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’More want to win cup after tragic week

By Clive Dennier

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NEWTONMORE will be going all out to end what has been a tough few days for their coach and many others in the village by winning the Co-operative MacTavish Cup.

They will be facing tricky North Division One outfit Lochaber at the Bught Park in Inverness on Saturday. All the players knew Victor Stockwell (42), who died earlier this week in a tragic boating accident at Inverie, Knoydart.

Mr Stockwell was the nephew of team coach Norman "Brick" MacArthur.

He admitted it had been difficult focusing on the cup final against Lochaber after what had happened.

He said: "Victor played shinty up to juvenile level and was a good wee player. All the lads knew him and he was out with them in the village recently.

"We are all pretty devastated, including my son, Paul, who was Victor’s cousin.

"All the lads will give everything they have got in the final.

"They always play well for the club but it has been a tragic week for us all and for the many people in Newtonmore who knew Victor.

"Hopefully we can lighten things up in the village if we can bring back the MacTavish Cup."

MacArthur said forward Danny Macrae had started training again after a knee injury and could figure in Saturday’s

game and the rest of the squad was fully fit.

He added: "We will certainly not be taking Lochaber lightly. They are a very good young side.

"They will cause us a lot of problems and we will have to be at our best to get a result against them."

The throw up for the cup final is 4.05pm.

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