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The draw for the quarter finals of the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup took place today, Monday June 3, at the Liberty British Aluminium Smelter in Fort William.
Caberfeidh will play Lochaber; Kingussie will play Kyles Athletic; Glasgow Mid Argyll or Kinlochshiel will face Oban Camanachd with Newtonmore or Lovat facing Skye.
Making the draw were Derek Fraser, a member of the Kilmallie team that won the Camanachd Cup in 1964; five times winner John MacLeod of Fort William; and, from Liberty British Aluminium, Tom Uppington, power operations director and Rosie Flannigan, executive assistant.
Derek Fraser said: ‘People outwith shinty don’t realise just how special the Camanachd Cup is. You can be the best shinty player in Scotland and still not get a Camanachd Cup winner’s medal.’
Kilmallie stalwart Derek Fraser is in no doubt of the importance of shinty’s blue riband competition and when making the quarter final draw, memories came flooding back of the team’s 1964 success when they beat Inveraray 4-1 at the King George V Park in Fort William.
John MacLeod is clear on what makes the Camanachd Cup so special. ‘The incredible history of the competition brings it to the fore. I also always appreciated there were better players in the game than me who never had the opportunity to play in a final. Growing up in Ballachulish, I always heard stories about Camanachd Cup matches from days gone by. It was always something that was talked about.’
Keith Loades, Camanachd Association president, said: ‘There are some interesting and exciting ties to look forward to.’
The 2019 Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final – Shinty’s BIG DAY OUT – will take place at An Aird, Fort William, on Saturday September 14 at 2pm.
All the quarter finals will be played on Saturday July 6 except the game between Glasgow Mid Argyll/Kinlochshiel and Oban Camanachd which will be played on Saturday July 13.
The semi final draw will be made on Monday July 8, with ties due to be played on Saturday July 27 and Saturday August 10.