Pre-sea­son fix­tures come thick and fast

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WITH the new shinty sea­son just over a fort­night away, clubs have cranked up their pre-sea­son prepa­ra­tions.

Pre-sea­son friendlies Bal­lachul­ish 0 Kil­mory 5

Kil­mory beat Bal­lachul­ish 5- 0 in their match at Ju­bilee Park.

Both sides will play in Ma­rine Har­vest South Di­vi­sion 1 this com­ing sea­son, Bal­lachul­ish-hav­ing dropped down from the Na­tional, whilst Kil­mory were pro­moted from South 2.

Both sides were miss­ing key play­ers for this one. Kil­mory’s Andrew Cun­ning­ham opened the scor­ing and Sandy Leiper made it 2- 0 from close range just be­fore half time.

Alex Cun­ning­ham added a third be­fore Rhys Wil­liams slot­ted home num­ber four.

Alex Cun­ning­ham got his sec­ond to make it 5- 0 and had the chance to com­plete his hat-trick in the fi­nal minute but failed to con­vert from the penalty spot.

Next up for Kil­mory is a meet­ing with Col Glen on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 25.

Caber­feidh 3 Kin­gussie 2

Caber­feidh con­tin­ued their good pre-sea­son form with a 3-2 win over Kin­gussie at Cas­tle Leod to win the Billy MacPher­son Chal­lenge Shield.

The ad­di­tion of for­mer Beauly de­fender Ryan Mackay and the re­turn of Kevin Bartlett helped ‘Cabers’ to a con­vinc­ing win over a weak­ened Glenurquhart team a week ear­lier and both lined up for this one too. Caber­feidh as­sis­tant man­ager Mal­colm Mor­ri­son filled in as keeper in the ‘Glen’ game and in­jured wing cen­tre Iain MacColl deputised for reg­u­lar goalie Ewen Pilcher against the ‘Kings’.

This was a first match in charge for new Kin­gussie boss Dal­las Young.

Caber­feidh went in front through Ben MacDon­ald but James Fal­coner drew Kin­gussie level.

Kevin Bartlett put Jodi Gorski’s side back in front and his goal was the pick of the bunch.

He col­lected a long ball for­ward, jug­gled it on his stick be­fore loft­ing it over Kin­gussie keeper Craig Daw­son.

Colin MacLen­nan made it 3-1 be­fore a great strike from dis­tance from Roddy Young made it 3-2.

Craig Mor­ri­son was ex­cel­lent in mid­field for a Caber­feidh side who could well be the team to watch in the Ma­rine Har­vest Na­tional Di­vi­sion this sea­son.

Caber­feidh 2 Kin­lochshiel 0

The Caber­feidh colts beat the Kin­lochshiel colts 2- 0 in their en­counter at Cas­tle Leod.

Scott MacPhail and Ste­wart Krzyzanowski scored the goals.

Col Glen 2 Bute 0

Col Glen de­feated Bute 2- 0 at Ot­ter Ferry.

Conor Kennedy got the opener for Col Glen and Lorne Mar­shall made it 2- 0 in what was a good win against higher league op­po­si­tion.

Fort Wil­liam 1 Glenurquhart 1

The Fort Wil­liam sec­onds came from a goal down to draw 1-1 with the Glenurquhart sec­onds at An Aird.

Both teams fielded a num­ber of their promis­ing young play­ers who all can­celled them­selves out in a goal-less first half.

Ewen Car­roll, scor­ing for the sec­ond suc­ces­sive Satur­day, gave Glenurquhart a sec­ond half lead but a Padraig McNeil goal earned Fort Wil­liam a share of the spoils.

Glenorchy 2 Oban Lorn 1

Ma­rine Har­vest South Di­vi­sion 1 side Glenorchy beat Oban Lorn from the league be­low 2-1 at Mart Park, Dal­mally.

The in­flu­en­tial Find­lay Ross scored both goals for the home side, with Drew Walker coun­ter­ing for Oban Lorn.

