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Caberfeidh manager fears shinty season will not get finished


By Will Clark

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Caberfeidh manager Jodi Gorski fears the 2020 shinty Premiership season will not be able to continue.

Caberfeidh manager Jodi Gorski.Caberfeidh v Lochaber in the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup quarter final, played at Castle Lead, Strathpeffer.
Caberfeidh manager Jodi Gorski.Caberfeidh v Lochaber in the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup quarter final, played at Castle Lead, Strathpeffer.

However, he is hopeful regional competitions can take place so clubs can play this year.

As with most other sports, shinty is suspended indefinitely as a result of government restrictions.

The Strathpeffer club only played on the opening day of the season before the sport was suspended on March 13.

Gorski doesn’t think there will be time to complete the Premiership season but is hopeful local competitions can take place.

“I can’t see any more league games being played, we would never manage to get the season finished,” he said.

“Once lockdown is lifted, I hope teams can organise local competitions where we could play against Beauly, Glenurquhart and Lovat in mini leagues.

“I think that it would be better than doing nothing because we are not going to be playing anything competitively.

“I can’t see sport going ahead any time soon. Even if restrictions are lifted on May 7 we will need until the middle of June to go through a pre-season again.”

Gorski also thinks that the Camanachd Cup will not be played this year due to the distance some teams will be required to travel to compete.

But he thinks there may be a chance regional competitions for north teams such as the MacTavish Cup and the Macaulay Cup, which plays a north section until the final could also go ahead.

“The Macualay and MacTavish could be played as it is north v north and south v south,” he said.

“Nobody will have to travel too far and those games could be played.

“But in the Camanachd Cup you could get Bute being drawn away to Skye.

“You won’t get teams travelling far if they thought they would have little chance of winning.”

The Camanachd Association have held discussions with clubs on how it can salvage the 2020 shinty season in the hope competitions can still be played this season.

But they have said until they know how many weeks are available to play, they are not able to offer any options.

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