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Archives for July 2012

Kinlochshiel aiming for Camanachd Cup final spot

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Gary Innes | 14:22 UK time, Monday, 30 July 2012

Newtonmore grabbed the last remaining 2012 Camanachd Cup semi-final spot, with a 1-0 win over North Division 1 side, Lochaber.

Fraser Macintosh was the 'More hero with his single strike on 59 minutes, to push the holders through to meet Kyles Athletic on 11 August.

In the Premiership, Kyles Athletic got themselves back on track with a 6-3 win over Glenurquhart.

Kyles stormed to a 3-0 advantage in under 12 minutes through Euan Campbell, David Zavaroni, and Roddy MacDonald, however 'Glen had it all square before halftime thanks to a James MacPherson hat-trick.

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Are shinty youth scared of the shy?

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Gary Innes | 10:52 UK time, Monday, 23 July 2012

Last week I had the privilege of teaching the up and coming superstars of the sport at the National Shinty Camp at Strathallan,

Perthshire, where I managed to pick up a few tips myself. It was brilliant to see youth Shinty being represented from North, South, East, and West, with a few islands thrown in for good measure.

One thing that did strike me, apart from a few 'allegedly' stray balls during the week, was the lack of confidence in young players taking a shy.

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Shinty man doing it for the kids

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Gary Innes | 15:52 UK time, Monday, 16 July 2012

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.

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Oban Camanachd continue season's cup final trend

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Gary Innes | 22:06 UK time, Monday, 9 July 2012

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.

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Friday night booze takes the fizz out of Saturday games

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Gary Innes | 15:23 UK time, Sunday, 1 July 2012

Now, maybe I'm too straight-laced for the sport, or the fact I want to be the best I can on a Saturday, but it seems more and more shinty players are taking to the pub for a few on a Friday night.

Growing up through the ranks at Fort William, it was drilled into us that it was completely unacceptable to even think about having a few pints on a Friday night. Of course, we made up for it doubly on the Saturday.

But things clearly seemed to have changed at the club, as many of the youngsters are arriving on Saturday morning bold as brass admitting to the mischief they were up to the night before. It has got that bad that manager Peter MacIntyre has installed a rule - if he knows, or you're caught drinking on a Friday, you will not even be considered for selection.

We all understand it's an amateur sport and that we have to make sacrifices when committing to a season, but in my mind you can never give 100% to yourself, and your team-mates, if you hit the booze the night before.

So what are your views on this tricky subject? Do you agree, or do you think each player as individuals should be allowed to do as they please with their evenings?

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