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SHINTY: Inverness to face local derby in Sutherland Cup first round

By Will Clark

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Highland Industrial Supplies director Garry Mackintosh with the Sutherland Cup. Picture: Neil Paterson
Highland Industrial Supplies director Garry Mackintosh with the Sutherland Cup. Picture: Neil Paterson

INVERNESS Shinty Club will begin their Highland Industrial Supplies Sutherland Cup bid when they travel to Boleskine in the first round.

The draw will see Inverness make the short trip to Inverarnie for the clash at Smith Park on Saturday, April 6.

The winners will take on either Kingussie or Glenurquhart who meet in the first round at The Dell.

In other first round clashes, Lovat take on Kinlochshiel at Balgate with Caberfeidh taking on Lewis at Castle Leod.

Kilmallie have been drawn to face Oban Celtic with SCOTS Camanachd taking on Lochaber. Inveraray face Tayforth with Strachur-Dunoon taking on Kyles Athletic.

Aberdeen University, Beauly, Bute, Fort William, Glasgow Mid-Argyll, Lochside Rovers, Newtonmore and Skye were all given a bye into the second round of the competition.

Newtonmore will face Aberdeen University in the second round with Skye facing Caberfeidh or Lewis and Beauly facing Lovat or Kinlochshiel.

Kilmallie or Oban Celtic will face Lochside Rovers and Fort William will face SCOTS Camanachd or Lochaber.

Glasgow Mid-Argyll face Strachur-Dunoon or Kyles Athletic and Inveraray or Tayforth face Bute.

The final will take place on Saturday, September 14 at Blairbeg Park at Drumnadrochit.

Camanachd Association president Burton Morrison says it promises to be an exciting competition for regional league level clubs.

“The Sutherland Cup is the competition which attracts entries from the largest number of teams in shinty,” he said.

“It provides opportunities for a great number of communities to meet up and compete for a very prestigious trophy, which celebrated its centenary last year.

“In recent years, through the support of Highland Industrial Supplies, the final has become one of the best attended in the game, and a key date on the calendar.”

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