Shinty round-up Saturday July 9

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Kingussie, Lovat and Oban Camanachd will join either Kyles Athletic or Glasgow Mid Argyll in the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup semi -finals following the shinty action on Saturday July 9.

South shinty
Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup quarter-finals

Kinlochshiel 0 Oban Camanachd 1

David Cameron was the Oban Camanachd hero as boss Gareth Evans saw his side turn in one of their best performances of the season to beat holders Kinlochshiel 0-1 in their Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup quarter final tie at Rèaraig.

Kinlochshiel manager Johnston Gill fielded the same starting line-up that beat Caberfeidh 4-0 in the previous week’s league encounter, whilst Archie MacRae recovered from a back injury to take a place on the bench alongside David Falconer.

Oban Camanachd were already without Daniel MacVicar, Daniel Madej and Ross Campbell so it was a further blow when Scott McKillop was ruled out with a virus. Blair MacFarlane dropped back into defence in McKillop’s absence and David Lafferty took a place on the bench.

The game started at a frantic pace and, even early on, it was clear Scott MacMillan’s big hitting from full centre would be important to Oban Camanachd’s chances.

The Oban side forced a series of early corners and Finlay MacRae had to clear the ball off the line after Evan MacLellan put a good challenge in on Kinlochshiel keeper Josh Grant.

Kinlochshiel went on the attack and Cammy Sutherland saved with his feet from Jordan Fraser’s backhand strike and John MacRae’s later effort.

Evan MacLellan shot over when the home defence didn’t deal with another weighted ball from Scott MacMillan and the sides turned around level at the break.

John MacRae saw sight of goal soon after the restart but Sutherland saved again with his legs whilst at the other end, Innes Jackson’s clever reverse pass sent David Cameron through on goal. However, he was hauled back by Finlay MacRae just outside the ‘D’ in what looked like a good free-hit to concede as the set-piece came to nothing.

Cammy Sutherland showed his athleticism as he stretched his left leg towards his left post to turn John MacRae’s low shot away for a corner.

The more the game went on, the more obvious it became that one goal could win the tie and that goal came for Oban Camanachd with seven minutes remaining. Scott MacMillan played the ball forward towards the penalty spot where it was gathered by David Cameron. With his back to goal, Cameron moved the ball to his left before turning and firing a great shot across the keeper to break the deadlock.

Kinlochshiel went in search of a leveller but this left space for Oban Camanachd to exploit and Josh Grant raced from his line to dive and block David Cameron’s shot from just outside the ‘D’ on the right with Louie MacFarlane shooting by the keeper’s right post seconds later.

Kinlochshiel had a chance from a hotly-disputed late corner but the ball was cleared up-field by, who else, Scott MacMillan.

Reflecting on the game, Oban Camanachd manager Gareth Evans said: ‘The boys knew they all needed to be on their game if we were to get anything and they did just that. Daniel Cameron and Daniel Sloss set high standards in defence and we carried these standards throughout the team.

‘It was like a basketball game at times, flowing from end-to-end but this was no lucky result. We deserved the win.

‘That’s us in two semi-finals and we have only conceded one goal in the last seven games so there is a lot to be pleased about.

‘We have no game this Saturday so we’ll step up our fitness work during the week and by the time we go to Kyles Athletic on Saturday July 23, I should have a full squad to choose from.’

Mark Macdonald, Kinlochshiel, and David Cameron, Oban. Photograph: Neil Paterson.

Lovat 3 Inveraray 0

Lovat reached the Scottish semi-finals with a 3-0 win over Inveraray at Balgate.

Inveraray travelled light with veteran David Robertson and boss Ruaraidh Graham included in their pool.

Lewis Tawse put Lovat in front on 37 minutes with his effort taking a deflection but they didn’t secure victory until late in the tie with Graeme MacMillan finishing well on 77 minutes and Marc MacLachlan adding a third on 80 minutes.

Lovat would have won by a bigger margin had it not been for Scott MacLachlan in the Inveraray goal.

Kyles Athletic P Glasgow Mid Argyll P

The tie between Kyles Athletic and Glasgow Mid Argyll (GMA) at Tighnabruaich, a repeat of the Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society Cup Final, which GMA won 1-0 at Yoker a fortnight ago, has been rescheduled for this Saturday due to covid.

Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup semi-final draw

The Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup semi-final draw was made live from the Dell, Kingussie, on BBC ALBA’s An La programme on Monday evening.

Kingussie were the first name drawn and they will play Oban Camanachd.
Lovat will meet the winners of Saturday’s tie between Kyles Athletic and Glasgow Mid Argyll.

After seeing his side beat Kinlochshiel in the last round, Oban Camanachd manager Gareth Evans said: ‘The draw doesn’t get any easier for us but we certainly have the players to cause any team problems. It is a tie we are all looking forward to. The players will have to reach the high standard they produced in the last round to progress.’

Kingussie manager John Gibson gave his reaction to the draw: ‘Any draw at this stage in the competition brings a tough game and Oban Camanachd will be confident after their win at the weekend over Kinlochshiel.

‘We only won by a single goal against them at the Dell earlier this season so we know how difficult this tie will be.

‘Having said that, we are on a good run at the moment so we are looking forward to it.’
The semi-final dates and venues are still to be confirmed. The Tulloch Homes Camanachd Final takes place at the Dell on Saturday September 17.

Mowi National Division

Beauly 4 Aberdour 0

Beauly extended their lead at the top of the table to eight points by beating bottom side Aberdour 4-0 in their 3pm throw-up at Braeview Park.

There was a minute’s silence ahead of throw-up to mark the passing of Beauly stalwart David ‘Murf’ MacLean.

It took Beauly 38 minutes to break the deadlock, with David MacLean scoring.

Conor Ross added a second a minute before the break with David MacLean going on to complete his hat-trick with goals on 49 and 61 minutes.

MKM Building Supplies Oban Bullough Cup – semi-final

Strachur-Dunoon 1 Glasgow Mid Argyll 3

The Glasgow Mid Argyll (GMA) juniors are through to the MKM Building Supplies Oban Bullough Cup Final after beating Strachur-Dunoon 3-1 at Dunoon Stadium.

GMA’s Seb MacMillan scored the only goal of the first half on 36 minutes.

Ross Brown has been prolific since joining GMA this season and added a second a couple of minutes into the second half to claim his fifteenth goal of the season.

Seb MacMillan got his second on 49 minutes to put GMA three up and although Andrew Wilson pulled a goal back on 56 minutes, it is GMA who go through to the final where they will play either Kilmory or the Bute second team.

Mowi South Division 1

Bute 9 Tayforth 0

Bute closed the gap on league leaders Col Glen by beating bottom of the table Tayforth 9-0 at the Meadows.

Tayforth travelled with just 11 players, so they were up against it from the start.

Iain McDonald blasted the ball by keeper Derry Barton on three minutes and added a second on 14 minutes to ease the islanders into the game.

Josh Cowan added a third on 17 minutes before Iain McDonald completed his hat-trick five minutes later.

Bute boss James Craig replaced Iain McDonald and Rory McDonald with Scott Harvey and William Boag but the traffic continued towards the Tayforth goal.

When referee Euan Pearson pointed to the spot on 36 minutes following a ‘kick’ inside the ‘D’, Scott Harvey stepped up to score and William Boag made it 6-0 at the interval with his strike on 40 minutes.

Iain McDonald, back on the field, took his tally to four goals with efforts on 70 and 75 minutes and Scott Harvey got his second five minutes from time to round off the scoring.

The Tayforth defence worked hard with keeper Derry Barton inspired throughout.

The sides meet again this Saturday, but this time Tayforth have home advantage.

Lochside Rovers 4 Kyles Athletic 0

Lochside and the Kyles Athletic second team brought their league meeting at Mossfield forward to Wednesday July 6.

Innes Jackson gave Lochside the lead on 15 minutes lead in this 7.30pm throw-up and Lewis Buchanan made it 2-0 five minutes later with his sixth goal in the last three matches.

Jordan Kerr, in his second match since his return from Oban Celtic, made it 3-0 on the half hour before adding another on 78 minutes with his third goal for Lochside since rejoining.

Col Glen P Ballachulish P

The fixture between league leaders Col Glen and Ballachulish at Glendaruel was postponed due to covid.

Mowi South Division 2

Kilmory P Uddingston P

Uddingston were unable to raise a team for their trip to play Kilmory at MacRae Park.

