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Weather factor in shinty decision on artificial grass

Natural grass remains the preferred and usual playing surface

The latest generation of artificial grass surfaces can be used for playing shinty, the board of the sport's governing body has decided.

The Camanachd Association follows football and rugby in certifying the use of the material.

One of the factors behind the decision is increasing problems with wet weather waterlogging pitches.

Natural grass remains the preferred and usual surface for playing the sport on, the board said.

It added that individual clubs were unlikely to be able to afford artificial pitches.

However, the association said artificial pitches could be provided in the future as part of wider community sports projects.

President Duncan Cameron said it would be some time before a new, full-size facility becomes a reality.

But he added: "It would go a long way to reducing the problems caused by our increasingly wetter weather."

Fort William and Scotland player Niall MacPhee, who was involved in testing synthetic grass, said there was potential for the pitches to be laid at schools.

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