Shinty shaping up for competitive league

Logan Black, Cruachanside, and Andrew MacVicar, Col Glen in action on Saturday. Photograph: Stephen Lawson.

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It’s shaping up to be a competitive Mowi Premiership season following the shinty action on Saturday March 19.

South shinty
Mowi Premiership
Kinlochshiel 2 Oban Camanachd 0

Jordan Fraser scored twice in the second half to give Kinlochshiel a 2-0 win over Oban Camanachd in a game of few chances at Rèaraig.

Both teams were understrength for this clash in the sun and although the pitch had taken a lot of rain, it didn’t cut up as much as expected pre-match.

Kinlochshiel’s John MacRae had been playing with a back injury recently and missed this one. Keith MacRae returned to the Kinlochshiel starting line-up after sitting out the previous week’s win over Caberfeidh. Zander MacRae, who scored both goals in that game, was injured. David Falconer returned to the Kinlochshiel bench where he was joined by youngster Seumas Martin.

Oban Camanachd were without a fixture the previous weekend which allowed Daniel Sloss, Daniel Madej and Evan MacLellan to shake off knocks and they all started. However, Garry Lord was missing whilst Scott McKillop’s wedding the previous day ruled him out. The ensuing reshuffle meant Blair McFarlane started in defence with Malcolm Clark going to full centre.

Oban Camanachd started well but as Kinlochshiel settled into the match, visiting keeper Cameron Sutherland was called into action on a couple of occasions in the first half, saving from Ali Nixon with his foot and parrying Duncan ‘WD’ MacRae’s spectacular strike from wide on the right touchline before slapping the ball away for a corner.

Kinlochshiel continued to have most of the pressure in the second half without working the keeper and Jordan Fraser, who started despite a back problem and was withdrawn after 20 minutes, returned to the field for the final 25 minutes.

It proved a decisive reintroduction as Ali Nixon found Keith MacRae wide on the right and turned the ball back to Jordan Fraser who was racing into the centre of the D and he crashed the ball high into the net to make it 1-0.

Oban Camanachd pushed Daniel Cameron up front in an attempt to draw level with substitute Scott Robertson, who was at wing centre, dropping back into defence. But the Oban side struggled to get the ball to Cameron.

Jordan Fraser sealed the win with six minutes remaining. Donald Nixon’s ball from the right was touched forward by Duncan ‘DA’ MacRae and Fraser whipped the ball low into the corner of the net to the keeper’s right.

Kinlochshiel full back Finlay MacRae came off late in the match as a precautionary measure after feeling his hamstring tighten.

Oban Camanachd substitute Connor Howe saw a shot saved with his feet by Josh Grant by his left post with the visitors’ first real effort on target.

Oban Camanachd applied some late pressure but Kinlochshiel defended well to take the points.

Daniel Sloss and Daniel Cameron were best for Oban Camanachd whilst the Kinlochshiel defence of Finlay MacRae, Duncan Matheson, Mark MacDonald and Conor Cormack gave nothing away allowing Jordan Fraser to make a match-winning contribution.

Speaking after the final whistle, Oban Camanachd manager Gareth Evans said: ‘It was a stuffy game and there wasn’t that much in it. We were a bit punchless up front today and Conor Cormack mopped up everything in defence for Kinlochshiel.

‘We missed Garry Lord. It meant we had had to take Blair McFarlane from centre to defence and we missed his drive in the middle of the park.

‘To win a game like this you need all 12 players to be performing and unfortunately we only had around eight today.’

Oban Camanachd welcome Caberfeidh to Mossfield in the league this Saturday.

Kyles Athletic 2 Newtonmore 2

Kyles Athletic came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with league leaders Newtonmore at Dunoon Stadium.

Kyles were without Innes MacDonald, whilst skipper Owen Fraser made a surprise return in goal for Newtonmore, wearing a glove to protect his injured finger.

Newtonmore got off to a great start with Max Campbell netting in the opening minute.

