Tul­loch Homes is the new spon­sor of the Ca­manachd Cup

The Oban Times - - Sport -

NA­TIONAL house builder Tul­loch Homes is the new spon­sor of the pres­ti­gious Ca­manachd Cup com­pe­ti­tion.

Speak­ing fol­low­ing the an­nounce­ment of the lu­cra­tive four-year deal, Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Jim Barr said: ‘ The Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion looks for­ward to an ex­cit­ing new chap­ter in the Ca­manachd Cup’s 121-year his­tory and is ap­pre­cia­tive of the sup­port for the fur­ther devel­op­ment of grass roots shinty which will re­sult from this part­ner­ship.

‘The Tul­loch Homes Ca­manachd Cup will con­tinue to be the premier cup com­pe­ti­tion for se­nior teams through­out Scot­land and a win­ner’s medal will re­main the sin­gle most cov­eted hon­our for play­ers in­volved.

‘Tul­loch Homes will be­come only the third spon­sor of this iconic tro­phy and we wish to forge a last­ing re­la­tion­ship with them, sim­i­lar to that en­joyed with the pre­vi­ous two spon­sors of this com­pe­ti­tion.’

Tul­loch Homes chief Ex­ec­u­tive Ge­orge Fraser, a for­mer New­ton­more shinty player, added: ‘ We’re de­lighted to spon­sor shinty’s most pres­ti­gious tro­phy for the next four years.

‘It is an ideal way to con­clude our 90th an­niver­sary cel­e­bra­tions. Many peo­ple we em­ploy di­rectly and in­di­rectly, and through­out our sup­ply chain, are in­volved with shinty as play­ers, of­fi­cials or sup­port­ers.

‘ We are de­lighted to put some­thing back in to the shinty com­mu­nity in this way by back­ing the Tul­loch Homes Ca­manachd Cup.’

Ge­orge Fraser knows more than most about the Ca­manachd Cup. A pro­lific goalscorer in his play­ing days with New­ton­more, he was the win­ning cap­tain in the 1975 Ca­manachd Cup fi­nal in which New­ton­more de­feated Kyles Ath­letic 1- 0 at Fort Wil­liam fol­low­ing a 3-3 draw at Kin­gussie. That sea­son he also skip­pered the team to vic­tory in the the Macau­lay and Mac- Tav­ish cups. He went on to gain three suc­ces­sive Ca­manachd Cup win­ners medals in 1977, 1978 and 1979 fol­lowed by two in suc­ces­sion in 1981 and 1982 and again in 1985, when his club won the ‘grand slam’, and 1986 mean­ing he has played in eight Ca­manachd Cup win­ning teams.

His last Ca­manachd fi­nal was in 1989, when New­ton­more were run­ners up, af­ter which he re­tired to fo­cus on his busi­ness ca­reer.

Ge­orge, a for­mer Scot­land in­ter­na­tional who was pre­vi­ously a Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion di­rec­tor, said: ‘I was part of an ex­tremely suc­cess­ful shinty team and my ex­pe­ri­ence is that team­work in sport and busi­ness are clearly in­ter­linked. The team ethic you learn in your sport is read­ily trans­fer­able to your world of em­ploy­ment. That has been at the fore­front of my ap­proach in run­ning a busi­ness and I en­deav­our to im­press that on our own Tul­loch Homes team.’

Tul­loch Homes has pre­vi­ously spon­sored the Celtic Society and MacTav­ish Cup com­pe­ti­tions and is only the third part­ner to be as­so­ci­ated with shinty’s big­gest prize.

Glen­morangie was the first Ca­manachd Cup spon­sor. Its as­so­ci­a­tion with shinty stretches back to the 1976/ 77 sea­son when it pledged £1,000 for the sole ad­ver­tis­ing rights for the Ca­manachd Cup Fi­nal and home in­ter­na­tion­als against Ire­land. Glen­morangie be­came main spon­sors of the Ca­manachd Cup in 1983 with SSE Scot­tish Hy­dro grab­bing the ba­ton in 2006, be­gin­ning a part­ner­ship which lasted un­til 2015. Last year’s tour­na­ment ran with­out a spon­sor.

Ge­orge Fraser said: ‘I hope our in­volve­ment in the Ca­manachd Cup fi­nal can add to the pro­file of the big game and we’re ready to work closely with the as­so­ci­a­tion in this re­gard. It is all about putting some­thing back for the ben­e­fit of the com­mu­ni­ties which have sup­ported Tul­loch Homes so well over the years.’

Tul­loch Homes chief ex­ec­u­tive Geoge Fraser, left, and Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Jim Barr with the Tul­loch Homes Ca­manachd Cup.

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