September 2017 Newsletter

Camanachd Cup Triumph
Probably only our win in 2011 against Kingussie after 25 years without the trophy was a greater triumph in recent years. This was the first time in thirty years we had retained the trophy. However it was the circumstances of the 3 – 2 win against Lovat which made it stand out alongside a superb team performance.

The team has been written off by some commentators as ageing and past its best. However this ignored the injury list we had early in the season, the injuries suffered as the season went on and, despite this, our appearance in all the finals. With almost a full forward line available for selection we were always going to be dangerous and it was fitting that Neil Stewart [still only 21!] scored a superb first goal after being carried off badly injured in the cup final last year. Jamie has a habit of scoring in these games now and it was great to see Glen selflessly tee up Evan for his first goal in a Camanachd Final and the winner!

Congratulations to Drew Macdonald on winning the Albert Smith Memorial Medal. Many of his team mates were not far behind not least of all captain Rory Kennedy who played through the pain barrier after 8 weeks out and hardly let his opponent get a sniff of the ball. There can be few more popular captains who have been presented with the famous trophy. Rory also was a superb ambassador for the team, the club and the village with his modest and articulate interviews in the media both before and after the match.

Not forgetting the 2nd team
 Cammy Macdonald signed off from his ten years in charge of the 2nd team with his fifth league title and tenth trophy overall. The win against Aberdeen University clinched the retention of the North Division 1 title and was a superb achievement when you consider the players who missed games to help out the first team.

Dr Johnny Cattanach Jars
The running total from the jars has now passed £266 and there are still plenty jars waiting to be returned. Many thanks to everyone who has returned theirs.

12 Days of Xmas raffle
We have augmented the raffle for the Xmas hampers with a further 10 super prizes donated by generous individuals and local businesses. We will start to sell tickets for this at the final match of the season v Oban Camanachd on 15th October. The draw will take place at the Xmas sale on 2nd December.

Road Safety
 The Council have apparently ordered the warning signs for near the Eilan and will be doing road markings as well. We will have some work to do to create a walkway/pavement on the Eilan side of the road for about 10 yards. We will leave starting this work until BAM Ritchie have vacated the field.

Dinner dance
A reminder this is in the village hall on Saturday 25th November.

White post painting
I'm glad to report that all 166 posts have been scraped and had a coat of paint though many of the ones the rural skills pupils did require some touching up!

Ian Gibson Tel 01540 673048 Mob 07817 378729  1st October 2017