Mixed fortunes in MacTavish Cup drawn for Badenoch sides
The two Badenoch giants have had mixed fortunes in the draw for the first major cup of the 2020 shinty season.
Kingussie will have to travel away to Lovat in a tough fixture in the Cottages.com MacTavish Cup First Round
Current holders Newtonmore have an easier task on paper, hosting Beauly.
The ties are to be played on March 28.
The draw took place earlier today at Hilton Primary School in Inverness.
The draw was conducted by Callum Arie Morrison and Duncan Oparka from Hilton Primary School and Inverness Shinty Club.
Keith Loades, President of the Camanachd Association, said “The Cottages.com MacTavish Cup draw has once again paired together some of the best Shinty teams of the North.
"Lovat welcome Kingussie to Balgate in what is a fantastic first round draw while holders Newtonmore play Beauly at home.
"What is not in doubt is that 2020 will be another fantastic year of Cottages.com MacTavish Cup action.
"I wish all teams involved the best of luck.”
Derek Keir, Camanachd Association spokesman, said “We were delighted to conduct the draw this morning at Hilton Primary School.
"We are passionate about giving young members the opportunity to get involved in the highest level of shinty – by having some young Hilton Hornets conducting the draw for the Cottages.com MacTavish Cup First Round.
"We are, as always, extremely grateful for the support that Cottages.com offer our sport."
Cottages.com MacTavish Cup first round draw: Lovat v Kingussie; Lochaber v Caberfeidh; Kilmallie v Kinlochshiel; Newtonmore v Beauly; Fort William v Skye.
Byes: Glenurquhart, Inverness andStrathglass