Badenoch rivals set for Camanachd Cup final

Newtonmore manager Norman MacArthur (2nd from left) and captain Scott Campbell are joined by Kingussie boss Stevie Borthwick (2nd from right) and skipper Ronald Ross as they look ahead to the Scottish Hyrdo Camanachd Cup Final
Newtonmore and Kingussie will contest Saturday's final in Inverness

Shinty's 'Old Firm' rivals Kingussie and Newtonmore will battle it out for the Camanachd Cup on Saturday.

The 104th final for the sport's blue riband event takes place at Bught Park, Inverness, with Newtonmore looking to add to their record 28 victories.

However, Newtonmore have not had their hands on the famous old trophy for 25 years.

Kingussie, winners in 2006, were beaten by a late Fort William goal in last season's final.

The teams met on league duty earlier this month, with Newtonmore running out 6-1 winners at The Dell.

But 'More manager Norman MacArthur does not see any prospect of a similar result this weekend, saying: "It was great to get the victory as we're still very much in contention for league honours, but I don't see there being any repeat of that scoreline come Saturday.

"Everybody knows that form can count for nothing in cup finals, especially when you're playing against your biggest rivals.

"We've been playing well, scoring goals and keeping it tight at the back so we'll go into Saturday's game with every confidence. Hopefully it's a great occasion for all involved and we can give the fans a day to remember."

Kingussie skipper Ronald Ross is aiming for a second success in the competition, having previously picked up the trophy in 1998.

"I've been involved in more than a few Camanachd finals now and they're always a fantastic occasion for all involved," he said.

"We were very unlucky in last year's final having fought back to 2-2 only to lose it late on, but that's cup shinty for you and hopefully it will be our turn to get that bit of luck on Saturday."

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