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Listen: Balls & Whistles episode 36 – Camanachd Cup final reaction, penny drops at Highland, HMAC earn huge medal haul at European Championships and more!

By Andrew Henderson

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A brand new episode of Balls & Whistles is out now!
A brand new episode of Balls & Whistles is out now!

This time it's Will who is off on holiday, so this week Andrew takes you through some of the major stories of the week with extended interview clips from the key suspects.

After starting last week talking about the Camanachd Cup final between Kinlochshiel and Lovat, we talk to the winning manager in Balmacara to kick off this week's show after Johnston Gill made history by winning the biggest prize in shinty.

Of course, there is plenty of football to talk about too, and most interestingly Ross County manager Malky Mackay made the decision to change goalkeepers against Hearts last weekend. He talks about why he made the decision to bring Ashley Maynard-Brewer into his starting 11.

Highland Rugby Club picked up their first win of the season against Heriots, and now Dave Carson believes that – coupled with the return of some experienced heads – has put his side in a good place ahead of their trip down to Boroughmuir.

Highland Martial Arts Centre took a squad down to the European Championships and had an unbelievable amount of success. Every single athlete won at least one medal, with three new champions crowned. Head coach Aiden Mackenzie, though, values the cameraderie within the group just as much as the extra hardware.

While there are plenty of new jiu-jitsu champions, Northern Counties' cricketers will be looking to win a title of their own in the Senior League decider away at Forres. Alex Green will be the stand-in captain tomorrow, but he is trying to downplay the pressure that could put on his side.

And finally, the Scottish Squash Open arrived in Inverness this week! Two homegrown talents were taking part, and you can hear from both Alasdair Prott and Martin Ross about what the competition could mean for squash in the Highlands.

As always, if you want to get in touch with the show you can do so on Twitter (@Balls_Whistles) or by emailing ballsandwhistles@hnmedia.co.uk.

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