When Struan Ross added a second on 67 minutes, it looked good for the visitors.

However, two goals in two minutes from Ross MacRae on 74 minutes and Colin MacDonald 60 seconds later ensured a share of the points.

Newtonmore will be concerned after vice-captain Drew MacDonald was added to their injury list with a knee injury.

Glasgow Mid Argyll 2 Caberfeidh 3

Blair Morrison’s hat-trick helped Glasgow Mid Argyll beat Caberfeidh 3-2 at Peterson Park.

GMA were still without injured pair Ewen Fraser and Calum McLay, whilst Craig Morrison served the second game of a three-match ban for Caberfeidh.

Blair Morrison opened his account on 24 minutes but Oliver MacRae equalised a minute later.

It was Blair Morrison again on 63 minutes, only for the Glasgow side to level for a second time through Andy McGhee on 71 minutes.

Both teams were reduced to 11 players late in the game. Referee Graham Fisher was dealing with a separate incident when a scuffle broke out between GMA’s Ally McKerracher and Caberfeidh’s Ryan Symonds and both were sent off.

With just three minutes remaining, Caberfeidh got the winner when Blair Morrison completed his hat-trick, to give Caberfeidh their first points of the season.

Mowi National Division
Aberdour 0 Skye Camanachd 4

Skye Camanachd scored twice in each half to beat Aberdour 4-0 in their 2pm throw-up at Silversands.

Panda Fraser was missing for Aberdour, whilst Skye travelled without Jordan Murchison and Danny Morrison.

Skye took the lead on 19 minutes. Ross Gordon picked the ball up on the wing before getting free of his man and pulling the ball back and it sat nicely for Pringle who fired home.

Ross Gordon added a second on 32 minutes with a neat finish. This time the pair swapped roles as James Pringle was the provider. John Gillies floated a free-hit from his own half which was won by an Aberdour defender but his miss-hit clearance went to James Pringle and his pass found Gordon who held onto the ball before turning and shooting low into the bottom right corner of the goal.

Iain MacLellan made it 3-0 five minutes into the second half. Ross Gordon played a nice ball over the top from the half forward area and it dropped outside the ‘D’ where MacLellan’s first time shot beat the keeper.

Iain MacLellan’s second with just 10 minutes remaining was the goal of the match. MacLellan took ball on the stick before flicking it over a defender’s head. He caught it again inside the ‘D’, letting it drop for a half-swing finish into the bottom corner of the goal.

Iain MacLellan had the chance to complete his hat-trick in the final minute of the game but missed a rebound off the keeper.

Strathglass P Oban Celtic P

The clash between Strathglass and Oban Celtic at Cannich was postponed because of covid restrictions affecting the Oban side.

Inveraray P Lochaber P

Inveraray’s meeting with Lochaber at the Winterton was postponed because of covid restrictions.

Mowi South Division 1
Lochside Rovers 0 Bute 2

Bute scored twice in the second half to beat Lochside Rovers 2-0 at Mossfield.

Bute had a goal disallowed offside before Leon MacMillan broke the deadlock on 55 minutes following a free-hit.

Josh Cowan sent a clean strike low into the net from distance to make 2-0 10 minutes later.

Lochside introduced Keith MacMillan for the last half hour.

Brian MacCallum made some good saves in the Lochside goals, with Gavin Stobbart featuring in defence.

Cruachanside 3 Col Glen 5

Col Glen were 5-3 winners in an exciting match against Cruachanside at Mart Park.

Chris Blair gave the visitors the lead on 16 minutes but Kyle MacFarlane, who missed the whole of last season through injury, levelled three minutes before half-time.

Zander Kilmurray put the hosts in front on 50 minutes, but Sandy Paterson made it 2-2 five minutes later.

Andrew MacVicar put Col Glen back in front on 70 minutes and former Skye player Daniel Macdonald added a fourth with 10 minutes remaining.

Andrew Tyre made it 5-3 on 83 minutes and although Connor Sartain pulled a goal back on 86 minutes, Col Glen took the points.

