14 September 2021

Lovat and Kinlochshiel battle it out for the 2021 Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup this weekend

125 years of history culminates this Saturday, 18th September at Mossfield Stadium, Oban.

The Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup is shinty’s greatest prize and one of Scotland’s oldest and most iconic sporting trophies and this year’s final between Lovat and Kinlochshiel is set to be one of the most exciting finals in recent times.

Lovat have appeared in 4 of the last 6 Camanachd Cup Finals and will be looking to secure their 3rd Camanachd Cup win, adding to victories in 2015 and 1953.

Kinlochshiel on the other hand will be making their debut in the final and are on the hunt for a first ever victory.

BBC ALBA, the Gaelic television channel, will be broadcasting the final this Saturday at 2pm.

Tickets are on sale now at www.shinty.com with adult tickets available from £15 and concession from £10 plus booking fee.

Team captains Stuart MacDonald (Lovat) & Keith MacRae (Kinlochshiel) attended Tulloch Homes’ gorgeous Maples Showhome, Inverness to meet the media.

George Fraser, Tulloch Homes CEO said:

“There’s a real freshness about this year’s final,” says George Fraser, chief executive of competition sponsors Tulloch Homes. “Lovat won in 2015 for the first time in 62 years and only the second time ever, while Kinlochshiel’s history makers are making their first ever appearance in the final of the game’s Blue Riband event.

“So it’s a duel with a difference, one that’s good for the game.

“It looks an extremely finely balanced match, with fans of both teams able to make a case for their favourites winning. There’s not a great deal between two fine sides who showed great character in their hard-fought semi-final victories.

“We’ve sponsored the Camanachd Cup since 2017 and when Covid-19 forced last year’s tournament to be cancelled, we were nevertheless happy to provide sponsorship funds because we’ve developed close and mutually beneficial links with the Camanachd Association and we knew the good this money could do at club level.

“It’s great now to be looking forward to what has all the hallmarks of an entertaining final for spectators and TV viewers alike.”

Stuart MacDonald, Lovat Captain said:

We will be going in confident because of our experience in previous finals which is really going to help us. Fraser & Greg have been in great form and are consistently strong performers so that helps a great deal. Having a good support there is going to make all the difference for the boys so the more Lovat fans we have down in Oban the better. There’s something different about matches of this magnitude that give us that extra bit of adrenaline and we can’t wait to step out on that pitch.”

Keith MacRae, Kinlochshiel Captain said:

“It feels great to get to the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final which is the pinnacle of our sport, I and a lot of the boys have been trying to get here for a number of years around 15 in my case and to be part of that team that finally got there is good, now we have to go out and give a good account of ourselves. It’s going to be about whoever turns up on the day and delivers for their team and their communities. The support from the west coast is tremendous and it’s going to help the guys give that last bit in the tank to hopefully get us over the line.”

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