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Newtonmore clinch the 2011 Premier League title

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Gary Innes | 12:52 UK time, Sunday, 20 November 2011

Danny MacRae once more gave the village of Newtonmore a weekend to remember when his 90th-minute strike lifted the 2011 Premier League title.

Kyles Athletic, who had been top of the Premier League for most of the season, needed to beat Newtonmore to stand a chance of clinching the title for the first time in the club's history.

Danny MacRae, however, had other ideas.

The deciding match was moved to the Dunoon Stadium, early on Saturday morning, as the home field of Kyles Athletic, Tighnabruaich, was deemed unplayable.

This psychologically would have been a disappointment to Kyles - however, there have been many issues this season with some grounds needing work done on their fields.

At the neutral venue, Kyles managed to get on the scoresheet first and led into the dressing rooms 1-0 at half-time, thanks to a 44th-minute strike from Dunky Kerr.

It wasn't long, though, before Danny MacRae had levelled the tie for 'More with only three minutes on the clock from the throw-up.

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Lovat leave it late to save their skins

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Gary Innes | 14:59 UK time, Monday, 14 November 2011

The only game scheduled for the Scottish Hydro Premier Division saw Lovat beat Kilmallie 3-2 in their last game of the season to secure survival.

The Kiltarlity men knew exactly what they needed to do before arriving at the Canal Parks, and went to work instantly with an early goal from Greg Matheson. Euan Ferguson was next on the score-sheet, topped up by a third from Jamie Matheson.

Kilmallie did make a late come back with goals from Scotland forward John Stewart and a 90th-minute second from Ross Lavin but the Caol men could not spoil the Lovat party.

Oban Camanachd would have been closely following Saturdays result as they prayed for Kilmallie win. Camanachd are now favourites to join already relegated Glenorchy unless they can beat Kilmallie by a seven-goal margin this weekend.

Oban Camanachd have pulled off some extraordinary results in this position before and you can be sure won't go down without a monstrous fight.

A few donkeys came out moaning that Kilmallie lay down to Lovat because the North teams stick together.

This is utterly ridiculous!

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Shinty weathering a fixtures storm

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Gary Innes | 12:15 UK time, Tuesday, 8 November 2011

With the Scottish Hydro Premier League crawling to a finish, both the Kilmallie v Newtonmore and Kyles Athletic v Inveraray matches were rescheduled to neutral venues, as their own fields were unplayable.

This has been something of a sore point for clubs and Camanachd Assosiation alike over the years, with the season often drifting well into November, and even, on occasions, December.

In a perfect-weathered shinty world, the season should run from March to September and finish up shortly after the Camanachd cup final.

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Late heartbreak for Scotland as Irish win series

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Gary Innes | 10:00 UK time, Wednesday, 2 November 2011

In true Scottish sporting fashion, our shinty team lost the series against the Irish to an offside goal in the dying minutes.

Following our 19-14 loss in Athy, Ireland led 2-1, so we needed a win in Inverness on Saturday.

With the crossing of shinty and hurling codes, the scoring system is a little complicated and it's been a struggle for us players to get our heads round it.

However, the instructions from boss Drew MacNeil were simple. Get yer ass out there, win, and don't let them score two goals. Simple!

I had just picked up my new custom designed helmet the day before from the lads in 'All Round Signs' Fort William, who had managed to pimp my headgear out with a saltire, tartan, and a big set of eyes on the front for good luck.

Surely four eyes would help me find the goal better than two?

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