Glenurquhart 3 Beauly 1

Glenurquhart beat Beauly 3-1 in their 2pm throw up at Blair­beg.

Beauly boss Alan MacRae has added for­mer In­ver­ness and Glenurquhart player Liam Gir­van to his ranks and he de­buted in this one.

Neale Reid scored twice for the ‘Glen’, with David MacLen­nan adding a third.

Sandy El­rick got the Beauly goal.

In­ver­aray 2 Kin­lochshiel 6

Kin­lochshiel made it 14 goals in two pre-sea­son out­ings when they beat In­ver­aray 6-2 in their noon throw up at the Win­ter­ton.

Jor­dan Fraser grabbed a hat­trick for ’Shiel, Keith MacRae scored twice and Fin­lay MacRae got the other.

Neil Camp­bell and John Kennedy were on tar­get for In­ver­aray.

In­ver­ness 0 Kil­mallie 2

Kil­mallie beat In­ver­ness 2- 0 in their 1pm throw up at the Bught Park out­side pitch.

A light cov­er­ing of snow on Satur­day morn­ing made for a crisp sur­face, but the game went ahead.

In­ver­ness man­ager Drew McNeil opted to watch from the touch­line whilst for­mer Skye and SCOTS Ca­manachd keeper Ian Munro took over from Ken­neth Loades in the home goal.

Martin Ste­wart was miss­ing for Kil­mallie, how­ever, there was a place for Pe­ter McIn­tyre on his re­turn to the side.

Ryan Ste­wart and Craig MacIsaac got the goals in the match ref­er­eed by John Mathe­son.

Whilst this was a first out­ing of the sea­son for Kil­mallie, it was a sec­ond pre-sea­son friendly for In­ver­ness who put in a much bet­ter per­for­mance than in the 8- 0 de­feat against Kin­lochshiel a fort­night ear­lier.

Lochaber 0 Fort Wil­liam 6

Fort Wil­liam lifted the Glen Mhor Cup when they beat an un­der-strength Lochaber side 6- 0 in their 1pm throw up at Spean Bridge.

Shaun Nicol­son, Stu­art Cal­li­son, Barry MacDon­ald and Danny De­laney were amongst the home ab­sen­tees on a bright but cold day at Spean.

Deek Cameron took charge of this derby en­counter and Fort Wil­liam took the lead through Ar­ran MacPhee.

Lochaber came close to draw­ing level when a Bren­nan MacDon­ald ef­fort came back off the cross­bar.

Calum Shep­herd dou­bled Fort Wil­liam’s lead, with Ar­ran MacPhee get­ting a sec­ond to make it 3- 0.

Calum Shep­herd tucked home a re-bound for his sec­ond and the Fort’s fourth, whilst a late dou­ble from young­ster Lewis Clark, who had gone close ear­lier, rounded off the morale-boost­ing 6- 0 win.

Fort Wil­liam cap­tain James Tangney lifted the Glen Mhor Cup and, af­ter post­pone­ments against Aber­dour and Kyles Ath­letic, the Fort’s pre-sea­son got off to a win­ning start.

Lochcar­ron Skye Ca­manachd 6

Skye Ca­manachd’s sec­ond team beat neigh­bours Lochcar­ron 6-1 at Bat­tery Park.

The game was a per­sonal tri­umph for Skye’s Ruaraidh MacLeod who scored five times. An­other young­ster, Ste­wart Tay­lor, got the other goal to give boss Kenny MacLeod a win in his first game in charge.

Cris­dean Fin­layson scored the Lochcar­ron goal.

Lochside Rovers 1 Kyles Ath­letic 1

Lochside Rovers and the Kyles Ath­letic sec­ond team drew 1-1 in their 2pm throw up at Gana­van.

Iain MacMil­lan net­ted for the home side, whilst young­ster Paddy Mul­hol­land was the scorer for Kyles.

Oban Ca­manachd 4 Kyles Ath­letic 2

Oban Ca­manachd were 4-2 win­ners in their noon throw up against Kyles Ath­letic at Gana­van.

Kyles made a strong start to the game and dom­i­nated the open­ing quar­ter.

