SHINTY fans’ appetites have been well and truly whetted today with the release of new season fixtures — including derby day clashes and legendary showdowns.
Fixtures begin on March 1 with any changes being flagged up on the website of shinty’s governing body, The Camanachd Association, at www.shinty.com
The new league structure includes the introduction of the Marine Harvest National League.
All leagues comprise eight teams, except for Marine Harvest North Division 3 which has only six teams but will include a third round of fixtures based on the finishing position after the second round. The top three play each other home and away and the bottom three play each other home and away.
This season also sees the introduction of four plate competitions. These are:
MacTavish Plate Competition – for teams knocked out in 1st round of MacTavish Cup Competition.
South of Scotland Senior Plate Competition – for teams knocked out in 1st round of AJG Parcels Celtic Society Cup Competition.
Strathdearn Plate Competition – for teams knocked out in 1st round of Strathdearn Cup Competition.
Bullough Plate Competition – for teams knocked out in 1st round of Bullough Cup Competition.
Fixture Highlights Include
• Orion Group Premiership Derby Day on Saturday, May 3.
• Marine Harvest National League Derby Day Sat 10th May
• Orion Group Premiership Fixture Kingussie v Newtonmore on Friday, August 1.
Opening day fixtures
March 1, 2014
Orion Group Premiership
Glenurquhart v Kinlochshiel
Inveraray v Kingussie
Lovat v Kyles Athletic
Newtonmore v Lochaber
Marine Harvest National Division
Beauly v Glasgow Mid Argyll
Bute v Kilmallie
Caberfeidh v Oban Camanachd
Fort William v Glenorchy
Marine Harvest North Division 1
Inverness v Newtonmore
Kingussie v Glenurquhart
Skye v Beauly
Strathglass v Lovat
Marine Harvest South Division 1
Kilmory v Strachur
Kyles Athletic v Ballachulish
Oban Celtic v Aberdour
Taynuilt v Lochside Rovers
Marine Harvest North Division 2
Boleskine v Fort William
Glengarry v Skye
Kinlochshiel v Lochcarron
Lochaber v Aberdeen University
Marine Harvest South Division 2
Aberdour v Bute
Ballachulish v Inveraray
Col Glen v Tayforth
Glasgow Mid Argyll v Glenorchy
Marine Harvest North Division 3
Kilmallie v Caberfeidh
Lochbroom v Inverness
Strathspey v Lewis
Fixtures in full can be found here.
Camanachd Cup fixtures inside this week's Ross-shire Journal.