Oban Celtic P Bute P

The clash between the Oban Celtic seconds and the Bute seconds at Ganavan will be rearranged.

All throw-ups were at 2.30pm unless the match report states differently.

Women’s Camanachd Association

Mowi National Division

Lochaber 5 Ardnamurchan 0

Lochaber beat Ardnamurchan 5-0 in their 2.30pm throw-up at Spean Bridge. Leah Maxtone scored four and Kirsty Delaney the other.

Aberdour v Inverness A W/O

Aberdour were unable to field a team for their match against Inverness A at Silversands so the Highland Capital side were given a walkover.

Glengarry and Col Glen contest new cup

The final of the Camanachd Association’s new cup competition for single team clubs takes place this Saturday when Glengarry play Col Glen at Taynuilt Sports Field.

Burton Morrison, Camanachd Association competitions director, said: ‘We are delighted to deliver a new competition that has been so well received by the 13 clubs involved. I expect a hard-fought and committed final between two of the best single-team clubs in the country. The fact both are doing so well in their respective leagues is testament to the quality that will be on display.

Col Glen manager Ronnie MacVicar said: ‘Col Glen are thrilled to be in our first cup final for 32 years. We hope to give a good account of ourselves against a very good Glengarry side. It is a great honour to represent our community in a national final.’

Scott Bremner, Glengarry manager added: ‘Glengarry Shinty Club are delighted to reach the final of this new competition and look forward to a competitive game against a formidable Col Glen side.

‘We have had our fair share of injuries this season but have managed them well with the small squad we have. We have a good balance of older players who bring experience to the team and our impressive youngsters who add enthusiasm and energy. Both ourselves and Col Glen are holding our own in our respective leagues and this new competition allows clubs like us to match up against opposition on a level playing field.

‘Our thanks go to everyone who has made the final possible, from getting the pitch ready to the officials who will hopefully have a quiet day. It will be a fantastic day out for both teams, who will both have a strong backing from their respective communities, and I know everyone involved at Glengarry is looking forward to the final.’

Oban Celtic return to action

Oban Celtic are back in Mowi National Division action this weekend when they host Lochaber on Saturday July 16.

This will be the first game for Dougie MacIntyre’s side since they won at Glenurquhart in mid-June – the only match they have played since Saturday May 21.

The Oban Celtic second team welcome Strachur-Dunoon.

North shinty

Kingussie, Lovat and Oban Camanachd will join either Kyles Athletic or Glasgow Mid Argyll in the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup semi -finals following the shinty action on Saturday July 9.

Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup – quarter-finals

Kinlochshiel 0 Oban Camanachd 1

David Cameron was the Oban Camanachd hero as boss Gareth Evans saw his side turn in one of their best performances of the season to beat holders Kinlochshiel 0-1 in their Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup quarter-final tie at Rèaraig.

Kinlochshiel manager Johnston Gill fielded the same starting line-up that beat Caberfeidh 4-0 in the previous week’s league encounter, whilst Archie MacRae recovered from a back injury to take a place on the bench alongside David Falconer.

Oban Camanachd were already without Daniel MacVicar, Daniel Madej and Ross Campbell so it was a further blow when Scott McKillop was ruled out with a virus. Blair MacFarlane dropped back into defence in McKillop’s absence and David Lafferty took a place on the bench.

The game started at a frantic pace and, even early on, it was clear Scott MacMillan’s big hitting from full centre would be important to Oban Camanachd’s chances.

The Oban side forced a series of early corners and Finlay MacRae had to clear the ball off the line after Evan MacLellan put a good challenge in on Kinlochshiel keeper Josh Grant.

Kinlochshiel went on the attack and Cammy Sutherland saved with his feet from Jordan Fraser’s backhand strike and John MacRae’s later effort.

Evan MacLellan shot over when the home defence didn’t deal with another weighted ball from Scott MacMillan and the sides turned around level at the break.

John MacRae saw sight of goal soon after the restart but Sutherland saved again with his legs whilst at the other end, Innes Jackson’s clever reverse pass sent David Cameron through on goal. However, he was hauled back by Finlay MacRae just outside the ‘D’ in what looked like a good free-hit to concede as the set-piece came to nothing.