Andrew Tyre, Col Glen, and Gerry Kilmurray, Cruachanside. Photograph: Stephen Lawson.

 

Tayforth P Glasgow Mid Argyll P

Tayforth’s encounter with the Glasgow Mid Argyll colts at Peffermill will be rescheduled because of covid restrictions.

Ballachulish P Kyles Athletic P

The match between Ballachulish and the Kyles Athletic second team at Jubilee Park was called off because of covid restrictions.

Mowi South Division 2
Oban Celtic P Aberdour P

Covid restrictions affecting the away team led to the postponement of the meeting between the Oban Celtic seconds and the Aberdour seconds at Ganavan.

Oban Celtic sought a rearranged home fixture but with no success.

Ardnamurchan W/O v Inveraray

The fixture between Ardnamurchan and the Inveraray colts at Strontian was called off as the visitors were unable to field a team, so Ardnamurchan were awarded the points.

Strachur-Dunoon P Kilmory P

Strachur-Dunoon and Kilmory were left disappointed when their encounter at Strachurmore was postponed due to covid restrictions.

Uddingston had their designated free Saturday, whilst the Bute second team were without an allocated fixture.

Celtic on Lochaber trip in Scottish

Oban Celtic will travel to Spean Bridge to play Lochaber following the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup first round draw at the Pavilion, Strathpeffer, on Thursday March 17.

Lochaber and Oban Celtic met at the same venue on the second Saturday of the new season with Conor Sweeney’s double helping the hosts to a 3-1 win.

Oban Celtic manager Dougie MacIntyre said: ‘It’s an exciting but tough tie. Having already lost away in the league to Lochaber, I think we will be better prepared for the cup tie. We should have quite a different team on the field by the time the game comes around and hopefully the tie will go our way this time.’

The draw was made by Peat & Diesel just ahead of their sold out gig at the same venue and the popular Stornoway trio will also headline a concert following the Camanachd Cup Final at the Dell, Kingussie, on Saturday September 17.

Also in attendance for the draw were Camanachd Association president Steven MacKenzie, Tulloch Homes managing director Sandy Grant and Innes Smith, Springfield Properties chief executive officer.

The first round ties take place on Saturday April 16 and the draw is as follows:

North Section

Glenurquhart v Skye Camanachd

Inverness v Strathglass

Glengarry v Beauly

South Section

Lochaber v Oban Celtic

Byes: Inveraray, Bute

Steven MacKenzie said: ‘It was my pleasure to be at the draw alongside Sandy and Innes and the gents from Peat & Diesel. This year’s final is sure to be an extra special occasion given the associated entertainment in the run up to and after the final.

‘I know the whole shinty community will extend their gratitude to Tulloch Homes for making the magic of the Camanachd Cup possible.’

Sandy Grant said: ‘It was a morale-booster for the sport to have the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final successfully completed last year with Kinlochshiel making history.

‘We’re delighted to continue our sponsorship of shinty’s Blue Riband competition against a backdrop of the return of top league action for the first time since 2019.

‘Kingussie will be this year’s hosts at The Dell in September and this opening ballot injects momentum into what seems to be a wide open contest as to which two teams will reach the final.

‘Good luck to all the competing teams for a tournament to remember in shinty’s full comeback season.’

Oban Celtic release two MacMillan brothers

Oban Celtic has taken the decision to release first team players Ross MacMillan and Craig MacMillan.

Both were fixtures in the senior team but a frank exchange of views at training last week led to the club deciding both players will no longer feature in the side.

The incident prompted unfounded rumours that boss Dougie MacIntyre had stepped down as Oban Celtic first team manager but they are untrue and he remains committed to the club.

Les Kinvig said: ‘It’s disappointing how the rumours about Dougie have come about. Comments were made that were unsettling for our players, supporters and committee members and they could easily have been checked in advance with the club and all this could have been nipped in the bud. So I can categorically say Dougie remains as our first team a manager and we hope he will remain in that position for a long time to come.’

