Shinty’s annual prize-giving ceremony took place in Fort William on Saturday where Kingussie’s Robert Mabon was crowned Mowi national player of the year.
Mabon was an integral part of the Kingussie side which won the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup, the cottages.com MacTavish Cup and the Mowi Premiership title treble during 2023 and manager Iain Borthwick was delighted to see his player recognised.
He said: “Robert has been exceptional for us this season.
“He’s versatile and his stick-work is unbelievable for someone so tall.
“He must be very hard to play against and he has pace when he needs it.”
Lochaber boss Ally Ferguson fought off top-flight contenders to win the Mowi national coach of the year accolade following a season during which the former Scotland boss reinvigorated the side as they secured a return to the Premiership by winning the Mowi National Division, while also taking the Ferguson Transport & Shipping Balliemore Cup.
Ally Ferguson said: “It’s been a remarkable season, topped off by this very prestigious award.
“It is great recognition, in particular for the players and my fellow coaches, who have turned the fortunes of our club around by hard graft and the ability to work as a team.
“We have lots more to do of course and it’s up another level for next season in the Premiership, but this award feels very special; it will take pride of place on the wall at home.”
There was a unique family double when Matthew Sloss was named Mowi national under-17 player of the year as his older brother Daniel Sloss, the current Oban Camanachd captain, collected the same award in 2019.
Skye and Scotland captain Caitlin Maclean was the WCA Mowi national division player of the year.
Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup final referee Des McNulty received the coveted Johnny “Ach” MacRae Quaich as referee of the year.
The media award went to the irrepressible Norman Strachan for a second time as his unrivalled camera work once more showcased shinty as a spectacular sporting spectacle.
The full list of winners was as follows:
Mowi National Coach of the Year – Ally Ferguson (Lochaber)
Mowi North Area Leagues Coach of the Year – Duncan MacIntyre (Lewis Camanachd)
Mowi South Area Leagues Coach of the Year – James Craig (Bute)
Mowi National Player of the Year – Robert Mabon (Kingussie) Mowi North Area Leagues Player of the Year – Glen MacKintosh (Newtonmore)
Mowi South Area Leagues Player of the Year – Ryan Craig (Bute)
Mowi Community Club of the Year – Kilmory / Dunadd
Women’s Camanachd Association Awards
Mowi National Division Club of the Year – Badenoch
Mowi Division 2 Club of the Year – Kinlochshiel
Mowi Club Development Award – Strathspey Camanachd
Mowi National Division Coach of the Year – Scott Campbell & Iain Robinson (Badenoch)
Mowi Division 2 Coach of the Year – Andrew MacKenzie (Kinlochshiel)
Mowi National Division Player of the Year – Caitlin Maclean (Skye Camanachd)
Mowi North Division 2 Player of the Year – Lorna MacRae (Kinlochshiel)
Mowi South Division 2 Player of the Year – Eilidh Cameron (Dunadd)
Mowi Service to Women’s Shinty Award – Scott Campbell (Badenoch)
Mowi Service to Women’s Shinty Award – Jim Barr (Glenurquhart)
Mowi Youth Coach of the Year – Sean McQuarrie (Newtonmore)
Mowi U14 Player of the Year – Joe Coyle (Newtonmore)
Mowi U17 Player of the Year – Matthew Sloss (Oban Camanachd)
Donella Crawford Award for Youth & Schools – Graeme Mitchell
Gary Innes Award for Club of the Year (Youth Development) – Inveraray
Gary Innes Award for School of the Year (Youth Development) – Tomnacross
Johnny “Ach” MacRae Quaich for Referee of the Year – Des McNulty
Emerging Referee of the Year – Jamie MacPherson
William Paterson Salver for Volunteer of the Year – Douglas Luke (Glasgow Mid Argyll)
Mowi Award for Social Responsibility – Strathglass
Mowi Award for Innovation – Beauly Fair-play Awards
Fair Play Award – Ardnamurchan, Uddingston & Bute
Media Award – Norman Strachan