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Smith looking to 2015 success for Glenurquhart inspiration


By Staff Reporter


Young Glenurquhart captain Lachlan Smith believes the MacTavish Cup final underdogs can draw great inspiration from the exploits of 2015.

Four years ago, the Loch Ness-side village team created shockwaves by humbling Newtonmore to lift the famous old trophy for the first time in their 130-year history.

Team captains Evan Menzies (Newtonmore, blue) and Lachlan Smith (Glenurquhart, red and black) ahead of the 2019 MacTavish Cup final. Picture: Neil Paterson
Team captains Evan Menzies (Newtonmore, blue) and Lachlan Smith (Glenurquhart, red and black) ahead of the 2019 MacTavish Cup final. Picture: Neil Paterson

It was a stunning achievement against a shinty superpower and one that will resonate again this weekend as the same combatants square up at the Bught Park in Inverness.

If anything, Mowi Premiership champions Newtonmore are even bigger favourites this time around against a team that tumbled down from the top flight into the National League last year.

Smith, only 21 and preparing for his first senior final, has already established leadership credentials during a superb start to the season for The Glen.

But beating Newtonmore, MacTavish winners for the past three seasons since that bitter blow of 2015, represents a monumental challenge.

“I only progressed to the first team the season after, but it was wonderful to see the boys lift a cup,” Smith recalled.

Read more in today's Inverness Courier.



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