Shinty round up – Saturday July 30

Fort William's Lewis Murphy tackles Brodie Macbean of Newtonmore. Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos

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Oban Camanachd and Kingussie will contest the 2022 Artemis Macaulay Cup Final following the shinty action on Saturday July 30.

South shinty

Artemis Macaulay Cup – semi finals

Kyles Athletic 1 Oban Camanachd 3

Oban Camanachd are through to this year’s Artemis Macaulay Cup Final after coming from behind to beat Kyles Athletic 3-1 in their 3pm throw-up at Mossfield.

Kyles manager Robert Baxter was without skipper Innes MacDonald who suffered a broken hand in the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup quarter final win over Glasgow Mid Argyll in their last outing. Baxter was dealt a further blow when Andrew King picked up a hamstring injury in training, so he also missed out.

Oban Camanachd boss Gareth Evans had Scott MacMillan, Evan MacLellan and Connor Howe back, whilst Scott McKillop left a wedding early to take a place on the bench.

Although Kyles had the better of the first half, Oban Camanachd claimed for a penalty when Louie MacFarlane went down inside the ‘D’ but referee Des McNulty waved away their pleas. They also had an effort ruled out when Louie MacFarlane had the ball in the net.

Roddy MacDonald had been causing Oban Camanachd problems throughout the first half and he gave the Tighnabruaich men the lead on 38 minutes. The goal came from a well-worked free-hit when Roddy MacDonald ran forward to strike the ball which bounced into the bottom corner of the net, to Cammy Sutherland’s left, from five yards outside the ‘D’.

There were strong words in the Oban camp at the interval and the team looked a better proposition after the re-start.

Gareth Evans made a key switch five minutes into the second half, with Daniel Cameron pushed forward from defence to attack.

Oban Camanachd equalised on 55 minutes with Daniel MacVicar scoring his ninth goal of the season. Blair MacFarlane cleared the ball up the park where it was gathered by Daniel Cameron who played it into Daniel MacVicar’s path and he swept the ball into the far corner of the net on the half volley.

Substitute Daniel Madej put the Oban side ahead on 64 minutes. There was a battle for possession following a Camanachd corner and the ball spun into the air where Madej reacted quickest to crack home a volley from close range.

Daniel Madej was on the scoresheet again, with 20 minutes remaining, following good combination play from Evan MacLellan and Daniel MacVicar. Daniel Cameron saw his shot cut out by Callum Miller but Madej was first to the ball, slotting it home from close range to make it 3-1.

The Artemis man of the match award went to Oban Camanachd’s Daniel MacVicar.

The 2022 Artemis Macaulay Cup Final between Oban Camanachd and Kingussie takes place at Mossfield on Sunday August 21.

Oban Camanachd have their designated ‘free Saturday’ this weekend. The Macaulay final is the second part of a double-header against Kingussie as the sides meet in the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup semi finals at An Aird on Sunday August 14. Both matches will be broadcast live on BBC ALBA.

Reflecting on the game, Gareth Evans said: ‘We never got going in the first half and I couldn’t complain about behind at half-time. We were much more like ourselves in the second half. We looked fit and the work Fraser Inglis is doing at training is paying off.’

‘I have some real selection headaches now with two huge games coming up. It is a good headache to have though. To play in games like the two against Kingussie is what the boys have been working so hard for.’

Mowi Premiership

Glasgow Mid Argyll 5 Kilmallie 0

Glasgow Mid Argyll put a bit of distance between themselves and the relegation zone by beating bottom side Kilmallie 5-0 at Peterson Park.

Brian Slattery gave the Glasgow side the lead on 20 minutes with what proved to be the only goal of the first half. Chris Holleysong made it 2-0 on 49 minutes and John McNulty added a third three minutes short of the hour.

Chris Holleysong got his second on 73 minutes and Ross Fraser rounded off the scoring eight minutes from time.

