New balls please
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