• Sonny Neil

Shinty returns as plans for the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Finals announced

Updated: Jun 2, 2021

The 2021 final will be hosted in Oban despite it being originally planned for Kingussie

Shinty's Camanachd Association Board have announced the locations for the next three finals of the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup.

The current government restrictions on events were considered in the Association’s January and March board meetings. However, the recent events guidance from Scottish Government helped confirm the intended location (subject to Scottish Government Guidance) for the 2021 Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final as Oban.

Camanachd Association President, Steven MacKenzie said "I am delighted to announce the location of the 2021 Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final as Oban, we have significant support locally from Argyll and Bute and some incredible people that make Oban a great destination for our final not to mention it is a traditional heartland and the perfect location to manage an event of this importance."

Whilst the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup final could have taken place in Kingussie this year, as originally planned, a planned music festival (with close to 1000 tickets already sold – mostly all-day tickets) which was set up to complement the shinty event was proven to be unachievable in accordance of current government event guidance. Th event has instead been postponed until 2022 where both events are hoped to take place.

George Fraser, Tulloch Homes CEO said “Everyone in the shinty world must be delighted we are within touching distance of a return to competitive matches" says Tulloch Homes CEO George Fraser. "The announcement of the next three finals demonstrates the planning that has taken place both within the association and with local clubs and partners. On the eve of the first weekend of the season we would like to wish all clubs the very best for the season ahead.”

Derek Keir, Camanachd Association CEO commented: “An event like the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup final cannot work without an incredible sponsor and support from the local area. The support to host an event of this scale is now conditional under existing Civic Government legislation and we have already started work on our intended plans for this year's final in Oban.”

The 2023 Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final is set to take place at the Bught Park in Inverness. Furthermore, anyone who has purchased an online ticket for the Kingussie final will have an opportunity to get a refund or to have their ticket continued to 2022 instead.

Alongside the announcements, the Camanachd Association have been working to evolve the sports digital presence through www.shinty.com. The new website includes a “ClubHub” which is set to be the hub of information for shinty clubs across the country.

The new feature allows volunteers from each club to update their information including adding match reports, fundraising activities and more allowing news and information from each club to be stored from one location.

Aarron Duncan-MacLeod, Camanachd Association Marketing & Communications Officer said:

“I couldn’t be happier with the final product, it is testament to the commitment and effort of Lateral North who have worked incredibly hard on this project to deliver a shinty.com that we can all be proud of. I look forward to working with the clubs to get them trained up on how to upload their news onto shinty.com so that they are able to showcase the amazing work that is going on the length and breadth of the country.”

The Camanachd Association fixtures for week 1 have also been announced for when the event kicks off on Saturday the 5th of June. The event will be split into nine different divisions - representing the first half of the Senior, North South and Central leagues - as well as featuring six teams competing over three matches. Throw ups are set to commence at 2:30pm on the day.

For the full details of each fixture, check out Shinty.com for further information.