Meantime Stephen Campbell has joined Dougie MacIntyre and Allan Duffy in the senior Oban Celtic set-up and he will be involved with the coaching.

Oban Celtic were also successful with a funding application to the Oban Common Good Fund for youth shinty, including equipment.

The Oban Celtic first team have a re-arranged Mowi National Division match against Inveraray at Ganavan this Saturday, whilst the seconds are off to Kilmory.

North Shinty
Mowi Premiership
Kinlochshiel 2 Oban Camanachd 0

Jordan Fraser scored twice in the second half to give Kinlochshiel a 2-0 win over Oban Camanachd in a game of few chances at Rèaraig.

Both teams were understrength for this clash in the sun and although the pitch had taken a lot of rain, it didn’t cut up as much as expected pre-match.

Kinlochshiel’s John MacRae had been playing with a back injury recently and missed this one. Keith MacRae returned to the Kinlochshiel starting line-up after sitting out the previous week’s win over Caberfeidh. Zander MacRae, who scored both goals in that game, was injured. David Falconer returned to the Kinlochshiel bench where he was joined by youngster Seumas Martin.

Oban Camanachd were without a fixture the previous weekend which allowed Daniel Sloss, Daniel Madej and Evan MacLellan to shake off knocks and they all started. However, Garry Lord was missing whilst Scott McKillop’s wedding the previous day ruled him out. The ensuing reshuffle meant Blair McFarlane started in defence with Malcolm Clark going to full centre.

Oban Camanachd started well but as Kinlochshiel settled into the match, visiting keeper Cameron Sutherland was called into action on a couple of occasions in the first half, saving from Ali Nixon with his foot and parrying Duncan ‘WD’ MacRae’s spectacular strike from wide on the right touchline before slapping the ball away for a corner.

Kinlochshiel continued to have most of the pressure in the second half without working the keeper and Jordan Fraser, who started despite a back problem and was withdrawn after 20 minutes, returned to the field for the final 25 minutes.

It proved a decisive reintroduction as Ali Nixon found Keith MacRae wide on the right and turned the ball back to Jordan Fraser who was racing into the centre of the D and he crashed the ball high into the net to make it 1-0.

Oban Camanachd pushed Daniel Cameron up front in an attempt to draw level with substitute Scott Robertson, who was at wing centre, dropping back into defence. But the Oban side struggled to get the ball to Cameron.

Jordan Fraser sealed the win with six minutes remaining. Donald Nixon’s ball from the right was touched forward by Duncan ‘DA’ MacRae and Fraser whipped the ball low into the corner of the net to the keeper’s right.

Kinlochshiel full back Finlay MacRae came off late in the match as a precautionary measure after feeling his hamstring tighten.

Oban Camanachd substitute Connor Howe saw a shot saved with his feet by Josh Grant by his left post with the visitors’ first real effort on target.

Oban Camanachd applied some late pressure but Kinlochshiel defended well to take the points.

Daniel Sloss and Daniel Cameron were best for Oban Camanachd whilst the Kinlochshiel defence of Finlay MacRae, Duncan Matheson, Mark MacDonald and Conor Cormack gave nothing away allowing Jordan Fraser to make a match-winning contribution.

Speaking after the final whistle, Oban Camanachd manager Gareth Evans said: ‘It was a stuffy game and there wasn’t that much in it. We were a bit punchless up front today and Conor Cormack mopped up everything in defence for Kinlochshiel.

‘We missed Garry Lord. It meant we had had to take Blair McFarlane from centre to defence and we missed his drive in the middle of the park.

‘To win a game like this you need all 12 players to be performing and unfortunately we only had around eight today.’

Kingussie 2 Kilmallie 1

Kingussie were made to work hard before overcoming Kilmallie 2-1 at the Dell.

Rory Mackeachan was missing for Kingussie but Calum Grant returned to make his first appearance of the season.

Kilmallie were without suspended trio Michael Rodger, Innes Blackhall and Stuart Callison.

