Oban Camanachd continue season's cup final trend
Incredibly, this year's 2012 Artemis MacAulay Cup final will be competed between Glenurquhart and Oban Camanachd.
I say incredibly because every senior final this year so far has been contested between a Premiership club and a First Division side, something we have never seen before.
Glenurquhart stormed their way through to the final with a convincing 3-0 win over Fort William.
It took until the 50th minute for Glen's David Smart to open the scoring for the Drum men. Fort then pushed defender Duncan Rodger up front, which nearly paid off within minutes, however his shot passed just wide. Ruaridh Cameron then punched Glen ahead by two, followed shortly by a James MacPherson strike to set the stand alight and confirm Glenurquhart's place in their first MacAulay Cup final since 1977.
Glenurquhart beat Fort William in the MacAulay Cup semi-final. Pic: Neil G Paterson Photography
Oban Camanachd booked their final spot by beating last week's Celtic Society Cup winners Inveraray 4-3 at Mossfield.
Favourites Inveraray went down to Aidan Macintyre and an Andrew MacCuish double. Inveraray's Russell MacInlay, Garry MacPherson, and Ruiraidh Graham had the game level on 87 minutes but Camanachd's Iain MacMillan stunned the shinty community with his 89th-minute winner to put the South Division One team into a home advantage final on 18 August.
In the Orion Group Premiership, Newtonmore remain top on goal difference after brushing aside Kinlochshiel with a 2-0 victory. Goals from John MacKenzie and Danny MacRae kept the defending champions on track.
Lovat also kept in touch with a 2-1 win at Bute, who took the lead through Ali Carmichael before Owen Ferguson and Greg Matheson pulled goals back for the Kiltarlity men to keep them in third spot.
Kingussie for the second consecutive week took both points from Kilmallie. Barry Dallas opened for Kings early on followed by a Ronald Ross double and a strike from Rory Borthwick.
Kyles Athletic secured their Camanachd Cup quarter-final spot with a convincing 7-1 win over Glasgow Mid Argyll. Doubles from Roddy and Fraser Macdonald topped up by Gordon Whyte, David Zavaroni and Dunky Kerr left GMA's Andy MacGhee's strike a consolation.
Looking ahead to this weekend's action, the only game scheduled in the Orion Group Premiership sees Bute tackle Glenurquhart at Rothesay.
In the Camanachd Cup quarter-finals, Skye welcome Kyles Athletic to the island after a 220-mile trip to Portree, Kilmallie have home advantage over Inveraray, Lovat challenge Kinlochshiel, while Newtonmore face Lochaber for the second time this season.
How likely do you think it is for Lochaber or Skye to continue the trend of First Division representation in the final? Both clubs couldn't have a harder draw but, with the way this season has gone so far, who knows what could happen?
Saturday was possibly my last game of the season for Fort William as festival season is about to begin for the band and myself.
To be honest, the life of a musician is not one to complain about but I really do miss the shinty when I'm away. Due to being away more this year, I have had to make the difficult decision not to try for this year's Scotland squad.
I have been fortunate enough to play in every shinty/hurling match since 2000, which has been a great experience. Like all international team sports, it allows you to work alongside many players from different and, dare I say it, rival clubs, with many of these teammates becoming great friends.
This was not an easy decision to make as it is something I have loved being part of. I am not saying that I will not try again to make the Scotland squad, however this year it is just impossible for me to make it work.
Next year? Who knows what will happen, maybe I'll have won the lottery and have started my own shinty team in Barbados!
One thing is for sure, come the international match-up in October, I'll most likely be sitting watching the boys on the telly with a tear in my eye.
Safe travels to all clubs and supporters.