GMA are now two points clear of the drop zone, with Kilmallie and Fort William occupying the bottom two positions.

Mowi National Division

Oban Celtic 4 Aberdour 0

Oban Celtic pulled away from the sides at the bottom of the table when they beat Aberdour 4-0 in their noon throw-up at Mossfield, their third win in their last four games.

Celtic went into the game without Andy Macdonald, Neil Carmichael, Craig MacDougall, Kieran Gallagher and Michael Mackinnon and with Scott Dempster just making the bench due to an injury sustained the previous week, it was a much changed team that started in what was a ‘must win’ game.

There was a welcome return for George Macmillan and Robert MacIntyre and places for three 15-year-olds, Duncan MacEwan, Finlay Cameron and Gabriel Tidser. And the trio did not disappoint.

Celtic set the tone from the start with sustained pressure on the Aberdour goal with a combination of good goalkeeping and last ditch defending keeping Celtic at bay until Daniel Macmillan grabbed his first goal on 36 minutes. Following good link up play with Ewen Campbell, Macmillan turned his man and scored.

From the resulting throw-up, Celtic went straight up the park and after more good work by Duncan MacEwan and Ewen Campbell, Daniel Macmillan slotted home again.

The link up play between Lennon Campbell, Daniel Macmillan and the two young forwards was great to see and produced the goal of the game on 42 minutes with all four involved before Lennon Campbell chipped the ball across from wide on the by-line for Duncan MacEwan to strike a controlled volley into the net.

After this goal, Daniel MacMillan was replaced by Gabriel Tidser who went on to have a great game.

The second half was played at a slightly slower pace but Celtic continued to produce free-flowing shinty. It was a quiet day for Iain MacFarlane in goals, in part down to good defensive work from George Macmillan, Jamie Forgrieve, Iain Mackechnie and David Hill, backed up by a strong centre line with Finlay Cameron catching the eye on the wing.

Lennon Campbell got a deserved goal on 57 minutes to make it 4-0. Ewen Campbell, who had been terrier-like in his performance, played a one-two with Gabriel Tidser before feeding Lennon Campbell who turned his man and scored.

Lennon Campbell was replaced after 75 minutes by Niall MacFarlane, with Jamie Forgrieve also coming off. Dylan Cooke moved from wing to defence and Daniel Macmillan came on to see out the game from the wing.

The Oban Celtic managers were delighted with the way the team played – considering the changes and especially with the three 15-year-olds who all added to the performance significantly.

Strathglass visit Oban in the league on Saturday.

Mowi South Division 1

Ballachulish 1 Glasgow Mid Argyll 1

Ballachulish and the Glasgow Mid Argyll seconds played out a 1-1 draw at the Jubilee Park.

David Grant put the home side in front on 13 minutes.

However Ross Brown, in his first match at the Jubilee since he played in the winning South under-21 side in the 2003 Grampian Cup, scored for the tenth game in a row on 24 minutes to ensure a share of the points.

Kyles Athletic 4 Cruachanside 1

The Kyles Athletic juniors notched up just their second league win of the season when they beat Cruachanside 4-1 at Tighnabruaich.

Kyles took the lead on ten minutes through Neil Nicolson, but Robbie Brown equalised on 20 minutes.

Dave Martin scored on 37 minutes to give Kyles a 2-1 lead at the turnaround with another from Neil Nicolson on 47 minutes and a goal from Grant Profit on 52 minutes making the final score 4-1.

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

Youth shinty

Scotland open with tour win

Scotland under-17s opened this year’s Sitekit Ireland Tour with (7-10) 31-18 (3-9) win over Offaly under-16 at O’Connor Park on Monday July 25.

A goal from Oban Camanachd’s Louie MacFarlane along with points from Fort William’s Cam Stephen, Archie MacRae and Cam Stephen again gave the Scots an early (1-3) 6-0 (0-0) lead.