Ruaridh Anderson got the opening goal on 42 minutes. Anderson allowed James Falconer’s corner from the right to run to the back post before firing low into the net from a tight angle.

The second half was just three minutes old when Savio Genini’s ball from the left was cleverly touched on by James Falconer and Dylan Borthwick beat the keeper to make it 2-0.

Kilmallie, who lost 11-0 at the same venue last August, were a different proposition this time around and they pulled a goal back four minutes from time through Lewis Birrell. Daniel Stewart played the ball into the danger area. Keeper Rory MacGregor stopped the ball with his feet but Stephen McAlister took it away to the right before holding off a challenge and playing in Birrell to score.

Speaking after the final whistle, Kilmallie manager Martin Stewart said: ‘We gave Kingussie a hell of a scare there today but we just fell short in the end. Kingussie were probably the better team but we nearly sneaked something at the end and the boys put in a battling performance.

‘Our plan was to stay in the game for as long as we could then take our chances towards the end and the boys did that. A few more minutes and we might have got a draw out of it.’

Kingussie donated the £780 gate receipts to the UNICEF Ukraine Emergency Fund.

Kingussie keeper Rory McGregor and Robert Mabon deal with a ball from Daniel Stewart, Kilmallie, at The Dell, on Saturday. Photograph: Neil Paterson.
Kyles Athletic 2 Newtonmore 2

Kyles Athletic came from two goals down to draw 2-2 with league leaders Newtonmore at Dunoon Stadium.

Kyles were without Innes MacDonald, whilst skipper Owen Fraser made a surprise return in goal for Newtonmore, wearing a glove to protect his injured finger.

Newtonmore got off to a great start with Max Campbell netting in the opening minute.

When Struan Ross added a second on 67 minutes, it looked good for the visitors.

However, two goals in two minutes from Ross MacRae on 74 minutes and Colin MacDonald 60 seconds later ensured a share of the points.

Newtonmore will be concerned after captain Drew MacDonald was added to their injury list with a knee injury.

Glasgow Mid Argyll 2 Caberfeidh 3

Blair Morrison’s hat-trick helped Glasgow Mid Argyll beat Caberfeidh 3-2 at Peterson Park.

GMA were still without injured pair Ewen Fraser and Calum McLay, whilst Craig Morrison served the second game of a three-match ban for Caberfeidh.

Blair Morrison opened his account on 24 minutes but Oliver MacRae equalised a minute later.

It was Blair Morrison again on 63 minutes, only for the Glasgow side to level for a second time through Andy McGhee on 71 minutes.

Both teams were reduced to 11 players late in the game. Referee Graham Fisher was dealing with a separate incident when a scuffle broke out between GMA’s Ally McKerracher and Caberfeidh’s Ryan Symonds and both were sent off.

With just three minutes remaining, Caberfeidh got the winner when Blair Morrison completed his hat-trick, to give Caberfeidh their first points of the season.

Fort William P Lovat P

Fort William’s meeting with Lovat at An Aird was a covid-related postponement.

Mowi National Division
Beauly 3 Glenurquhart 0

Beauly stay top of the Mowi National Division after beating Glenurquhart 3-0 at Braeview Park.

Glenurquhart’s John Barr saw an 18-yard shot go narrowly wide in the second minute but Beauly took the lead three minutes later. Full centre Calum Morrison, who was excellent throughout, played the ball into the forward line where David MacLean turned his marker before setting up Euan MacCormick on the left and he drilled the ball past Stuart MacKintosh into the bottom corner of the net.

Glenurquhart’s Charlie Macleod hit the post before David MacLean made it 2-1 on 51 minutes. Jack MacDonald and Euan MacCormick combined to feed an unmarked MacLean on the left and he scored from 15 yards.

With just eight minutes remaining, Jack MacDonald’s shot was saved by Stuart MacKintosh but the ball rose into the air and Finlay MacLennan got his stick to the ball first, touching it home from two yards out.

