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Jordan Fraser says Kinlochshiel are ready to make Camanachd Cup final history and win trophy for first time


By Will Clark

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JORDAN Fraser says going down in history to become the first Kinlochshiel team to win the Camanachd Cup is all the motivation they need to beat Lovat in the final on Saturday.

Jordan Fraser seals the win for Kinlochshiel to the delight of fans and players alike. Kinlochshiel v Kyles Athletic in the semi final of the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup, played at Taynuilt.
Jordan Fraser seals the win for Kinlochshiel to the delight of fans and players alike. Kinlochshiel v Kyles Athletic in the semi final of the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup, played at Taynuilt.

The forward scored the winning goal in the 2–0 semi final victory against Kyles Athletic to set up the historic clash for the club.

It is the first time since the Balmacara outfit were formed in 1958 that they have managed to reach the final of the sport’s most famous prize.

Fraser (26) says the players are not underestimating how big an occasion tomorrow is and are determined to head back to Wester Ross with the trophy.

“To get this trophy would mean a lot to the community,” he said.

“We saw tickets had nearly sold out and the majority of fans are coming from the west coast and there won’t be many people home.

“Considering the circumstances it will be great to have such a big support and it will be a very good day out.”

He added: “We have won the league and the Macaulay Cup twice, and we have still to win the MacTavish Cup.

“But to win the Camanachd Cup is something that the club has been waiting to do for a long time.”

Fraser knows the history of Kinlochshiel coming through the youth ranks to become a regular first team player for the majority of the last decade.

Scoring the winning goal against Kyles Athletic to send them to the final was one of the finest moments of his career.

But he is looking to top that on Saturday.

“When I scored the goal against Kyles, the word to describe it was relief as we made hard work of it.

“To get the second goal was great, so it was sheer joy as well as relief. When the feeling sank in we were in the final it was really good.”

Fraser expects a tough afternoon against Lovat as he rates them highly as opponents.

But he is confident they have enough about them to win the Camanachd Cup.

“We played them in a friendly but lost to them in the Macaulay Cup, but we had played three games in a week when we lost to them.

“But they are still a very good side.

“We had no game last week, but it gave a chance for our players to recover from injury so it was probably a good thing as we are going into the Camanachd Cup final.”


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