Craig Dawson (Aged 31) Greenkeeper – Now in his second season as the club’s goalkeeper after playing outfield for most of his career. Dawsie’s confidence and form have steadily improved this year. Made four penalty saves in the semi-final shoot out including the winning stop. Massive goal hits are a feature of his game and a huge benefit to the team. Craig is very particular about his diet. 1 Camanachd Cup winner’s medal.
James Hutchison (35) Greenkeeper – One of THE main reasons Kingussie are in the 2014 Camanachd Cup Final. Hutch has been the outstanding performer in the Kingussie team over the past couple of seasons since moving to full back. Respected by all, his playing and organisational skills are second to none. James always likes to look his best and is known as ‘chocolate’ to his mates. 8 Camanachd Cup winner’s medals.
Barrie Dallas (38) Electrician – Barrie is enjoying an Indian summer in his career since moving to defence and forming a formidable partnership with Hutch. They have both scored in previous Camanachd Cup Final wins and use all their experience to close down opposition forwards. A good reader of the game Barrie is strong in the tackle and he has consistently performed well this season. Unfortunately Bar still mistakenly believes he should be played up front. 2 Camanachd Cup winner’s medals.
Lee Bain (26) Gamekeeper – Played a lot of the season in the forward line but now back in his more familiar role in defence. A fit and on form Lee Bain is unquestionably one of the top defenders in Shinty. He allies superbly timed tackles to long clearances and is capable of matching up to the best forwards in the sport. The former Strathglass player will not be short of support against today’s opposition. Lee has a love/hate relationship with training – he loves to hate it.
Louis Munro (26) P.E. Teacher – Superb stick player who has played in every position except goals for Kingussie. Louis has been very unlucky with injuries over recent years but he has played a lot of matches this season and the team’s run to the Final has been no coincidence. Probably holds the record for Littlejohn Vase appearances after his many years at Uni, he is at last contributing to the economy as a P.E teacher in Stranraer.
Garry Munro (35) Machine Operator – Another very experienced player Garry has flitted between midfield and defence during his career. Strong tackling and long hitting are his hallmarks and he gives his all for the cause every time he pulls on the Red and Blue jersey. He has wisely adopted a helmet and faceguard recently after going through more teeth than one of his digger buckets in the last couple of years. 5 Camanachd Cup winner’s medals.
John Gibson (39) Electrical Wholesalers Manager – The last Kingussie captain to lift the Camanachd Cup in 2006. John’s combination of strength and power allied to great stick skills at full centre has provided a lynchpin for the team to play around this season. His return to 1st team action has been welcomed by the management and fellow players alike. Away from Shinty Gibby’s hobbies include skiing, cycling and tending the garden at his Kincraig mansion. 6 Camanachd Cup winner’s medals.
Fraser Munro (26) Machine Operator – Fraser’s all action style and direct running can upset opposition defences whether he is breaking from midfield or operating up front as he has done for much of this season. He scored a great goal in the 2011 final at The Bught and will be looking to repeat the feat today. Fraser has always looked up to his older brother Garry for advice on everything from shinty skills to fashion.
Thomas Borthwick (20) Electrician – Thomas has played a lot of matches for his young years and scored in the 2010 Camanachd final when just 16 years old. A skilful forward, ‘Tuck’ can go past defenders and set up opportunities for others as well as scoring some spectacular goals. Thomas gets tremendous encouragement and support from his employer Binnie Electrical Newtonmore, a keen sponsor of Kingussie Camanachd Club.
Savio Genini (17) Apprentice Gamekeeper – Whilst enjoying his first full season in the 1st team Savio is also captain of the club’s u17 team. A forward in the traditional Kingussie style he can dribble at speed, pass and move and hit it extremely hard off both sides. He has scored some important goals this year. He also combines well with his work mate Lee Bain to wind up the team management regularly.
