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There were celebrations for Oban Camanachd’s Daniel Sloss and Fort William and Glengarry shinty clubs at the Mowi Conference and Awards Ceremony hosted by sponsor Mowi at the Kingsmills Hotel, Inverness, on Saturday November 9.
Daniel Sloss has long since cemented his place in the Oban Camanachd first team which won this year’s Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Cup and were runners-up in the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup and the Artemis Macaulay Cup. He represented Scotland U17 in their summer Ireland tour and was also part of Alan MacRae’s Scotland U21 squad which recently played their Irish counterparts.
Oban Camanachd manager Stephen Sloss said: ‘I’m probably harder on Daniel than anyone but he’s deserved this award.
‘He marks all the top forwards in Scotland each week, aged just 17, so he’s punching way above his weight.
‘We’ve had a really good season as a team and have a lot of good players, but Daniel has been given the hardest job most Saturdays yet he’s probably been the most consistent player over the year. Hopefully, that continues.’
Fort William were named Mowi Club of the Year and were the first recipients of the Gary Innes Award for youth club of the year. After winning the Liberty British Aluminium Balliemore Cup and completing their Mowi National Division season with a 100 per cent record, the Manager of the Year accolade went to bosses Victor Smith and Adam Robertson and the player of the year in the same division was given to Arran MacPhee.
The Mowi North Division 1 Player of the Year prize went to Fort William second team keeper Stuart Disher.
Glengarry manager Ewen Cameron followed up his 2017 Mowi North Division 2 Manager of the Year gong with this year’s Mowi North Division 1 Manager of the Year award. Elaine Cameron won WCA Mowi Development Coach of the Year and Mowi Youth Coach of the Year.
The awards were handed out by Mowi communications manager Ian Roberts and colleagues Angus MacKay and Jayne MacKay.
Mowi Coach of the Year – John Gibson, Kingussie.
Mowi Player of the Year – Craig Morrison, Caberfeidh.
Mowi Club of the Year – Fort William.
League coach awards
Mowi National Division Coach of the Year – Victor Smith and Adam Robertson, Fort William.
Mowi North Division 1 Coach of the Year – Ewen Cameron, Glengarry.
Mowi South Division 1 Coach of the Year – Lisa MacColl, Aberdour.
Mowi North Division 2 Coach of the Year – Murdo John Fraser, Lochcarron.
Mowi South Division 2 Coach of the Year – Ronnie Campbell, Kilmory.
League player awards
Mowi National Division Player of the Year – Arran MacPhee, Fort William.
Mowi North Division 1 Player of the Year – Stuart Disher, Fort William.
Mowi South Division 1 Player of the Year – David MacKenzie, Aberdour.
Mowi North Division 2 Player of the Year – Bruce Grant, Strathspey Camanachd.
Mowi South Division 2 Player of the Year – Steven Gilmour, Kilmory.
Women’s Camanachd Association Awards
WCA Mowi National Division 1 Club of the Year – Badenoch.
WCA Mowi North and South Divisions 2 Club of the Year – Lovat.
WCA Mowi Development Club of the Year – Kinlochshiel.
League coach awards
WCA Mowi National Division 1 Coach of the Year – Scott Campbell and Iain Robinson, Badenoch.
WCA Mowi North and South Division 2 Coach of the Year – James Gallacher, Lovat.
WCA Mowi Development Coach of the Year – Elaine Cameron, Glengarry.
League player awards
WCA Mowi National Division 1 Player of the Year – Kirsty Deans, Badenoch.
WCA Mowi North Division 2 Player of the Year – Laura Gallacher, Lovat.
WCA Mowi South Division 2 Player of the Year – Lisa Ford, Ardnamurchan.
WCA Mowi Service to Womens Shinty Award – Katie Drain.
WCA Mowi Service to Womens Shinty Award – Laurene Cameron, Dunadd.
Mowi Youth Coach of the Year – Elaine Cameron, Glengarry.
Mowi U14 Player of the Year – Archie MacRae, Kinlochshiel.
Mowi U17 Player of the Year – Daniel Sloss, Oban Camanachd.
Mowi U21 Player of the Year – Calum Grant, Kingussie.
Donella Crawford Award for Youth and Schools – Lyndsay Bradley, Ardnamurchan.
Gary Innes Award for Youth Club of the Year (Youth Development) – Fort William.
Gary Innes Award for School of the Year (Youth Development – Uddingston.
Johnny ‘Ach’ MacRae Quaich for Referee of the Year – Graham Cameron, Caol.
Emerging Referee of the Year – Tina Marshall, Kiltarlity.
William Paterson Salver Volunteer of the Year – Linda Bell and Martin Bell, Lovat.
Mowi Fair Play Award – One Team Club – Ardnamurchan.
Mowi Fair Play Award – Two Team Club – Kinlochshiel.
Media Award – Fraser MacKenzie.
The awards took place alongside the Shinty Surviving and Thriving Conference where delegates attended workshops including fixtures and competitions, facilities and ground maintenance, coaching philosophy and tactics, funding for clubs, Go Membership support for club secretaries, club culture, shinty ambassadors, child protection and moving your club forward in Scottish sport.