Oban Ca­manachd set­tled into the con­test, how­ever, and Ai­dan McIn­tyre put them in front af­ter 37 min­utes with a low strike.

It took a cou­ple of good saves from Oban Ca­manachd keeper Gavin Sto­b­bart to keep his team in front at the break.

A su­perb strike from Matt Rip­pon made it 2- 0 just af­ter the re- start.

A touch from Oban Ca­manachd sub­sti­tute Evan MacLel­lan saw the ball de­flect into the top cor­ner of the net on the hour to make it 3- 0.

An­other well-taken Matt Rip­pon strike on 74 min­utes in­creased Ca­manachd’s ad­van­tage.

Oban Ca­manachd reshuf­fled their pack dur­ing the clos­ing stages and Kyles scored twice dur­ing the fi­nal 10 min­utes through Martin MacFadyen and Roddy MacDon­ald to nar­row the deficit to 4-2.

Oban Ca­manachd man­ager Iain Hay was happy with the work- out. He said: ‘Over­all, it was a good per­for­mance. Matty Rip­pon scored two crack­ing goals and it’s good to have him re­turn­ing to the squad.

‘We also had Gary McKer­racher and Scott MacMil­lan back from the team which played last week so I had 16 play­ers to choose from.

‘We made a lot of changes late in the game and that’s when we lost the goals.

‘We are at Can­nich to play Strath­glass this com­ing Satur­day so we’ll look to keep it go­ing.’

Oban Celtic 1 Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll 7

Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll found their scor­ing touch, beat­ing Oban Celtic 7-1 in their 1.30pm throw up at Moss­field.

With man­ager Kenny Wother­spoon on hol­i­day, the Oban side were also mi­nus Daniel Madej, Neil Carmichael, Lee Askew, Iain Mackech­nie and Al­lan Mckie from their start­ing line-up.

GMA found goals hard to come by in their 1- 0 de­feat to Aber­dour a week ear­lier but they turned in a good per­for­mance in this one.

They led 2- 0 at the break when Celtic changed keep­ers and lost the in­flu­en­tial Andy MacDon­ald through in­jury.

Last sea­son’s top scorer Craig An­der­son opened his ac­count for the new term with a hat­trick whilst for­mer Kin­lochshiel player Duncan ‘Ach’ MacRae scored twice.

John McNulty was also on tar­get, as was Mark Bain from the penalty spot.

Rory Bruce coun­tered for Oban Celtic with new sign­ings Ross MacMil­lan and Ful­ton Ronald their best per­form­ers.

Skye Ca­manachd 1 Lo­vat 3

Lo­vat lifted the Ge­orge Michie Memo­rial Cup with a 3-1 win over Skye Ca­manachd at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree.

There were new bosses at both ends with co-man­agers Wil­lie Cowie and Pe­ter Gor­don be­gin­ning their ten­ure at Skye and Fraser Gal­lacher in charge at Lo­vat.

Skye were with­out keeper Jamie Gan­non, Neil MacVicar, Chris MacLen­nan and Kenny Camp­bell. Iain MacLeod started in goal.

Lo­vat trav­elled with­out Ryan Fer­gu­son and the in­jured Mark Kelly.

The first 20 min­utes of the match were fairly even, but Lo­vat started to get a grip of the mid­field with Cal­lum Cru­den and Bai­ley MacKay par­tic­u­larly ef­fec­tive.

Fraser Gal­lacher opted to play Craig Main­land, back af­ter a se­ri­ous shoul­der in­jury, in the Lo­vat at­tack rather than his more accustomed de­fen­sive role and the move paid div­i­dends when Main­land gave the Bal­gate side a 29th-minute lead af­ter the ball broke to him at the edge of the ‘D’.

Greg Mathe­son made it 2- 0 on 33 min­utes when he ran for­ward to get to a ball just ahead of his marker and Mathe­son tapped the ball home.

Craig Main­land was with­drawn at half time but the vis­i­tors ex­tended their lead when Greg Mathe­son added his sec­ond and Lo­vat’s third goal on 58 min­utes.

