NEW Premiership champions Kinlochshiel’s contribution to the 2017 season was acknowledged at the annual Marine Harvest Awards ceremony held in the Drumossie Hotel, Inverness, on Friday evening.
The Wester Ross club lifted the Marine top title for the first time with a consistent run of results that saw them defeated just once over an 18-game campaign.
In addition to picking up the Club of the Year accolade, Shiel personnel walked away with two of the other major awards.
Manager Johnston Gill was named Premiership Coach of the Year whilst international defender Mark MacDonald received the Premiership Player of the Year award.
The Coach of the Year honour went to James Perlich, who guided Kyles Athletic to success in the MacAulay and Glasgow Celtic Society Cups and a runners-up spot in the Premiership.
Kyles defender Andrew King, who was capped for the first time at senior level at the weekend, picked up the top prize on the playing front for Marine Harvest Player of the Year.
Caberfeidh’s under-21 international defender Blair Morrison was named National Division Player of the Year. Skye’s management team of Willie Cowie and Peter Gordon were the joint recipients of the National Division Coach of the Year award.
Fort William’s under-21 international forward Arran MacPhee was named Under-21 Player of the Year, while Max Campbell and Kilmallie’s Calum MacDougall received the Player of the Year honour at under-14 and under-17 levels respectively.
Freelance journalist Charles Bannerman, who writes for the Highland News and North Star, received the Media Award, while Dondy Robertson, of Fort William, was presented with the William Paterson Salver for Volunteer of the Year.
*** A NUMBER of end of season fixtures take place on Saturday across the Marine Harvest leagues as the various campaigns head towards their completion.
In the Marine Harvest Premiership, Lovat finish off with a trip to Mossfield Park to take on Oban Camanachd.
Should Lovat make it a league double over their hosts, they will nudge Newtonmore off third spot, a situation that Lovat boss Fraser Gallacher will be keen to exploit.
Oban, with an away encounter against Kilmallie on Saturday, November 4, need to win both their remaining fixtures to take fifth place ahead of Kingussie on goal difference.
Fort William and Inveraray meet in the final Marine Harvest National Division fixture.
Although a win would take Fort level on points with second-placed Caberfeidh, their chances of promotion are all but dead and buried with a 14-goal winning margin required to finish ahead of Cabers on goal difference.