Lochcarron decline chance to enter senior cup competitions

Lochcarron Shinty Club will not be entering senior cup competitions in 2015, with the club still angry at being denied the chance to first prove themselves at junior level.

The Wester Ross club have been a critic of changes to the league and cup structure which classifies ‘one-team’ clubs as senior teams, regardless of their league position.

After struggling to field a competitive squad, Lochcarron decided in 2013 to withdraw their first team from North Division One and instead to field only a single team in the third division.

They finished second in division three, but after a league revamp gained promotion to the second division. There, they ended as runners up in 2014, and are now set to take their place in a reconstructed first division — a league which nevertheless is predominately made up of reserve teams.

The Wester Ross club maintain that their league position confirms their status as a junior club, and argue that they should be allowed entry into the Sutherland and Strathdearn cup competitions.

Fearing that meetings with premier league opposition could carry the potential for demoralising defeats, Lochcarron have now declined the invitation to take part in both the MacTavish and Camanachd cups.

Lochcarron lost in the final of the 2013 Sutherland Cup before the rule change was brought in the following season.
Meanwhile, at the club’s recent annual general meeting, Ross Brown agreed to continue in the role of club manager, and Peter MacKenzie has been appointed as club captain.

Lochcarron have also confirmed three pre-season friendlies. They travel to Fife to play Aberdour on Saturday 14th February, before hosting Lewis Camanachd for the Roddy Blind Cup on 21st February. The following weekend (28th February) they are due to take on Skye Camanachd, with the 2015 season set to get underway on Saturday 7th March.

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Lochcarron pictured before the 2013 Sutherland Cup final