A close fought encounter at Balgate, left both teams with a point apiece.
In the first half, Lovat took the lead against a strong wind with a Gregg strike from distance. However shiel equalised and finally took the lead with a goal one minute from half time.
A determined home team came out in the second half and applied a lot of pressure to the away goal, with Owen scoring a deserved equaliser. Shiel however,came back strongly and again took the lead midway though the second half with a well taken volley from the edge of the box.
With pressure mounting on the away defence, one of their defenders was red carded for retaliation. Lovat threw all but the kitchen sink at the Shiel goal and were finally rewarded with a strike from Martin Bell- which finished the game in a draw.
Same opposition next week away from home, and no doubt another classic is on the cards…!
Better all round display on Saturday against a strong Kingussie side, buoyed by the return of Ronald Ross to their starting line up.
In front of a large crowd, the team competed well in all areas. However, two opportunist strikes, well taken by Ross kept Kingussie ahead until a Martin Bell strike in the 85th minute pulled one back. This was within a prolonged period of Lovat pressure which continued right until the final whistle.
In the end, time ran out for us, and maybe a draw wouldn’t have been an unfair result given the late pressure, and corner count….
WEDNESDAY NIGHT TRAINING RETURNS TO BALGATE (04/04/12) 630pm start. Until further notice.
The case of Bolton Wanders footballer Fabrice Muamba has again led to calls for the introduction of widespread heart screening but a leading Skye-based sports medicine expert urges caution.
Such a move would have far-reaching implications which have yet to be afforded the same level of debate. Keith MacKenzie from the West Highland Free Press has taken opinion from leading figures including Dr Jonathan Hanson, who aside from his duties as a doctor at Broadford Hospital is a leading consultant in sport and exercise medicine. Dr Hanson has advised and trained medics and physios from the spheres of both the English Premiership and Scottish Rugby. The article is a must-read for anyone with an interest in shinty and the well-being of shinty players.
Click on the following link to read Keith MacKenzie’s article WHFP
The Camanachd Association and leading figures including Dr Hanson and Skye medic Dr Wilson Banks will meet in Portree on Wednesday 18 April 2012 to have a wider discussion on the matter. Ross Cowie from Lucky2BHere and Heartstart Co-ordinator Neil Campbell will also be in attendance. They will look at the Skye Camanachd model and agree a way forward for the sport of shinty. Further updates will be released in due course.
Training from week commencing 02/04/12 will be outide at Balgate.
Monday- 630pm start.
Wed/Thurs- to be decided.
As many players as possibly to attend please.
Bad day at the office at Beauly on Saturday.
After an encouraging first half, when we played some decent shinty and scored 2 good goals from Owen and Duncan, we went into the interval 2-1 up.
After the break, having gone 3-1 ahead thanks to another strike from Owen we seemed to take the foot off the pedal and when Beauly scored their 2nd goal, this lifted their momentum and drove them on.
We lost the midfield battle, and our forwards were starved of ball.
Beauly converted 2 more goals and ran out deserved winners- due to their 2nd half performance.
How we react to this performance will show what sort of character the players have- we can either sit back and accept this or raise our game.
Training will again be at Drum on Monday, and Kirkhill on Thursday this week- hopefully get onto grass next week.
Disappointing no score draw with Bute at Balgate on Saturday. Although we had the majority of possession, a resolute Bute defence led by Hector Whitelaw and a spattering of wayward shooting led to no goals for Lovat.
The positives were however there to be seen, with no goals conceded and a hard working display by the team.
The week off probably didn’t do us any favours, but we are all looking forward to the game against Beauly in the MacTavish Cup next week, already.
The ladies team have their first home game of the season this Saturday at 12pm vs Skye.
Another good 2 points earned away from home at a hard venue.
In a competitive match, Lovat took the lead through a Gregg rocket shot from a tight angle in 14 minutes. However Kilmallie equalised with a hotly disputed penalty 4 minutes from half time.
After the break, a determined Lovat took the lead through an Owen strike and although a few chances went wide including a penalty hit, we managed to grinde out the win with not a little bit of help from some determined defending and a late, great penalty stop by Stuart in the goals.
A resilient performance from the whole squad, where everyone played their part. Its obvious to all, that the team are working hard, both at training and for each other on the pitch on a Saturday.
Unfortunatly no match scheduled for next week, but training will continue in preparation for our first home fixture against Bute the week after.