Women’s Camanachd Association redraw boundaries to mark Armistice Day

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The Women’s Camanachd Association have redrawn the boundaries for this year’s north vs south clash to mark the Poppy Scotland Sportive Challenge.

As the Commando Memorial at Spean Bridge is such an iconic monument in the heart of the shinty community, and so significant to Armistice Day, the organisers of Saturday’s exhibition match have decided to use the memorial as the marker point for the regional divide in the squads. This signals a shift from the “traditional format” that has been used in previous years.

The regional squad match takes place this Sunday September 30 and is one of the many events Poppy Scotland are holding in the run up to commemorate the Armistice 100 year celebration ‪on November 11‬.

Lisa MacColl, president of the Women’s Camanachd Association said: ‘We are delighted that we could tie our annual representative match in with the Poppy Scotland centenary of armistice. Shinty is at the heart of our rural communities, many of whom lost friends, family members and in some cases large numbers of local shinty teams never returned.

‘The commando monument is an iconic piece in a shinty heartland.  Therefore, we felt it was fitting to focus our event around it in the centenary year and use the day to help remember the fallen, while raising awareness and funds for a very deserved charity.’

Both junior and senior matches are to be played at Mossfield Park, Oban with the under 14s at 1pm and the senior match at 2.30pm.

The Women’s Camanachd Association will be collecting money for Poppy Scotland throughout the day. The association thanks the Macaulay Association for their continued sponsorship in this fixture.

The “Commando North” squad will feature players from Skye, Kinlochsheil, Glengarry, Lovat, Strathglass, Glenurquhart, Inverness, Strathspey & Badenoch, while the “Commando South” will compromise players from Lochaber, Fort William, Ardnamurchan, Dunadd, Cowal & Bute, Tayforth, Aberdour, Uddingston, GMA & Oban.

Our North commando & South commando squads have been named:

South Commando U14s

Samia Simmonds – Lochaber
Thea Robertson – Lochaber
Emma Wallace – Lochaber
Hannah MacDonald – Ardnamurchan
Kirsty Campbell – Ardnamurchan
Aine O’Rua – Ardnamurchan
Katie Cameron – Ardnamurchan
Sunday Atkinson – Aberdour
Catriona Chamberlain – Aberdour
Riane Cooper – Aberdour
Leah Maxtone – Fort William
Izzy Crawford – Oban Lorn
Ellie Hetherington – Dunadd
Eilidh Cameron – Dunadd

North Commando U14s

Hope Borthwick – Badenoch
Laura Brandie – Inverness
Grace Fraser – Badenoch
Freya Gault – Glenurquhart
Melissa Mackay – Inverness
Maree Mackenzie – Kinlochshiel
Leah Macleod – Skye
Leah Miller – Badenoch
Beth Murphy – Kinlochshiel
Chloe Mutch – Inverness
Katie Slimon – Badenoch
Evie Stubbs – Glengarry
Freya Turner – Skye
Rebecca Van Loon – Glenurquhart

South Commando Senior

Taryn Neilson – Aberdour
Elaine Wink – Fort William (Captain)
Hanna Dougan – Lochaber
Rachel McCafferty – GMA
Rosie Mulligan – Aberdour
Mairi Duncan – Lochaber
Lucy McMillan – Ardnamurchan
Christy Macintyre – Lochaber
Lucy Mcnulty – GMA
Natalie MacDonald – Lochaber
Katie Booth – Aberdour
Amy Disher – Lochaber
Vicki Henderson – Aberdour
Niamh Donnelly – Aberdour
Heather Ferguson – Cowal & Bute

North Commando Senior
Elizabeth McGregor – Badenoch
Jeanette McGregor – Badenoch (Captain)
Zoe Reid – Badenoch
Lorna MacRae – Skye
Rhianna Kirk – Skye
Caitlin MacLean – Skye
Emma Gordon – Skye
Christina Macdonald – Skye
Ilana Paterson – Skye
Sarah Corrigall – Skye
Jane Moodie – Strathspey
Shaina Archibald – Glengarry
Donna MacKenzie – Glenurquhart (Vice Captain)
Laura Gallacher – Lovat
Katie MacMillan – Inverness


South captain Leah Maxtane, 13, of Fort William Shinty Club (right) and north captain Maree MacKenzie, 13, of Kinlochshiel Shinty Club at the Commando Memorial in Spean Bridge before their big clash this Saturday in Oban. NO F39 North South Shinty. Photo: Anthony MacMillan