May & June 2016 Newsletter

On the Field
The month ended with disappointment as the 1sts suffered their first defeat of the season in the ¼ final of the Macaulay Cup to Lovat, having already defeated them in two cup competitions and the league. This followed the disappointing defeat of the 2nds in the Strathdearn at Fort William. However on the plus side we already have the Mactavish Cup 'back home again' and are in with a chance in the Camanachd Cup and the Sutherland Cup.

Results in the leagues elsewhere also went our way. Oban and Kyles look like our closest challengers in the Premier Division and Oban dropped a point to Lochaber. In North Division 1 Strathglass were pegged back by Beauly and so our 2nds are joint top with Strathglass and have still to play them at the Eilan.

The Primary team players and coaches deserve the greatest praise on reaching the Mackay Cup final for the second year in succession where they played a Bute team that was drawn from several schools. They played really well and were a credit both in their play and sporting behaviour after the match. The icing on the cake for their season has been winning the Shinty World Cup for Primary Schools in Inverness.

Dr Johnny Cattanach Memorial Field
The stock fence is now in place thanks to generous grants from Foundation Scotland and the Isobel Parker Fund. The next step is to dig test holes throughout the field to identify the soil depth. This will then allow us to get a quote for levelling and reseeding the pitch and set a new phase 2 fund raising target  

Texas Scramble
Many thanks to Jazza for again organising this years event. There was a disappointing drop in the number of teams entering, but Jazza managed to keep the income up by selling an unprecedented 690 raffle tickets including over 200 at the Lovat match. Once again thanks to sponsors including Alan Orr for his support which means that we have no costs. The shinty club made well over £1500 and the golf club also had a very profitable day.  

Williamson 6s
Thanks to Colin for organising this fantastic evening again with about twenty teams taking part. Dermot McKenna of Aviemore was player of the tournament amd Newtonmore won the Williamson and the Gregask Quaich with Alvie winning the Balavil Cup. The players and coaches really appreciated the special commemorative balls supplied for all participants by Graham Irvine. We raised £355 on the BBQ run by Cammy and Tony. Many thanks to SNH at Creag Meagaidh for the venison, George Gow for turning it into burgers and the COOP for the donation of the rolls. We were able to use the surplus burgers for a BBQ which Jane Stewart kindly did last Friday evening and again on Saturday at the Lovat match which raisd about another £200.  

Jock Paul Mackintosh Veterans 6s
Sunday 14th August Please ensure you have this date in your diary. It is always great fun and provides a great boost to club funds.  

Highland Games
Saturday 6th August We will be having our usual merchandise stall so offers to help would be greatly appreciated.  

The Sir Tommy Macpherson Memorial Trophy
Will be played for on Friday 5th August at 1800 at the Dell. It will be on BBC Alba, but I hope the weather will be better than last year and we will get a good crowd.

2016 Summer raffle
Tickets are now available. This will be drawn at the Veteran's 6s.

125th aniversary photos
Eddy now has the initial order so please see him to get yours and to pay!

Ad boards
Thanks to Sean Smith and to Groverprint as the latest businesses to support us by taking an advertising board.  

Gaelic schools shinty tournament
This will take place at the Eilan on Friday 9th September from 1030 to 1500. Any volunteers to help me with refreshments on the day would be appreciated.  

Under 17s
Congratulations to Ian Richardson and Iain Robinson on their selection for the Scotland under 17 squad 13] Joe Toal 6s These are on Sunday 17th July at Spean Bridge

Camanachd Association Area Consultation meetings
The nearest annual consultation meeting is being held at Fort Willam Shinty Club on Wed 20th July at 1900.  

Protection at clubhouse wall
After a couple of near injuries with players colliding with the wall we are looking at options to see if any improvement can be made. Replacing the slabs with artificial grass may help as would removable padding to be attached to the railings. One problem with that is that the height of the fence from the ground is very different from one end to the other. Any suggestions welcomed.  

Ian Gibson Tel 01540 673048 Mob 07817 378729 29th June 2016