Published: 17/11/2006 00:00 - Updated: 30/11/2011 12:12

Beauly still in the promotion hunt

WITH one game to play in their Marine Harvest League North Division One campaign, Beauly still have an outside chance of qualifying for the Premier Division play-off, although with two games each to play, Kinlochshiel or Skye might well thwart them. However, one might fall by the wayside, when they meet at Kirkton Park, Balmacara, tomorrow (Saturday). The following week Beauly journey to Balmacara, and Skye has a home fixture with Aberdeen University, so it is not all cut and dried yet. From 15 games played Beauly have 19 points, and from 14 games, Kinlochshiel and Skye have 18. Beaulys game with Skye was switched to Kyleakin because the pitch at Portree was water-logged following overnight rain. From the start Beauly did not look comfortable, and in the 15th minute N. Macdonald had opened the Skye account, and Ian Nicolson had added a second in the 41st minute. Sean Stewart reduced the leeway in the 63rd minute, but Skye made sure of the points, when Kerr Gibb rounded off the 3-1 score-line. Caberfeidhs first team have completed their Division One fixtures. The clubs Division Two combine was due to have journeyed to Fort William on Saturday, but in view of the sudden death of Mr Murdie MacBeath, a supporter of long-standing, the club, as a mark of respect to his memory, called off the game, and players and officials attended his funeral service. Cabers second team have three games to play. Other results: North Division Two: Glengarry 1, Kingussie 2; and Strathglass 5, Kilmallie 1. North Division Three: Beauly 4 (Robbie Tuach and Elliot Moir 3), Inverness 3 (Kenny Loades and Callum MacInnes); Nairnshire Camanachd 2 (Ross MacPherson and Dickie Mackenzie), Glenurquhart 3 (Neal Reid 2 and Lewis Maclennan). In their first season in the Marine Harvest League, Nairnshire Camanachd are vying with Glenurquhart for the league championship. Both have played 17 games and are on the 26 point mark, with goal difference to the advantage of the Glen team. A fixture list, including the Premier League plays-off, has been drawn up to Saturday, December 16. Fixtures tomorrow (Saturday), starting at 1.30 pm, unless otherwise stated, are: Marine Harvest League North Division One: Kinlochshiel v Skye Camanachd (noon). North Division Two: Caberfeidh v Newtonmore. North Division Three: Kinlochshiel v Lochbroom (2pm.); Beauly v Glenurquhart; and Lochcarron v Lochaber. * SCHOOL SIXES: The Strathpeffer Primary School youngsters did well to reach the semi-final stages of the National Primary School Sixes on Saturday, but went down by two goals to one to Kingussie. In the final, Portree, 1-0 winners over Cruachanside in their semi-final tie, emerged 3-2 winners over Kingussie. The Strathpeffer boys gave a good account of themselves throughout the early rounds of the tournament. * CLUBS and members have overwhelmingly backed the Board of Directors of the Camanachd Association, and have not asked the board to reverse its decision to move the administrative headquarters of the company outwith the town of Fort William. At a half-hour special general meeting held in Fort William members voted 26-1, with two formal abstentions, agreeing with a vote of confidence in the Board to properly govern the affairs of the Camanachd Association. Speaking after the meeting, Association vice-president George Fraser, who chaired the meeting, said, Shinty has to move on now and we all need to use our energies in a much more focused and constructive way. The last few weeks of uncertainty and hostility has done our sport no good and we have now drawn a line under the matter. The level of discussion about the Boards position on the administrative relocation was disappointing. We have re-affirmed, once again, that we need a base which is fit for the purpose. The Board took the decision to move from Fort William for business and strategic reasons, and the members have now endorsed that decision. The Annual General Meeting of the Association, which was held immediately after the Special General Meeting, congratulated President John Mackenzie, who was at Buckingham Palace receiving his MBE, for his contribution to shinty. The AGM agreed that the 2007 playing season would begin on March 1 and end on November 30, 2007. It was confirmed at the meeting that Mr Duncan Kelly, the former Scotland manager, was the first winner of the John Macrae Memorial Trophy for the Referee of the Year. The award commemorates the memory of John (Ach) Macrae, Kyle of Lochalsh, an outstanding referee, who died in January this year.

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