Shinty round up – Saturday March 12 2022

Kinlochshiel's Zander Macrae, left, and Archie Macrae before their first start in a premiership shinty match. Their team played Caberfeidh at Castle Leod, Strathpeffer, on Saturday. Photograph: Neil Paterson.

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Wet weather led to a number of call-offs but there was still plenty action in the games that did go ahead on Saturday March 12.

South Shinty

Mowi Premiership

Newtonmore 2 Glasgow Mid Argyll 0

Newtonmore are the early Mowi Premiership leaders after beating Glasgow Mid Argyll (GMA) 2-0 at the Eilan.

Injured Darrin Fowler and Iain Robinson missed out for Newtonmore but Struan Ross returned to the side. Michael Ritchie returned to play in goal.

GMA were again missing Ewen Fraser and Calum McLay.

Steven Macdonald’s ball out of defence prompted the move for Newtonmore’s opener which came just a couple of minutes before the break. Drew MacDonald played the ball on and Fraser MacKintosh battled for possession before picking out Drew MacDonald whose run forward had taken him to the left of the ‘D’. MacDonald held off a challenge before firing home.

The hosts doubled their lead on 66 minutes. Struan Ross played the ball forward from the middle of the park and Max Campbell flicked it on to Fraser MacKintosh who fired the bouncing ball low into the net from the right.

Oban Camanachd P Fort William P

Heavy overnight rain led to the postponement of Oban Camanachd’s match with Fort William at Mossfield.

Oban Camanachd manager Gareth Evans said: ‘The pitch was saturated in places and it was the correct decision to call it off.

‘We wanted to build momentum following the win in Glasgow. Having said that, Daniel Sloss hurt his knee in training, Daniel Madej wouldn’t have been risked and we wouldn’t have had Garry Lord. Evan MacLellan had a hamstring tweak but he would have played. We’d still have had good numbers with Lochside’s match also being postponed but the Fort William game being off means all these boys have an extra week to recover and they should all be fine for the trip to Kinlochshiel on Saturday. We’ll also have Scott MacMillan back for the next three weeks. We’ll need them all as we know what a good season Kinlochshiel had last year and they will be a step up for us from the matches so far.’

Kilmallie P Kyles Athletic P

The 3pm throw-up between Kilmallie and Kyles Athletic at Canal Parks was a Saturday morning postponement.

The Kilmallie squad had already planned to attend the funeral of club chieftain Hugh ‘Shep’ MacIntyre ahead of the game as the club paid their respects to one of their stalwarts.

The postponement means Stuart Callison will serve the final game of his two-match ban at Kingussie on Saturday, whilst Innes Blackhall sits out the penultimate game of his suspension. Michael Rodger’s yellow card against Lovat means he misses Kilmallie’s next two games.

Mowi National Division

Lochaber 3 Oban Celtic 1

Lochaber recorded their second successive win when they beat Oban Celtic 3-1 at Spean Bridge.

Lochaber’s Barry MacDonald continued his suspension, whilst Celtic’s Ross MacMillan began a three game ban after being sent off against Skye the previous Saturday. Andy MacDonald was free of suspension for the visitors and Craig MacMillan’s yellow card against Skye means he will miss Oban Celtic’s next two games.

Ben Delaney returned for Lochaber, with Bob MacIntyre featuring for Celtic.

Findlay Macdonald gave the hosts the lead on 11 minutes and Conor Sweeney, who is proving to be a key addition since his return from Tayforth, added a second on 19 minutes.

Ewen Campbell gave Celtic hope with a goal on 55 minutes but when referee Des McNulty awarded Lochaber a penalty on 76 minutes, Conor Sweeney scored to wrap up both points.

Glenurquhart 6 Aberdour 0

It has been a tough start to Aberdour’s first season in the Mowi National Division. After going down 9-0 to Beauly last week, they were beaten 6-0 by Glenurquhart at Blairbeg at the weekend.

Glenurquhart hit the front through Charlie MacLeod on 11 minutes and Connor Golabek added a second on 15 minutes.

A couple of late call-offs meant Aberdour travelled with just 12 players and midway through the first half, Panda Fraser went down with a pulled hamstring.

John Barr made it 3-0 at the break with a goal on the half hour and got his second with 20 minutes remaining.

Andrew Corrigan added a brace on 74 and 90 minutes to complete the 6-0 win.

