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Fort William and Newtonmore enjoy derby wins

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Gary Innes | 21:48 UK time, Monday, 27 August 2012

It was derby day in the Orion Group Premiership and, live on BBC ALBA, Fort William welcomed their old foes, Kilmallie, from across the river Lochy, to An Aird.

Both clubs were aware this would be the last Premiership meeting between the two clubs until at least 2014, as Kilmallie, alongside Bute, were consigned to relegation last weekend.

Fort's Brian (Boob) Simpson broke the deadlock on 68 minutes, with Gordy MacKinnon adding a second goal shortly afterwards.

It is disappointing for the Lochaber area to lose two big derby days next year, so I personally wish the Caol men a speedy return to the top flight.

For Fort William, this campaign has been very much a transitional period, after many of the team's old heroes finished up at the end of last season. However, the young talent coming through is encouraging.

As a team that has been used to playing in the huge open space of An Aird, it was often difficult and testing on many occasions playing 90% of our home games at the tight, narrow, 'Black Parks', while the home ground got a face lift.

With this in mind, Fort's new look team will be excited at the thought of starting the 2013 season with An Aird in great condition, and with a year of Premiership shinty experience under the belts of boss Peter MacIntyre's new recruits.

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Glenurquhart enjoy special day at Mossfield Stadium

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Gary Innes | 16:52 UK time, Sunday, 19 August 2012

After a 127-year absence of one of shinty's major trophies, the quiet village of Drumnadrochit awoke on Saturday as their local hero's Glenurquhart took home the Artemis MacAulay Cup.

It was a stunning day at Mossfield Stadium, Oban, where Glenurquhart met locals Oban Camanachd, but not without hitch after Glen's bus broke down on the shores of Loch Ness moments after leaving.

Each final this year has been incredibly contested between a Premiership club and a 1st Division side, with the Premiership side winning on the previous two occasions.

This final was to be no different.

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Kyles through to final as Oban seek MacAulay shock

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Gary Innes | 11:29 UK time, Monday, 13 August 2012

Kyles Athletic sensationally reached the Scottish Hydro Camanachd Cup final after beating last year's champions Newtonmore 2-1 at Mossfield stadium, Oban.

Thomas Whyte and Roddy Macdonald had the Argyle underdogs ahead by two before Danny MacRae pulled one back for 'More. With no 'More goals to follow, the all-night party got under way in the quiet village of Tighnabruiach.

This incredible victory means that we now have an all south final, the first since 1983! Last week's winners Inveraray meet Kyles at Mossfield on 15 September to see who can get their hands on shinty's most prized trophy.

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Kinlochshiel fall short of cup final dream

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Gary Innes | 20:54 UK time, Tuesday, 7 August 2012

The quiet Highland village of Kintail was emptied on Saturday as hundreds of supporters made their way to Fort William hoping to witness history.

In 105 years of shinty's most prized possession, the Camanachd Cup, this was Kinlochshiel's first-ever semi-final.

Live on BBC ALBA, Shiel met 2004 champions Inveraray at An-Aird, Fort William, for the first game at the re-opened ground since September 2011.

But the day did not start well for the underdogs, with Inveraray's Garry MacPherson scoring within the first minute and Andrew McMurdo added another soon after.

Shiel mounted a comeback when Keith MacRae managed to squeeze the ball past Inveraray goalkeeper 'Toad' on 12 minutes.

The next goal was crucial and both teams fought hard for it.

It was to be Inveraray's day, as a perfectly weighted pass found MacPherson running through to slip the ball into the net for his second, sparking a party in the Argyll town.

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