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Shinty: Ardnamurchan Camanachd

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Ardnamurchan Camanachd is a shinty club based in Strontian, Ardnamurchan. The club covers a wide area taking in Strontian, Ardgour, Morvern, Acharacle and Moidart all in Lochaber, Highland, Scotland. It was established in 2005.

It competed in Marine Harvest North Division 3 but withdrew for the 2012 season. seeking to return in 2013. However, in a radical step the club then applied to join South Division Two at a late juncture, becoming the first club to ever switch districts. A part of the club's area draws from Morvern, which is South of the Ballachulish divide.

Historically, shinty has always been played in Morvern and the Ardnamurchan area but this was the traditional New Year's game and there is no history of clubs in the area. Latterly Morvern played an annual game against Kilmallie.

Ardnamurchan High School was built with shinty in mind, having a fantastic shinty pitch to rival any in Scotland. A team was started in October 2005. The Ardnamurchan junior team was affiliated to Kilmallie. Soon old shinty hands in the area started their own training and it was decided to form a senior team and enter North Division 3 for the 2006 season. With limited experience and low numbers the team struggled manfully throughout the season.

Success came early for the U14s when the high school team made it through to the final of the MacPherson Cup. This team then went on to win the North of Scotland League Shield, beating Inverness in the final. A fantastic achievement for a club new to shinty.

In 2007 Ardnamurchan amalgamated their small primary schools to form one team at this level. The senior team will be strengthened by more experienced players joining their ranks and new home grown talent emerging.

The club hosted the 2007 Mod Cup on 13 September 2007 at their ground.

Stuart Carmichael stepped down as manager at the end of 2008. The club proactively seought a new manager but the club is at present managerless. Shaun Olsen took on the role of player/manager and continued with this into the 2010 season.

In 2011, but also in previous years, Ardnamurchan were afflicted by call-offs, often struggling to put together a team as many young players emigrated to Glasgow as well as the long trips to places such as Aberdeen and Ullapool. These team-raising difficulties resulted in the club taking a step back from senior level in 2012, with the intention of reapplying to North Division Three in 2013. However, the club then took the decision to apply to join South Division Two in January 2012.

The club will be a South club for 2012.

The club's colours were taken from the coats of arms of two of the main ruling clans of the area. The MacIains who were a branch of Clan Donald and the Camerons. The colours are red, gold and black.

 Honours: School Competitions

U14 - MacPherson Cup, runners up (2006). U14 - MacPherson Cup, third place (2007). U13 - MacBean Cup, Runners up (2007).

Camanachd Association Competitions

U14 - North of Scotland league shield (2006). U14 - Feill Chaluim Cille (shinty/hurling) third place (2007). U14 - North Division Three champions (2008)


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