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Severe weather forecast could put new shinty season on hold

Fort William’s Alexander MacMillan tackles Kyles’ Robbie MacLeod during Saturday’s Drew Ferguson Memorial Cup match at An Aird.
Photograph: Iain Ferguson, Alba Photos.

THE COUNTDOWN is on to the new shinty season which throws-up on Saturday - weather permitting.

Marine Harvest

Premiership

Kinlochshiel v Glenurquhart

Marine Harvest champions Kinlochshiel begin their bid for a second successive title against Glenurquhart at Kirkton. Paul MacRae captains a

Kinlochshiel side which is largely unchanged from last term, although Oliver MacRae misses the start of the season as he is abroad. Donald Nixon has missed the pre-season for the same reason but will be back in time for this weekend’s game.

Kinlochshiel manager Johnston Gill may also be without assistant manager Doe MacRae during the early part of the season because of work commitments.

Glenurquhart boss Ian MacLeod adds the club’s 1988 Albert Smith medal winner Ally MacKintosh to his management team. Glenurquhart lost Lewis MacLennan and Neale Reid last season, whilst John Barr is awaiting an operation on an injury and has been left out of the club’s ‘named ten’.

Goalie Stuart MacKintosh is fit again though and youngster Finlay Ralston should see more game time. Glenurquhart defender Lachie Smith misses the start of the season through suspension.

Glenurquhart were the only team to record a league win against Kinlochshiel in their 2017 title winning season.

Oban Camanachd manager Ian Hay.

Oban Camanachd v

Skye Camanachd

Oban Camanachd’s opening fixture is a home meeting with newly-promoted Skye Camanachd at Mossfield. Oban Camanachd manager Ian Hay has a defensive headache for this one. Full back Gary McKerracher has decided to take a season away from the game, whilst Garry Lord is on holiday. Scott McKillop faces a spell on the sidelines as he recovers from injury. Doctors have ordered McKillop to rest his knee for three months before assessing whether an operation is necessary. Scott MacMillan is suspended.

Skye’s Kenny Campbell and Beauly’s Robbie MacDonald fight for the ball.
Photograph: Donald Cameron.
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