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New Glen bosses set Newtonmore challenge

By David Calder

Eddie 'EJ' Tembo in action as a player for Glenurquhart. Picture: Neil Paterson
Eddie 'EJ' Tembo in action as a player for Glenurquhart. Picture: Neil Paterson

SHINTY'S three-month off-season comes to an end tomorrow as clubs up and down the country take part in a number of friendly matches.

Glenurquhart's new management team of Eddie Tembo and Stuart MacKintosh have set their charges the toughest possible challenge as they take on Premiership champions Newtonmore in Drumnadrochit.

Tembo is relishing the task, however, saying his players are really looking forward to taking on the Badenoch giants.

"The lads are looking forward to it and I believe we can give Newtonmore a hard game," he said.

"We have trained hard during the pre-season and Stuart and myself will look to tweak the side a little with maybe some players operating in slightly unfamiliar positions."

Tembo can welcome back former Scotland under-21 player Ewan Brady who stepped away from the sport three years ago.

The return of Brady will go some way to fill the void left by Fraser Heath, who has joined Lovat.

Brady joins an ambitious Glenurquhart side full of young talent and aiming to return to the Premiership at the first time of asking.

The match throws-up at 12.30pm with the Glen's reserve side also in action as they take on Beauly reserves at 2.30pm.

Lovat continue their build-up at Spean Bridge with a match against local rivals Lochaber. Caberfeidh's senior and reserve sides host Kingussie. Beauly take on old rivals Kilmallie at Braeview, while Strathglass face North Division One side Glengarry. Division Two side Boleskine step up a level as they entertain Kinlochshiel reserves.

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