Camanachd Cup Final, 30 Sep 2017

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Artist Deirdre Nelson cheering on her team Newtonmore with her score scarf … Blue lines = goals scored by Newtonmore in this seasons’ matches.

All four of our Throw Up 20.18 artists and Studio staff enjoyed a great day out at the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final at the Bught Park in Inverness. Well, except perhaps Lateral North’s Tom Smith who was cheering on his old team Lovat as they took on reigning champions Newtonmore. Tom is the artist working with Beauly Shinty Club. It could have been worse if it was Beauly that beat Lovat in the final!

Newtonmore hung on through a tougher second half to lift the Cup again with a 3-2 victory. Which gave Newtonmore artist Deirdre Nelson even more excuse to wave her haun-knitted score scarf. And knit another three rows of blue …

Enjoy a few of our photos from the day. The good ones were taken by Skye shinty artist (and HPS Studio Manager) John McNaught.

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Lochalsh Junior Pipe Band led the teams out at the start of the match.

Thanks to the Camanachd Association for their hospitality. Can we take this opportunity to publicly apologise for inadvertently helping ourselves to the delicious sandwiches and cakes from your main sponsor’s table.  Is it too late to blame Koko the dog?

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Here’s Studio Director Alison McMenemy with Steven Mackenzie of Beauly, who’s also Communications Director for Camanachd Association. Guiding Alison out of the tent?

Shinty matches are great social occasions. Artists Deirdre and Roddy met some happy campervanners from Cumbernauld who are regular visitors to the Camanachd Final.

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Koko the Studio shinty dog was overjoyed to meet them all too at the end of the day!

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Newtonmore lifed the trophy …

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… applauded and captured on camera by all their supporters.

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Fort William artist Roddy Buchanan enjoyed some post-match craic (more scarf action) in front of the historic Bught Park stand with Newtonmore’s John Begg. Could John get any happier?

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Meanwhile, Deirdre thought she could fit the Cup in her bag …

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… only to discover the real thing was a bit too big to stash. But not quite big enough to hide in.

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Congratulations to everyone involved in making the Camanachd Cup Final such a success. Not the perfect score for everyone involved with Throw Up 20.18 (sorry Tom), but perfect weather for it right enough.

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