Tuesday, July 23, 2019
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Skye Camanachd won the Marine Harvest Valerie Fraser Cup for the first time with a storming 6-1 win over Lochaber in the final at An Aird.

A good sized crowd gathered for this show-piece occasion and there was a children’s banner parade ahead of throw up with Ardnamurchan Primary School judged to have the best display.

This 3pm throw up was a repeat of the 2016 final when four-goal Kirsty Delaney helped Lochaber to a 4-2 victory. This was the first time the sides had met since that day and Skye captain Lorna MacRae, who scored both her team’s goals twelve months earlier, was to play a key role.

After the disappointments losing out in the final to Glasgow Mid Argyll in 2014 and Lochaber last year, Skye tasted Valerie Fraser Cup success for the first time and Iain Fraser from sponsors Marine Harvest presented the trophy to captain Lorna MacRae.

Lorna MacRae also deservedly collected the player of the match award from sponsor Peter Gow.

The sides have still to meet twice more in the league this season with the title destination still in the balance.

Iain Kennedy was the match referee.

Skye Head Coach Robbie Gordon spoke after the match. “The girls played really, really well,” he said. All the things we have practiced at training paid off today. Our movement was good, our passing was good and our shooting was good. Everybody played their part and we were dominant in every area of the park. It’s not every day you win a Camanachd Cup and these girls have worked really hard and they deserve every bit of it.”

Skye captain Lorna MacRae added: “After last year’s performance, we knew what we had to do today. This is the biggest competition to win so it’s great to get this success under our belts and now we’ll concentrate on trying to win the league again.”

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