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Camanachd Cup semi-finalists all in good shape

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Gary Innes | 14:58 UK time, Monday, 2 August 2010

In the Scottish Hydro Premier Division Kingussie dropped a point at home against Lovat. Ronald Ross was the man to get both Kings goals, however, Fraser Gallagher bagged a brace of his own to make sure the game ended level (pictured below by Neil Paterson).

Inveraray's electric form continued with a 11-1 win over Glasgow Mid Argyll. A hat-trick each from Neil Andrews, Neil Campbell and Euan McMurdo did most of the damage against the top flight newcomers.

Kyles Athletic won again with a 4-2 success against Oban Camanachd. A double from Peter Currie and goals from David Zavoroni and Thomas Whyte sealed the points for the Tighnabruich men ahead of this weekend's Camanachd Cup clash.

Fort William made the long trip down to Bute with four key players missing. Unfortunately I also missed the game but was very happy to hear the full-time score on the broken down Clansman ferry during my trip to Barra.

Goals from Gordie Mackinnon (2), James Clark and Brian Simpson earned a 4-3 win, taking Fort William within two points of league leaders Newtonmore, with two games in hand.

kingussielovat595.jpgThe Camanachd Cup semi finals take place this Saturday, with both ties taking place at Mossfield Park, Oban.

Fort William tackle Inveraray at 1300 BST, followed by Kingussie v Kyles Athletic at 1530 BST.

Kyles Athletics beat Kingussie to reach the final last year. However, Kingussie will be looking for revenge after the first fixture was cancelled in the second period due to the weather when Kings were winning 4-1. Kyles won the replay 4-3.

Inveraray have scored 20 goals in the past two weeks and are on fire up front. The last time the teams met in this competition was the 100th Camanachd Cup final in Inverness, 2007, with Fort winning 3-1.

A lot has changed since then. New management, new players, and new strips! Fort will play in white on Saturday, as both clubs' traditional colours are yellow and black.

So who do you think will reach this year's Camanachd Cup final? I don't remember a semi-final stage in years when it has been as close and tight between the four clubs taking part.

All four teams are in fine scoring form but they all have a habit of shipping goals as well, so it should make for two very interesting, free-flowing encounters.

There is only one Scottish Hydro Premier League this week, with Glenurquhart taking on Glasgow Mid Argyll at Drumnadrochit. Glen need both points to stay out of reach from Oban Camanachd, while a win from GMA could see them leapfrog Oban from bottom spot.

I hope to see many of you in Oban on Saturday, and fingers crossed by 1530 BST I will have a massive smile on my face. If things have gone the other way and Inveraray score 10, I'll be heading back to Barra where I have no signal on my mobile...


  • Comment number 1.

    Did the clapped out ferry mean you got an extra night on the island paradise of Barra?
    And do you just stroll back into the Fort team after all of your trips away?

  • Comment number 2.

    Here's hoping for an all Argyll final, what are the chances Gary?

  • Comment number 3.


    I was stuck on the mighty island an extra night, but it was my own choice and luckily managed back without a hitch on the Monday.

    With regards to your question as to whether I will be back in the team, each shinty manager makes a weekly decision as to who will be playing on a Saturday, so here's hoping.


    I think this year there is a definite possibility of an all Argyll final. Both Inveraray and Kyles Athletic are playing extremely well. What a crowd this would draw to the final if this was the case. However I am still hoping Fort William make it to the final. :)

  • Comment number 4.

    Ach well, that's my dream gone for another year. Well done to both Fort and Kingussie on making the final. Hope they both play good shinty and give all us shinty fans a good game to watch.


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