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Gary Innes | 11:32 UK time, Monday, 2 April 2012

With only two fixtures scheduled in the Orion Group Premiership, Newtonmore remain at the top after a 3-3 draw with last season's title runners-up Kyles Athletics.

Danny Macrae opened the scoring for 'More before Kyles' Thomas Whyte levelled the tie moments later.

MacRae found the net again in the second half but his strike was cancelled out once more from Kyles, this time from Ewan Campbell.

Ben Seller then gave Newtonmore the lead for the third time, but 'More and Scotland defender Norman Campbell got his name on the scoresheet with an own goal to finish the scoring.

Newtonmore v Kyles Athletic

In the only other league fixture Kilmallie hosted Inveraray at the Canal Parks.

Gary MacPherson opened the scoring for the visitors after only two minutes to push 'Rary's nose out in front.

Neil Campbell then doubled the lead in the second half to secure both points for the Argyll men with a 2-0 win.

The Co-operative Mactavish Cup took priority in the North with solid wins for Lochaber, Skye, and Glenurquhart.

Lovat, who have previously been unbeaten in the Premiership, fell short against North Division 1 local rivals Beauly in a 4-3 battle.

Lovat's hit man, Owen Ferguson, opened the scoring for the bookies' favourites, before Martin Davidson levelled for the home side.

Duncan Davidson's strike on the stroke of half time, followed by Ferguson's second, looked sure to have secured bragging rights for the Kiltarlity men.

This, however, was not to be the case!

Three second-half goals from Davidson, Conner Cormack, and Jamie Maclennan secured a place in the next round of the Mactavish Cup, and a few rounds at the bar, for the Beauly boys.

Kingussie laid their losing streak to rest when they demolished Kinlochshiel 6-2 at the Dell.

This was role reversal from the opening day of the season, where Kinlochshiel banged in six against Kings.

Brothers, Keith and Findlay Macrae bagged both of 'Shiel's goals, but two goals from Martin Dallas, a single from Craig Dawson and a hat-trick from Kings legend Ronald Ross, after getting subbed on for his first appearance in a Kingussie strip this year, saw victory for the home side.

In the South the Celtic Cup got underway, with comfortable wins for Bute and Oban Celtic allowing them to progress through to the next round.

The surprise scoreline in this competition was Aberdour beating Glasgow Mid Argyll 1-0.

Aberdour's goal hero was Craig Matheson, who scored what proved to be the winner inside the first minute of play.

It's a full fixture list in the Premiership this weekend with a few fruity-looking match-ups on the cards.

Newtonmore have the chance to stay on top when they meet Kilmallie at the Eilean, while unbeaten Lovat host Kingussie at Kiltarlity.

Glenurquhart welcome Bute to Drumnadrochit, while Kinlochshiel clash with Kyles at Balmacara.

Fort William travel down to Inveraray in an interesting fixture.

Both sides are sitting on exactly the same points after three games.

If either are to try and mount any kind of league challenge they will need both points to keep the pressure on the front runners.

Fort William stalwart defender Neil Robertson will miss this tie as he is off on honeymoon to Las Vegas after tying the knot on Saturday. Congratulations!

From weddings on Saturday to April Fool's on Sunday, its fair to say it's been an eventful weekend.

Maybe it's partially due to having that sleepy Sunday morning feeling, or still being slightly hazy from the night before, but it's certain that people seemed to be far more gullible this year!

My own April Fool's came in the form of me announcing on Facebook that Gary Barlow had just phoned me and offered our band Mànran a spot at this year's Queen's Diamond Jubilee party, alongside Stevie Wonder, Madonna, and so on, which sparked a few great comments, and even media interest.

However, I was caught out myself for a moment when I read late on Sunday afternoon a press release on Twitter announcing that the Northern California Camanachd Club, (NCCC) were to join North Division 3 next year.

Just when you thought traveling to Lewis for an away game was a journey and a half, imagine trying to tell the girlfriend you're off to California for a game of shinty, and, eh, maybe don't wait up.

One thing for sure would be the 100% hospitality you would receive from our good shinty friends across the big loch if this was to be the case.

You can read the fool article and more if you like at

Safe travels to all clubs and supporters.


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