Cammy Sutherland showed his athleticism as he stretched his left leg towards his left post to turn John MacRae’s low shot away for a corner.

The more the game went on, the more obvious it became one goal could win the tie and that goal came for Oban Camanachd with seven minutes remaining. Scott MacMillan played the ball forward towards the penalty spot where it was gathered by David Cameron. With his back to goal, Cameron moved the ball to his left before turning and firing a great shot across the keeper to break the deadlock.

Kinlochshiel went in search of a leveller but this left space for Oban Camanachd to exploit and Josh Grant raced from his line to dive and block David Cameron’s shot from just outside the ‘D’ on the right with Louie MacFarlane shooting by the keeper’s right post seconds later.

Kinlochshiel had a chance from a hotly-disputed late corner, but the ball was cleared up-field by, who else, Scott MacMillan.

Skye Camanachd 0 Kingussie 7

Kingussie were too strong for Skye Camanachd, winning 7-0 at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree.

Skye boss Kenny Macleod had a number of issues to deal with. Somhairle MacDonald and Taylor Matheson missed out as both are on family holidays in Canada. Neil MacVicar’s second broken jaw could mean the end of his shinty playing career on medical advice. Ross MacKinnon was out with tonsillitis, whilst Martin Pringle was still feeling the effects of his hamstring injury.

Fraser Munro and Lee Bain both returned for Kingussie, with the latter starting on the bench. Calum Grant, finger injury, and Rory MacKeachan, hamstring, didn’t travel and neither did Iain Fraser nor Dylan Borthwick.

Roddy Young continued his prolific scoring run with a shot from the right on five minutes.

Kingussie keeper Rory MacGregor made a great save under his crossbar to deny Jordan Murchison an immediate equaliser.

James Falconer ran in to add a second on 20 minutes, followed by Savio Genini’s strike from the left a minute later to make it 3-0.

When Roddy Young got his second from close in, to make it 4-0, it looked ominous for Skye. James Falconer added a fifth on 33 minutes after more good passing between the visiting forward line.

The second half was just three minutes old when Roddy Young clinched his fourth hat-trick in successive matches with a shot across the keeper from wide on the right.

Ruaridh Anderson became the fourth Kingussie forward to add his name to the score-sheet when he made it 7-0 on 67 minutes.

Fraser Munro and James Falconer both had efforts ruled out for offside by referee Deek Cameron.

Lovat 3 Inveraray 0

Lovat reached the Scottish semi-finals with a 3-0 win over Inveraray at Balgate.

Inveraray travelled light with veteran David Robertson and boss Ruaraidh Graham included in their pool.

Lewis Tawse put Lovat in front on 37 minutes with his effort taking a deflection but they didn’t secure victory until late in the tie with Graeme MacMillan finishing well on 77 minutes and Marc MacLachlan adding a third on 80 minutes.

Lovat would have won by a bigger margin had it not been for Scott MacLachlan in the Inveraray goal.

Mowi Premiership

Caberfeidh 7 Kilmallie 0

Caberfeidh climbed off the bottom of the table after beating Kilmallie 7-0 at Castle Leod.

This was a classic relegation four-pointer as, going into the match, the sides occupied the bottom two places in the shinty’s top flight.

Both teams had to make changes for the game and whilst Ben MacDonald returned for Caberfeidh, they fielded Kevin Bartlett in goal in place of regular custodian Iain McCall.

Caberfeidh got off to a super start with Craig Morrison scoring after just 10 seconds and the same player added his and Caberfeidh’s second goal with a strike from the right on 28 minutes.

Ben MacDonald, back in the side after work commitments ruled him out of the previous week’s 4-0 defeat at Kinlochshiel, blasted the ball home to make it 3-0 on 31 minutes.

Kyle Grant netted on 43 minutes to make it 4-0 at the break.

Ally MacLennan blasted home his second goal of the season on 56 minutes, whilst Craig Morrison got his third and fourth goals on 65 and 67 minutes to make it 7-0, lifting Caberfeidh to seventh in the table. They are ahead of Glasgow Mid Argyll, Fort William and Kilmallie, with all four sides having played ten matches.

Keeper Kevin Toye and Michael Rodger were best for Kilmallie who never let their heads drop.

