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Newtonmore are hot favourites to make it four-in-a-row as they face Glenurquhart in the 2019 cottages.com MacTavish Cup Final at Bught Park, Inverness, on Saturday June 15.
Wins over Kinlochshiel, Kilmallie and Lochaber over the last three seasons have ensured the rose bowl, presented by Duncan MacTavish of Stratherrick in 1898 and competed for by North senior teams, has had an extended stay in the Eilan trophy cabinet.
Glenurquhart can take heart that each of these victories was only by a single goal and, although they are playing second tier shinty following their relegation from the Premiership at the end of last season, they also have a good recent history in the tournament.
Glenurquhart beat Newtonmore in 2015 to lift the trophy, Newtonmore’s last defeat in the competition, whilst they were also runners-up the two years previous.
Paul John MacKintosh’s Newtonmore side go into the final on the back of a ten-match unbeaten run.
Andy MacKintosh is an injury doubt but Jamie Robinson made his return in the weekend win at Kilmallie. Rory Kennedy will be monitored after taking a knock in that game.
Stuart MacKintosh and Eddie Tembo co-manage the Glenurquhart side and their league form this season has given them every chance of a speedy return to the top flight. Defender Michael Brady is working his way back to fitness and made his return in the weekend win at Beauly.
Lachie Wood is the referee.
Throw-up is at 4pm and the match will be broadcast live on BBC ALBA.
Earlier in the afternoon, Kingussie U17s and Newtonmore U17s will contest the MacTavish Juvenile Cup on the Bught Park main pitch.
Throw-up is at 1pm and Brian MacKay is the referee.