Shinty clubs give 100 per cent to 2021 season

Ewen Fraser (Newtonmore) tussles with Gary Lord (Oban Camanachd) at the 2019 Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final played at An Aird, Fort William.

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Shinty clubs from Oban and the surrounding area have joined with clubs from all around the country in signing up to the season ahead, whenever that may be.

The Camanachd Association confirmed last week every shinty club registered in season 2019 has confirmed their intent to take part in season 2021 when it starts after lockdown.

Steven MacKenzie, Camanachd Association president, said: ‘Our vision at the Camanachd Association is to protect the game of shinty which can only be achieved in partnership with our clubs.

‘For this reason, I was delighted to hear all member clubs are registered to play shinty this season and help us shift back to some sense of normality.

‘We are raring to go at the Camanachd Association and can’t help but be excited at the
prospect of returning to competitive action when it is safe to do so.’

The current restrictions will delay the start to the shinty campaign, however, when it is safe to start clubs will be given a pre-season period to prepare players before a regionalised league campaign.

The details of the proposed restart of shinty plan will be discussed by the competitions committee and presented to the Camanachd Association board for approval at the end of January.

Derek Keir, Camanachd Association chief executive officer, said: ‘Shinty has been a vibrant and integral part of Scottish life for hundreds of years and it is hugely positive that all of our clubs are signed up for the 2021 season.

‘This highlights the enthusiasm from communities to get back to the sport they love.

‘Whilst this intent is just the first step in a return to our sport, credit for this achievement undoubtedly lies with the tireless volunteers within our clubs. The work they have already done to ensure their clubs are Covid-19 compliant has been a shining example of the leadership that makes community sport possible.’