club and its de­vel­op­ment to club sec­re­tary Nor­man MacMil­lan at nor­man.macmil­lan@ya­

Gary’s the Ca­man Man

For­mer Scot­land and Fort Wil­liam player Gary Innes has made a wor­thy ad­di­tion to the shinty song­book with his new sin­gle ‘The Ca­man Man’ which has al­ready taken the down­load chart by storm.

The song was launched on Ra­dio nan Gaid­heal’s Siub­hal gu Seachd show where host Derek ‘Pluto’ Mur­ray gave it its first na­tional broad­cast.

Gary Innes started to write the lyrics in the form of a poem in 2014 af­ter hang­ing up his ca­man fol­low­ing an il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer which in­cluded two man of the match per­for­mance in Fort Wil­liam’s Ca­manachd Cup suc­cesses in 2005 and 2010. The new song is ac­com­pa­nied by a su­perb video put to­gether by Nor­man Stra­chan who films each week for the Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion YouTube chan­nel.

Gary said: ‘I’ve been com­pletely blown away by the re­sponse to ‘The Ca­man Man’ which has now reached out to more than half a mil­lion peo­ple on Face­book.

‘Shinty was such a huge part of my life grow­ing up and I’ve al­ways felt, in many ways, the mu­sic and the sport have com­pli­mented each other, so it has been very spe­cial to com­bine the two once more.’

The sin­gle is avail­able on ITunes and is in­cluded in Gary’s new, re­cently re­leased al­bum en­ti­tled ERA.

Skye Ca­manachd awards night

Skye Ca­manachd will hold an awards pre­sen­ta­tion and ceilidh and sup­per night at the Skye Ca­manachd Club­house on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 11.

The 2016 club player of the year awards, in­clud­ing Ca­man DR and the An­gus Murchi­son tro­phy, will be pre­sented.

Skye Ca­manachd are also work­ing on plans for a for­mal event at the end of the 2017 shinty sea­son year to cel­e­brate the club’s 125th an­niver­sary.

Pho­to­graph: Kevin McG­lynn.

In­ver­aray goal­keeper Scott MacLach­lan makes a save from Oban Ca­manachd’s Daniel MacVicar dur­ing the pre-sea­son friendly at Oban’s com­mu­nity 3G pitch last Satur­day.

Pho­to­graph: Neil Pater­son.

Glenurquhart club pres­i­dent Gary Mack­in­tosh had a tough day step­ping in as goal­keeper for the game against Caber­feidh, with Kevin Bartlett mak­ing a four- goal re­turn for Cabers in a 6-2 win at Cas­tle Leod.

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