Boxing Day shinty clash postponed

Oban Celtic’s Old Crocks and Young Guns pictured before their annual Boxing Day match at Mossfield. However, this season the Oban club will field two teams in competitive games with the first team playing in the National Division and the second team taking part in South Division Two.
Oban Celtic’s Old Crocks and Young Guns pictured before their annual Boxing Day match at Mossfield in 2018.

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The annual Boxing Day match at Mossfield between Oban Celtic’s young guns and old boys has been put on the back burner until times get back to normal.

Celtic had been working towards playing the memorial fixture with the appropriate measures in place but Saturday’s news on the Boxing Day lockdown blew their plans out of the water.

Spokesperson Davie Hamilton said: ‘We wouldn’t be able to have spectators and the mountain of paperwork required even for the players and officials would have been horrendous.

‘Nobody wanted to play without a crowd anyway. It’s not the essence of the game that is important, it’s a get together for the Oban Celtic community and at the moment that just isn’t possible.

‘We will have it at some point though.’

The match, played in memory of former players Vince Carnie and Jamie Pearson, will be played once restrictions have been lifted along with the Robert Wylie Memorial Cup.