Skye Camanachd P Inveraray P

Heavy rain on Saturday morning led to the postponement of Skye Camanachd’s match with Inveraray at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree.

Inveraray had reached Fort William before the call-off.

Mowi South Division 1

Glasgow Mid Argyll 1 Kyles Athletic 1

The Glasgow Mid Argyll juniors and Kyles Athletic juniors drew 1-1 at Peterson Park.

After a goal-less first half, Connor Guidici gave GMA the lead on 65 minutes.

However, when referee Euan Pearson awarded Kyles a penalty on 69 minutes, Jamie MacLeod converted from the spot to make it 1-1.

Kyles’ David Zavaroni was sent off.

Ballachulish P Lochside Rovers P

Ballachulish were due to play Lochside Rovers at Jubilee Park but the game was called off earlier in the week when it became clear the park would be unplayable.

Bute P Cruachanside P

Bute and Cruachanside’s clash at the Meadows was postponed on Friday morning because of covid restrictions.

Tayforth P Col Glen P

The meeting between Tayforth and Col Glen at Peffermill was called off as a result of covid.

Mowi South Division 2

Aberdour 0 Kilmory 2

Kilmory beat the Aberdour seconds 2-0 at Silversands, Alex Cunningham making the difference with a smart double on 24 and 26 minutes.

Strachur/Dunoon 0 Inveraray 4

The game between the Inveraray seconds and Strachur/Dunoon was reversed from the Winterton to Dunoon Stadium with the more experienced Inveraray side running out 4-0 winners.

Allan MacDonald gave Inveraray the lead on 30 minutes with a shot from distance.

Ewan Donnan added a second on 42 minutes after good work by Ryan Pugh and when Craig Taylor found space a minute later, he finished well to make it 3-0 at half-time.

Allan Cameron added a fourth five minutes from time.

This was the first competitive match for Strachur/Dunoon with a number of their players not having met each other before throw up, but they showed plenty determination.

Oban Celtic P Bute P

Overnight rain left Ganavan unplayable, so the clash between the Oban Celtic second team and the Bute second team was postponed.

Uddingston P Ardnamurchan P

The game between Uddingston and Ardnamurchan was a postponed as a result of covid restrictions.

Women’s Camanachd Association round-up

Women’s Camanachd Association (WCA) Mowi National Division matches were played on Sunday March 13.

Ardnamurchan 0 Badenoch 7

Badenoch were 7-0 winners over Ardnamurchan at Strontian.

Megan Ralph bagged a hat-trick, Zoe Reid scored twice, with Eilidh Ross and Rhona McIntyre getting the other goals.

Aberdour 1 Glasgow Mid Argyll 1

Aberdour and Glasgow Mid Argyll drew 1-1 in their noon throw-up at Silversands.

Lisa McColl scored for Aberdour, with Claire Frances MacNeil on target for GMA.

North shinty

Mowi Premiership

Caberfeidh 0 Kinlochshiel 2

Youngster Zander MacRae marked his first start in a Kinlochshiel shirt with both goals as Johnston Gill’s side bounced back from the previous week’s defeat to Newtonmore to beat Caberfeidh 2-0 at Castle Leod.

Caberfeidh’s Craig Morrison began a three-game ban following his red card against Kingussie the previous week, but Connor MacGregor was free of his suspension and started in defence. Finlay Coleman, Taylor Condon and Logan Beaton, who were all in the Caberfeidh under-17 side last season, started on the bench.

Duncan Matheson returned to the Kinlochshiel side, replacing defender David Falconer who was out with a hamstring problem. Keith MacRae started on the bench and with Jordan Fraser unavailable, Zander MacRae and Archie MacRae started up front.

The hosts started well but it was Kinlochshiel who went in front on 14 minutes when John MacRae’s ball from the left caught out the Caberfeidh defence and Zander MacRae lost his marker to score from close range.

Kinlochshiel, with John MacRae spreading the ball about well, looked the more threatening side after the re-start and Zander Grant took advantage of a defensive mix-up to score a second on the hour.

The Kinlochshiel defence, well-marshalled as usual by Mowi National Player of the Year Finlay MacRae, were in no mood to give anything away and Zander MacRae’s double was enough to take both points.

Archie Macrae, Kinlochshiel, in a tussle with Connor Macgregor, Caberfeidh, during the Caberfeidh v Kinlochshiel MOWI Premiership match at Castle Leod, Strathpeffer, on Saturday. Photograph: Neil Paterson.

