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BBC Sport blog editor | 16:53 UK time, Tuesday, 27 July 2010

Well where do I start with last week's results?

In the Scottish Hydro Premier league, league leaders Newtonmore dropped a point at Tighnabruich.

Kyles led the match 2-1 up until five minutes to go, when David Cheyne got his second of the day, and snatched a point for the front runners to finish 2-2.

macphee_blog.jpgLovat travelled to the city to play Glasgow Mid Argyll and took home both points after a 10-goal thriller.

The Kiltarlity men managed six goals to GMA's four.

Glenurquhart also gathered both points at Drumnadrochit when visited by Oban Camanachd. Both clubs in the hunt for points to push out of the relegation zone, and Glen men managed just that with a comfortable 5-2 win.

In the Artemis Macauley semi finals, last year's winners Inveraray battled Bute at Mossfield, Oban.

Four goals from Neil Andrew's were a huge step towards the final, Inveraray finishing the tie an unbelievable 9-0 victors.

In the other semi-final, Fort William met Kingussie. The last time the two teams met each other Fort won 6-0. However, that was never going to be the case this time round, as the King's young guns have gained experience, and a MacTavish winners' medal under their belt.

A healthy-sized crowd watched Fort William take the lead, only for it to be chopped-off for an offside infringement.

Kingussie scored three minutes later through Ronald Ross who went on to score a further goal that gave Kings a 2-0 lead.

A 40-yard screamer from Paul Gow was the icing on the cake for KIngussie as they finished the match 3-0 winners.

Fort William were very disappointing in every area of the field on Saturday and could not get started.

The older heads of Kingussie were in form, but the young talent that ran the wings were terrific. Anyone that is quick enough to say Kingussie are over the hill and finished, are very much mistaken.

The Camanachd Cup semi-finals were drawn on Wednesday at the Camanachd Association's head office in Inverness. First out of the hat were Inveraray v Fort William, which left a replay of last year's controversial semi-final of Kyles Athletic v Kingussie.

Last year Kingussie led the first semi-final 4-1, before referee Charles Young abandoned the game due to extreme weather. In the replay a week later, Kyles beat Kingussie 4-3, much to the dismay of the Badenoch giants.

Both games will be played on Saturday 7 August at a venue yet to be determined.

This brings us on to the point.

At what stage can a referee call a game, won or lost?

I'm not exactly sure on how the rules stand with this regarding how many minutes can be left on the clock before the ref can call it.

Looking at last year's Camanachd semi, Kingussie were clearly through to the final before the ref deemed play dangerous.

However, do you think the game should only start again with the remaining minutes and scoreline the same, or is this the fairest way to start a fresh at the next available opportunity?

This is not the first time a team has comfortably been ahead and abandoned - and I'm sure wont be the last.

It's back to league action this week for most, except for Newtonmore and Glenurquhart who have have no fixture to play.

Kingussie host Lovat at the Dell, while Glasgow Mid Argyll travel to Inveraray.

GMA will have to be tight at the back if they stand any chance of getting points from the fixture, while Inveraray will be looking continue their recent run of form.

Kyles Athletic host Oban Camanachd at Tighnabruich.

Kyles have had some great results in recent weeks and keep rising up the league ladder. Oban, on the other hand, find themselves going through a sticky patch and will be looking for a win to lift them out of it.

Fort William make the long journey south to Bute this weekend.

After both teams lost at the weekend, they'll will be looking to make amends.

Newtonmore dropping a point last week will be a boost to Fort who have three games in hand, while Bute are extremely difficult at home and will be understandably upset after last week's cup shocker.

I will unfortunately miss this week's clash with Bute, as I make my fourth Cal Mac ferry journey of the month.

This time I'm off to the beautiful island of Barra, to perform at Barra Fest with Manran.

This hopefully will be the last game I'll miss of the season.

With each week that flies by, the Camanachd Cup comes closer, the Premier League title has never tighter.

It couldn't come at a better time.


  • Comment number 1.

    If a match has to be abandoned due to weather conditions then it has to be abandoned. It's the same in any sport.
    No sympathy for Kingussie over last year's semi against Kyles. It was unsporting of them to complain the way they did. It's not as if they've never been in a final before.

    By the way,Gary, was it Capercaillie that inspired you to take up the accordion ?

  • Comment number 2.

    No Finelochfyne, it was my father that inspired me to play the accordion. I have had many inspirations growing up, and Capercaillie were certainly part of it for me. Although I'm not sure if it was Donald Shaw's accordion playing, or the thought of getting someone like Karen Matheson as my wife that attracted me to them :)


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