Parliament hears of historic shinty win

MP for Skye Ian Blackford. NO F15 Ian Blackford leaning
Ross, Skye and Lochaber MP Ian Blackford.

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News of Kinlochshiel’s historic Camanachd Cup win has reached the highest corridors of power.

Ian Blackford, MP for Ross, Skye and Lochaber, tabled an Early Day Motion in Parliament last week commending the Wester Ross shinty team’s impressive achievement in lifting the honour for the first time in the club’s 63-year history.

Mr Blackford, the SNP leader at Westminster, said: ‘Thanks to an outstanding hat-trick from captain Keith MacRae, the Kinlochshiel team defeated 2015 cup winners Lovat 3-1 at a final held in Oban on Saturday September 18.

‘The town was a sea of red and white as the team lifted the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup for the first time in their 63-year history, making the five-hour round trip more than worthwhile for their huge and jubilant support.’

He added: ‘Not only did captain Keith MacRae excel, his team-mate Conor Cormack, in defence, was awarded the Albert Smith Medal for Man of the Match.

‘I’d like to offer my heartfelt congratulations to all involved – including manager Johnston Gill – for this outstanding performance and fantastic result. What a wonderful achievement.’