Taylor Matheson and an Archie MacRae brace with a single point from Euan MacCormick added to Scotland’s points count to make it (4-4) 16-0 (0-0) before Offaly pulled a couple of points back.

Offaly added a third point before Euan MacCormick got his second point with Louie MacFarlane adding another to make the half-time score Offaly (0-3) 3-18 (4-6) Scotland.

An Ireland point and a Brodie MacBean point came early in the second half before substitute Iain Fraser scored Scotland’s fifth goal meaning the visitors now led (5-7) 22-4 (0-4).

An Iain Fraser point and a third point from Euan MacCormick, followed by Finlay ‘Stork’ MacLennan finding the net, increased Scotland’s lead with two more Irish points making it (6-9) 27-6 (0-6).

The sides agreed to tweak the rules to allow catching during the closing stages and Finlay ‘Stork’ MacLennan and a first goal from Offaly made it (7-9) 30-9 (1-6).

Offaly rallied adding two more goals and three more points to make it (7-9) 30-18 (3-9).

However Cam Stephen added his third point to make the final score Offaly (3-9) 18-31 (7-10) Scotland.

Glengarry’s Finlay Fraser was named Sitekit man of the match.

Scotland under-17 from: Calum Nicolson, Skye Camanachd; Thomas MacKinnon, Beauly; Coll MacKay, Inveraray; Sean MacLellan, Fort William; Finlay Fraser, Glengarry; George Taylor-Ramsay, Kingussie; Finlay ‘Stork’ MacLennan, Beauly; Euan MacCormick, Beauly, captain; Aidan Love, Kilmallie; Cam Stephen, Fort William; Craig MacDonald; Fort William; Taylor Matheson, Skye Camanachd; Louie MacFarlane,  Oban Camanachd; and Archie MacRae, Kinlochshiel. Subs: Jack Nelson, Strathspey; Brodie MacBean, Newtonmore; Marcus Planck, Bute; and Iain Fraser, Kingussie.

Young Scots win again

The young Scots followed up their win over Offaly with a (3-3) 12-22 (5-7) victory over Dublin under-16 at Parnell Park on Tuesday July 26.

This annual clash had been suspended for the last two years due to covid and Scotland under-21 head coach Alan MacRae, who looked after the side, made three changes to his starting line-up from the previous evening’s win over Offaly with Jack Nelson, Marcus Planck and Brodie MacBean replacing Coll MacKay, Finlay ‘Stork’ MacLennan and Louie MacFarlane.

Scotland took the early initiative with Archie MacRae notching a point, then scoring a goal. Craig MacDonald had a goal disallowed but another Archie MacRae point meant Scotland led (1-2) 5-0 (0-0).

Craig MacDonald added a point to Scotland’s tally before Dublin pulled a couple of points back to make the interval score Dublin (0-2) 2-6 (1-3) Scotland.

Archie MacRae got the first point of the second half, before Brodie MacBean scored a goal to extend Scotland’s lead to (2-4) 10-2 (0-2).

Finlay Fraser scored his first point of the tour with Taylor Matheson adding another before Oban Camanachd’s Louie MacFarlane scored his second goal of the tour to give Scotland a (3-6) 15-2 (0-2) lead.

The sides again agreed to relax the rules to allow catching and Dublin responded by pulling a point and two goals back so Scotland’s lead was cut to (3-6) 15-9 (2-3). However Archie MacRae scored his second goal of the match to thwart any hopes of a fight-back.

Iain Fraser’s goal, followed by Craig MacDonald’s second point and a late Dublin goal, made the final score Dublin (3-3) 12-22 (5-7) Scotland.

Fort William’s Craig MacDonald was named Sitekit man of the match.

