Shinty round-up: Lovat and Newtonmore keep on winning

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Only last year's Orion Premiership top two, Lovat and champions Newtonmore, can still boast 100% records after the three Saturdays of the season, so there is an early suggestion that the current season could go in a similar direction to 2013.

Lovat beat Lochaber 5-1 at Spean Bridge, while Newtonmore found the 2-0 disposal of Inveraray at The Eilan a bit more difficult on a day when both Lochaber and Inveraray were only playing their first games.

Kingussie got off the mark with a 1-0 home win over Kinlochshiel and in the other game, which had its venue reversed due to an unplayable pitch, it was goalless between Glenurquhart and Kyles in Drumnadrochit.

Graeme MacMillan opened for Lovat and Kevin Bartlett made it 2-0, prompting a quick response from Lochaber's Pat Toal. And so it remained through half time until Greg Matheson got number three before Bartlett completed his double and Jamie Matheson wrapped it up late on.

Meanwhile, Newtonmore's victory wasn't secure until Fraser MacKintosh completed his double in the last minute.

Kingussie's first points came from Lee Bain's only goal early in the second half and while Kyles were unable to find the net against Glenurquhart, their point got them off the bottom where Inveraray, Lochaber and Kinlochshiel now sit.

Lovat top the Premiership with the full six points from three games while from two outings Newtonmore have four and Glenurquhart three.

The new flagship Marine Harvest National Division had two postponements. Kilmallie against Caberfeidh was off due to an unplayable pitch while Bute were unable to raise a team to travel to Fort William. This game will also be rescheduled.

It is not clear whether Bute expected An Aird not to be playable and stood their players down or whether this reflects a more worrying issue about travel in this controversial division.

Leaders Oban Camanachd went to Beauly and a solitary 55th-minute goal from Malcolm Clark won them both points while it was 4-2 for Glasgow Mid Argyll at home to Glenorchy, Craig Anderson netting a hat-trick.

Strathglass had a nightmare season in 2013 but seem to be benefiting from playing in the reconfigured North Division 1 where they have full points from two games.

Despite finishing with 11 men, Strath beat Newtonmore's normally formidable reserve team 2-1 in Cannich with the late winner coming from 50-year-old Robert Geddes.

South Division 1 only managed to play one game across the first two Saturdays of the season but managed a full card on week three, including a 3-0 home win for Sutherland Cupholders Ballachulish over Taynuilt.

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