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Kingussie lift the Premiership crown after derby day win

By Ali Morrison

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Kingussie lift the Mowi Premiership title trophy on Saturday. Picture: Fiona Young.
Kingussie lift the Mowi Premiership title trophy on Saturday. Picture: Fiona Young.

Kingussie added the final silverware of the 2023 shinty season to their already bulging trophy cabinet when they raised the Mowi Premiership trophy following their 3-1 Badenoch derby win over Newtonmore at the Dell on Saturday.

When referee Steven MacLachlan sounded the final whistle through the thick mist that surrounded the ground, skipper James Falconer stepped forward in front of his teammates to accept the trophy from Jayne MacKay, representing the sport’s long-term sponsors Mowi.

It was a league campaign during which the Kings displayed their dominance by winning 14 of their 18 games with their only defeats coming at home and away against Caberfeidh with away draws against both Newtonmore and Kinlochshiel.

They also took the title despite the meanness of being deducted two points for an administration error ahead of their July fixture against Skye, ultimately finishing ahead of second place Kyles Athletic with four points to spare.

Saturday’s silverware haul included the Sir Tommy MacPherson trophy for James Falconer to collect whilst strike partner Ruaidh Anderson allowed his captain some respite when he came forward to receive the man of the match cup from club legend Jimmy Gow.

The Mowi Premiership trophy now joins the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup and the cottages.com MacTavish Cup to complete a domestic treble.

Get this Thursday's Strathy for more on the Badenoch derby including photos.

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