Fa­ther and son in Rovers medal hunt against Kin­gussie

The Press and Journal (Moray) - - SPORT -

For­mer Oban Ca­manachd stal­wart Steven Sloss has made a come­back so he can play along­side his 15-yearold son Daniel.

Both will play for Lochside Rovers against Kin­gussie in to­day’s Aberdein Con­si­dine Suther­land Cup fi­nal at Fort Wil­liam.

“Steven played when Oban won the Ca­manachd Cup in 1996 and then gained a Suther­land Cup win­ner’s medal a year later,” said Rovers man­ager Gareth Evans. “Now, on the 20th an­niver­sary of Lochside’s last win in the tour­na­ment, he’s back and will play full back. Nine years ago Steven gave up the game when he was 28 but we’re de­lighted to have him back and he’s made a mas­sive dif­fer­ence to us.

“He wanted to play with Daniel, who is go­ing to be a re­ally ter­rific player. It would be great if they could pick up medals to­gether.”

Michael MacQueen had drifted out of shinty but Evans per­suaded him back three years ago and now he is cap­tain as Rovers go for their first Suther­land suc­cess since beat­ing Glengarry in the 1997 fi­nal, although they were run­ner­sup two years ago.

“Michael and Steven are, with Iain Macmil­lan, our three old heads but the rest of our play­ers are un­der 21,” said Evans.

Daniel MacCuish, an Oban Ca­manachd reg­u­lar but el­i­gi­ble as he is still 17, and 16-year-old Craig Mor­ri­son and Lewis Buchanan, will line up for Lochside, half of whose team are in the un­der-18 side.

Kin­gussie man­ager Ally Macleod has four 16-yearolds – Dy­lan Borth­wick, his cousin Liam Borth­wick, Kieran MacPher­son and Bradley Har­vey.

He can also call on two 40 some­things, for­mer first­team favourites Rory Fraser and Kevin Thain, who are likely to fig­ure from the bench.

Rory’s 17-year-old son Somhairle will cap­tain the side and play at wing back. First-team for­wards Zan­der Michie, Roddy Young and Ruar­idh An­der­son are all 17 and have gained re­mark­able se­nior ex­pe­ri­ence for their age and they will be a ma­jor threat to Lochside hopes.

Beaten 6-0 by New­ton­more in last year’s fi­nal, the Kin­gussie young­sters are out to take the tro­phy back to the Dell af­ter a fiveyear wait. They have won the tro­phy nine times to Lochside’s seven.

Brief ap­pear­ance: For West Indies cap­tain Car­los Brath­waite

Gareth Evans

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