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Home draws for Badenoch clubs in MacTavish Cup


By Gavin Musgrove

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John MacKenzie helped to conduct the cottages.com MacTavish Cup first round draw, at the Bught, Inverness, this afternoon.
John MacKenzie helped to conduct the cottages.com MacTavish Cup first round draw, at the Bught, Inverness, this afternoon.

Newtonmore and Kingussie have both been handed home advantage in the first round draw of the Cottages.com MacTavish Cup earlier this afternoon.

The Red and Blues will entertain Skye whilst Inverness will be making the trip to the Eilan on July 3.

As the MacTavish Cup is already a regionalised competition, the Camanachd Association held an open draw.

The draw in full is: Fort William v Kilmallie; Kingussie v Skye; Lovat v Glenurquhart; Newtonmore v Inverness; Kinlochshiel v Lochaber, byes: Beauly, Caberfeidh and Strathglass.

Steven MacKenzie, Camanachd Association President, said: “The drawing of the first round of the Cottages.com MacTavish Cup gives our member clubs yet another thing to look forward to as we move ever closer to the return of competitive shinty.

"Looking over the draw I think that the Lochaber derby with Fort William welcoming Kilmallie to An Aird will be a hard fought match and I look forward to keeping an eye on Glenurquhart’s

trip to Kiltarlity to take on Lovat.”

Derek Keir, Camanachd Association chief executive, said: “The cup draws always bring with them tremendous excitement and this year that excitement is enhanced as it represents the return to competitive shinty for adults from June 5.

"The support we receive from cottages.com allows us to run an amazing competition that so many communities are involved in and we deeply appreciate cottages.com for their continued support to help provide opportunities and protect our historic game.”

John MacKenzie has the Mactavish Cup back in his hands having captained Newtonmore to claiming the silverware in 1968.
John MacKenzie has the Mactavish Cup back in his hands having captained Newtonmore to claiming the silverware in 1968.

Mark Whitehouse, Regional Sales Director at cottages.com, said: "We’re particularly proud to be sponsoring the MacTavish Cup this year and doing our bit to get such an important event back on track following last year’s enforced break due to Covid.

"Shinty has huge cultural significance in this part of the world and we know how much people are looking forward to once again playing and watching the game they love.

"We can’t wait for the matches to get underway and are really looking forward to witnessing the fantastic community spirit the game generates in what promises to be a brilliant season ahead.”


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