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Opening league fixtures announced

THE OPENING Marine Harvest league fixtures have been confirmed and the Balliemore Cup draw has been added to the 2017 shinty schedule.

Marine Harvest Premiership

Newtonmore’s bid to secure an eighth successive title begins with a home match against Lovat. This will be a tough opening test for new Lovat boss Fraser Gallacher although the Balgate side were the only club to beat Paul John MacKintosh’s team last season, winning 2-1 at the Eilan in their Artemis Macaulay Cup tie.

Oban Camanachd travel north to play Kinlochshiel at Kirkton in an early meeting between two of Newtonmore’s nearest challengers last term.

Lochaber welcome Kyles Athletic to Spean Bridge on the opening day. Kyles won both their league fixtures last season although the Lochaber men came out on top in the Camanachd Cup after a replay.

Newly-promoted Kilmallie host Glenurquhart at Canal Parks. Both teams will be keen to gather early points with little to choose between a number of teams in the league,

Glasgow Mid Argyll, who also gained promotion from last year’s national league, are also at home. Kingussie are the opposition in what will be Dallas Young’s first competitive match as manager.

Marine Harvest National Division

The opening match of the day in this league could be the contest between Oban Celtic and Fort William in Oban. Both teams are new to the division, with Fort William relegated from the Marine Harvest Premiership whilst Oban Celtic secured promotion by winning Marine Harvest South Division 1.

Strathglass are another new addition to this league. David Balharry’s side finished second to the Newtonmore reserves in North one last season but they made a successful pitch to the Camanachd association to be moved up a division. They start against Caberfeidh at Cannich.

Skye Camanachd will be keen to get off to a winning start and they welcome Inverness to Pairc nan Laoch, Portree.

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