Four in a row!
Congratulations Newtonmore Camanachd Club
Another great achievement for Newtonmore Camanachd Club, winning the Camanachd Cup for the fourth time in a row. Congratulations to all the boys and our Operations Director PJ Mackintosh, who has now won the Cup five times as Manager.
The original Cup Final was abandoned due to torrential rain but the re-scheduled fixture brought contrasting weather, with glorious sunshine at An Aird, Fort William. Newtonmore secured a convincing 5-1 victory against Oban Camanachd and the trophy returned back to the village.
Shinty has always been a big part of Newtonmore and Russwood. Many of our staff members have been involved in the sport over the years and we are proud sponsors of the Newtonmore second team.
Russwood’s Managing Director, John Russell, was an extremely dedicated player in his day. On his wedding day, John and his best man Kenneth Mackintosh played the first half of the match against Aberdeen Camanachd. To quote the local newspaper headline, ‘Can Russell Hustle from park to kirk?’ — thankfully he did make it on time! John also captained Newtonmore to a historic Grand Slam in 1985, winning all four major trophies.
Following in his dad’s footsteps, Michael Russell, who works in our Sales and Business Development team, has now got 5 Camanachd medals and is an asset to the defence line for Newtonmore. Michael also coaches the under 14’s team.
The Camanachd Cup, locally known as the ‘Blue Riband of Shinty’ was first played in 1896 and since that year Newtonmore have won it a record 34 times — long may it continue!
Photo credit: Aidan Woods Photography