Jack MacDonald had a 20-yard strike ruled out when a team-mate was offside.

Aberdour 0 Skye Camanachd 4

Skye Camanachd scored twice in each half to beat Aberdour 4-0 in their 2pm throw-up at Silversands.

Panda Fraser was missing for Aberdour, whilst Skye travelled without Jordan Murchison and Danny Morrison.

Skye took the lead on 19 minutes. Ross Gordon picked the ball up on the wing before getting free of his man and pulling the ball back and it sat nicely for Pringle who fired home.

Ross Gordon added a second on 32 minutes with a neat finish. This time the pair swapped roles as James Pringle was the provider. John Gillies floated a free-hit from his own half which was won by an Aberdour defender but his miss-hit clearance went to James Pringle and his pass found Gordon who held onto the ball before turning and shooting low into the bottom right corner of the goal.

Iain MacLellan made it 3-0 five minutes into the second half. Ross Gordon played a nice ball over the top from the half forward area and it dropped outside the ‘D’ where MacLellan’s first time shot beat the keeper.

Iain MacLellan’s second with just 10 minutes remaining was the goal of the match. MacLellan took ball on the stick before flicking it over a defender’s head. He caught it again inside the ‘D’, letting it drop for a half-swing finish into the bottom corner of the goal.

Iain MacLellan had the chance to complete his hat-trick in the final minute of the game but missed a rebound off the keeper.

Strathglass P Oban Celtic P

The clash between Strathglass and Oban Celtic at Cannich was postponed because of covid restrictions affecting the Oban side.

Inveraray P Lochaber P

Inveraray’s meeting with Lochaber at the Winterton was postponed because of covid restrictions.

Mowi North Division 1
Caberfeidh 0 Glengarry 7

An impressive Glengarry side were too strong for the Caberfeidh second team, winning 7-0 at Castle Leod.

Shaun Nicolson put Glengarry ahead on seven minutes with Nick Dalgety adding a double on 13 and 15 minutes.

John MacKinnon’s effort on 24 minutes made it 4-0 at the break, whilst Shaun Nicolson got this second on 55 minutes.

Nick Dalgety completed his hat-trick on 65 minutes with former Scottish international Shaun Nicolson doing likewise on 72 minutes to round off a comprehensive win.

Lovat 0 Fort William 2

Two late goals gave the Fort William second team a 2-0 victory over the Lovat second team at Balgate.

Fort William, minus the suspended Rhys Kennedy, took the lead five minutes from time with promising youngster Archie MacKinnon scoring, whilst Alan Knox added a second at the death.

Skye Camanachd 0 Kingussie 2

The Kingussie colts beat the Skye Camanachd colts 2-0 at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree.

Skye had a first half effort ruled out for offside before Robert Shiells gave Kingussie the lead on the hour.

Jordan Reid made it 2-0 with 15 minutes remaining.

Newtonmore 1 Inverness 1

The Newtonmore seconds and the Inverness first team drew 1-1 at the Eilan.

Iain Hunter gave Inverness the lead on 37 minutes lead, but Glen MacKintosh levelled on 55 minutes.

Glenurquhart 3 Kinlochshiel 0

The Glenurquhart reserves turned in a strong first half performance to defeat the Kinlochshiel reserves 3-0 at Blairbeg.

David MacLennan scored on 9 and 44 minutes, either side of James MacPherson’s 13th minute effort.

Lochcarron did not have an allocated fixture as their players attended the wedding of teammate David Bauermeister and Emma MacCuish.

Mowi North Division 2
Aberdeen University 2 Boleskine 0

Aberdeen University played their first home match since 2019, marking the occasion by beating Boleskine 2-0 at Balgownie.

Jamie Buchan got the opener on 29 minutes with veteran Jamie Beaton adding a second a minute before the break.

Inverness 2 Lewis Camanachd 4

Lewis Camanachd recorded their first win of the season as Donald Lamont’s hat-trick helped them beat the Inverness seconds 4-2 in their 1.30 throw-up at the Bught Park.

