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Archives for June 2012

All change at the top of the shinty table

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Gary Innes | 15:45 UK time, Monday, 25 June 2012

Newtonmore sit top of the Orion Group Premiership on goal difference - the fourth swap in as many weeks!

Newtonmore had to travel to Fort William's Black Parks to pick up the win, but it wasn't made easy for them when Fort's Daniel Stewart found the net in the opening minute.

In pouring rain Glen Macintosh brought Newtonmore level, before grabbing a second just before half-time.

Neither side could find a winner in the second half and the visitors left with the points after a 2-1 win.

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Lochaber make history but Newtonmore get the glory

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Gary Innes | 19:30 UK time, Monday, 18 June 2012

Newtonmore lifted the Co-operative MacTavish Cup on Saturday after a convincing 5-1 victory over Lochaber.

This was North Division 1 Lochaber's first senior final since the club was reformed in 1958. It was an incredible day for the village of Spean Bridge, with people traveling from all over the world to come home for the historic event.

It was a special day in the Innes household with my little brother Hughie captaining the team out onto the Bught Parks, Inverness and in front of him was the Lochaber Camanachd chieftain - our Granny!

It was Newtonmore though that stamped their name in the record books, with captain John Mackenzie lifting high above his head the first silverware of the shinty calendar.

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Lovat hit the top as shinty warms up for MacTavish final

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Gary Innes | 21:54 UK time, Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Lovat have rocked the shinty world by beating last year's champions Newtonmore to top the Orion Group Premiership.

And they did it in style, thumping three past 'More with no reply for the second time this

Duncan Davidson struck before the break and Fraser Gallagher added a second-half double as Lovat now sit one point clear of the chasing pack.

In the only other league fixture, Kilmallie crashed in a whopping 10 goals against Bute at the Canal Park, with Michael Rodgers bagging four.

It was the Artemis Macaulay Cup quarter-finals on Saturday for most of the remaining Premiership clubs.

Inveraray made light work of Glasgow Mid Argyll in Glasgow with a 5-0 win. Grant Crawford helped himself to four, with Garry MacPherson claiming the other goal.

Glenurquhart also progressed to the semi-finals when they pushed out Kingussie 3-1. 'Glen stormed ahead by three goals through James MacPherson and a Neale Reid double, with Ronald Ross pulling one back.

Fort William welcomed Kinlochshiel to the Black Parks and didn't disappoint the home support.

The last couple of weeks have been a real struggle to field players through a variety of reasons. However, with only two missing, boss Peter Macintyre had an easier job.

Fort also knew that this was realistically the last throw of the dice for their 2012 season.

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Shocks galore in Camanachd Cup

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Gary Innes | 12:48 UK time, Tuesday, 5 June 2012

As final whistles blew across the country on Saturday, the Scottish Hydro Camanachd Cup second round had finished - with a few surprise results up its sleeve.

For Fort William, Saturday 2 June marked the 20th anniversary since Fort William first lifted the Camanachd Cup in an epic final known as the 'Sunshine final' at Glasgow's Old Anniesland.

Derek 'Deek' Cameron was the Fort William hero that day, scoring the fastest goal in shinty history after only nine seconds to win the match.

In 2004 shinty changed from a winter sport to a summer sport with the final now held in September.

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