Ardnamurchan Camanachd

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Ardnamurchan
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Full name Ardnamurchan Camanachd
Gaelic name Comann Camanachd Ard nam Murchan
Nickname The Ard
Founded 2005
Ground Drimnatorran, Strontian, Lochaber
Manager Shaun Olsen
League South Division Two
2013 Withdrawn
Home colours
Away colours

Ardnamurchan Camanachd is a shinty club based in Strontian, Ardnamurchan. The club covers a wide area taking in Strontian, Ardgour, Morvern, Acharacle and Moidart all in Lochaber, Highland, Scotland. It was established in 2005. It competed in Marine Harvest North Division 3 but withdraw for the 2012 season. seeking to return in 2013.[1] However, in a radical step the club then applied to join South Division Two at a late juncture, becoming the first club to ever switch districts. A part of the club's area draws from Morvern, which is South of the Ballachulish divide.[2] The club has not competed in the senior leagues since 2013 but maintains a youth and women's presence in the sport, as well as supporting irregular friendly games by a select team in Glenfinnan.

History[edit]

Shinty in Ardnamurchan and surrounding areas[edit]

Historically, shinty has always been played in Morvern and the Ardnamurchan area but this was the traditional New Year's game and there is no history of clubs in the area. Latterly Morvern played an annual game against Kilmallie. The club's colours were taken from the coats of arms of two of the main ruling clans of the area. The MacIains who were a branch of Clan Donald and the Camerons. The colours are red, gold and black.

New school 2005 and early success[edit]

Ardnamurchan High School was built with shinty in mind, having a fantastic shinty pitch to rival any in Scotland. A team was started in October 2005. The Ardnamurchan junior team was affiliated to Kilmallie. Soon old shinty hands in the area started their own training and it was decided to form a senior team and enter North Division 3 for the 2006 season. With limited experience and low numbers the team struggled manfully throughout the season.

Success came early for the U14s when the high school team made it through to the final of the MacPherson Cup. This team then went on to win the North of Scotland League Shield, beating Inverness in the final. A fantastic achievement for a club new to shinty.

In 2007 Ardnamurchan amalgamated their small primary schools to form one team at this level. The senior team was strengthened by more experienced players joining their ranks and new home grown talent emerging. The club hosted the 2007 Mod Cup on 13 September 2007 at their ground.

Stuart Carmichael stepped down as manager at the end of 2008 [3]. The club proactively seought a new manager [4] but the club is at present managerless. [5] Shaun Olsen took on the role of player/manager and continued with this into the 2010 season.[6]

=Team raising difficulties, move South, league withdrawal 2011-[edit]

In 2011, but also in previous years, Ardnamurchan were afflicted by call-offs, often struggling to put together a team as many young players emigrated to Glasgow as well as the long trips to places such as Aberdeen and Ullapool. These team-raising difficulties resulted in the club taking a step back from senior level in 2012, with the intention of reapplying to North Division Three in 2013. However, the club then took the decision to apply to join South Division Two in January 2012.[7]

The club was a South club for 2012.[8] The club competed reasonably well in South Two but they did not compete in 2013 due to no manager. Again in 2014 Ardnamurchan will not be competing at senior level, with many of their younger players joining the ranks of the Ballachulish 2nd team.

Ladies Team[edit]

As of 2013, the only Ardnamurchan team competing at senior level is the Ladies branch of the club. This team, which like the men's side grew out of the efforts in Ardnamurchan High School. The Ardnalassies have developed as a team, having originally started in school competitions and then competing in the North, then National league setups.

Ardnamurchan Ladies
Full name Ardnamurchan Camanachd Ladies
Gaelic name Comann Camanachd nam Ban-muideartach
Nickname Ardnalassies
Founded 2007
Ground Drimnatorran, Strontian, Lochaber
League National Division Two
2014
Home colours
Away colours

Honours[edit]

School Competitions

U14 - MacPherson Cup, runners up (2006). U14 - MacPherson Cup, third place (2007). U13 - MacBean Cup, runners up (2007). U14 - MacRae & Dick 6s, Winners (2012) U16 - Donella Crawford Cup, runners up (2011/2012) ('girls competition) U16 - Wade Cup, runners up (2013) (Ardnamurchan High/KInlochleven High)

Camanachd Association Competitions

U14 - North Division two champions (2006). U14 - Feill Chaluim Cille (shinty/hurling) third place (2007). U14 - North Division Three champions (2008) U17 - WJ Cameron Cup (Ardnamurchan/Ballchulish team) (2013)

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