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Familiar foes for Lovat in MacTavish Cup quarter final


By Andrew Henderson


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Lovat will be looking to book their place in the third round of this season’s MacTavish Cup this weekend.

Lovat's Graeme MacMillan celebrates getting the only goal of the game. Lovat v Oban Camanachd in the Mowi Premiership, played at Balgate, Kiltarlity.
Lovat's Graeme MacMillan celebrates getting the only goal of the game. Lovat v Oban Camanachd in the Mowi Premiership, played at Balgate, Kiltarlity.

The Kiltarlity outfit will be at home to Kilmallie for their second round tie tomorrow afternoon, fresh off the back of a win against the same outfit last weekend.

Then it was another knockout competition, the MacTavish Cup, the sides met in, but Lovat would happily settle for a repeat of the 4–1 victory they recorded.

Lovat were certainly seen as the favourites to win both matches owing to their perfect league record through three matches, while Kilmallie sit at the bottom of the Premiership table without a victory from the four matches they have played so far.

There is only one match on the calendar for the National Division this weekend, pitting Beauly away to Inveraray.

While Beauly were inactive last week, Inveraray progressed to the second round of the Macaulay Cup after a 4–1 win at home against Col Glen.

Beauly, though, lead the way in the National Division with four wins and one draw from their opening five matches – four points clear of their closest challengers.

Most teams in the league do have games in hand over them, Inveraray being one of them, so both sides will see the points on offer as crucial even this early in the season.

Elsewhere in shinty this season two other cups continue in the Balliemore Cup and the Sutherland Cup.

In the northern section first round of the former, Glenurquhart host Strathglass, Glengarry are at home to Skye and Inverness can also claim home advantage when they face Lochaber.

In the Sutherland Cup it is the second round on the calendar this weekend, with Beauly at home to Aberdeen University in section one.

The other match in that section sees Caberfeidh travel to Lewis.

Section three will see Lovat attempt to replicate the form of their first team when they make the short journey to Strathglass.

Glenurquhart will be fielding a team in this competition too, at home against Skye in the second fixture slated for section three.

It will also be a busy weekend in women’s shinty, with Inverness’ first team at home against Aberdour in the National Division.

Strathglass will take on Kinlochshiel in the North Division Two, where Inverness B travel to Badenoch B and Glengarry host Glenurquhart.


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