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Gary Innes | 21:51 UK time, Sunday, 24 July 2011

Fort William continue flying high at the top of the Scottish Hydro Premier League after a fantastic 4-0 win away to Kilmallie.

Fort had lost the previous two encounters to their local rivals. However, their current form made sure it wouldn't be three.

Daniel Stewart was the Fort man on form bagging himself a hat-trick and of course a McDonald's McFlurry of choice for his efforts, alongside a Gordy Mackinnon strike to wrestle both points back to An Aird.

Glenorchy went close to getting their first points of the season when they met Oban Camanachd at the Mart Park.

Glenorchy were first to score through Finlay MacIntyre, but a double from Camanachd's Aidan MacIntyre has all but confirmed the first Premier relegation casualty of the season.

Bute pose with the Balliemore Cup after defeating Caberfeidh on Skye. Photo: Neil Paterson

Bute pose with the Balliemore Cup after defeating Caberfeidh on Skye. Photo: Neil Paterson

Lovat leapfrogged Inveraray in the other battle at the bottom when they beat the Argyllshire men 2-1.

Grant Griffin was the Inveraray hit-man but James MacPherson and Owen Ferguson scored two very important goals and secured the points to nudge the Kiltarlity men's nose out of the relegation zone.

Kyles Athletics continued their impressive away form when they beat Glenurquhart 3-0 at Drumnadrochit.

Dunkie Kerr, Fraser Macdonald, and Colin Macdonald all got their names on the score sheet to maintain their push for their first ever Premier title.

The Macaulay Cup replay of Kingussie and Newtonmore's semi-final went without a glitch this time with Newtonmore securing a win over their biggest rivals 2-1.

Steven Macdonald opened the scoring for Newtonmore with Danny MacRae bagging number two for 'More on the 90th minute.

Ronald Ross did manage to pull one back on the 96th minute but it was all a little too late for Kings.

Newtonmore will now meet Kyles Athletics live on BBC 2 in the Macaulay Cup Final which will be played at Mossfield, Oban, on the 20 August.

The First Division's Balliemore Cup final took place over the weekend, held this year on the island of Skye.

Bute had the overnight journey to face North's Caberfeidh in Portree for the prestigious trophy.

Roberto Zavoroni and Kirk Taylor had the game tied at one apiece until Bute's Robert Walker became the hero for the islanders, making it 2-1, kick-starting the party ahead of their 230-mile trip home.

I'm not even sure they will have finished partying or even be home by the time you are reading this!

Looking ahead to this weekend's fixtures, Kilmallie take on Glenurquhart, Lovat host Newtonmore, while Inveraray challenge Oban Camanachd.

Fort William, Kingussie, Kyles and Glenorchy all have a weekend off to recharge the batteries and head for the sun if they wish.

With our weekend off I approached the club to say it may be nice if Fort William Shinty Club were to take the squad to Spain for a week or so so we could bond, train and, of course, sample some of the country's finer delights.

However, they have come back to me and quite simply said "no chance!"

Ach, it was worth a try.

Safe travels to all clubs and supporters this weekend.


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