Brown named as new manager of Lochcarron

Lochcarron Camanachd have confirmed the appoint­ment of Ross Brown as their player-manager for the 2014 season.

Brown, who returned to his home team last season after several years living and working in England, replaces Kenny “Duffy” Murray, who stepped down as coach and president at the Battery Park at the club’s recent annual general meeting.

Now employed locally in the ambulance service, Brown said he was looking forward to taking over as the club continues its rebuilding process. In 2012 Lochcarron took the decision to restart as a one-team club in the north third division.

Next year Lochcarron — beaten finalists in the Sutherland Cup 2013 – will line up in North Division Two. Their one-club status, however, means that under new Camanachd Association rules they cannot take part in junior competitions for the Sutherland and Strathdearn cups. Instead they will compete in knockout competition against senior sides in the Balliemore and MacTavish cups.

Brown, who will be assisted in the manager’s role by Bob Munro, said: “I am very much looking forward to managing the team through what will be a challenging season following our recent promotion to North Division Two. We have a strong and dedicated squad moving into the new year, and I know they are both motivated and excited for what lies ahead. There is also the exciting prospect of playing premier league clubs in the MacTavish Cup which is a challenge myself and the players are looking forward to.”