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Kyles and 'More go for title

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Gary Innes | 11:01 UK time, Monday, 26 September 2011

Only three games managed to beat the weather in the Scottish Hydro Premier Division last weekend, all with no surprises.

Oban Camanachd took on league leaders Kyles Athletic at Mossfield, and would have been pleased to head for the dressing room at half time 1-0 up thanks to an Iain Macmillan goal.

Kyles regrouped at half-time and quickly brought the scoreline back level through David Zavoroni. The Tighnabruaich men then fought on to snatch both points, late strikes from Roddy MacDonald, and Fraser MacDonald finishing the fixture 3-1.

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A Camanachd Cup final to remember

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Gary Innes | 12:53 UK time, Tuesday, 20 September 2011

The 104th Camanachd Cup final took place on Saturday at Bught Park in Inverness, and what an epic historic final it was.

Arguably shinty's biggest rivals clashed head on in their first Camanachd final meeting since 1997.

Newtonmore fought Kingussie in front of a monster crowd, and hauled the Camanachd cup back to Newtonmore after a 25 year absence.

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Old rivals set for Camanachd climax

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Gary Innes | 15:18 UK time, Thursday, 15 September 2011

As a shinty player growing up in the highlands of Scotland I can't stress enough what it means to play in a Camanachd Cup Final, never mind win it.

This Saturday Bught Park in Inverness hostss the 104th Camanachd Cup Final

The Camanachd Cup is shinty's blue riband event and this year will be contested by two teams that live just three miles apart, arguably shinty's biggest rivals: Kingussie and Newtonmore.

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Kyles march on, as Kingussie flirt with relegation

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Gary Innes | 18:48 UK time, Tuesday, 6 September 2011

Kyles Athletic took yet another huge leap towards making shinty history after brushing aside Fort William in the Scottish Hydro Premier Division.

The visitors went to Tighnabruaich with many key players unavailable and the league leaders duly punished them, running out 4-1 winners.

Dunky Kerr opened the scoring for the home side, with Michael Slezas replying quickly on his debut senior team appearance. Kyles then controlled the second half with strikes from Thomas Whyte (2), and Gordon Whyte. With only four games remaining, Kyles Athletic sit two points clear of 2010 champions, Newtonmore.

Newtonmore stayed in the race by demolishing local rivals Kingussie 6-1, with goals from Glen Macintosh (2), Danny MacRae, Jamie Robinson and David Cheyne (2).

Young Hamish Anderson was Kingussie's only scorer as manager Stevie Bothwick rested key players ahead of the Camanachd Cup showdown on 17 September.

The Glenorchy v Inveraray, and Kilmallie v Lovat matches were both postponed and will be played on another available date.

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