Premier Division (shinty)

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Marine Harvest Premiership
Country Scotland
Confederation Camanachd Association
Founded 1996
Number of teams 10
Level on pyramid 1
Relegation to National Division One
Current champions Newtonmore
Website www.shinty.com
2017 Marine Harvest Premiership

The Premier Division (currently known as the Marine Harvest Premiership for sponsorship reasons) is the premier division in shinty. Based in Scotland and formed in 1996, the league is the top tier of the Shinty league system. Set-up in order to create a Scotland-wide league for the first time, it constitutes as one of the five trophies considered to be part of the Grand Slam of shinty.

The 2017 Marine Harvest Premiership began on 4 March 2017.

Sponsorship[edit]

From 2009 until 2011, the league was sponsored by Scottish Hydro Electric before the Orion Group took over for the 2012 season. That same year the league was rebranded under the current 'Premiership' branding with current sponsors Marine Harvest taking the helm at the beginning of the 2015 season.

Teams[edit]

The 2017 Marine Harvest Premiership will consist of the following teams:[1]

History[edit]

1996: The then Premier Division had it's inaugural season. Prior to its founding the winners of North Division One and South Division One played in a National Final.

1999: Promotion and Relegation between Premier Division and National Division One adopted

2003: An interim league system contested while the Shinty League system transitioned from being played during winter months to summer months.

2004: The Premier Division becomes a summer season league.

2006: National Division One folded at end of season ending Promotion and Relegation. Fort William break Kingussie's dominance dated back to 1986 by taking home the Premier Division title.

2007: Kingussie recapture the Premier Division.

2009: Title won on final weekend by Kingussie on goal difference. Newtonmore finishing second.

2010: For the second consecutive year league decided on final weekend through goal difference. A dramatic final round game between Fort William and Newtonmore saw Newtonmore victors after an 80th minute goal by Danny MacRae. A proposed reduction from 10 to 8 teams mooted by the Camanachd Association board in late 2010.

2011: Newtonmore become first team other than Kingussie to retain the Premier Division. Kyles Athletic title dreams dashed with final minute goal along with hopes of being first South team to win the league.

2014: National Division One reinstated along with the pyramid system (Promotion and Relegation).

2016: Newtonmore make it seven in a row having also won the Camanachd Cup and MacTavish Cup.

2017: Newtonmore lost their first league match in two years.[2]

List of Champions[edit]

  • 1996 - Kingussie Camanachd
  • 1997 - Kingussie Camanachd
  • 1998 - Kingussie Camanachd
  • 1999 - Kingussie Camanachd
  • 2000 - Kingussie Camanachd
  • 2001 - Kingussie Camanachd
  • 2002 - Kingussie Camanachd
  • 2003 - (Interim Leagues while transitioning from winter to summer season)
  • 2004 - Kingussie Camanachd
  • 2005 - Kingussie Camanachd
  • 2006 - Fort William Shinty Club
  • 2007 - Kingussie Camanachd
  • 2008 - Kingussie Camanachd
  • 2009 - Kingussie Camanachd
  • 2010 - Newtonmore Camanachd Club
  • 2011 - Newtonmore Camanachd Club
  • 2012 - Newtonmore Camanachd Club
  • 2013 - Newtonmore Camanachd Club
  • 2014 - Newtonmore Camanachd Club
  • 2015 - Newtonmore Camanachd Club
  • 2016 - Newtonmore Camanachd Club
  • 2017 - TBC
Team Titles Last Title Note
Fort William 1 2006
Kingussie 12 2009
Newtonmore 7 2016 *Current Champions

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Marine Harvest Premiership « Shinty". www.shinty.com. Retrieved 17 March 2017. 
  2. ^ "Shinty: Champions Newtonmore lose first match in two years". BBC Sport. 2017-03-18. Retrieved 2017-03-19. 

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