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Camanachd Cup dreams for Innes

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Gary Innes | 14:12 UK time, Monday, 28 May 2012

It was derby day in the Orion Group Premiership, when the Camanachd Association paired up as many local rivals as possible on the same day.

BBC ALBA also got involved with the big day and broadcast Kingussie's clash with Newtonmore live from Badenoch.

In blistering heat, with temperatures reaching close to 30 degrees in the North, it was certainly a day to keep the water bottles topped up.

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Lochaber aim to add to historic MacTavish Cup wins

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Gary Innes | 14:34 UK time, Sunday, 20 May 2012

Lochaber will play Newtonmore in this year's Co-operative MacTavish Cup final after beating Kingussie 2-1 at Spean Bridge.

Many had tipped an all-Badenoch final before this match as Newtonmore faced Glenurquhart in the other semi-final. However, Michael Delaney's North Division 1 warriors silenced one half of Badenoch with two late goals.

It was Scotland International Sean Nicholson who broke the deadlock on 87 minutes from the penalty spot, before substitute Stuart Callison set Spean Bridge alight with a 90th minute rocket.

Ronald Ross pulled one back for Kings deep into stoppage time, but it was all too late as the Spean support stormed the field.

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Shinty cup overflows with drama

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Gary Innes | 11:10 UK time, Monday, 14 May 2012

The first round of the Artemis Macaulay Cup was the talk on shinty lips on Saturday, as all Premier clubs, and First Division clubs that beat the preliminary rounds, took to the field.

And, of course, the day featured a cup shock as last year's North finalists, Newtonmore, who would possibly have been tipped favourites for this competition, lost 2-1 to Kinlochshiel.

Keith Macrae opened the scoring for 'Shiel but Newtonmore's Calum Stewart was able to level.

And the result wasn't decided until the 90th minute, when Kinlochshiel's John Macrae scored with virtually the last hit of the ball to blow the competition wide open.

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Dreams of Camanachd Cup glory begin

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Gary Innes | 16:47 UK time, Monday, 7 May 2012

The 2012 Scottish Hydro Camanachd Cup got into full swing on Saturday, with the first round taking place all over the country.

The Camanachd Cup is, in my mind, shinty's most prized possession. If you grew up playing shinty, you dreamed of lifting the Camanachd Cup long before any thoughts of owning a Ferrari or going to Disneyland, although in hindsight maybe I was just misguided!

It was all of shinty's North and South First Division Clubs that were in action, with the winners all joining the pot for the second round, where the Premiership clubs get introduced.

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Shinty dream turns sour for Innes

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Gary Innes | 14:46 UK time, Tuesday, 1 May 2012

Glenurquhart secured the last remaining semi final spot in the
MacTavish Cup, after thrashing North 1st Division side Beauly 6-1.

Lewis Maclennan opened the scoring for 'Glen before Marc MacLaughlan
levelled the tie.

Maclennan then netted his second, followed by a hat-trick from Neale Reid.

Glenurquhart's sixth was credited to Beauly defender Iain Broadhead as he got his name on the scoresheet with an own goal.

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