The names of Kyles Athletic and Newtonmore have been synonymous with Camanachd success - the latter having won the trophy 29 times with Kyles, the current cup holders, on 21 - and despite the best efforts of Kingussie in the '80s and '90s, no two sides have a better right to the title of shinty's "Old Firm".
"The decade when the rivalry was at its fiercest was the 1970s," says John Mackenzie, Newtonmore legend and former president of the Camanachd Association. "The teams met in eight Camanachd Cup finals between 1970 and 1980. These were memorable games and each in their way unpredictable but great occasions. The rivalry bred camaraderie amongst the players on both sides."
At Fort William's An Aird Park on Saturday, Mackenzie, who won the Albert Smith medal for man of the match in the 1977 victory against Kyles, will renew old friendships, with the likes of his Kyles contemporary Kerr "Barney" Crawford, who also featured in those clashes.
Crawford said: "Both sides had a healthy respect for each other having played so often. They were hard tussles but we generally got on and we certainly socialised well after the games."
Part of the romance of the Camanachd Cup in those days was the fact that the traditional North/South organisation of the competition meant Kyles and Newtonmore only saw each other in finals.
However, with the advent of an open draw in 1984 and the creation of a national league in 1996 much of the surprise factor has gone.
This year, however, things are different. Postponements have meant the sides have met only once and that was in the recent MacAulay Cup final at Oban in which Kyles caused a surprise by snatching a 4-3 victory in a controversial match which included disallowed goals and a sending-off.
Newtonmore, who have been the Premier League's dominant club over the past four years, will be looking to set matters right on Saturday, with the result likely to be determined by their attitude. There was an impression that they had been more than a little over confident at Oban and paid the penalty. It is not a mistake they will want to make this time.