Camanachd Cup semi-final will be played in Oban

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The Camanachd Cup semi-final between Oban Camanachd and Kyles Athletic will now be played at Mossfield tomorrow (Saturday August 10).

The match was originally scheduled to take place at Strachurmore, but due to heavy rainfall and further weather warnings, the Camanachd Association made the decision to move the game to Oban.

With the game being televised, there were only a limited number of venues available that had the space and facilities. They were Strachurmore, Taynuilt, Inverness and Mossfield.

Posting online, the Camanachd Association said: ‘This ultimately left the association with three options.

‘One option was to play the match at the next available neutral venue. The Bught Park – this was not deemed an appropriate option.

‘The second option was Mossfield which presents obvious neutrality concerns. However, following consultation with Kyles Athletic they confirmed having consulted with their players and committee that they would be prefer to waive the aspiration for a neutral venue in order to see the game going ahead.

‘The third and final option was to postpone the match but this would present numerable clashes and challenges for all involved in hosting the match therefore it was agreed the match would go ahead at Mossfield.’

Oban Camanachd highlighted issues with Strachurmore in a statement last week, in a bid to have the match moved to Taynuilt.

The club wrote: ‘After attending the Bullough Cup Final yesterday the club feels it has to bring to attention the venue for this Saturday’s Camanachd Cup semi-final at Strachurmore. Anyone who was in attendance could see that the playing surface is not conducive to fast, free-flowing shinty in which a semi-final showpiece should be.

‘Our club has been in contact with the Camanachd Association over the past two weeks flagging up our concerns over the playing surface and the length of pitch.’

The match will get underway at 4pm.