Season’s greetings from the sporting community – part 1

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Ballachulish Camanachd Club
Daniel Cameron, Oban Camanachd, left, and Ross McLean, Ballachulish, in action in the Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Cup quarter final. Photograph: Stephen Lawson.

Like all shinty clubs Ballachulish Camanachd was relieved to start playing again in the Spring, despite what developed into a rather disjointed season.

However, managers and coaches were pleased about the enthusiasm and consistently high numbers attending training, and the commitment shown by many of the younger players.

Balla’s supporters were equally pleased to see shinty return to the Jubilee Park and were fortunate to enjoy most home matches being in played in warm, dry weather.

At the other end of the age scale, John MacDonald and Eoin Fyfe’s work with the Primary children has led to an enthusiastic squad who did well in their first season of competition.

Away from the pitch, Club members embarked on a fund-raising virtual tour of all the shinty clubs in Scotland, walking, running, cycling, climbing and golfing their way to achieve a target of
nearly £2000 in order to provide the Club and the community with another defibrillator, courtesy of the Skye based charity Lucky2BHere.

More recently squad members ditched any vanity and raised over £400 for the Movember charity.

Awards for the season were Player of the Year – Jack MacLean; Manager’s Player of the Year – Cian MacPhee; Young Player of the Year – Neil Minnis; Top Goalscorer – Lewis Bryson.

The Club would like to thank all their supporters and sponsors, and wish everyone a very happy and healthy Christmas and a peaceful New Year – Andy Thornton (secretary).

It’s hoped that the traditional inter-club New Year match will be played on Monday, January 3. NO_T36 shinty Oban Camanachd v Ballachulish _E2Q8005 Stephen Lawson.

Lochaber Rugby Club
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Players were among the volunteers who turned out for a day of action to help get Lochaber RFC club and ground ready for the new season. Photograph: Lochaber RFC.
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Lochaber Rugby Club returned to Rugby on a high for the 2021/22 season with all teams playing very well.

The senior team are sitting in third place in their league going into the break with our under 18s, who have been entered into a league structure, also doing very well but with only one pitch and a lot of fixture clashes with the senior team.

That being so thanks has to go to the Council and High Life Highland for making Canal Parks available at very short notice and Killmallie Shinty Club for all the work they had done on the pitch keeping it in good order and giving us the use of their changing rooms.

Lows are obviously the struggle with the Pandemic and resulting late cancellations of games but all credit must go to all sports clubs and sponsors for keeping faith and keeping going and offering the youth of Lochaber the opportunity to compete in whatever sport suits them best – Charlie Donaldson (president).

Seasons best wishes to all our sporting club neighbours and wishing all our supporters and sponsors a very Happy Christmas and prosperous 2022. NO-F34-rugby-force-day.jpg.

South Lochaber Thistle
South Lochaber Thistle U15 girls took part in the Lochnell FC football festival back in October. 20_F45_LochnellGirlsFootballFestival_SLT.

This has been a difficult couple of years for everyone and it has just underlined for all associated with the club how important the connection between mental and physical health is.

We set out to provide football, cradle to grave, because we know that making those connections: team mates; coaches; supporters –  people sharing a common goal – can make all the difference.

At SLT we are lucky to be rooted in the community. We want everyone, from the primary kids, through the ladies to the men’s team, via the coaches and committee to know we’re here for you.

We want to be a beacon of hope and to say: talk if you need it. We’re here for you. It’s ok NOT to be ok.

But, we’d also like to remind you, that it is ok to BE ok and we hope you all have an amazing time and party like you’ve not been allowed to for two years. From us all we wish you a Merry Christmas and a Messy New Year – Alan Gray (coach). 20_F45_LochnellGirlsFootballFestival_SLT