Premier Division (shinty)

The Premier Division (known as the Mowi Premiership) 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.

Mowi Premiership
Founded1996
CountryScotland
ConfederationCamanachd Association
Number of teams10
Level on pyramid1
Relegation toNational Division
Current championsKingussie Camanachd Club
(2019)
Websitewww.shinty.com
Current: 2019 Marine Harvest Premiership

The 2018 Marine Harvest Premiership was won by Newtonmore Camanachd Club.[1]

SponsorshipEdit

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. In 2019, Marine Harvest rebranded as Mowi ASA, with the league being known as the Mowi Premiership.

TeamsEdit

The 2019 Mowi Premiership consisted of the following teams:[2]

HistoryEdit

1996: The then Premier Division had its 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 and champions after an 80th-minute goal by Danny MacRae.

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.[3] Kinlochshiel won their inaugural championship to become only the second club from outside Badenoch to win the title.

2018: Newtonmore Camanachd recapture the Premier Division title.

2019: Kingussie win their first title for ten years.

List of ChampionsEdit

  • 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 - Kinlochshiel Shinty Club
  • 2018 - Newtonmore Camanachd Club
  • 2019 - Kingussie Camanachd[4]
Team Titles Last Title Note
Fort William 1 2006
Kingussie 13 2019 *Current Champions
Kinlochshiel 1 2017
Newtonmore 8 2018

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Musgrove, Gavin (4 October 2018). "Champions right to the final whistle of season". Strathspey Herald. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  2. ^ "Marine Harvest Premiership « Shinty". www.shinty.com. Retrieved 31 December 2018.
  3. ^ "Shinty: Champions Newtonmore lose first match in two years". BBC Sport. 2017-03-18. Retrieved 2017-03-19.
  4. ^ https://www.shinty.com/fixtures-and-results/2019/premiership

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