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Shinty history in the making

Camanachd Cup factfile l How today's teams reached the final: Kingussie: First round - Kingussie 6 Lochcarron 0. Second round - Kingussie 4 Newtonmore 1. Semi-final - Kingussie 6 Fort William 2. Oban Camanachd: Oban Camanachd w.o, Beauly (scr).

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Second round - Oban Camanachd 3 Kilmallie 3. Replay - Kilmallie 1 Oban Camanachd 3. Semi-final - Oban Camanachd 3 Inveraray 2 (aet). l Top scorers: Kingussie: Ronald Ross 64, Kevin Thain 24, Ally Borthwick 20, Ally Dallas 6, John Gibson 4. Oban Camanachd: Fraser Inglis 17, Daniel MacIntyre 12, Dougie MacIntyre 6, David Devine 5. l Results of recent finals between today's teams: 1993 Kingussie 4 Oban Camanachd 0 [at Fort William]. 1995 Oban Camanachd 2 Kingussie 3 [at Oban]. 1996 Kingussie 2 Oban Camanachd 3 [at Inverness]. 1998 Oban Camanachd 3 Kingussie 7 [at Oban]. 1999 Kingussie 3 Oban Camanachd 0 [at Kingussie]. l This is the ninety-fourth Camanachd Cup final and the eighteenth in Glasgow. l Newtonmore are the record holders of the cup. They have won 28 times in 48 appearances. Kyles Athletic come next, having won on 20 occasions in 38 appearances. Kingussie have won on 18 occasions in 27 appearances. l Kingussie's last losing appearance in the final was at Inverness in 1996 when they lost to Oban Camanachd 3-2, in the centennial final. l Only one team has ever gone through the whole competition without conceding a goal - Furnace in 1923. Henrik Larsson and Ronald Ross: how they compare Ronald Ross has been described as the Henrik Larsson of the shinty world. Followers of Scotland's unique, all-amateur national sport might phrase it in reverse: Henrik Larsson is the Ronald Ross of the football world. Either way, they compare well until you examine the money. Ross

Age: 26 Height: 6ft 2ins Weight: 13st 7lb Goals this season: 64 Occupation: shinty development officer Annual earnings: #15,000 est (none from playing) Awards: North Player of the Year (twice), national player of the year. Caps: 6 Larsson

Age: 29 Height: 5ft 10ins Weight: 11st 11lb Goals this season: 53 Occupation: professional footballer Annual earnings: #2m est Awards: Players' and football writers' player of the year, favourite to win Golden Shoe. Caps: 57

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