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Unbeaten sides clash as Lovat go head-to-head with Kingussie

By Andrew Henderson

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Lovat face the biggest match of their season so far as they take on undefeated league leaders Kingussie with a place in the MacTavish Cup final at stake.

Connor Howe (Oban) with Joe Embleton (Lovat). Lovat v Oban Camanachd in the Mowi Premiership, played at Balgate, Kiltarlity.
Connor Howe (Oban) with Joe Embleton (Lovat). Lovat v Oban Camanachd in the Mowi Premiership, played at Balgate, Kiltarlity.

The two sides are the only ones in the Premiership to have won every single one of their matches to date, albeit in Lovat’s case they have only played three games while Kingussie have won seven out of seven.

Still, it is set up to be an enthralling contest between two in-form teams, and the result could have a psychological impact across the rest of 2022.

If Kingussie, the second most decorated side in the history of the competition behind local rivals Newtonmore, reach another final then they will appear unstoppable in their charge for silverware this season.

However, if Lovat can triumph, it could become a very different story.

Momentum counts for a lot in sport, so just by breaking Kingussie’s winning run it could knock the Badenoch side’s confidence and make them more vulnerable in the weeks to come.

More importantly, it would give Lovat a mental advantage going into their league clashes, with the Kiltarlity outfit knowing they can get the better of what appears to be the best team in the division right now.

Lovat have already overcome defending champions Kinlochshiel and Kilmallie to make it to the MacTavish Cup semi finals, while Kingussie scored a narrow victory over Newtonmore to reach the final four.

Cup competition means it is a quiet weekend on the calendar for league action, but Glenurquhart are set to host Caberfeidh in the North Division One.

Lovat, too, will be in action at home against Inverness.

In the North Division Two, Inverness host Aberdeen University, Strathglass take on Lochaber and Strathspey face Beauly.

There has been good news for Beauly off the pitch recently, as three of their young prospects were named in the Scotland Under-17s squad for the Tour of Ireland in July.

Euan MacCormick, Thomas MacKinnon and Finlay MacLennan were all included in the 18-man squad.

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