Players should use their heads - wear a helmet
I am well aware that accidents happen in shinty but in the game I was playing at the weekend I was reminded just how serious they can be.
What follows is not for the squeamish...
My team, Fort William, travelled to Cannich on Saturday to try progress past Strathglass, one of six ties in the Co-operative MacTavish Cup.
I am pleased to say we returned home with a 6-2 win, with two goals apiece by Gordie MacKinnon and me, followed by strikes from Brian Simpson and 17-year-old Ewan Campbell proving too much for the home side.
Strath's Gordie Fraser and Les Fraser got their names on the score sheet.
Gary Innes - wearing a helmet - in full flight against Strathglass in the MacTavish Cup. Photo: Neil Paterson
However, the result barely mattered because the sting was taken out of the game halfway through the first half with two very serious head injuries.
I have to say, they were two of the worst facial injuries I have witnessed in a long time and they happened within five minutes of one another. Neither team really recovered from them.
The first was when Strath's Andrew Fraser caught the end of the caman square on the forehead leaving a hole in his face.
The second was an identical incident minutes later when Fort's Steven Monk swung through, and Strath's Alistair McAdams caught the end of his stick on the forehead, leaving the skull clearly visible through his open wound.
Now, I am not trying to be graphic, or put anyone off their dinner, but I would like to reiterate that I think more players should consider wearing helmets.
Had both these players been wearing one on Saturday, they would most likely have been enjoying a pint with their team-mates after the game, instead of spending hours being treated in Raigmore Hospital.
I must add that neither of these players did anything wrong. Both incidents were accidents, and extremely unlucky, but it just goes to that accidents will happen time and time again in our sport.
I can understand why some players don't even bother to try to wear a helmet. Some feel it restricts their vision, or that because they never wore one growing up it will affect their game.
I can honestly say that after wearing a helmet this season, I don't think my game has been affected in the slightest.
On a lighter note, our game started later on Saturday as the Strathglass second team took on Lewis Camanachd.
I only caught the second half, but was delighted to witness the islanders making history and picking up the club's first ever point with a 2-2 draw.
The lads got the first Calmac ferry out at 7am on Saturday, rumour has it they didn't make it home before the same time the next day.
Well done, Lewis, I'm sure it won't be the last point you earn.
Only two Premier League fixtures were scheduled on Saturday due to the first round of the MacTavish Cup in the North and the South's Celtic Society Cup being contested.
Kyles Athletic made no mistake when they visited Glenorchy, thrashing them 7-1.
On the score sheet for Kyles were Roddie MacDonald, Grant Irvine (3) Thomas Whyte, Fraser MacDonald and Robby MacLeod, with Kenny MacDougall scoring the Mart side's only goal.
Oban Camanachd will be extremely happy after taking both points at Kingussie. Ryan Bothwick opened the scoring for the home side, before Kings goalkeeper Andrew Bothwick netted an own goal, levelling two minutes later.
Camanachd's Aidan MacIntyre gave Oban the lead on 30 minutes and they managed to hold off Kingussie for another 60 minutes to win 2-1.
In the South's Celtic Society Cup, Glasgow Mid Argyll beat Oban Celtic 4-3 after being 3-1 down.
Inveraray also progressed after beating Bute 4-2 at home helped by a Garry MacPherson hat-trick.
In the MacTavish Cup, Caberfeidh beat Lochcarron 4-2, Beauly took five off Inverness, while Newtonmore thumped a whopping 11 on Skye Camanachd.
In the only Premier cup draw, Glenurquhart travelled to the Canal Parks to face Kilmallie. The game finished 1-1 after 90 minutes, before Kilmallie went on to beat "Glen" 4-2 in extra time.
First Division's Kinlochshiel fought their way through to the second round beating Premier League outfit Lovat. The only goal came through Scottish international Finlay MacRae, to win the fixture 1-0 for the underdogs.
In this weekend's action Inveraray take on Kyles Athletic, while Kilmallie travel to Glenorchy. Newtonmore face Glenurquhart at the Eilean, while Oban Camanachd host Kingussie in what is sure to be a cracker after last weekend's result.
Fort William travel to Kiltarlity to challenge Lovat, who will be disappointed at losing to Kinlochshiel at the weekend, and Fort will be hoping this isn't the game the home side bounce back from with a win.
Safe travels to all clubs and players this weekend. Ach, go on, lads, give the helmet a try. You never know - you might even like it.