Lorne MacKay cut in from the Lo­vat left.

His shot was well-saved by keeper Iain MacLeod but Mathe­son ran in to knock the re-bound past the keeper be­fore tap­ping the ball into the empty net.

There was some con­so­la­tion for Skye when James Pringle pulled a goal back on 78 min­utes.

The ball fell to Pringle in space and he touched the ball wide be­fore hit­ting it low across keeper Stu­art MacDon­ald into the bot­tom cor­ner of the net.

Af­ter al­ready win­ning the Lo­vat Cup a day into the New Year, this was a sec­ond cup suc­cess of year for Lo­vat.

And it was a good start for Greg Mathe­son’s Lo­vat cap­taincy as he came for­ward to lift the tro­phy.

Strath­glass 3 In­ver­ness 1

The Strath­glass and In­ver­ness sec­ond teams had a noon meet­ing at Can­nich with the home side, newly-re­stored to Ma­rine Har­vest North Di­vi­sion 2, run­ning out 3-1 win­ners.

The match was played on a firm sur­face but it was playable de­spite freez­ing tem­per­a­tures.

Strath­glass in­cluded for­mer Lewis Ca­manachd player Eoghan Ste­wart.

In­ver­ness will be en­cour­aged to have Scott Wat­son and Gor­don MacKen­zie back in their ranks, whilst young­sters Ross MacK­in­non and Fin­lay Calder were amongst their debu­tants.

Stu­art MacRae put In­ver­ness ahead but Strath­glass lev­elled be­fore the break and they scored twice more in a five minute sec­ond half burst to seal the 3-1 win.

The Strath­glass goals came cour­tesy of a Barry John Phimis­ter dou­ble with Ciaran Me­lens get­ting the other.

Strath­glass 2 Tay­forth 1

Strath­glass beat Tay­forth 2-1 in their en­counter at Can­nich.

Orsten Gar­diner gave Tay­forth the lead af­ter nine min­utes, but Lewis Dou­glas drew the sides level mid-way through the first half.

Scott Dou­glas scored to put Strath­glass 2-1 ahead just be­fore half time and, with no goals in the sec­ond half, his strike proved to be the win­ner.

Taynuilt 1 Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll 0

A late goal gave Taynuilt a 1- 0 win over the Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll sec­ond team at Taynuilt Sports Hub. Ryan Gil­lies notched the win­ner with his ef­fort in the fi­nal 10 min­utes of the game.

Shinty ac­tion this Satur­day

Pre- sea­son friendlies con­tinue on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 18.

Oban Ca­manachd head north to play Ma­rine Har­vest Na­tional Di­vi­sion side Strath­glass at Can­nich for the Murdo MacKen­zie Memo­rial Cup, whilst Oban Celtic wel­come Ma­rine Har­vest Premier­ship op­po­si­tion as Kil­mallie visit Moss­field. Lochside Rovers face New­ton­more’s sec­ond team at Gana­van.

New­ton­more host In­ver­ness, whilst Fort Wil­liam head for Kirk­ton to play Kin­lochshiel.

Glen­garry have home ad­van­tage against the In­ver­ness sec­ond team and Kin­gussie and Beauly meet at the Dell.

Bal­lachul­ish wel­come the Kil­mallie sec­ond team to Ju­bilee Park whilst the Glenurquhart and Skye Ca­manachd first and sec­ond teams meet – the firsts at Blair­beg and the sec­onds in Portree.

Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll play Bute in Yoker, whilst Tay­forth have home ad­van­tage against Aberdeen Univer­sity.

Aber­dour take on Kyles Ath­letic’s sec­ond team at Sil­ver­sands.

Black is back at Bole­sk­ine

Gra­ham Black will man­age Bole­sk­ine for the 2017 shinty sea­son.

For­mer Lo­vat player Jamie Mathe­son started off last sea­son in charge at Smith Park but later stepped down.

