Camanachd Cup final returns to Oban this year

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The Camanachd Cup final will return to Oban’s Mossfield stadium this year.

Marking the 125th anniversary of the Camanachd Association, the final will take place on September 15, 2018.

Keith Loades, Cammanachd Association president, said: ‘Oban is a very suitable venue for the cup and it is a great place to play shinty, so we are looking forward [to it] from a Camanachd point of view.

‘We are planning some events during the year. The Camanachd Cup will be a big game. We are looking to have youth matches involved on the day.

‘The MacMaster Cup final also takes place in the morning, so hopefully it will be a full day of shinty.’

Councillor for Oban South and the Isles, Roddy McCuish, said: ‘We are looking forward to welcoming the Camanachd Cup to Oban, especially in such a prestigious year for the association. The whole town is looking forward to a great final in a great venue in Oban. It’s great for Oban and great for Argyll and Bute.’

Fellow councillor Jim Lynch added: ‘It’s a great opportunity and a great honour. Good luck to the local teams.’

Derek Keir, CEO of the Camanachd Association, said: ‘It’s my first final in Oban. We are really excited about bringing the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup to the town.

‘From our point of view, it’s a great opportunity and we will hopefully bring all the clubs together and develop shinty and get more people involved in the game throughout the year.’

The first round draw took place today, Wednesday February 28, in the Municipal Buildings, Oban, and the matches will be played on May 12.

The fixtures are as follows:

Oban Celtic versus Strathglass

Taynuilt versus Fort William

Ballachulish versus Kilmallie

Inverness versus Beauly

Inveraray versus Glasgow Mid Argyll

Bute – bye