Shinty: Camanachd Association reform plan gets go-ahead

The Camanachd Association Board's controversial proposal for an eight team Premiership and eight team National League will go ahead as planned next year, despite a bid to have it scrapped receiving majority support in a vote of clubs.

Friday night's Special General Meeting of the Camanachd Association produced a majority of 22-18 in favour of Skye's motion to have the new league format overturned and keep the status quo.

However Association rules, which were checked with lawyers before the meeting, require a 75% vote in order for any change to be made.

As a result the game is left with the potentially divisive scenario of next season's league structure having the support only of a minority of clubs.

It is understood that opponents of the scheme include six of the clubs in the Premiership which is now set to reduce from ten teams to eight.

Big hitters Newtonmore, Kingussie and Kyles were among the first to back Skye's bid.

Skye secretary Keith MacKenzie was disappointed at failing to reach the necessary 75% and the club is now concerned about possibly finding itself in a National League with huge travelling commitments next season.

"What has happened is that the majority of clubs have supported our motion and we hope that that will at least send a strong message to the Associsation that we've raised obvious concerns about it," said MacKenzie.

"We're not sure what the next step will be. I think all sides will have to learn lessons from it but I know that Skye Camanachd will have a few hard decisions to make about what their future participation will be."

Camanachd Association President Archie Robertson was relieved that his Board's league proposals now look certain to go ahead next season.

"I don't think it's a fiasco but our membership have considered the position and they voted and the board has won the vote," he said.

"The motion required 75% and it got 22 votes out of 40. That's the end of the issue for this season but we've made it clear that we will continue to review the structure on an annual basis."

On the field, Co-operative MacTavish Cup holders Newtonmore have been knocked out, beaten 2-1 in the semi finals by Glenurquhart.

David Smart's opener for Glen was cancelled by Glen MacKintosh, then Ewan Brady became Glenurquhart's match winner.

Glenurquhart will meet Lovat - 2-1 winners at Kilmallie - in next month's local derby final. Owen Ferguson and Lorne MacKay put Lovat two up before Liam Cameron's late consolation.

The AJG Parcels Celtic Society Cup final will be a repeat of last season's Camanachd Cup Final between Kyles who beat Glasgow Mid Argyll 4-0 and holders Inveraray who were 1-0 extra time winners over Oban Camanachd.

Roddy MacDonald and Dunky Kerr got two each for Kyles while Euan McMurdo left in until the 112th minute for Inveraray.

Kinlochshiel eased away from the Orion Premiership relegation zone with a 3-2 win away to Lochaber who avoid the bottom on goal difference.

Shiel had a Gordie MacDonald double in two minutes and Sean Nicholson pulled one back. John MacRae got another for Shiel before a late Ben Delaney penalty for Lochaber.

In Marine Harvest North Division 1, Beauly cashed in on Kilmallie's cup commitment to beat Skye 3-0 and take a two point lead.

In the Bullough Cup, Tayforth from the lower half of South Division 2 eclipsed The English Camanachd Association 11-1.