Mowi National Division

Beauly 4 Aberdour 0

Beauly extended their lead at the top of the table to eight points by beating bottom side Aberdour 4-0 in their 3pm throw-up at Braeview Park.

There was a minute’s silence ahead of throw-up to mark the passing of Beauly stalwart David ‘Murf’ MacLean.

It took Beauly 38 minutes to break the deadlock, with David MacLean scoring.

Conor Ross added a second a minute before the break with David MacLean going on to complete his hat-trick with goals on 49 and 61 minutes.

Lochaber 5 Strathglass 2

Lochaber were 5-2 winners against Strathglass at Spean Bridge in a match brought forward to Friday July 9.

Duncan MacKinnon gave Lochaber the lead on 13 minutes in this 7.30pm throw-up and Findlay MacDonald added a second a couple of minutes later.

Duncan MacKinnon got his second on 32 minutes to give the home side a 3-0 lead at the break.

Michael Stokes pulled a goal back a couple of minutes after the restart but Findlay MacDonald completed his hat-trick with goals on 74 and 80 minutes.

Scott Douglas scored a second for Strathglass on 84 minutes to make the final score 5-2.

After losing their last two league matches, the victory moves Lochaber back into second place in the table.

Findlay MacDonald of Lochaber puts away the first of his three goals against Strathglass. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos
Strathdearn Cup – semi-finals

Beauly 0 Lovat 2

The Lovat second team took another step towards retaining the Strathdearn Cup after beating the Beauly second team 2-0 in their noon throw-up at Braeview Park.

The goals came early in this derby tie with Lewis Bryson scoring on four and eight minutes.

Lovat, who included Callum Cruden on his comeback from injury, lost the influential Cammy MacMillan with a hand injury and had to rely on keeper Ronan MacMillan who made some super saves.

Newtonmore 11 Caberfeidh 0

The Newtonmore colts swept aside the Caberfeidh colts, winning 11-0 at the Eilan.

Craig MacIsaac got the opener on nine minutes and Glen MacKintosh made it 2-0 on 18 minutes.

Xander Ross on 26 minutes and a second from Glen MacKintosh on 34 minutes made it 4-0.

Newtonmore pressed home their advantage as Craig MacLeod added a fifth on 37 minutes with Craig MacIsaac completing his hat-trick with strikes on 41 and 45 minutes to make it 7-0.

There was still time for Glen MacKintosh to get his second in first half stoppage time to make it 8-0 at the turnaround.

The scoring calmed in the second half with Craig MacLeod getting his second on 62 minutes and Glen MacKintosh completing his hat-trick on 65 minutes before adding his fourth, and Newtonmore’s eleventh goal, on 70 minutes.

Newtonmore will now meet Lovat in a repeat of last year’s final which Lovat trailed 4-0 before winning on penalties.

Mowi North Division 1

Glengarry 7 Lochcarron 2

Glengarry bounced back from the previous week’s league defeat to the Kinlochshiel second team by beating Lochcarron 7-2 at Craigard.

Nick Dalgety scored against his former club to give Glengarry the lead on first minute lead but George Murphy pulled Lochcarron level on 13 minutes.

Nick Dalgety got his and Glengarry’s second on 21 minutes but Angus Urquhart ensured the first half finished all-square with a goal on 44 minutes.

Raymond Robertson gave Glengarry the lead for a third time on 46 minutes and they never looked back.

Nick Dalgety completed his hat-trick on 59 minutes with Shaun Nicolson adding a double on 65 and 72 minutes.

Kyle MacKinnon rounded off the scoring to make it 7-2 on 83 minutes.

Inverness 2 Skye Camanachd 1

The Inverness first team stay top of the league but they had to work hard to beat the Skye Camanachd second team 2-1 at the Bught Park.

Steven Bellshaw gave the hosts the lead on 29 minutes but Chris MacLennan, called up to help the understrength islanders, equalised on 39 minutes.

A second from Steven Bellshaw on the stroke of half time was enough to give Inverness victory.

Kingussie 2 Kinlochshiel 3

The Kinlochshiel colts held onto second place in the league after beating the Kingussie colts 3-2 at the Dell.

Lewis MacVicar gave Kinlochshiel the lead on five minutes but Robert Shiells levelled on 40 minutes.

