Grand Slam (shinty)

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The Grand Slam in shinty consists of a club winning all four major trophies for which it is eligible. These being at present, the Premier Division, the Camanachd Cup, the MacAulay Cup and either the Glasgow Celtic Society Cup or the MacTavish Cup, according to whether a club is from the North or South District.

History[edit]

Whenever the term "Grand Slam" was first used in relation to shinty is unsure, the term was first used for Golf in the 1930s. The MacAulay Cup was first played for in 1947 and this can be gauged as the beginning of the Grand Slam era.

Although both Ballachulish and Lovat have won the MacTavish and Glasgow Celtic Cups respectively, this was outside a grandslam season, (indeed Balla's win was before the advent of the MacAulay Cup) although Lovat won the first Grand Slam two years later in 1953.[1]

Kingussie won 3 Grand Slams in a row in the late 1990s.

The trophies involved in winning the Grand Slam have developed with the advent of the national Premier Division replacing the South Division One and the North Division One.

Grandslam Winning Teams[edit]

  • Lovat 1953[2]
  • Kyles Athletic 1966
  • Newtonmore 1972, 1975, 1985
  • Kingussie 1984, 1988, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2003[3]