A shinty stalwart who has attended the last 62 Camanachd Cup Finals will present the trophy to the winning team following this Saturday's re-scheduled final, dubbed 'Shinty's Big Day Out'.
Duncan Henderson, pictured with the much coveted cup, will make the presentation following the 2019 Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup featuring Newtonmore and Oban Camanachd taking place at An Aird, Fort William, this Saturday, 21st September. The throw up takes place at 3pm.
Last Saturday's game had to be abandoned due to unprecedented wet weather conditions, but the forecast for this Saturday looks much more promising.
Mr Henderson first attended a Camanachd Cup Final aged 17. A Dunoon Grammar School pupil, he left his Lochgoilhead home on the morning of Saturday 11 April 1959 to set off for the game at Old Anniesland, Glasgow, and it was the beginning of a love-affair with shinty’s covet prize that would see him go on to attend the next 62 successive finals, including two replays.
The Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup is universally regarded as shinty’s blue riband event and whilst league competitions usually carry kudos in most team sports, this national knock-out tournament has always been the Holy Grail for shinty players and supporters alike.
Duncan Henderson’s first shinty memories stretch back to his school days in Dunoon where he shared digs with Tighnabruaich boys such as Barney Crawford and they introduced him to the game of shinty.
Duncan, who worked for the Forestry Commission, was a noted defender, mainly a full back. He hung up his caman in 1988, aged 46, after a 30 year playing career.
As well as coaching and playing valuable role behind the scenes at Taynuilt, Duncan refereed for 4 years and was a Camanachd Association match assessor for 6 years.
His wife Cathie has attended 56 Camanachd Cup Finals with her husband. They share a love of the game, coaching primary school players in Taynuilt with Scottish international John MacGregor amongst the players who have come through the ranks.
Daughter Deirdre played shinty in primary school whilst other daughter Fiona’s sons are promising youth players: Blair & Louie MacFarlane.
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