New balls please

The Oban Times - - Sport -

Tan­era Ca­mans has com­pleted tri­alling a new wa­ter­proof shinty ball which can last for more than a full game of shinty in all weathers.

Tan­era Ca­mans pro­pri­etor Alan MacPherson has de­vel­oped the pro­to­type which is made of a 100 per cent wa­ter­proof ma­te­rial.

His new de­sign has an in­ner core which will not take on wa­ter, pre­vent­ing the ball be­com­ing wa­ter­logged and go­ing out of shape quickly.

A num­ber of top flight teams have al­ready used the new ball with great re­sults. Feed­back has been pos­i­tive, in­clud­ing that from Lewis Ca­manachd who felt there was no dis­cernible dif­fer­ence in the qual­ity of the ball from the be­gin­ning to the end of a match de­spite play­ing on a wet sur­face.

Alan MacPherson said: ‘ My main ob­jec­tive was to de­sign a ball that was wa­ter­proof and would last more than one full game of shinty in all weathers. Cur­rently as many as four to six balls are used in one match on a wet day.

‘Be­cause of the way the new ball is made, it will never go out of shape and the in­ner core will never take on wa­ter. The per­for­mance of the ball, from feed­back re­ceived, has been very pos­i­tive and the ball feels more re­spon­sive on touch and is more durable.’

Test­ing is now com­plete and the new balls are now on sale. Any teams wish­ing to buy the ball should con­tact Alan by email at tan­er­a­ca­mans@gmail. com

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