Scotland under-17 from: Calum Nicolson, Skye Camanachd; Thomas MacKinnon,  Beauly; Jack Nelson, Strathspey; Sean MacLellan, Fort William; Finlay Fraser, Glengarry; George Taylor-Ramsay, Kingussie; Marcus Planck, Bute; Euan MacCormick, Beauly, captain; Aidan Love, Kilmallie; Cam Stephen, Fort William; Craig MacDonald, Fort William; Taylor Matheson, Skye Camanachd; Brodie MacBean, Newtonmore; and Archie MacRae, Kinlochshiel. Subs: Louie MacFarlane, Oban Camanachd; Iain Fraser, Kingussie; Finlay ‘Stork’ MacLennan, Beauly; and Coll MacKay, Inveraray.

The Scotland under-17s after beating Dublin.

Shinty on TV

The latest match from the Camanachd Association’s television agreement with MG ALBA will be broadcast this weekend.

The new agreement sees some televised matches played on a Sunday for the first time.

After already broadcasting the cottages.com MacTavish Cup and the Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society cup finals, the next games to be broadcast on BBC ALBA are:

Saturday August 6 – Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup semi-final – Lovat v Kyles Athletic, An Aird, Fort William. Throw-up 4.05pm.

Sunday August 14 – Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup semi-final – Kingussie v Oban Camanachd, An Aird, Fort William. Throw-up 4.05pm.

Sunday August 21 – Artemis Macaulay Cup Final – Kingussie v Oban Camanachd – Mossfield, Oban. Throw-up 2.05pm.

Saturday September 3 – WCA Mowi Valerie Fraser Camanachd Cup Final – Badenoch or Aberdour v Skye Camanachd or Glasgow Mid Argyll, The Eilan, Newtonmore. Throw-up 4.05pm.

In addition, the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final will be broadcast live on BBC Scotland on Saturday September 17.

Camanachd Association president Steven MacKenzie said: ‘The Camanachd Association realise Sunday fixtures are something new for shinty but because of other commitments, MG ALBA could not televise all the games scheduled on a Saturday. The Camanachd Association board agreed unanimously it was important to maximise the number of games being televised, necessitating two Sunday fixtures.

‘We thank the sponsors, the clubs involved and the Macaulay Association for their co-operation. This agreement is for the 2022 season only. A full review will be carried out to identify the positives and negatives of playing on a Sunday.’

Camanachd Association competitions director Burton Morrison added: ‘Television coverage of major games is vitally important for shinty as it takes the sport into areas outwith traditional shinty communities. It also allows matches to be seen by supporters who, for a variety of reasons, may be unable to travel to the venue.

‘We are extremely grateful to MG ALBA for their continuing commitment to shinty, despite pressures from other sports. It is also important to recognise the co-operation of competition sponsors and competing clubs in agreeing to the scheduling of these televised matches this year.’

End to covid postponements

The Camanachd Association has confirmed clubs will no longer be able to request a fixture postponement when three or more of their players have tested positive for Covid-19. In a communication to clubs, the association confirmed such requests, allowed under byelaw 3.2.5, will no longer be permissible from Monday August 1.

The association advised: ‘This decision has been made to ensure cup and league competitions are completed on time.’

North shinty

Oban Camanachd and Kingussie will contest the 2022 Artemis Macaulay Cup Final following the shinty action on Saturday July 30.

Artemis Macaulay Cup – semi finals

Kingussie 1 Lovat 0

James Falconer scored the only goal of the game as holders Kingussie beat Lovat 1-0 at Braeview Park, Beauly.

James Hutchison’s long ball forward in first half stoppage time was touched inside from the right of the ‘D’ by Roddy Young and James Falconer ran across goal, taking the ball away from Craig Mainland, before striking over Lovat keeper Stuart MacDonald on his back-hand from the left of the ‘D’.

Kingussie had the elements after the restart and were stronger but there was no further scoring.

Lovat defender Craig Mainland suffered an ankle injury late in the game which will be a worry ahead of Saturday’s Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup semi-final against Kyles Athletic at An Aird.