Newtonmore 2 Glasgow Mid Argyll 0

Newtonmore are the early Mowi Premiership leaders after beating Glasgow Mid Argyll (GMA) 2-0 at the Eilan.

Injured Darrin Fowler and Iain Robinson missed out for Newtonmore but Struan Ross returned to the side. Michael Ritchie returned to play in goal.

GMA were again missing Ewen Fraser and Calum McLay.

Steven Macdonald’s ball out of defence prompted the move for Newtonmore’s opener which came just a couple of minutes before the break. Drew MacDonald played the ball on and Fraser MacKintosh battled for possession before picking out Drew MacDonald whose run forward had taken him to the left of the ‘D’. MacDonald held off a challenge before firing home.

The hosts doubled their lead on 66 minutes. Struan Ross played the ball forward from the middle of the park and Max Campbell flicked it on to Fraser MacKintosh who fired the bouncing ball low into the net from the right.

Oban Camanachd P Fort William P

Heavy overnight rain led to the postponement of Oban Camanachd’s match with Fort William at Mossfield.

Oban Camanachd manager Gareth Evans said: ‘The pitch was saturated in places and it was the correct decision to call it off.

‘We wanted to build momentum following the win in Glasgow. Having said that, Daniel Sloss hurt his knee in training, Daniel Madej wouldn’t have been risked and we wouldn’t have had Garry Lord. Evan MacLellan had a hamstring tweak but he would have played. We’d still have had good numbers with Lochside’s match also being postponed but the Fort William game being off means all these boys have an extra week to recover and they should all be fine for the trip to Kinlochshiel on Saturday. We’ll also have Scott MacMillan back for the next three weeks. We’ll need them all as we know what a good season Kinlochshiel had last year and they will be a step up for us from the matches so far.’

Kilmallie P Kyles Athletic P

The 3pm throw-up between Kilmallie and Kyles Athletic at Canal Parks was a Saturday morning postponement.

The Kilmallie squad had already planned to attend the funeral of club chieftain Hugh ‘Shep’ MacIntyre ahead of the game as the club paid their respects to one of their stalwarts.

The postponement means Stuart Callison will serve the final game of his two-match ban at Kingussie on Saturday, whilst Innes Blackhall sits out the penultimate game of his suspension. Michael Rodger’s yellow card against Lovat means he misses Kilmallie’s next two games.

It was Kingussie’s Free Saturday which left Lovat without a fixture.

Mowi National Division

Lochaber 3 Oban Celtic 1

Lochaber recorded their second successive win when they beat Oban Celtic 3-1 at Spean Bridge.

Lochaber’s Barry MacDonald continued his suspension, whilst Celtic’s Ross MacMillan began a three game ban after being sent off against Skye the previous Saturday. Andy MacDonald was free of suspension for the visitors and Craig MacMillan’s yellow card against Skye means he will miss Oban Celtic’s next two games.

Ben Delaney returned for Lochaber, with Bob MacIntyre featuring for Celtic.

Findlay Macdonald gave the hosts the lead on 11 minutes and Conor Sweeney, who is proving to be a key addition since his return from Tayforth, added a second on 19 minutes.

Ewen Campbell gave Celtic hope with a goal on 55 minutes but when referee Des McNulty awarded Lochaber a penalty on 76 minutes, Conor Sweeney scored to wrap up both points.

Beauly 5 Strathglass 0

Beauly beat Strathglass 5-0 at Braeview Park to become the Mowi National Division’s early pace-setters.

Robbie Brindle opened the scoring on 15 minutes with what was the only goal of the first half.

The goals flowed after the re-start with Sean Stewart scoring his first on 53 minutes before completing his hat-trick on 70 and 89 minutes.

Beauly had Jack MacDonald back in the squad and he rounded off the scoring near the final whistle.

Glenurquhart 6 Aberdour 0

It has been a tough start to Aberdour’s first season in the Mowi National Division. After going down 9-0 to Beauly last week, they were beaten 6-0 by Glenurquhart at Blairbeg at the weekend.

Glenurquhart hit the front through Charlie MacLeod on 11 minutes and Connor Golabek added a second on 15 minutes.

A couple of late call-offs meant Aberdour travelled with just 12 players and midway through the first half, Panda Fraser went down with a pulled hamstring.

