The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)
Newtonmore goal-grabber Ewen Fraser is leaving the Camanachd Cup holders because of his commitments as a trainee doctor, but could stay in the Premiership next season with newly-promoted Glasgow Mid Argyll.
The 24-year-old has secured a placement with a Glasgow medical business.
Newtonmore manager Paul John Mackintosh said: “He has been commuting to train and play but Ewen has indicated that because of his work situation, and the travelling involved, he might miss one game out of every three.
“The lad has indicated he will train at Glasgow Mid Argyll and may well join them, where he could be an important capture.
“We’ve no complaints as we were only able to get Ewen because he had a medical placement in the area and he’s done a great job for us.
“He’s been given a medical opportunity in Glasgow and it makes sense that he could continue his shinty career there. We thank him for his service and wish him well.”
Fraser joined Newtonmore two years ago after winning the North First Division player of the year trophy with Aberdeen University in 2017.
He had started off with Boleskine until leaving the area because of his studies.
He has won two MacTavish Cup winners’ medals, two Camanachd Cup medals and a 2018 Premiership winners’ medal in his time at the Eilan.
Mid Argyll playermanager Mark Bain is hoping to clinch the signing of Fraser as his newly-promoted team prepare for their Premiership return.
He is also optimistic of landing an as yet unnamed North player, who has been playing for a National Division club and is heading to Glasgow to study.
Orston Gardner, favourite to succeed Paul John Mackintosh as first team manager at the club’s AGM next month, has steered Newtonmore colts’ youngest line-up in years to the North First Division title.
They had to beat bottom club Aberdeen University by five goals at the Eilan in their final fixture to pip Glengarry on goal difference. The result was never in doubt and the inexperienced Newtonmore side ran out 7-0 winners to receive the trophy.
The students put up brave resistance and limited the home side to two first-half goals, Craig MacLeod hitting the opener and Glen Mackintosh adding a second in 38 minutes.
MacLeod struck again in 50 and 59 minutes before completing a fine personal campaign with his fourth goal, and his team’s title-winning fifth, 20 minutes from time.
Glen Mackintosh then completed his hat-trick in the last 10 minutes.
Mackintosh, who scored two goals in the Camanachd Cup final and was picked again for the Scotland senior shinty-hurling team only to withdraw through injury, has scored seven goals in three games for the second team.