Badenoch giants drawn together in Camanachd Cup second round
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It is the clash that both clubs wanted but not when they wanted it.
The Badenoch giants have been drawn to face each other in the second round of the Camanachd Cup - the first hurdle for top-flight teams.
Holders Newtonmore will host the defending premiership champions Kingussie in the northern section scheduled for July 17.
The final of shinty's most famous competition will be held at the Dell - home of the Kings - on September 18.
The drawn for the first and second rounds of the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup took place yesterday with Derek Keir, Camanachd Association chief and George Fraser, Tulloch Homes chief executive carrying it out.
In order to reduce travel as the country moves beyond the pandemic, the early rounds have been regionalised.
The draw was shown on BBC ALBA last night and is as follows:
First round June 26
Northern Section: Beauly v Inverness; Glenurquhart v Strathglass Bye: Skye
Southern Section: Inveraray v Lochaber; Ballachulish v Bute; bye: Oban Celtic
Second Round July 17
Northern Section: Newtonmore v Kingussie; Caberfeidh v Beauly/Inverness; Glenurquhart/Strathglass v Kinlochshiel; Skye v Lovat
Southern Section: Kilmallie v Ballachulish/Bute; Fort William v Oban Camanachd; Oban Celtic v GMA; Kyles Athletic v Inveraray/Lochaber
Steven MacKenzie, Camanachd Association President said: “This year represents the 125th anniversary of our sport’s blue riband trophy the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup.
"Having looked over the draw, I must say it has started in perfect style. A lot of well-matched opponents who should provide some exciting ties. It’s hard to ignore the Badenoch derby of course, additionally I think Fort William vs Oban Camanachd will be a good spectacle in the southern section.
"We are delighted to have such an exciting draw to present and of course thankful to our sponsor Tulloch Homes for making it all possible.”