Kingussie defender Kieran MacPherson was presented with the Artemis man of the match award by Davie Hamilton from the Macaulay Association.

Deek Cameron was the match referee.

Kingussie manager John Gibson said: ‘I was happy with the half-time lead against a strong wind which really affected the game. We could have done more in the second half as we had plenty chances and plenty of the ball. It wasn’t our best performance but it was about getting to the final.’

Lovat boss Jamie Mathieson added: ‘I thought we were outstanding in the first half. The wind played a part as Kingussie were on top in the second half but I couldn’t have asked for more from our lads. Kingussie knew they were in a game.’

The 2022 Artemis Macaulay Cup Final between Oban Camanachd and Kingussie takes place at Mossfield, Oban, on Sunday August 21 with the clash broadcast live on BBC ALBA.

Mowi Premiership

Newtonmore 2 Kinlochshiel 2

Newtonmore came from behind twice to draw 2-2 with Kinlochshiel at the Eilan.

Kinlochshiel youngster Archie MacRae gave his side the lead on four minutes. Keith MacRae slipped a short pass to Ali Nixon, 25 yards out on the left, and he sent a great ball into the danger area with Archie MacRae capitalising when his marker slipped and he finished neatly from 10 yards.

Michael Russell pulled Newtonmore level on 38 minutes and it remained 1-1 until the break.

The west coast side regained the lead on 65 minutes. A long ball from Donald Nixon was stopped by keeper Kenny Ross and the ball rolled outside the ‘D’ to John MacRae who scored.

However, a couple of minutes later, Newtonmore’s Max Campbell equalised to make the final score 2-2.

Glasgow Mid Argyll 5 Kilmallie 0

Glasgow Mid Argyll put a bit of distance between themselves and the relegation zone by beating bottom side Kilmallie 5-0 at Peterson Park.

Brian Slattery gave the Glasgow side the lead on 20 minutes with what proved to be the only goal of the first half. Chris Holleysong made it 2-0 on 49 minutes and John McNulty added a third three minutes short of the hour.

Chris Holleysong got his second on 73 minutes and Ross Fraser rounded off the scoring eight minutes from time.

GMA are now two points clear of the drop zone, with Kilmallie and Fort William occupying the bottom two positions.

Mowi National Division

Lochaber 0 Skye Camanachd 4

Skye Camanachd boosted their promotion chances by beating Lochaber 4-0 at Spean Bridge.

Although Skye controlled the game for large parts, Lochaber started well, winning a lot of second balls in the centre-line and it was a nervy opening 10 minutes for the islanders until they made the break-though.

The lead-up play to the goal included nice one-touch shinty starting from John Gillies at full back, working forward through Connor Gilpin, Ross Gordon and up to Taylor Matheson. The Scotland under-17 forward’s first-time shot was on target and the keeper misjudged the ball and it ended up over the line.

Skye forwards Taylor Matheson, Ross Gordon and Jamie Gillies displayed great link-up play in the first half, with Will Cowie sitting further back.

Taylor Matheson struck again with a low shot on 25 minutes before Skye killed the game off on the hour. This time another sweeping move ended with Taylor Matheson finishing high into the net on the left hand side.

Skye added a fourth soon after. A ball from the left wing found an unmarked Ross MacKinnon, who made a run forward from full centre and hit a rocket-shot off the crossbar. James Pringle gave the keeper no chance as he blasted home the rebound.

Lochaber’s Barry Macdonald, centre, and Dillon Brockie, right, in action against Taylor Matheson, left, and Will Cowie Photograph: Iain Ferguson, alba.photos
Mowi North Division 1

Lovat 1 Newtonmore 4

The Newtonmore seconds caught up on one of their games in hand when they beat the Lovat seconds 4-1 at Balgate on Tuesday July 26.

Newtonmore took the lead on the half hour through Craig MacLeod.

