July 2016 Newsletter

Sutherland Cup Success
Many congratulations to the second team players and management on retaining the Sutherland Cup with a thumping 6 – 0 win over Kingussie. It was a great team performance. This is the first time since 1928 that we have retained the trophy so there is a real chance to make history next year.

Sir Tommy Macpherson Memorial Trophy
A reminder, if it is needed, that the second playing of this match, which is also a league game, will take place at the Dell at 1800 on Friday 5th August. It will be televised on BBC Alba, but I hope everyone will make an effort to get along to support the team.

Further Fixtures
The 1sts play Kinlochshiel on Saturday 13th August at the Bught in the Camanachd semi-final. Throw up is at 1600 as it is being televised.
We have just heard that the 2nds rearranged fixture against Fort William at the Eilan is also on 13th August, but we don't yet know if there will be an early enough throw up to catch both games

Veteran 6s
This is on Sunday 14th August from noon.

Shinty Yearbook
Dozens of copies of these are available and are complimentary to players and other members of the Camanachd Association. You can pick up your copy and your membership card at the club stall at the Highland Games.  

Highland Games
I only have two volunteers to help me so far! Could you spare an hour to man the merchandise stall and sell our summer raffle tickets? Please let me know if you can help.

Clubhouse Wall Protection
As a first step we have decided to lift the slabs and adjacent grass at the wall and put down artificial grass. We will do this work at the end of the season and review whether we need to take any further steps thereafter.

Early Day Motion
Drew Hendry MP raised an early day motion to congratulate the club on its historic 40th Mactavish Cup victory. You can see the motion at
http://www.parliament.uk/edm/2016-17/200 and check who has signed it!

Dog Mess at The Eilan
Dogs used to be prohibited at the Eilan, but we felt that dog owners were now, in general, so much more responsible so any mess would be lifted. Unfortunately one of the relatively regular dog walkers is allowing his/her dog's mess to stay where it lands. There are currently about a dozen piles of almost identical poo on the grass beside the pitch, at fence posts, at trees beside the field etc. If you know who is responsible please have a loud word in their ear! This is a health and safety risk to children.

Dr Johnny Cattanach Memorial Field
Many thanks to David Cheyne who dug a matrix of 63 test holes across the new land. The good news is that the minimum soil depth is just under a foot, but most of the  field has a greater depth than that. This should make it easier to create a new surface and we are now taking the first steps to get costs  


Ian Gibson Tel 01540 673048 Mob 07817 378729