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Kings handed tough Camanachd Cup test

By Gavin Musgrove

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Kingussie have been given a tough draw in the quarter finals of the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup.

They will host Kyles Athletic at the start of July whereas Newtonmore have been handed an easier tie although only if they can overcome Lovat in their second round reply after the two teams drew 1-1 at the weekend.

The winners later this month will play host to Skye.

The draw place earlier today at Liberty British Aluminium Smelter in Fort William.

Making the draw were Derek Fraser who was a member of the Kilmallie team that won the Camanachd Cup in 1964, five times winner John MacLeod of Fort William, and from Liberty British Aluminium, Tom Uppington, power operations director and executive assistant Rosie Flannigan.

John MacLeod, Tom Uppington, Keith Loades, Derek Fraser and Rosie Flannigan (Photo: John Paul Peebles, Abrightside Photography)
John MacLeod, Tom Uppington, Keith Loades, Derek Fraser and Rosie Flannigan (Photo: John Paul Peebles, Abrightside Photography)

Mr Fraser said: “People outwith shinty don’t realise just how special the Camanachd Cup is. You can be the best shinty player in Scotland and still not get a Camanachd Cup winners medal.”

The Kilmallie stalwart lifted the cup after his side beat Inveraray 4-1 at the King George V Park in Fort William.

Mr MacLeod is very clear on what makes the Camanachd Cup so special.

He said: “The incredible history of the competition brings it to the fore. I also always appreciated that there were better players in the game than me who never had the opportunity to play in a final.

"Growing up in Ballachulish, I always heard stories about Camanachd Cup matches from days gone by, it was always something that was talked about.”

Keith Loades, Camanachd Association president, said “There are some interesting and exciting ties to look forward to, particularly the tie between Kingussie and Kyles Athletic.

Quarter final draw (July 6 unless otherwise stated): Caberfeidh v Lochaber; Kingussie v Kyles Athletic; Glasgow Mid Argyll / Kinlochshiel v Oban Camanachd (July 13); Newtonmore / Lovat v Skye.

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