There was a scoring burst late in the half with Struan Ross making it 2-0 on 38 minutes, but Dylan Brockie pulled a goal back a minute later.

However with just a couple of first half minutes remaining, Struan Ross got his second meaning the visitors took a 3-1 lead into the break.

The scored that way until a minute from time when Glen MacKintosh scored to seal a 4-1 win.

Fort William 4 Newtonmore 0

The Fort William seconds were surprise 4-0 winners over the Newtonmore seconds at An Aird in a match brought forward to Friday July 29.

Fort William made the break-through five minutes before the break with Jack Kearney scoring. Lewis Clark added a second five minutes into the second half.

The same two players scored with a quick-fire double to seal victory with Jack Kearney hitting the back of the net on 75 minutes and Lewis Clark doing likewise a couple of minutes later.

Kingussie 0 Glengarry 5

Shaun Nicolson grabbed a hat-trick as Glengarry beat the Kingussie colts 5-0 at the Dell.

Glengarry led 2-0 at the break through Shaun Nicolson on 19 minutes and Nick Dalgety on 39 minutes. Shaun Nicolson got his second three minutes into the second half with Raymond Robertson adding a fourth on 65 minutes.

Shaun Nicolson completed his hat-trick with five minutes remaining to put Glengarry second in the division, a point behind leaders Kinlochshiel.

Lochcarron 3 Skye Camanachd 1

Lochcarron scored three times during the first half hour to see off the Skye Camanachd reserves 3-1 at Battery Park.

Gregor Cushnie on 13 minutes and Crisdean Finlayson on 15 minutes gave Lochcarron breathing space.

Skye’s Alastair MacLeod pulled a goal back on 19 minutes but Gregor Cushnie got his second to make it 3-1 on 29 minutes.

There was no further scoring in the remaining hour of the match.

Mowi North Division 2

Boleskine 5 Lewis Camanachd 0

Boleskine climb to seventh in this nine-team division by beating fifth-placed Lewis Camanachd 5-0 in their 1pm throw-up at Smith Park.

Boleskine won the toss of the coin and started with a strong wind behind them.

The home side led through Scott Watson on five minutes after good play from Sean Fraser who sent a looping ball into the Lewis defence and Watson turned his marker before sending a low shot by the keeper at his left hand post.

Lewis launched their first serious attack on 12 minutes with Ally Lamont gathering the ball up front but he shot high over the bar.

Boleskine doubled their lead on 15 minutes when Callum Muir flicked a clever ball to right winger Sean Fraser who weaved by a couple of defenders before slotting the ball by the keeper at his left-hand post.

Referee John Angus Gillies awarded Boleskine a penalty when Lewis keeper John MacAskill fell on the ball during a defensive melee. Young Fionn Dempster stepped up to take the spot-hit but keeper MacAskill redeemed himself with a good save.

Boleskine added a third soon after when the excellent Neil Hope won possession in the forward line and sent a shot screaming into the top left corner of the goal to make it 3-0 at the break.

Lewis had the elements in the second half and created a number of chances without really threatening the home goal, although Boleskine keeper Lewis Smith was called into action on the hour to turn away Donald Lamont’s 20-yard strike.

Lewis continued to press but their attacks lacked accuracy.

Boleskine increased their lead with 10 minutes remaining when a well-worked ball from Fionn Dempster to Craig Girvan saw the latter fire a 12-yard shot into the net to the keeper’s right side.

There were just five minutes remaining when Liam Girvan completed the scoring. Neil Hope floated a nice ball into the ‘D’ with Girvan’s flick beating keeper MacAskill.

Boleskine’s Neil Hope turned in a man of the match performance, whilst Fionn Dempster on the wing also caught the eye.

Lewis were thankful for player/manager John MacAskill as the veteran saved them on several occasions including his penalty stop. Defender Michael MacLeod was also solid throughout.

Kilmallie 2 Aberdeen University 2

The Kilmallie second team and Aberdeen University drew 2-2 in their match at the Canal Parks.

