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Kings get away day to Skye in next round of Camanachd Cup


By Gavin Musgrove

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Tulloch Homes managing director Sandy Grant, Kingussie goalscoring legend Ronald Ross, now of the Camanachd Association, and Kingussie High School headteacehr Iain Adamson. Picture: Neil G Paterson
Tulloch Homes managing director Sandy Grant, Kingussie goalscoring legend Ronald Ross, now of the Camanachd Association, and Kingussie High School headteacehr Iain Adamson. Picture: Neil G Paterson

Kingussie have been handed an away day on Skye in the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup quarter-final draw.

The trip to the isle is their reward for the narrowest of wins over Beauly at the weekend.

Beauly were seconds away from pulling off one of the biggest upsets in the history of the competition, as Kingussie equalised in the 124th minute to level the match at 2–2 before winning the penalty shoot-out 5–4.

Premiership leaders Kingussie, who had won every cup and league game they have played this season going into Saturday, went in front after four minutes through Ruaridh Anderson.

But National Division leaders Beauly, in the league below, levelled six minutes into the second half through Jack MacDonald with neither team able to find a winner in normal time.

Beauly left The Dell stunned in extra time when Ross Forbes looked like he scored the winner in 118 minutes.

But six minutes into injury time, captain Savio Genini scored the equaliser to deny Beauly victory before the hosts went on to win the shoot-out.

Newtonmore were 2–1 up at half time with Max Campbell scoring twice but were knocked out 3-2.

The draw for the quarter-finals of the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup took place at the Dell in Kingussie.

In attendance were Sandy Grant, Tulloch Homes managing director; Iain Adamson, Kingussie High School headteacher, Derek Keir

Camanachd Association chief executive, and Russell Jones and John Robertson from Kingussie Camanachd.

The Dell will be the venue for this year’s final, which takes place on Saturday 17th September and will be followed by the Final Fling Concert.

The full draw is as follows: Kyles Athletic v Glasgow Mid Argyll; Skye v Kingussie; Kinlochshiel v Oban Camanachd and Lovat v Kilmallie or Inveraray

Mr Keir said afterwards: "It was great to meet up with our friends at Tulloch Homes this afternoon to conduct the quarter-final draw for the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup.

"This year is set to be one of the biggest incarnations of the Camanachd Cup Final and our thanks go to Kingussie Camanachd Club for the work they and the local community are putting into this year’s final.

"We look forward to welcoming the whole community to shinty's showpiece event."

Tulloch Homes managing director Sandy Grant said: "The Dell is one of the game’s historic venues and was the ideal place to host this intriguing ballot.

“The final, the Blue Riband event in the shinty calendar, will be played at Kingussie for the first time in many years and it should be a real crowd-puller, particularly with the music and other features the Kingussie club have worked so hard to arrange.

“There’s a special buzz about shinty just now in this post-pandemic season and three or four of the quarter finalists will genuinely fancy their chances of Camanachd glory.

"There should be plenty of drama and entertainment before we discover who makes the final.

“This is the 126th year since the first Camanachd final and Tulloch’s 97th year, so we’re delighted once again to sponsor the competition and continue our close and successful liaison with president Steven MacKenzie, chief executive Derek Keir, and the Camanachd Association board.”

The last time the game's biggest cup final was played in Kingussie was 1999 when the Red and Blues beat Oban Camanachd 3-0.

Plenty more and reaction to the weekend's cup action in the next Strathy out on Thursday.


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