John Barr made it 3-0 at the break with a goal on the half hour and got his second with 20 minutes remaining.

Andrew Corrigan added a brace on 74 and 90 minutes to complete the 6-0 win.

Skye Camanachd P Inveraray P

Heavy rain on Saturday morning led to the postponement of Skye Camanachd’s match with Inveraray at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree.

Inveraray had reached Fort William before the call-off.

Mowi North Division 1

Glengarry 2 Skye Camanachd 0

Raymond Robertson scored twice in the first half to give Glengarry a 2-0 victory over the Skye Camanachd colts at Craigard.

Skye started well, but when the home side settled, they pinned the islanders back for large periods of the first half.

Raymond Robertson gave them the lead on 17 minutes, scoring from outside the ‘D’ after being picked out by Nick Dalgety.

Robertson added a second a minute before the interval. A scramble in front of the Skye goal saw the ball pushed out as far as the penalty spot. Robertson ran onto it before finishing well.

Skye came into the game more in the second half and whilst Ally MacLeod, Raghnall Robertson and James Robertson went close, the visitors had to rely on keeper Calum Nicolson to make a couple of good saves near the end.

Kingussie 5 Lovat 5

The Kingussie seconds and the Lovat seconds drew 5-5 in an incredible game at the Dell.

Lovat raced into a 4-0 lead, with Raymond Rennie and Sam Stubbs hitting a quick-fire double on six and seven and minutes. Graeme MacMillan added a third on 15 minutes with Cammy MacMillan scoring on 28 minutes.

But Kingussie’s Dylan Borthwick came off the bench to score on 34 and 42 minutes to half the deficit and when Pete Dickson netted a minute later, Lovat’s lead at the interval was cut to a single goal.

Raymond Rennie got his second on 63 minutes to make it 5-3 but Kingussie again fought back and Dylan Borthwick took his tally to four goals with efforts on 70 and 86 minutes to earn his side a 5-5 draw.

Fort William P Glenurquhart P

The game between the Fort William second team and the Glenurquhart second team at An Aird was called off on Saturday morning following overnight rain.

Kinlochshiel P Caberfeidh P

The Kinlochshiel reserves and the Caberfeidh reserves had a Saturday morning postponement due to a waterlogged pitch at Rèaraig.

Lochcarron P Newtonmore P

Lochcarron’s game against the Newtonmore colts at Battery Park will be rescheduled because of covid restrictions.

Inverness were not allocated a fixture.

Mowi North Division 2

Inverness 4 Boleskine 0

The Inverness seconds beat Boleskine 4-0 at the Bught Park.

James Cameron on 18 minutes and Ewan Neilson on 37 minutes made it 2-0 at the interval.

A late quick-fire Finlay Calder double on 77 and 78 minutes made the final score 4-0.

Strathspey Camanachd 5 Lewis Camanachd 0

Strathspey Camanachd turned in a productive first half performance to beat Lewis Camanachd 5-0 in their 1.30pm throw-up at Grantown Grammar School.

Euan Dingwall hit a first half hat-trick, with goals on 15, 22 and 45 minutes. Cal MacKintosh’s effort on 26 minutes made it 4-0 at the break.

Cal MacKintosh got his second on 65 minutes to make the final score 5-0.

Kilmallie P – P Lochaber

The reserve team derby between Kilmallie and Lochaber at Canal Parks was postponed.

Strathglass P Beauly P

The clash between the Strathglass seconds and the Beauly colts at Cannich was called off on Friday because of covid.

Aberdeen University were without a fixture.

Women’s Camanachd Association round-up

There were four Women’s Camanachd Association (WCA) Mowi National Division matches scheduled for Sunday March 13.

Ardnamurchan 0 Badenoch 7

Badenoch were 7-0 winners over Ardnamurchan at Strontian.

Megan Ralph bagged a hat-trick, Zoe Reid scored twice, with Eilidh Ross and Rhona McIntyre getting the other goals.

Inverness P Lochaber P

The 2pm throw-up between Inverness and Lochaber at the Bught Park was a covid related postponement.

Mowi North Division 2

Glenurquhart 5 Kinlochshiel 0

Glenurquhart beat Kinlochshiel 5-0 at Blairbeg on Saturday March 12. Hazel Hunter scored twice, with Abi Stoddart, Freya Gault and Rebecca Van Loon getting the others.