Finlay Calder turned the ball behind Willie MacLeod in the Lewis goal to give the hosts the lead.

Donald Lamont opened his account to level on 35 minutes and it remained all-square until the break.

Donald Lamont got his second a couple of minutes into the second half to give Lewis the lead for the first time in the match. He completed his hat-trick on 52 minutes to make it 3-1.

Finlay Calder got his second to cut the deficit to a single goal on 61 minutes but a first goal at this level from Finlay MacLeod on 76 minutes sealed Lewis Camanachd’s 4-2 win.

Kilmallie P Beauly P

The match between the Kilmallie juniors and the Beauly juniors at the Canal Parks was another casualty to covid restrictions.

Lochaber P Strathspey Camanachd P

The clash between the Lochaber reserves and Strathspey Camanachd at Spean Bridge will be rescheduled due to covid restrictions.

The Strathglass second team were without an allocated fixture.

WCA round-up
Mowi North Division 2
Lovat 4 Skye Camanachd 5

The Skye Camanachd second team notched up an impressive 5-4 win in their 2pm throw-up at Balgate.

Megan Campbell scored four times for Skye, with Teri MacLeod getting the other.

Laura Gallagher grabbed a Lovat hat-trick with Jennifer Mair also on target.

Strathglass 1 Glengarry 6

The match between Strathglass and Glengarry was switched to Cannich as Glengarry’s Craigard pitch recovers from the beating it took the previous weekend.

It was a wonderful day for a game of shinty, with the visitors running out 6-1 victors in this 2.30pm throw-up.

Isla MacKay gave Glengarry an early lead, but Isla Strachan levelled. Isla Mackay went on to complete her hat-trick with Emily Gordon, Nicki Grant and Elaine Cameron getting the other Glengarry goals to take the points back to Craigard.

Kinlochshiel 12 Badenoch 1

Kinlochshiel were 12-1 winners against the newly-formed Badenoch second team in their 1pm throw-up at Reraig.

Former Skye player Lorna MacRae scored five times for Kinlochshiel with Sandra MacRae and Alaina MacLennan both netting twice. Lexie MacKenzie, Kristen MacBeth and Poppy Glasgow got the others.

Glenurquhart P Strathspey P

Strathspey were unable to field a team for their game against Glenurquhart at Blairbeg on Saturday March 19 so the match will be rescheduled.

Camanachd Cup Draw

The Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup first round draw took place at the Pavilion, Strathpeffer, on Thursday March 17.

The draw was made by Peat & Diesel just ahead of their sold out gig at the same venue.  The popular Stornoway trio will also headline a concert following the Camanachd Cup Final at the Dell, Kingussie, on Saturday September 17.

Also in attendance for the draw were Camanachd Association president Steven MacKenzie, Tulloch Homes managing director Sandy Grant and Innes Smith, the Springfield Properties chief executive officer.

The first round ties take place on Saturday April 16 and the draw is as follows:

North Section

Glenurquhart v Skye Camanachd

Inverness v Strathglass

Glengarry v Beauly

South Section

Lochaber v Oban Celtic

Byes: Inveraray, Bute

Steven MacKenzie said: ‘It was my pleasure to be at the draw alongside Sandy and Innes and the gents from Peat & Diesel. This year’s final is sure to be an extra special occasion given the associated entertainment in the run up to and after the final.

‘I know the whole shinty community will extend their gratitude to Tulloch Homes for making the magic of the Camanachd Cup possible.’

Sandy Grant said: ‘It was a morale-booster for the sport to have the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final successfully completed last year with Kinlochshiel making history.

‘We’re delighted to continue our sponsorship of shinty’s Blue Riband competition against a backdrop of the return of top league action for the first time since 2019.

‘Kingussie will be this year’s hosts at The Dell in September and this opening ballot injects momentum into what seems to be a wide open contest as to which two teams will reach the final.

‘Good luck to all the competing teams for a tournament to remember in shinty’s full comeback season.’