Three-in-a-row for Newtonmore
Newtonmore secured their third league title in a row on Saturday, brushing aside Glenurquhart 2-0 at Drumnadrochit.
Danny MacRae had the fans in party mode after 11 minutes when he blasted the Badenoch club ahead. Chris Sellar added the second goal of a comfortable afternoon. As Newtonmore skipper John Mackenzie lifted the 2012 trophy high above his head, the curtain came down on the 2012 Premiership season.
This was also the end of a chapter for Newtonmore's manager, Norman 'Brick' MacArthur, Saturday was his last match in charge of the 'More after guiding them to three consecutive league titles.
Lovat finished their season with a 2-0 win over losing Camanachd Cup finalist Inveraray. Lorne MacKay and Ryan Ferguson were the Kiltality scorers to wrap-up a fantastic season for the early pace-setters, who finished in third spot.
As North Division 1 still searches for a winner, Lochaber took a huge step towards a place back in the top tier. They beat islanders Skye 3-0 at Spean Bridge. A double from Scotland international Shaun Nicolson and a goal from Scott Paterson mean that if Lochaber beat strugglers Strathglass this coming weekend, they will lift the title and regain their place in the Premiership.
Looking ahead to this weekend's remaining Orion Group Premiership fixtures, it's a replay of the Camanachd Cup final this weekend as Inveraray face Kyles Athletic at the Winterton. After Roddy Macdonald spoilt the party with his four goals for Kyles, in that 11 goal thriller on 15 September, Inveraray will be out for revenge.
Sensationally, the Sutherland Cup final takes place for the second time this season, this time around Glenurquhart face Kingussie.
Newtonmore beat Glenurquhart in the semi-finals, and then got one over their Badenoch rivals in the final in a thrilling 5-4 victory. Newtonmore, however, had fielded and ineligible player on both occasions and they were stripped of their medals and thrown out of the competition.
After lengthy discussions, the Camanachd Association felt the fairest possible outcome was to replay the final between Kingussie and losing semi-finalists Glenurquhart.
The final takes place at Beauly this Saturday, with throw up scheduled for 2.30pm.
Fort William enjoyed their annual end of season day out on Saturday. There were a few drams, and a sporting round of golf. Manager Peter MacIntyre brought his tenure to an end by thrashing some of his 'older' players. However, it was defender Neil Robertson who won the trophy with what I'm told is a disputed shot to snatch victory from John Macleod. Macleod has since lodged a complaint to the club, which has been dismissed, and he has been told to get on his bike.
Safe travels to all clubs and supporters.