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Gallacher set for final shinty match as Lovat manager

By Will Clark

FRASER Gallacher will take charge of Lovat for the final time when they face Oban Camanachd in shinty’s Premiership.

Fraser Gallacher has been manager of Lovat for three years. Picture: Neil Paterson
Fraser Gallacher has been manager of Lovat for three years. Picture: Neil Paterson

He is stepping down after three years in charge of the Kiltarlity club due to personal commitments as he heads into Saturday’s match at Balgate.

Despite standing down, he is not ruling out making a return to the sport in the future in some form.

“It has been a terrific experience but I have no regrets about stepping down,” he said.

“My partner is due to have a baby soon and my business is expanding and there will not be any time for shinty.

“Perhaps in a few years I will help out with the kids shinty which is always an important part of the club”.

Lovat’s chances of the title have long since gone but Oban still have an outside chance.

But the odds are stacked against them and a win for Kingussie against Kilmallie at Canal Parks would see the Badenoch side secure the title.

For Lovat, the aim is to finish the season in style with a win securing the points which would take them onto the 25 point mark on a par with last season.

But they will be without a number of significant players with their captain Callum Cruden in Japan for the rugby world cup.

Striker Marc Maclachlan serves the first of a two-match ban for his dismissal in the recent match against Caberfeidh.

The experienced trio of Lorne MacKay, Danny Kelly and Callum MacAulay are also unavailable.

For Oban, captain Daniel Cameron is suspended under the totting up rule.

Meanwhile, eight-time champions Newtonmore face Kyles for the second week in succession looking to avenge a 4–3 defeat at the Eilan last Saturday.

Newtonmore face a third successive league defeat - an almost unheard of run for the Badenoch giants but Kyles have an outside chance of the title and will be pushing hard to take both points.

Newtonmore will be hopeful of having Steve MacDonald available for selection as he recovers from a shoulder injury sustained in the Camanachd Cup final.

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