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The draw for the first and second rounds of the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup took place last week with some mouth-watering ties in the offing.
Derek Keir, Camanachd Association Chief Executive Officer and George Fraser, Tulloch Homes Chief Executive Officer attended the draw with the early rounds being regionalised to reduce travel.
The draw in full:
First round, June 26 2021
Beauly v Inverness
Glenurquhart v Strathglass
1. Inveraray v Lochaber
2. Ballachulish v Bute
Bye: Oban Celtic
Second round, July 17 2021
Newtonmore v Kingussie
Caberfeidh v Beauly/Inverness
Glenurquhart/Strathglass v Kinlochshiel
Skye v Lovat
Kilmallie v Ballachulish/Bute
Fort William v Oban Camanachd
Oban Celtic v GMA
Kyles Athletic v Inveraray/Lochaber
Steven MacKenzie, Camanachd Association President said: ‘This year represents the 125th anniversary of our sport’s ‘blue riband’ trophy – the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup.
‘Having looked over the draw, I must say it has started in perfect style. A lot of
well-matched opponents who should provide some exciting ties.
‘I think Fort William vs Oban Camanachd will be a good spectacle in the southern section. We are delighted to have such an exciting draw to present and of course thankful to our sponsor Tulloch Homes for making it all possible.’
Derek Keir said that making the draw was another important step towards the return of competitive action and added: ‘We are really excited by the draw and know this will invigorate all of our clubs as they look forward to playing in this historic competition again.’
George Fraser added: ‘Everyone in the shinty world must be delighted we are within touching distance of a return to competitive matches.
‘Hopefully, the draw for the first and second round of the Camanachd Cup will
whet the appetite of players and supporters as we start on the journey to the Camanachd Cup Final in September.’
The first round draw of the Cottages.com MacTavish Cup was also drawn last week and is: Fort William v Kilmallie; Kingussie v Skye; Lovat v Glenurquhart; Newtonmore v Inverness; Kinlochshiel v Lochaber. Byes: Beauly, Caberfeidh and Strathglass.