2018 shinty review of the season – part two

The victorious Newtonmore team. 2018 Camanachd Cup Final, Lovat v Newtonmore, played at Mossfield, Oban.

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We have reached the business end of the shinty season as The Oban Times looks back on the second half of 2018.

July 2018
On the field round-up
Marine Harvest Premiership
Newtonmore’s excellent winning run continued and they moved two points clear of Lovat at the top of the Premiership.
Lovat had played two games more, while Kinlochshiel and Kyles Athletic were also very much in the mix. Oban Camanachd took maximum points from games against Skye and Kingussie but suffered a narrow 2-1 reverse at Lovat.

Marine Harvest
National Division
Kilmallie remained a point ahead of Fort William with a game in hand. Oban Celtic lost to Inveraray but defeated Strathglass.

Marine Harvest
North Division 1
The Newtonmore seconds retained the league title, finally seeing off Glengarry, when they beat the Skye Camanachd second team 3-1.

Marine Harvest
South Division 1
The Kyles Athletic colts finished the month five points ahead of Bute and Lochside Rovers as the title race looked to be a three-way battle.
After beating the Inveraray seconds at the end of June, Lochside Rovers recorded four straight victories during July to go on a spectacular winning run.

Marine Harvest
North Division 2
The Lovat reserves held a three point advantage over Lochcarron at the summit. The Caberfeidh seconds were seven points adrift but had three games in hand.

Marine Harvest
South Division 2
Strachur were just a point away from the league title, and promotion to South 1, after they won 3-1 at Bute.

Tulloch Homes
Camanachd Cup
Kilmallie, Newtonmore, Kingussie and Lovat all reached the last four of shinty’s premier competition. It took penalties to spilt Kilmallie and Newtonmore at the end of the month, with ‘More reaching the final.
Artemis Macaulay Cup
Finlay MacRae’s goal gave Kinlochshiel a 1-0 semi-final success over Lovat, while Kyles Athletic defeated Oban Camanachd 2-1 to set up next month’s final at Mossfield.

Liberty British Aluminium
Balliemore Cup
Callum MacDougall scored twice and Innes Blackhall got the other as Kilmallie beat Glasgow Mid Argyll 3-2 to win the Balliemore Cup.

Sutherland Cup
The Sutherland Cup Final will be a derby clash between the Kingussie and Newtonmore second teams after both won their semi-final ties against their Skye and Fort William counter-parts.

Marine Harvest WCA National Division 1
Skye took maximum points from league games against Strathspey, Glasgow Mid Argyll and Ardnamurchan.

Marine Harvest WCA Valerie Fraser Camanachd Cup
Badenoch & Strathspey overcame Lochaber 2-0 to reach the final where they will face Skye who received byes all the way through.

Young Scots star on Irish tour
Scotland U17 completed another successful Irish tour, recording hard-fought wins over Meath U17 and Dublin U17.
Scotland dominated the game against Meath at Trim, eventually running out convincing (6-6-3) 33-4 (1-0-1) winners.
The young Scots then won the annual meeting with Dublin U17 (5-9-3). (3-0-9) 36-18 (5-9-3).
Kingussie’s Ruaridh Anderson scored 21 points over the two games.
The Scots were skippered against Meath by Oban Camanachd’s Cameron Sutherland and by Kingussie’s Alexander Michie against Dublin.

August 2018
Scotland Women’s Squad Announced
The Scotland Women’s squad for the Shinty/Camogie international against Dublin Ladies was announced.
The game was to be played on the main Bught Park pitch ahead of the senior Shinty/Hurling international between the Scotland and Ireland senior sides for the first time.

CRA marks President’s term
Following the Camanachd Referee Association AGM, current vice-president Deek Cameron presented a memento to the outgoing president, John Sloggie, on the occasion of his retirement following many decades’ service to shinty.

On the field round-up
Marine Harvest Premiership
Newtonmore extended their lead at the top of the table to three points. It was also a good month for Oban Camanachd who notched league wins against Kinlochshiel, Caberfeidh and Lochaber.

Marine Harvest
National Division
Fort William took over at the top, leading Kilmallie on goal difference, although the Canal Parks side had a game in hand.

Marine Harvest
North Division 1
With Newtonmore already champions, Fort William beat Glengarry 4-2 in the battle for second place.

Marine Harvest
South Division 1
The Kyles seconds remained top but second placed Bute had a game in hand and reigning champions Lochside Rovers were putting a good run together. Lochside’s only league match in August was a 1-0 triumph over title rivals Kyles with Lennon Campbell scoring.

Marine Harvest
North Division 2
Lochcarron drew level with the Lovat seconds at the top of the table with only goal difference keeping Lovat in front.

Marine Harvest
South Division 2
Strachur retained their three point cushion at the summit.

Tulloch Homes
Camanachd Cup
Lovat and Kingussie drew their semi-final tie with Lovat eventually winning through to next month’s show-piece final on penalties.

Sutherland Cup
The Newtonmore seconds lifted the trophy courtesy of a 5-2 win over the Kingussie seconds in the final.
Strathdearn Cup
The Newtonmore colts are on course for an historic treble after the edging out the Kingussie colts in their semi-final clash. They will meet Fort William who beat Skye to reach the final.