Former first team keeper Shane Gillies is relishing his role in attack and he gave Kilmallie a 4 minute lead.

Lachie Dean Morris drew the students level on 38 minutes with Willie Hunter putting them in front three minutes before the break.

Duncan MacDougall earned Kilmallie a point when he scored on 72 minutes to make it 2-2.

Aberdeen University stay second with Kilmallie third.

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

Youth shinty
Scotland open with tour win

Scotland under-17s opened this year’s Sitekit Ireland Tour with (7-10) 31-18 (3-9) win over Offaly under-16 at O’Connor Park on Monday July 25.

A goal from Oban Camanachd’s Louie MacFarlane along with points from Fort William’s Cam Stephen, Archie MacRae and Cam Stephen again gave the Scots an early (1-3) 6-0 (0-0) lead.

Taylor Matheson and an Archie MacRae brace with a single point from Euan MacCormick added to Scotland’s points count to make it (4-4) 16-0 (0-0) before Offaly pulled a couple of points back.

Offaly added a third point before Euan MacCormick got his second point with Louie MacFarlane adding another to make the half-time score Offaly (0-3) 3-18 (4-6) Scotland.

An Ireland point and a Brodie MacBean point came early in the second half before substitute Iain Fraser scored Scotland’s fifth goal meaning the visitors now led (5-7) 22-4 (0-4).

An Iain Fraser point and a third point from Euan MacCormick, followed by Finlay ‘Stork’ MacLennan finding the net, increased Scotland’s lead with two more Irish points making it (6-9) 27-6 (0-6).

The sides agreed to tweak the rules to allow catching during the closing stages and Finlay ‘Stork’ MacLennan and a first goal from Offaly made it (7-9) 30-9 (1-6).

Offaly rallied adding two more goals and three more points to make it (7-9) 30-18 (3-9).

However Cam Stephen added his third point to make the final score Offaly (3-9) 18-31 (7-10) Scotland.

Glengarry’s Finlay Fraser was named Sitekit man of the match.

Scotland under-17 from: Calum Nicolson, Skye Camanachd; Thomas MacKinnon, Beauly; Coll MacKay, Inveraray; Sean MacLellan, Fort William; Finlay Fraser, Glengarry; George Taylor-Ramsay, Kingussie; Finlay ‘Stork’ MacLennan, Beauly; Euan MacCormick, Beauly, captain; Aidan Love, Kilmallie; Cam Stephen, Fort William; Craig MacDonald; Fort William; Taylor Matheson, Skye Camanachd; Louie MacFarlane,  Oban Camanachd; and Archie MacRae, Kinlochshiel. Subs: Jack Nelson, Strathspey; Brodie MacBean, Newtonmore; Marcus Planck, Bute; and Iain Fraser, Kingussie.

Young Scots win again

The young Scots followed up their win over Offaly with a (3-3) 12-22 (5-7) victory over Dublin under-16 at Parnell Park on Tuesday July 26.

This annual clash had been suspended for the last two years due to covid and Scotland under-21 head coach Alan MacRae, who looked after the side, made three changes to his starting line-up from the previous evening’s win over Offaly with Jack Nelson, Marcus Planck and Brodie MacBean replacing Coll MacKay, Finlay ‘Stork’ MacLennan and Louie MacFarlane.

Scotland took the early initiative with Archie MacRae notching a point, then scoring a goal. Craig MacDonald had a goal disallowed but another Archie MacRae point meant Scotland led (1-2) 5-0 (0-0).

Craig MacDonald added a point to Scotland’s tally before Dublin pulled a couple of points back to make the interval score Dublin (0-2) 2-6 (1-3) Scotland.

Archie MacRae got the first point of the second half, before Brodie MacBean scored a goal to extend Scotland’s lead to (2-4) 10-2 (0-2).