The visitors led at the break though after Rory Slaughter scored on 44 minutes.

James MacLean made it 2-2 a minute after the restart, but Rory Slaughter’s second on the hour proved to be the winner.

Mowi North Division 2

Inverness 0 Lochaber 7

The Lochaber reserves beat the Inverness reserves 7-0 in their noon throw-up at the Bught Park.

Lochaber ran up a 3-0 interval lead with goals from David Langan on the half hour, Donald MacRae five minutes later and Ryan Gunn on 43 minutes.

David Langan got his second on 54 minutes, with Donald MacRae doing likewise on 58 minutes.

Bruno Berardelli added his name to the scoresheet on 64 minutes before David Langan completed his hat-trick on 83 minutes.

Kilmallie 1 Lewis Camanachd 2

Fifth-placed Lewis Camanachd came from a goal down to defeat the Kilmallie colts, third in the table, 2-1 at Canal Parks.

Duncan MacDougall put the hosts ahead on 21 minutes with the only goal of the first half. Donald Lamont levelled a couple of minutes into the second period and Donnie MacRae, who scored on his debut last weekend, netted on 77 minutes with what proved to be the winner.

Strathglass 1 Boleskine 2

Boleskine moved off the bottom of the table after coming from behind to beat the Strathglass second team 2-1 at Cannich.

Eoghan Stewart gave Strathglass the lead on 10 minutes lead but a quick-fire double from Liam Girvan on 55 minutes and Sean Fraser a couple of minutes later gave Boleskine both points.

All throw-ups were at 2.30pm unless the match report states differently.

Women’s Camanachd Association

All but one of the Women’s Camanachd Association weekend fixtures took place on Sunday July 10.

Mowi National Division

Badenoch 15 Skye Camanachd 1

Badenoch thrashed title rivals Skye Camanachd 15-1 in their 1pm throw-up at the Dell.

Kirsty Deans scored nine times for Badenoch, with Zoe Reid adding four more and Jeanette McGregor netting twice.

Lochaber 5 Ardnamurchan 0

Lochaber beat Ardnamurchan 5-0 in their 2.30pm throw-up at Spean Bridge. Leah Maxtone scored four and Kirsty Delaney the other.

Aberdour v Inverness A W/O

Aberdour were unable to field a team for their match against Inverness A at Silversands so the Highland Capital side were given a walkover.

Mowi North Division 2

Skye Camanachd B 0 Glenurquhart 8

Glenurquhart were 8-0 winners against Skye Camanachd B in their noon throw-up at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree, on Saturday July 9.

Hazel Hunter scored six times, with Yvonne MacLeod and Lyndsay Fleming getting the others.

Glengarry P Inverness B P

The meeting between Glengarry and Inverness was postponed and will be rescheduled for a later date.

Glengarry and Col Glen contest new cup

The final of the Camanachd Association’s new cup competition for single team clubs takes place this Saturday when Glengarry play Col Glen at Taynuilt Sports Field.

Burton Morrison, Camanachd Association competitions director, said: ‘We are delighted to deliver a new competition that has been so well received by the 13 clubs involved. I expect a hard-fought and committed final between two of the best single-team clubs in the country. The fact both are doing so well in their respective leagues is testament to the quality that will be on display.

Col Glen manager Ronnie MacVicar said: ‘Col Glen are thrilled to be in our first cup final for 32 years. We hope to give a good account of ourselves against a very good Glengarry side. It is a great honour to represent our community in a national final.’

Scott Bremner, Glengarry manager added: ‘Glengarry Shinty Club are delighted to reach the final of this new competition and look forward to a competitive game against a formidable Col Glen side.

‘We have had our fair share of injuries this season but have managed them well with the small squad we have. We have a good balance of older players who bring experience to the team and our impressive youngsters who add enthusiasm and energy. Both ourselves and Col Glen are holding our own in our respective leagues and this new competition allows clubs like us to match up against opposition on a level playing field.

‘Our thanks go to everyone who has made the final possible, from getting the pitch ready to the officials who will hopefully have a quiet day. It will be a fantastic day out for both teams, who will both have a strong backing from their respective communities, and I know everyone involved at Glengarry is looking forward to the final.’