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The Silver Age 2000 – 2009

Strathglass were the first team to win a title in the new millennium as they won North Division One, claiming the fine MacGillivray Senior Trophy for the first time (although now downgraded to third tier status).

On top of winning the league they also won the MacDonald Cup again in what was turning into a real purple patch for the Strath in terms of a competition the Glen had historically dominated.

Unfortunately, the Strath faced Oban Celtic in a play-off match with Oban Celtic at An Aird which they lost in extra time 3-2 and missed out on a place in National Division One.

Over the next four years Strathglass would finish second four seasons in a row (including the interim season before the switch to summer shinty)

2001 saw the second team win the Ali Bàn for only the second time, retaining it with a draw in 2002. and the MacDonald Cup was won in 2001.

The 2002-03 season marked one of the finest moments in Strathglass’ history as they defeated National Division One side Skye Camanachd at Spean Bridge in a penalty shoot out after the teams finished level at 3 – 3 at the end of extra time to lift the Balliemore Cup for the second time.

On their way to the final it was two National Division One sides who exited at the hands of Strathglass with Ballachulish and Kyles Athletic both taken care of.  Ballachulish were defeated 2 – 0 in a quarter final replay followed by a 2 – 1 win over Kyles in the semi final at Spean Bridge. 

Yet, there was even more to come as the club marked 125 years in the 2004 season, marked by a game between the Balliemore winning teams of 1986 and 2003. The club would excel itself in almost every way in this season, clinching promotion to the National Division at long last, the second team narrowly losing to Kilmallie 4-3 in the Strathdearn Cup Final, and the first team reaching the semi-finals of the Camanachd Cup for the first time ever in the club’s history where they lost to runners-up Fort William, who were beaten by Inveraray in the final at The Bught.

The late 2000s are without question the height of Strathglass’ achievements as a shinty club.

Empowered by winning North Division One in style the year before, the club went out and won the National Division One without losing a game in 2005. This was a remarkable achievement with Strath being the only team in shinty history to win promotion and follow that up with another title triumph within a 12 month time frame. 

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Skipper Donald Fraser with the National Division Trophy clinched after a 0 – 0 draw with Glenurquhart at Drumnadochit on the final day of the 2005 season

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Cousins George and Barry John Phimister

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The Reid brothers Darren and Garry 

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James, Barry John and Doreen Phimister

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The Frasers – Donald and club President Donald Snr 

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The Phimisters – George Snr and George

In 2006, Strath finished in fourth in the Premier Division, only one place behind Kingussie who had been dethroned by Fort William. 

2007 saw the Strath comfortably mid-table in an expanded Premier with the National Division scrapped.

Disappointment followed in 2008 when Strath narrowly slipped out of the top tier finishing two points behind eighth placed Bute.

2009 would see them fail to make any real impact in a very competitive second-tier North Division One (although their fellow relegation candidates from the previous season, Lovat, bounced straight back as champions.)

2009 however was memorable for the simple reason of a third Balliemore Cup win, this time over Kinlochshiel at the Meadows in Rothesay, Isle of Bute. On their way to the final, Strath had also beaten Lovat 5-1 in the semi-final as well. The joy of the club’s historic third Balliemore win was tempered by the loss of Scott Bain in a car accident whilst on leave from the army. Scott was a former player and twin brother of Lee Bain, 

Lee was a key member of the Strathglass cup-winning team. Lee would sign for Kingussie the following year and go on to become an important player for the great Badenoch club. Scott’s memory is kept alive by a bench at Cannich Park and occasional challenge matches with Scots Camanachd, the Army’s shinty club for whom Scott also played.

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Strathglass 2008-2009