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Shinty review of the season - part 1

With the year drawing to a close, The Oban Times looks back at the shinty stories which made the news in 2016.

January 2016

Kyles Athletic celebrate after defeating Inveraray 3-1 in the final of the Gregor Cameron Consultancy Glasgow Celtic Society Cup final at Taynuilt in June.
Photograph: Neil Paterson.

Lovat regain Lovat Cup

One of the highlights of the new shinty year is the Lovat Cup meeting between neighbours and fierce rivals Lovat and Beauly.

The 2016 clash took place at Balgate with Lovat coming out on top with a 3-2 win.

A crowd of more than 1,000 shinty supporters saw Sandy Elrick and David MacLean score for Beauly, but strikes from Lewis Tawse, Greg Matheson and Fraser Gallacher saw Lovat lift the trophy.

Oban Camanachd ‘Young Pups’ claim bragging rights

The ‘Young Pups’ beat the ‘Old Crocks’ 3-1 as Oban Camanachd hosted the John Collie Trophy at Mossfield.

The ‘Old Crocks’ team included current Oban Camanachd first team manager Iain Hay as well as Fraser Inglis, Dougie MacIntyre, David MacCuish, Gareth Evans, David Devine and Alex MacVicar, who was given the task of marking his son Daniel.

Willie Neilson hit a first half double for the ‘Young Pups’ but the ever-green Fraser Inglis replied for the ‘Old Crocks’ just before the break. Captain James MacMillan made it 3-1. After the final whistle, James was presented with the John Collie Trophy by Oban Camanachd Chieftain Iain MacIntyre.

‘Golden Oldies’ retain MacKinnon Sixes

The ‘Golden Oldies’ retained the John MacKinnon Memorial Sixes Shield following a 12-team tournament at Portree High School’s astro pitch.

The final between holders the ‘Golden Oldies’ and ‘MacVicar’s Plus Four’ was settled on two pieces of extra-time brilliance. ‘MacVicar’s Plus Four’s’ Kenny Ross conjured up a spectacular shot from wide on the left, but goalie Peter Gordon pulled off a superb save, stretching to turn the ball away with his caman from just under the bar. Moments later, keeper Gordon launched a goal-hit forward into the opposing goal area and Iain Nicolson took the ball down before turning and sending a clean strike into the net to break the deadlock.

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