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Beauly looking to cause one of the biggest upsets in Camanachd Cup history as they head to Kingussie in second round


By Will Clark


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BEAULY will look to cause one of the biggest upsets in Camanachd Cup history when they travel to rampant Premiership leaders Kingussie in the second round tomorrow.

Ryan Mackay (Beauly) with Neil MacVicar (Skye). Skye Camanachd v Beauly in the cottages.com MacTavish Cup quarter final, played at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree.
Ryan Mackay (Beauly) with Neil MacVicar (Skye). Skye Camanachd v Beauly in the cottages.com MacTavish Cup quarter final, played at Pairc nan Laoch, Portree.

Beauly have impressed this season as they lead the National Division by three points and are in a good place to achieve promotion to the top flight next season.

But they face a tough test against a Kingussie outfit who won every match they have played this season and are favourites to win the Premiership.

Beauly co-manager Gregor MacCormick says they are under no illusion his team are heavy underdogs going to The Dell tomorrow.

But he is looking for his team, who have impressed so many this season, to make a statement against Kingussie.

“The Camanachd Cup is the biggest competition of the year and tests don’t come any tougher than playing away to Kingussie,” he said.

“Kingussie are the favourites to win the trophy and as they are hosting the final this year as well, there is an extra incentive for them to get through.

“This is a massive game for us and the biggest test we will face all season to try and get a result.”

However, MacCormick says there is optimism that they can cause an upset due to their league form.

They are undefeated in the National Division with five wins from six matches and are three points in front of nearest challengers Lochaber.

Other teams below them have games in hand, but MacCormick says his squad are realising their potential and promotion is an realistic aim.

“We have played more games than some other clubs and we are tight with the likes of Skye and Inveraray who are both unbeaten as well.

“However our boys are doing well this year, they are training well.

“We are trying to build a team that can compete to win the National Division.

“As a club, we feel we have underachieved for a number of years and we want to be in the Premiership.

“That is our main goal this year, there is stiff competition from other teams and it will be tough.

“However if we can get good results in the cup competitions, that would be a bonus for us.”


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