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Shinty clubs discover Camamachd Cup opponents as draw for 2021 competition is made

By Andrew Henderson

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The draw for the first and second rounds of the 2021 Camanachd Cup has been made.

Usually an open draw format, this season the competition's earlier rounds has been regionalised to reduce travel as the country begins to emerge from the pandemic.

George Fraser (left), former Newtonmore player & Tulloch Homes CEO holds the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup alongside Camanachd Association CEO, Derek Keir.
George Fraser (left), former Newtonmore player & Tulloch Homes CEO holds the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup alongside Camanachd Association CEO, Derek Keir.

Two ties will be played in the northern section's first round, with Beauly hosting Inverness and Strathglass travelling to Glenurquhart.

The winner of the former tie will then travel to Castle Leod to face Caberfeidh in the second round, with Kinlochshiel on the road to face the winners of the latter.

Lovat have also been drawn away from home against Skye, who received a bye in the first round.

That left a mouth-watering Badenoch derby as Newtonmore will host Kingussie in the remaining second round match in the section.

First round ties are scheduled to be played on Saturday, June 26, while the second round will take place three weeks later on Saturday, July 17.

Steven MacKenzie, Camanachd Association president said: “This year represents the 125th anniversary of our sport’s “blue riband” trophy – the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup.

"Having looked over the draw, I must say it has started in perfect style with a lot of well-matched opponents who should provide some exciting ties.

"It’s hard to ignore the Badenoch Derby of course, additionally I think Fort William vs Oban Camanachd will be a good spectacle in the southern section.

"We are delighted to have such an exciting draw to present and of course thankful to our sponsor Tulloch Homes for making it all possible.”

Derek Keir, Camanachd Association chief executive officer, said: “It was my pleasure to be at the draw this morning alongside George Fraser of Tulloch Homes as we take another important step towards the return of competitive shinty action.

"The commitment that Tulloch Homes have shown to shinty over the years has been tremendous.

"We are really excited by the draw and know that this will invigorate all of our clubs as they look forward to playing in this historic competition once again.”

George Fraser, Tulloch Homes chief executive officer, said: “Everyone in the shinty world must be delighted we are within touching distance of a return to competitive matches.

"Hopefully, the draw for the first and second round of the Camanachd Cup will whet the appetite of players and supporters alike as we start on the journey to the Camanachd Cup final in September.”

Full draw

First Round (Saturday, June 26 2021)

Northern Section

Beauly v Inverness

Glenurquhart v Strathglass

Bye – Skye

Southern Section

Inveraray v Lochaber

Ballachulish v Bute

Bye – Oban Celtic

Second Round (Saturday, July 17 2021)

Northern Section

Newtonmore v Kingussie

Caberfeidh v Beauly/Inverness

Glenurquhart/Strathglass v Kinlochshiel

Skye v Lovat

Southern Section

Kilmallie v Ballachulish/Bute

Fort William v Oban Camanachd

Oban Celtic v GMA

Kyles Athletic v Inveraray/Lochaber

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