Ronald Ross (39) National Shinty Development Officer – Quite probably the greatest Shinty player the sport has ever seen Ronald has done it all in an amazing career. Scored over 1000 goals in senior shinty, captained a Grand Slam winning team, awarded the MBE in 2011, has won numerous international caps and was appointed Scotland manager this year. Incredibly he has even managed to do what Cher couldn’t and ‘turn back time’ – as every year he is asked his age it seems to be less than the previous year. 11 Camanachd Cup winner’s medals.
Rory McGregor (18) Apprentice Plumber – Known as Bob he is one of the best stick players in the squad. Capable of moments of great skill he has scored some good goals over the last couple of seasons. He has played a lot of this season in midfield where his long shies have been a feature of his play but he can contribute in the forward line as well. It is fair to say Bob would not be the person to speak to for food and nutrition advice.
James Maclean (38) SSE Marketing Team – The 2014 club captain has enjoyed a long career with both Kingussie and Tayforth where he played during his student days. James has captained the team with pride this year and has produced some great performances in the middle of the park at full or wing centre. He has been nicknamed Arnie since his school days due to his Schwarzenegger like physique – proof that irony was alive and well in Kingussie High School in the early 1990’s. 1 Camanachd Cup winner’s medal.
Darren Hanlan (20) Builders labourer – Darren is one of the most committed and focused players in the Kingussie squad. He has played a lot of games this season at either wing back or wing centre and can always be relied upon to do the job he is asked to for the team. He has combined playing with assisting the u14 coaches this season, although as he works for one of them he perhaps has little say in this arrangement.
Ryan MacWilliam (18) Apprentice Mechanic – Another young player who has made the break through to 1st team shinty this season. His season was cut short last year due to a serious hand injury but he has fought back well and has played a big part in this season’s Camanachd Cup run. Can be regularly spotted in the Vault Nightclub in Aviemore where he appears to have a residency.
Rory Mackeachan (17) School Student – Rory has been really unfortunate with injuries over the last two seasons but appears to be putting them behind him now and will be pushing for a regular starting position soon. A sixth year student at Kingussie High School he plays for the club’s u17’s, has a fantastic turn of pace and is strong in the tackle.
James Falconer (16) School Student – A 5th year student at Kingussie High School James is an exciting prospect in the forward line. He captained the Kingussie Primary School Mackay Cup winning team in 2010 and made his 1st team debut this season. His only problem is getting his helmet on over his gelled hair.
Robert Mabon (17) Pitmain Estate worker – Robert plays in defence for the u17’s and the 2nd team and has a big physical presence for his age. He possesses nice stick work and that has enabled him to fit in to the 1st team forward line on occasion this season. Another player who will be pushing for a starting role before long.
Calum Grant (16) School student – A 5th year student at Kingussie High School Calum is a powerful defender or midfielder for the club’s u17 and 2nd team. He captained last year’s successful u14 team. Son of former full centre Ewan and following in his footsteps.
Co – manager. Davie Anderson, Signal Section Manager Network Rail – Davie was one of Shinty’s most respected and famous players who was the on field driving force behind Kingussie’s success for 20 years. He has carried that same energy, will to win and enthusiasm in to coaching and management. While he can still show a turn of speed around the training pitch unfortunately he suffers a distinct lack of pace approaching the bar (when it’s his round).
Co – manager. Russell Jones, Shinty Development Officer – After a playing career representing the club at every level Russell’s coaching career with the club began in 2010. The combination of Davie and Russell is a good partnership despite them always arguing about which of them is the smallest manager in shinty, they often debate the matter going to games in the minibus where they carry a booster seat so that whichever one of them is driving can see over the steering wheel.
Fitness Coach – Neil Bowman, Lecturer at U.H.I. – Neil has been a key member of the Kingussie set up for many years through successive management structures and his dedication and professionalism has been appreciated by players and coaches alike throughout the years. A happy go lucky chap he is always ready with a smile and a joke and often has the players in stitches with his quick fire banter.