Shinty man doing it for the kids
It was the Camanachd Cup quarter finals that grabbed the attention of most shinty fans at the weekend.
Inveraray secured their semi-final spot with a hard-fought 3-2 win over Kilmallie at the Canal Parks in Caol.
Andrew McMurdo opened the scoring for the visitors, followed by a Chris Crawford double.
Ryan Stewart and Michael Rodgers managed to pull back the deficit to just one, but they could not muster another to take the game to extra time.
Kyles Athletic also progressed through after a 5-2 win against Skye to make their 440-mile round trip worthwhile.
One apiece from Roddy Macdonald, John Whyte, Tom Whyte, Dunky Kerr and Fraser Macdonald sent the Tighnabruaich men through, with Iain Nicholson and Jordan Murchison the home scorers.
Lovat continued the home losing trend in the competition when they hosted Kinlochshiel at Kiltarlity.
Brothers, Keith and Finlay MacRae got the Balmacara men off to a dream start, before a Greg Matheson penalty gave the home side a lifeline.
However, Jordan Fraser's goal dispersed any notion of a Lovat comeback and Kinlochshiel progressed through 3-1.
The other quarter final, Newtonmore's tie against Lochaber, was postponed and is now re-scheduled for Saturday 28 July.
In the only Premiership tie, Glenurquhart travelled to the Isle of Bute to play the Rothesay side.
Bute, who are yet to win a game this season, got off to the perfect start when striker John Beattie opened the scoring after only six minutes.
Unfortunately for Bute, Neale Reid and David Smart both went on to bag doubles to take both points back north to Drumnadrochit.
This week I'm off to teach, supervise, and generally be nice to all the young adults at this year's National Shinty Camp, held in Strathearn, Perthshire.
The camp gives teenagers from all over Scotland the opportunity to play shinty all day, get fitness training, advice from dietitians, and learn new skills from players from within the sport.
The camp is run by Shinty national development officer - and hero to all young players - Ronald Ross.
If I'm being honest, I am amazed that I'm being allowed back.
The last time I was part of the teaching squad was back in 2004, and I was sharing a room with Ross when we found ourselves locked out.
I decided a size 10 in the right place would open the door a treat, however this was not the case!
As I kicked it my foot went straight through the wafer thin wood and completely snapped the door in half!
Not one of my finer moments.
This year Ronald has assured me he will not leave the key on the inside of the door!
Looking ahead to this weekend's action.
It's a full Premiership fixture card this weekend with Inveraray v Kilmallie, Kingussie v Bute, Kinlochshiel v Glenurquhart, Lovat v Fort William and an epic battle between leaders Kyles Athletic and Newtonmore.
Both clubs are joint top on exactly the same points after twelve matches.
It took until the 90th minute on the last game of the 2011 season for Newtonmore to secure the league title over Kyles Athletic with a 1-0 Danny MacRae winner.
Who do you think will win this match up this weekend?
Its another big day out for the locals of Spean Bridge this weekend, as the Balliemore Cup Final takes place at Castle Leod, Strathpeffer.
Lochaber's captain Hughie Innes, (my little brother) once more gets his chance to lead out the red and white hoops in search of silverware.
They face the green and white colours of Beauly Shinty club.
Beauly have been steady in their North Division 1 league campaign and sit just below Lochaber as it stands, so it's bound to be an exciting final.
Referee Evan MacRae commences throw up at 2.30pm.
Safe travels to all clubs and supporters.