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Gary Innes | 09:32 UK time, Wednesday, 1 June 2011

Kyles Athletics continued their dominance at the top of the Scottish Hydro Premier Division after coming back to snatch a point from Kingussie.

Kings stormed into the lead through Fraser Munro and Ronald Ross, before Colin MacColl and Rupert Williamson levelled the scoring with only minutes left on the clock.

This kind of result and comeback proves Kyles really do have what it takes as they continue to fight for their first ever Premier title.

Kings' neighbours Newtonmore gained two points after a 3-0 win at Glenorchy. After receiving a double from Steven Macdonald, and single from Paul Macarthur, there was no way back for the Dalmally men who are still in search of their first point.

Kilmallie's Ross Lavin in action with Craig Mainland of Lovat, watched by the Kilmallie bench. Photo: Neil Paterson

Kilmallie's Ross Lavin in action with Craig Mainland of Lovat, watched by the Kilmallie bench. Photo: Neil Paterson

Lovat hosted Kilmallie at Kiltarlity and the home side were ahead at half-time through Greg Matheson.

Kilmallie's John Stewart then netted on 75 and 77 minutes to claim both points for the Caol men.

Fort William travelled down to Inveraray desperately needing both points to raise spirits after last week's defeat at Lovat, and ahead of this week's Camanachd Cup second round.

Fort's second-team top scorer Daniel Stewart got his promotion and opened the scoring on 10 minutes.

Bryan (Boob) Simpson then netted twice for Fort William before half-time to lead 3-0. With no more goals in the second half, Fort happily travelled back to An Aird with both points in the bag.

The Scottish Hydro Camanachd Cup second round is at stake this weekend, with all Premier clubs now joining the battle.

Shinty's Premier League teams get a bye in the first round, so this is their first opportunity to progress in the competition.

The second round Camanachd Cup fixtures are:

Glenorchy v Lovat, Kinlochshiel v Glenurquhart, Oban Camanachd v Kyles Athletic, Lochcarron v Kilmallie, Taynuilt v Kingussie, Bute v GMA and Inveraray v Lochaber.

Last year's champions Fort William will face their toughest challenge this season when they travel to Newtonmore.

Fort William's record has not been good at Newtonmore's field, The Eilan, over recent years. However, with the thought of nine consecutive finals at stake, and knowing how much it means to win the cup, this may help Fort if they find themselves behind.

Newtonmore, on the other hand, have not reached a Camanachd final in over a decade, and I know this drive will be firmly on their mind.

In history, the village of Newtonmore have won the Camanachd Cup a record 28 times, and because of this exceptional achievement, expectations run high.

Newtonmore have fallen at the hands of Kyles Athletics this past couple of seasons in the cup. However, they will thrive on the prospect of knocking the cup winners out at home.

With league form out the window, both clubs will clash head on to continue for shinty's most prized possession.

Who do you think will win the Camanachd Cup this year?

Will last year's champs Fort William manage to continue there incredible cup run, or will Newtonmore put an end to that this weekend?

Could this be the year for 2009 finalists and league leaders Kyles Athletic, or will Ronald Ross captain Kings to the title as rumours rumble of retirement?

As a child growing up playing shinty you dream of nothing more than lifting the Camanachd Cup.

With this in every single player's mind on Saturday, the passion and desire for the sport and competition will shine through, although I do hope not too brightly on the A9 side...

Safe travels to all players and supporters.


  • Comment number 1.

    I'll go for Kingussie for this year's Camanachd cup.
    Definitely not Fort William and Kyles can't possibly keep this form up all season.
    What's the prize for a correct prediction ? A free pub crawl round Oban will do.


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