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Shinty world pays its respects to Oban’s ‘Nonny’ MacInnes

IT WAS with great sadness that Oban Camanachd Club advised the shinty fraternity of the passing on Tuesday March 28 of Neil MacInnes, at the age of 46, following a short, but bravely fought, illness.

‘Nonny’, as he was known to everyone who knew him, was a colossal part of Oban Camanachd during his lifetime, not only as an outstanding player and then administrator but lately as a supporter.

It is poignant to report that Nonny was in the stand supporting Oban Camanachd in their game against Newtonmore on Saturday March 18 and, although very ill, it would be in his nature to rejoice that his last involvement with shinty was a win against such formidable opponents. As mentioned, Nonny was an outstanding player for Oban Camanachd and although a medal winner on many occasions, his greatest triumph was to lead Oban Camanachd to victory as captain in the 1996 Camanachd Cup Final versus Kingussie.

In addition to being an outstanding half back, he was a natural born leader and on that day he led by example, bringing his team back from a deficit of 2-0 to win 3-2.

Few will forget his after dinner speech at Inverness Town Hall where, ‘off the cuff’, he gave a humorous and delightful winning captain’s speech.

Nonny won the Albert Smith Medal for ‘man of the match’ on two occasions at Camanachd Cup Finals as well as a ‘man of the match’ at a Macaulay Cup Final. Nonny also featured in the shinty/hurling internationals.

The shinty world is united in extending its sympathy to his wife Karen and daughters Kirsty and Jenna at this difficult time. Also in our thoughts are his mother Rhoda and his brothers Ian and Ally; Ally having played with him in the 1996 final.

Iain MacIntyre.

Nonny’s funeral was held at Oban Parish Church on Tuesday April 4, with the interment at Pennyfuir Cemetery, Oban, thereafter

Artemis Macaulay Cup – first round

Bute 1

Kyles Athletic 7

Kyles Athletic powered past Bute, winning their Artemis Macaulay Cup first round tie 7-1 at The Meadows.

Kyles settled into the tie courtesy of an opening goal from Grant Irvine after five minutes.

Roddy MacDonald doubled Kyles’ lead three minutes later and Grant Irvine got his second on 25 minutes.

When Roddy MacDonald got his second five minutes before half time, the Marine Harvest Premiership side were 4-0 up and out of sight.

Bute, who play two leagues below, showed their fighting spirit when Duncan Davidson pulled a goal back on 58 minutes.

Grant Irvine completed his hat-trick on 75 minutes and Sandy MacKenzie made it 6-1 a minute later.

Roddy MacDonald got his hat-trick with five minutes remaining to make it 7-1.

Kyles Athletic now await the winners of the tie between Aberdour and Glasgow Mid Argyll in the next round.

MacTavish Cup – first round

Fort William 0

Newtonmore 2

Newtonmore will host Caberfeidh in the MacTavish Cup quarter-finals after they beat Fort William 2-0 in their 3pm throw up at An Aird.

Fort William’s Arran MacPhee was back in the fold after recovering from injury and there was also a place for Bryan Simpson.

Newtonmore defender Andy MacKintosh started a twogame ban following his red card against Oban Camanachd in his team’s last outing. Michael Russell was named in the squad following a spell working abroad.

This was one of a number of games across the country where there was a minute’s silence ahead of throw-up in memory of Oban Camanachd stalwart Neil ‘Nonny’ MacInnes.

Newtonmore took the lead on 15 minutes. David MacLean played a good pass down the line to Iain Robinson who collected possession just inside the Fort William half.

Robinson used his pace to lose his marker and ran goalwards before sending a powerful strike past the keeper to make it 1-0.

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