Shinty: Oban Camanachd promoted to Premier League

Newtonmore's Norman Campbell and Ryan Borthwick of Kingussie compete in their Orion Premiership match

Oban Camanachd are back in Premier League shinty after a 7-0 win over town rivals Oban Celtic clinched them the Marine Harvest South Division 1 title and extended their unbeaten run to 12 games.

In the Premiership itself there were local derby wins for Newtonmore who stay top, Kyles and Fort William.

And the Artemis MacAulay Cup, broken in two during the previous Saturday's post-final celebrations, made a surprise appearance in front of a delighted local crowd at the Glenurquhart Highland Games.

Oban Camanachd, who shocked the game when they went down last season, won their expected Premiership return in style with hat tricks from Andrew McCuish and Craig MacMillan and a goal from Iain MacMillan.

Interim manager Gus Campbell took over late in May amid internal turmoil and ongoing disciplinary problems. Since then Camanachd have had a single red card and have now dropped just a single point out of 24 as they secured their return in fairytale style against their town rivals.

He said: "This means a lot to us but it means a lot to shinty as well because so many people from the shinty world have been saying to me that you need a strong contingent of players in the Premiership from Oban and I think they're right.

"It's great for us and great for Oban."

It was also Orion Premiership derby day and victories for Newtonmore and Kyles have kept the champions from Badenoch top on goal difference from their Argyll rivals, with a game in hand.

Savio Genini opened early for Kingussie at The Eilan but John MacKenzie, Chris Sellar and Paul MacArthur made it 3-1 Newtonmore.

Meanwhile Dunkie Kerr and Gordon Whyte scored in Kyles' 2-0 home win over Bute and Bryan Simpson and Gordy MacKinnon gave Fort William a 2-0 home success over Kilmallie in the Lochaber derby at An Aird.

Kinlochshiel and Inveraray did not have derby partners but drew one-all at Balmacara, Keith MacRae's late equaliser cancelling out Neil Campbell's opener.

There was no Glenurquhart-Lovat derby because the MacAulay Cup holders had their traditional free day for the Glenurquhart Highland Games in Drumnadrochit.

The MacAulay cup was won by Glenurquhart last Saturday but was accidentally broken during the post match celebrations. However it was secretly repaired in Glasgow during the week and returned to Drumnadrochit to appear unexpectedly but in triumph at the Games.

The MacAulay Camanachd Association, who had appeared to expect the trophy to be returned to them for assessment and repair, have refused to comment on Glenurquhart's move.

In North Division 1, Lochaber remain second but strengthened their favourites' tag with a 6-0 win over Strathglass while Skye could only draw three-all with Caberfeidh.

Lochaber are now three points behind Skye but with three games in hand.

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