Black had a pre­vi­ous spell man­ag­ing the club and his ap­point­ment at Smith Park will give the squad sta­bil­ity ahead of their Ma­rine Har­vest North Di­vi­sion 2 cam­paign.

Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll bol­ster squad

Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll have made four ad­di­tions to their squad ahead of their re­turn to the Ma­rine Har­vest Premier­ship.

GMA last played in shinty’s top league in 2010 and long-serv­ing man­ager Ge­orge Hay will again be as­sisted by Dougie Lake and Neil McLay this year.

They have in­creased their de­fen­sive op­tions by adding Lochside Rovers goalie Robert Dun­nings and ex- Glenurquhart de­fender Stu­art Reid to their squad.

John Don MacKen­zie re­turns to Yoker af­ter a sea­son with his orig­i­nal club Kin­lochshiel.

An­other ex-Kin­lochshiel player, Duncan ‘Ach’ MacRae, who can play in mid­field or in at­tack, has also signed on for the sea­son ahead.

The re­main­der of the squad is along the lines of last year.

Skye Ca­manachd awards night

Skye Ca­manachd held their an­nual award pre­sen­ta­tions at a ceilidh night at the Skye Ca­manachd Club­house on Satur­day Fe­bru­ary 11.

The 2016 club player of the year was Neil MacVicar, with Al­lan MacLeod col­lect­ing the sec­ond team award.

Young­ster James Pringle broke into the Skye first team dur­ing the 2016 sea­son and he was given the cov­eted ‘Ca­man DR’.

The An­gus Murchi­son tro­phy, pre­sented to the per­son who has done most for the club off the field of play, was pre­sented to Helen Gilpin who, along with Dr Wil­son Banks, pro­vides pitch­side match- day med­i­cal cover for all the Skye teams through­out the sea­son.

James Pringle and John Gil­lies shared the U17 player of the year ac­co­lade whilst Jamie Gil­lies took the U14 award.

Ma­rine Har­vest na­tional ladies player of the year Rhi­anna Kirk was also the Skye Ca­manachd ladies player of the year.

2017 WCA fix­tures re­leased

The Women’s Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion has re­leased their fix­tures for the new sea­son.

In an ear­lier than nor­mal start, the open­ing Ma­rine Har­vest North Di­vi­sion 2 and Devel­op­ment League fix­tures both take place over the week­end Fe­bru­ary 25-26.

Lochaber are away to Lewis in North 2, whilst Glen­garry are off to Can­nich to play Strath­glass and Strath­spey host In­ver­ness.

The Devel­op­ment East fix­tures will also take place that same week­end in Strath­spey whilst the Devel­op­ment West fix­tures are hosted by Strath­glass.

The Ma­rine Har­vest South Di­vi­sion 2 fix­tures start over the week­end of March 4-5 when Oban Lorn are at home to Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll, Lorne Ladies host Ard­na­mur­chan and Cowal and Bute are at home to Du­nadd.

That same week­end, the sec­ond round of Ma­rine Har­vest North Di­vi­sion 2 matches sees Glen­garry, Glenurquhart and Lochaber all with home ad­van­tage against In­ver­ness, Strath­glass and Strath­spey re­spec­tively.

The much-an­tic­i­pated Ma­rine Har­vest Na­tional Di­vi­sion 1 pro­gramme starts over the week­end of March 11-12.

Cham­pi­ons Skye Ca­manachd play 2015 league win­ners Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree. Va­lerie Fraser Ca­manachd Cup win­ners Lochaber face Bade­noch at Spean Bridge, whilst the league’s newly-pro­moted sides, Lo­vat and Fort Wil­liam, play at Bal­gate.

Aber­dour don’t have a fix­ture in this seven team league.

Pho­to­graph: Don­ald Cameron.

Un­ortho­dox de­fend­ing from Adam MacMaster as Kil­mallie’s Duncan Rodger gets his swing in.

Pho­to­graph: Iain Fer­gu­son, The Write Im­age.

Fort Wil­liam’s Calum Shep­herd and Lochaber’s James MacRae in ac­tion durng last week­end’s Glen Mhor Cup match at Spean Bridge.

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