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Kinlochshiel aim to win historic double as they face Kingussie in MacTavish Cup final in Inverness


By Will Clark

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Kinlochshiel are looking to end the 2021 shinty season with a cup double as they take on Kingussie in the final of the MacTavish Cup in Inverness tomorrow.

Kingussie take on Kinlochshiel in the final.
Kingussie take on Kinlochshiel in the final.

Kinlochshiel are aiming to win the competition for the first time in their history, one month after winning the Camanachd Cup for the first time after beating Lovat in the final 3–1.

Kingussie have won the tournament 27 times but have not claimed the trophy for a decade.

Kinlochshiel captain Keith MacRae, who scored a hat trick in the Camanachd Cup final said it would be a fantastic achievement for the club to end the campaign with two trophies.

“It’s obviously been a challenging season for shinty, so it’s been great for Shiel to come back to it and have cup success.

“We haven’t won the MacTavish before and it would be a brilliant achievement to be able to bring that back to Dornie too, but Kingussie won’t make it easy for us, I’m sure.”

Kingussie captain Rory MacKeachan said despite winning the Macaulay Cup earlier this season, they are still getting over being knocked out at the semi final stage of the Camanachd Cup.

“We were disappointed with the result in the Scottish but we have dusted ourselves down and are eager to win the MacTavish Cup. As a group we have yet to win the MacTavish and it would be one more cup than we managed in 2019, so it would still be a step in the right direction for us.

“The end goal is obviously a grand slam. I’d say two or three cups and beating our local rivals four times would amount to a pretty successful year though, especially for the age of the squad.”

Throw up at Bught Park is at 2pm.

Elsewhere tomorrow in the Senior Leagues, Glenurquhart travel to Fort William, Caberfeidh host Lovat at Strathpeffer and Lochaber take on Skye.

In the North League, Beauly take on Strathglass.


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