August 2016 Newsletter
Some Great Results
The 1sts had a relatively comfortable win against Kingussie to retain the Sir Tommy Macpherson Memorial Trophy and had a really tight match in the 2-1 Camanachd semi final win against a very strong Kinlochshiel team. They also remain unbeaten in the league with an amazing defensive record.
The 2nds have kicked off from the Sutherland Cup success beating league leaders Strathglass and two thumping wins, with 15 goals, over last years league winners Fort William and now are top of North Division 1 on goal difference with a game in hand.
Camanachd Cup Final and other fixtures
The 1sts play Oban Camanachd on Saturday 17th September at An Aird in the Camanachd Cup Final. The next two Saturdays see 1st team home fixtures on 3rd September v Skye and 10th September v Lovat. The rest of the 1sts fixtures are:
24th Sept Oban away
1st October Kinlochshiel away
8th October Oban home
15th October Kyles home
The 2nds are away to Kinlochshiel on 10th September and at home to Glenurquhart on 24th September and to Kingussie on 1st October.
Jock Paul Mackintosh Veterans 6s
Late call offs made this a relatively small event with only four entrants, but it was a really enjoyable relaxed afternoon with a very successful BBQ. Many thanks again to the Mackintosh family for sponsoring the cups. This years event was won by a very strong Fort William team who beat Kingussie in the final. With raffle ticket sales on the day we still made about £800 for club funds.
Many thanks to the volunteers who manned the stall and Irene England who sold raffle tickets for several hours. We made about £900 between merchandise and raffle sales which was a lot better than the last two years.
Dr Johnny Cattanach Memorial Field
We are expecting a quote for the work required to the land soon. The next step is to get planning permission for the proposed works [because it is on the flood plain] and to try and work out who would provide financial assistance to help us. We are still waiting to hear from Highland Council as to whether they will sell us the woodland strip in whole or in part. Now that the trees have been thinned the view south is great. Many thanks to the volunteers from Creag Meagaidh for all their help.
Success can bring its own problems. We had over 70 children on the Eilan the last two Mondays. We will be monitoring this to ensure that we have sufficient coaches and that the quality of the sessions is maintained. If the numbers continue at that level we may need to make changes to the indoor sessions as large numbers do not work in the more confined space.
One change that we are making is to introduce a £20 returnable deposit for the use of helmets. With the fall in the value of the £ helmets now cost us about £50 and we want to make sure that if any child does not stick with the game for long that we will get the helmets back to use again, which has not been happening. If you have any sticks or helmets lying around please return them to us!
Cupa Iomain na h-Oige
The annual Gaelic Primary School 6 a side shinty competition is taking place on the Eilan on Friday 9th September. Teams from as far away as Glasgow and Lewis are taking part and there will also be a team from Newtonmore. We are providing lunch for the 80 participants at the clubhouse so if anyone is willing to help by making some sandwiches could you please let me know.
I know, I know the word should not be mentioned in August, but the Xmas hamper raffle was part of a fantastic Xmas sale fundraiser last year. If you have something you could donate perhaps you could let Jane Stewart know at email@example.com
Ian Gibson Tel 01540 673048 Mob 07817 378729 firstname.lastname@example.org 30th August 2016