Camanachd Cup draw stirs good memories

Glenurquhart beat Kingussie 2-1 on Saturday

The Camanachd Cup second round draw has thrown up a possible rematch of the 2005 final, if Kilmallie can overcome Glasgow Mid Argyll to set up a meeting with Fort William.

This year's final will take place at An Aird, Fort William, which last hosted the big day in 2008

That was when big Jimmy Clark scored two crackers to 'Ronaldo of the Glen' Ronald Ross's one.

The following three days were a bit of a blur as the town partied like maniacs.

However that match will mainly be talked about for the wrong reasons. There were some who felt that now Fort manager Adam Robertson held on to Ronald Ross all afternoon and the referee gave the Kingussie legend no protection.

I, of course, have to disagree. If you get the chance to watch this classic Fort v Kings final back you can make your own mind up.

The draw was made on Monday, with Provost of Lochaber Allan Henderson and Camanachd Association president Archie Robertson dipping their hands into the old trophy to select some enticing ties.

Kingussie v Lovat

Kyles Athletic v Inveraray

Newtonmore v Strachur

Fort William v Kilmallie or Glasgow Mid Argyll

Caberfeidh or Oban Camanachd v Glenorchy

Skye v Kinlochshiel

Lochaber v Glenurquhart

Beauly or Strathglass v Oban Camanachd

These fixtures will take place on Saturday, 1 June.

So who do you fancy for the Scottish this year? The past five years have thrown up some incredible nail-biting finishes but it's hard to imagine a finer, more thrilling, final than last year, when Kyles Athletic bested Inveraray in an 11-goal extravaganza!

There is more knock-out action to come this weekend in the first round of the Artemis Macaulay Cup and there are some tasty fixtures to get your 'Saurez' into.

No less than four local derby's were drawn from the hat with Bute claiming home advantage over Kyles Athletic, Oban Celtic tackle Taynuilt, while Lovat host Glenurquhart at Kiltarlity.

Fort William face their old enemies and neighbours Kilmallie at An Aird in what will be manager Duncan Kelly's first outing across the water as manager of the Caol team - and will be keen to make an impression against his former club.

To add to these battles across Scotland, Newtonmore face Lochaber, Glenorchy challenge Oban Camanachd, Inveraray clash with Glasgow Mid Argyll, while Kingussie have home advantage over Kinlochshiel.

Safe travels to all clubs and supporters.

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