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BBC Sport blog editor | 23:26 UK time, Monday, 12 July 2010

A place in the last four of shinty's Camanachd Cup was at stake on Saturday.

Unfortunately, because of the weather and no available field, Fort William's clash with Oban Camanachd was cancelled.

Newtonmore had the task of taking on Kyles Athletic at Tighnabruich.

Newtonmore lost this fixture last season. However, by league rankings this season, were favourites to win. The Kyles men on the other hand had other ideas.

As expected, Newtonmore found themselves a goal up within five minutes.

However, a goal-fest from Kyles saw them win the match 6-3 and secure their spot in this year's semi-finals.

Inveraray hosted First Division islanders Skye in their cup tie.

A Grant Griffin double and singles from Ewan MacMurdo, Garry MacPherson and Russel Mackinlay saw the Argyle yellow and black through 5-1.

Skye's Danny Morrison scored the visitors' only goal.

In the Premier League only one fixture was scheduled as Lovat hosted Bute at Kiltarlity.

Jamie Matheson and Jimmy Mackenzie scored for Lovat, with Bute getting a late penalty through Robert Walker. That 2-1 win saw newly promoted Lovat move up to joint sixth alongside Bute.Garry McPherson was on target in Inverarary's victory

So, who do you think is favourite to lift the Premier League title?

Saturday's result against Kyles will have knocked Newtonmore's confidence, while champs Kingussie manage to keep racking up the points and goals.

Inveraray are still in with a shout but don't consistently travel well, while Fort William sit second with a game in hand.

This season potentially has the closest ever finish of the Premier League and with just seven games remaining for some clubs, is it still to soon to call?

In the Scottish Hydro Premier League, Newtonmore get the opportunity to increase their lead at the top, with a home tie against Glasgow Mid Argyle.

Newtonmore will be deeply disappointed at losing on Saturday, and will now fix their sights firmly on the league.

Bottom side GMA have won a couple of games recently, and will be confident going into this fixture after a slow start.

Bute challenge neighbours Kyles Athletic for the chance to leapfrog them in the league.

Kyles have three games in hand over Bute, but this is sure to be an exciting fixture.
This week Lovat travel to Inveraray.

Many thought promoted Lovat would be up and back down again in the same season; if they keep performing the way they have been, this certainly will not be the case.

Inveraray on the other hand are extremely difficult to beat at home, and Lovat will have an up hill battle if they are to gain any points from this fixture.

The other two remaining Camanachd quarter finals also take place this weekend.
Kingussie have the task of overcoming Glenurquhart, to book their place in the last four.

Glenurquhart have been struggling of late while Kingussie have found form, however, when the Camanachd Cup is within their grasp, anything can happen.

Fort William's Camanachd fixture will reverse again back to Mossfield, Oban this week.

Saturday's cancelation will certainly have helped Fort William's injuries, but Fort know their full squad will have to be on top form to beat gritty Oban.

I hope to make the big match on Saturday; I am in Stornoway playing at the Heb Celt Festival.

Our set on Friday night and festival club slot is sure to keep me up till the wee small hours. If the 7am ferry leaves on time with no hold up, I should manage to make it to Oban with 20 minutes to spare.

Last time I tried this the ferry broke down. It was deemed an act of God, as it was the Saturday before the first ever Sunday sailing from Lewis.

I'm hoping Oban Camanachd don't have a direct line to heaven.


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