Finlay Fraser scored his first point of the tour with Taylor Matheson adding another before Oban Camanachd’s Louie MacFarlane scored his second goal of the tour to give Scotland a (3-6) 15-2 (0-2) lead.

The sides again agreed to relax the rules to allow catching and Dublin responded by pulling a point and two goals back so Scotland’s lead was cut to (3-6) 15-9 (2-3). However Archie MacRae scored his second goal of the match to thwart any hopes of a fight-back.

Iain Fraser’s goal, followed by Craig MacDonald’s second point and a late Dublin goal, made the final score Dublin (3-3) 12-22 (5-7) Scotland.

Fort William’s Craig MacDonald was named Sitekit man of the match.

Scotland under-17 from: Calum Nicolson, Skye Camanachd; Thomas MacKinnon,  Beauly; Jack Nelson, Strathspey; Sean MacLellan, Fort William; Finlay Fraser, Glengarry; George Taylor-Ramsay, Kingussie; Marcus Planck, Bute; Euan MacCormick, Beauly, captain; Aidan Love, Kilmallie; Cam Stephen, Fort William; Craig MacDonald, Fort William; Taylor Matheson, Skye Camanachd; Brodie MacBean, Newtonmore; and Archie MacRae, Kinlochshiel. Subs: Louie MacFarlane, Oban Camanachd; Iain Fraser, Kingussie; Finlay ‘Stork’ MacLennan, Beauly; and Coll MacKay, Inveraray.

Shinty on TV

The latest match from the Camanachd Association’s television agreement with MG ALBA will be broadcast this weekend.

The new agreement sees some televised matches played on a Sunday for the first time.

After already broadcasting the cottages.com MacTavish Cup and the Scottish Sea Farms Glasgow Celtic Society cup finals, the next games to be broadcast on BBC ALBA are:

Saturday August 6 – Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup semi-final – Lovat v Kyles Athletic, An Aird, Fort William. Throw-up 4.05pm.

Sunday August 14 – Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup semi-final – Kingussie v Oban Camanachd, An Aird, Fort William. Throw-up 4.05pm.

Sunday August 21 – Artemis Macaulay Cup Final – Kingussie v Oban Camanachd – Mossfield, Oban. Throw-up 2.05pm.

Saturday September 3 – WCA Mowi Valerie Fraser Camanachd Cup Final – Badenoch or Aberdour v Skye Camanachd or Glasgow Mid Argyll, The Eilan, Newtonmore. Throw-up 4.05pm.

In addition, the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final will be broadcast live on BBC Scotland on Saturday September 17.

Camanachd Association president Steven MacKenzie said: ‘The Camanachd Association realise Sunday fixtures are something new for shinty but because of other commitments, MG ALBA could not televise all the games scheduled on a Saturday. The Camanachd Association board agreed unanimously it was important to maximise the number of games being televised, necessitating two Sunday fixtures.

‘We thank the sponsors, the clubs involved and the Macaulay Association for their co-operation. This agreement is for the 2022 season only. A full review will be carried out to identify the positives and negatives of playing on a Sunday.’

Camanachd Association competitions director Burton Morrison added: ‘Television coverage of major games is vitally important for shinty as it takes the sport into areas outwith traditional shinty communities. It also allows matches to be seen by supporters who, for a variety of reasons, may be unable to travel to the venue.

‘We are extremely grateful to MG ALBA for their continuing commitment to shinty, despite pressures from other sports. It is also important to recognise the co-operation of competition sponsors and competing clubs in agreeing to the scheduling of these televised matches this year.’

End to covid postponements

The Camanachd Association has confirmed clubs will no longer be able to request a fixture postponement when three or more of their players have tested positive for Covid-19. In a communication to clubs, the association confirmed such requests, allowed under byelaw 3.2.5, will no longer be permissible from Monday August 1.

The association advised: ‘This decision has been made to ensure cup and league competitions are completed on time.’