Match Reports

Saturday 14th September 2013 : Report by Eddy Harrigan

Newtonmore v Kyles Athletic - Camanachd Cup Final

There is usually a match report her but as I am sure you have all read different newspaper reports I will give you my views. As usual there was a tremendous support for the team and I can assure you it is much appreciated by all the players and management, it gives the team a huge lift to see you all there in Blue and White, so thank you all not just for that special day but for the whole season.
All the players that day were in a determined mood, they wanted to prove to Kyles and everyone in shinty that we are the best team and after 90 minutes the point was made, Newtonmore dominated from start to finish, the defence was solid, the centre line bossed the middle of the park and the interpassing and strong running of the forward line had the Kyles defence in tatters.
Apart from one or to forays upfield the Kyles forwards were held in check by the pace and strong tackling of our defenders who play and defend as a well drilled unit. The centre line contolled the middle of the park giving the Kyles playmakers no chance to make an impact on the game. The forwards like the defence play as a unit each one knowing where the others are going and but for a few good saves from Kenny in the Kyles goal the gap could have been much wider.
It has been said by many that this game was no classic, not like the close encounters of the past, I have to disagree with this comment, I think it was a classic performance from a Newtonmore team full of confidence in each other, all playing at the top of their game, I don't think games have to finish 4  3, or 6  5 to make them classics, the way the whole team performed that day not just the starting line up but also the guys on the bench who gave their all when asked. It was a great team performance and when Jamie was anounced as the winner of The albert Smith Medal as man of the match the cheers from all involved with Newtonmore Shinty Club showed everyone present that this is a team together.
The police escort back into the village with flashing blue lights and hundreds of people waiting in the street to see the team bring home The Camanachd Cup showed what it means to the village, the celebrations were enjoyed by everyone.
At this point I would like to mention Kenny Macdonald the Kyles Goalkeeper who anounced his retirement from the playing side of shinty, i'm sure that will be good news to a lot of the forwards playing today. Kenny has been a great servant to Kyles and a great ambassador for our sport and Newtonmore Shity Club would like to wish him all the best for the future.