Bullough Cup
Lochside defeated Glenorchy 5-2 to set up a final meeting with the Kyles Athletic reserves who got past Strachur.

Marine Harvest WCA National Division 1
Badenoch & Strathspey and Skye Camanachd continued to take maximum points in the title race.

September 2018
On the field round-up
Marine Harvest Premiership
Newtonmore’s narrow 3-2 win over Oban Camanachd at the Eilan was enough to win back the league title. ‘More were presented with the trophy after winning 3-1 at second placed Kyles at the end of the month. Skye kept their survival hopes alive by beating Caberfeidh but Glenurquhart were already relegated

Marine Harvest
National Division
Kilmallie sealed the league championship and a speedy return to shinty’s top flight, beating Beauly 5-1 in their final league match which was a final game in charge for Mark MacPherson. Oban Celtic rounded off their season with a 7-2 win over Beauly in what was Kenny Wotherspoon’s final game as boss.

Marine Harvest
North Division 1
The Fort William seconds pipped Glengarry to a second placed finish, behind champions Newtonmore colts.

Marine Harvest
South Division 1
Bute and Lochside continued to chase the Kyles seconds in the title race. However Kyles’ chances suffered a blow when they lost 1-0 to Lochside.

Marine Harvest
North Division 2
The Lovat seconds clinched the title and promotion to North 1.

Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup
Newtonmore won the Scottish for a record 33rd time, beating beat Lovat 3-0 in the final at Mossfield. Evan Menzies scored twice, either side of a Glen MacKintosh strike. Evan Menzies took the Albert Smith medal as man of the match and ‘More captain Andy MacKintosh stepped forward to receive the Camanachd Cup from Tulloch Home’s George Fraser.

Strathdearn Cup
The Newtonmore seconds completed the “treble”, adding the Strathdearn Cup to the league title and the Sutherland Cup won earlier in the season after beating the Fort William seconds 4-0 at the Bught Park.

Bullough Cup
Lochside Rovers scored four goals in the opening 16 minutes as they defeated the Kyles Athletic second team 5-2 to lift the Bullough Cup at Strachurmore.

Marine Harvest WCA National Division 1
Skye stayed two points ahead of Badenoch & Strathspey in the title race, setting up a title decider in Portree next month.

Marine Harvest WCA Valerie Fraser Camanachd Cup
Badenoch & Strathspey won the WCA Valerie Fraser Camanachd Cup, defeating Skye Camanachd 4-1 in the final at The Dell.
The final was broadcast live on BBC ALBA for the first time.

Marine Harvest WCA Challenge Cup
Glenurquhart were WCA Challenge Cup winners with Abi Stoddart grabbing a hat-trick as they beat Inverness 4-3 in a tight the final.

WCA North Double
The North ran out 5-3 winners in the senior meeting against the South. Lochaber’s Natalie MacDonald scored all three goals for Lisa MacColl’s South side but Eoghan Stewart’s North won as Laura Gallacher netted twice with Skye trio Sarah Corrigall, Caitlin MacLean and Lorna MacRae getting the others.
Skye’s Sarah Corrigall was named player of the match.
Earlier in the afternoon, the North U14 overcame South U14 4-1.

North U21 Lift Caol Cup
The North U21 lifted the Coal Cup but it took a Findlay MacDonald goal three minutes from time to cancel out Jonnie MacAskill’s opener.
The North eventually came out on top in a penalty shoot-out.

Lochaber High win Great Glen Shinty Sixes
Lochaber High School won the Great Glen Shinty Sixes. With eight teams taking part, Lochaber beat Glenurquhart 4-0 in the final with top scorer Max Campbell, Hamish Shaw and Cameron Whyte amongst the goals.

Beauly U14 win MacMaster Cup
Beauly U14 beat Fort William U14 2-0 in the Kenneth MacMaster Cup Final.
Callum MacIver and Rory MacColl got the goals.

Youth Finals Day in Taynuilt
Oban Camanachd defeated Col Glen 3-1 to retain the MacQuiston Cup. Ross Campbell gave Oban Camanachd and Lennon Campbell added a second. Connor Kennedy pulled a goal back but Lennon Campbell got his second to confirm a 3-1 victory.
Oban Lorn won the U14 National Development League, beating Ballachulish in the final.

October 2018
Garry Reid names Scotland Squad
New Scotland Head Coach Garry Reid named his squad for the forthcoming Marine Harvest Shinty / Hurling international against Ireland.
There were first senior caps for Andrew MacCuish, Evan Menzies and Arran MacPhee.
Meantime, Scotland U21 Head Coach Alan MacRae also named his pool for the meeting with their Irish counter-parts in Dublin and there was a first call-up for 16-year-old Oban Camanachd defender Daniel Sloss.

2018 Annual Marine Harvest Shinty Awards
The 2018 Annual Marine Harvest Shinty Award winners were announced.
Newtonmore’s Paul John MacKintosh was named Coach of the Year, while his player Rory Kennedy was Player of the Year.
Newtonmore were also Club of the Year to complete a senior hat-trick of successes.

