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Shinty clubs yet to decide on playing again this year


By Will Clark

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SHINTY clubs are set to hold talks on whether to organise any matches during 2020.

Lovat and Glenurquhart are both undecided.
Lovat and Glenurquhart are both undecided.

The Camanachd Association announced last week that local shinty matches can be organised from September 26 due to restrictions being lifted in the coronavirus pandemic. The league season was suspended on March 13 before officially being declared null and void at the end of May.

Lovat Shinty Club say players, management and committee members will hold talks on whether to attempt to organise any shinty matches in 2020.

Lovat co-manager Jamie Matheson welcomed the news local fixtures would be allowed to take place.

However, the Kiltarlity club will hold meetings on whether to organise any matches this year.

“There has been no decision made but we will plan to hold a meeting with all the boys to see what feelings are like.

“We will leave it down to them, we are not going to organise games if we do not have anyone to play.

“The players are the ones who play on a Saturday so they have to make the decision as well as the committee.

“But it is a good thing that we have the option as it shows that the world is moving forward again.

“But it might not be the worst decision to leave playing until March.”

National League outfit Glenurquhart are also undecided as to whether they will look to organise any matches this year, or wait until 2021.

Player/co-manager Stuart Mackintosh says the Drumnadrochit club will make a decision soon.

“We are looking forward to get back training,” he said.

“We welcome the decision to be allowed to play shinty just to get some normality back. We will hold talks about playing shinty this year and these will take place in the weeks to come.”

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