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Captains will look to lead teams to glory in Camanachd Cup final as Kinlochshiel face Lovat in Oban


By Will Clark

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KINLOCHSHIEL captain Keith Macrae says reaching the Camanachd Cup final has been his career’s ambition.

Lovat’s Stuart Macdonald and Keith Macrae of Kinlochshiel with the cup.
Lovat’s Stuart Macdonald and Keith Macrae of Kinlochshiel with the cup.

Now he is determined they do not slip up at the final hurdle against Lovat as they aim to lift the trophy for the first time in the club’s history.

The Balmacara outfit have reached the final for the first time since forming in 1958.

Macrae says it has been an ambition of the players to lift the trophy their entire careers, and they are not going to let the moment pass them by.

“It feels great to get to the Camanachd Cup Final which is the pinnacle of our sport,” said Macrae.

“I and a lot of the boys have been trying to get here for a number of years around 15 in my case and to be part of that team that finally got there is good, now we have to go out and give a good account of ourselves.

“It’s going to be about whoever turns up on the day and delivers for their team and their communities. The support from the west coast is tremendous and it’s going to help the guys give that last bit in the tank to hopefully get us over the line.”

Lovat captain and goalkeeper Stuart MacDonald said after reaching their fourth final in six years, last winning the trophy in 2015, he hopes they can use their experience of playing in the big occasion to win on Saturday.

“We will be going in confident because of our experience in previous finals which is really going to help us.

“Fraser Heath and Greg Matheson have been in great form and are consistently strong performers so that helps a great deal. Having a good support there is going to make all the difference for the boys so the more Lovat fans we have down in Oban the better. There’s something different about matches of this magnitude that give us that extra bit of adrenaline and we can’t wait to step out on that pitch.”


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