Stewart In At Kilmallie
Kilmallie announced that John Stewart is their new first team manager, replacing Mark MacPherson who led the club to a National Division title and Balliemore Cup success last season.

On the field round-up
Marine Harvest Premiership
Skye Camanachd were relegated following their defeat to fifth placed Oban Camanachd at Mossfield. This was Iain Hay’s final manager as Oban Camanachd manager.

Marine Harvest
National Division
Inveraray took the second promotion place at Fort William’s expense after beating Beauly in their final match.

Marine Harvest
South Division 1
Lochside Rovers beat the Inveraray seconds 3-2 but it wasn’t enough to retain the title. Ahead of the match with Kilmory, who were unable to complete the season because of team raising difficulties, having all their results erased, Lochside went into their final match trailing leaders Bute, who have completed their league programme, by two points but, significantly, the Islanders held a goal difference advantage of six goals and they were crowned champions.

Marine Harvest WCA National Division 1
Skye Camanachd were crowned Marine Harvest National Division 1 champions for the third successive season after drawing 5-5 with title challengers Badenoch & Strathspey.

Double Scots Win
Four points in the final five minutes saw Scotland complete a remarkable comeback to beat Ireland 14-12 in the Marine Harvest Shinty/ Hurling/Camogie internationals in Inverness.
Ireland led 10-2 half-time lead but, with just minutes remaining, Kevin Bartlett scored his fourth two-pointer of the game to give Scotland a dramatic victory.
A blood soaked Scotland captain Grant Irvine, who earlier suffered a nasty head cut, raised the Marine Harvest Quaich.
Scotland Ladies defeated Dublin Ladies 13-2 to win their three-game series. Goals from Zoe Reid (twice), Lorna MacRae and Kirsty Deans and a Sarah Corrigall point sealed the win.

London Shield semis
Skye Camanachd U17 won through to this the London Shield Final after beating Kingussie U17 7-0 The Islanders will face Fort William U17 in the final after they came from behind to defeat Glenurquhart U17 4-1.

Inverness At The Double
Inverness won both the U14 and U17 Ferguson Shipping & Transport Inter-District Shields following the annual tournaments.

November 2018
On the field round-up
Young Scots win in Dublin
Scotland U21 turned in a great performance to beat Ireland U21 25-13 at the GAA National Games Development Centre, Dublin.
Roddy Young and Iain Robinson both scored twice whilst Findlay MacDonald and Alexander MacMillan got the other goals.

Skye Are Champs Again
Skye Camanachd were confirmed as Marine Harvest WCA National Division 1 winners for the third successive season after drawing 5-5 with nearest challengers Badenoch & Strathspey at Pairc nan Laoch.

Skye snatch London Shield
Ruaraidh MacLeod turned in a man of the match performance, scoring twice to cancel Greig Kelly’s counter, as Skye Camanachd U17 beat Fort William U17 2-1 to win the London Shield.

North take honours
North U17 defeated the South U17 8-0 at An Aird but it took penalties to separate North U14 and South U14.
Ross Gordon scored four times for the North U17 with his Skye club-mate Martin Pringle netting twice. Kinlochshiel’s Duncan Matheson and Kieran MacPherson from Kingussie got the others so Skye’s William MacKinnon raised the trophy.
North U14 retained the Fraser MacPhee trophy but only just after they beat the South U14 on penalties following a 1-1 draw. Inveraray’s Coll MacKay put the South ahead but skipper Euan MacCormick from Beauly equalised.

December 2018
2019 Artemis Macaulay Cup – Draw
The 2019 Artemis Macaulay Cup draw was made live on Oban FM’s Sports Show.
The pick of the first round ties sees Inveraray host Kyles Athletic and Kinlochshiel have home advantage against Lovat.

Stephen Sloss Is Boss
Oban Camanachd confirmed that Stephen Sloss will be their new manager. Stephen Sloss takes over from Iain Hay who led the side to Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Cup success last season.

Roll of Honour
Newtonmore were the big winners, with their first and second teams winning six of the seven competitions they entered. Only Kinlochshiel stood between them and a clean sweep.
Two trophies went to Oban with Oban Camanachd lifting the Glasgow Celtic Society Cup and Lochside Rovers winning the Bullough Cup.
Marine Harvest Premiership – Newtonmore
Marine Harvest National Division – Kilmallie
Marine Harvest North Division 1 – Newtonmore
Marine Harvest South Division 1 – Bute
Marine Harvest North Division 2 – Lovat
Marine Harvest South Division 2 – Strachur
Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup – Newtonmore
Artemis Macaulay Cup – Kinlochshiel
cottages.com MacTavish Cup – Newtonmore
Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Cup – Oban Camanachd
Liberty British Aluminium Balliemore Cup – Kilmallie
Sutherland Cup – Newtonmore
Strathdearn Cup – Newtonmore
Bullough Cup – Lochside Rovers
Marine Harvest WCA National Division 1- Skye Camanachd
Marine Harvest WCA Valerie Fraser Camanachd Cup – Badenoch & Strathspey
Marine Harvest WCA Challenge Cup – Glenurquhart