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Gary Innes | 13:23 UK time, Tuesday, 6 July 2010

Saturday saw the first ever Marine Harvest Premier sixes competition in shinty.

Between two fields in Fort William, the ten top Premier teams battled it out, live on BBC ALBA, for the sport's newest silverware.

The tournament gave the young guns an opportunity to shine, as many players took a break from their summer schedule.

Newtonmore got the better of Kingussie in the group stages, only to find themselves up against their old foes in the grand final.

And this time the tables were turned, with Kingussie winning 2-1 to become the first name engraved on the trophy.

sixes595.jpgAs a nation we seem to have a "we're not good enough" attitude when it comes to sport. With Andy Murray crashing out of Wimbledon and yet another World Cup without the Tartan Army, we may be excused for thinking such thoughts.

With shinty being the game of the Gaels, and predominately played in Scotland, do you think we would be any good if our sport were to take off globally?

What are the chances of other countries adopting our sport? And if they did, do you think we would dominate, or would we fail to get to the top tier?

The coveted Camanachd Cup quarter-finals take place this Saturday.

Newtonmore travel to Tighnabruich, to play last year's finalist, Kyles Athletic, while First Division Skye travel to Inveraray. The home side will be favourites for this fixture, but 20 years have passed since Skye last lifted the cup, and this will be a huge incentive for the island men.

Fort William takes on Oban Camanachd at An Aird. This fixture was initially scheduled to be battled out in Oban, however, due to other sporting events at Mossfield, Oban lost home advantage.

This is not something to be given up lightly, and Oban will travel to An Gearasdan not best pleased.

Fort William are aiming to reach the final for the eighth consecutive year. But we know this year we have a huge mountain to climb to make the last four.

Only one Premier league fixture takes place this weekend with Lovat tackling Bute at Kiltarlity.

Before I go, I would like to congratulate my wee brother Christopher (Goose) who, on Saturday, won the qualifier for the UK's Strongest Man.

The four-time Scotland's Strongest Man broke his thumb after the first event but continued on through the pain barrier to beat Scotland's, and the North of England's finest.

Due to his injury he is unsure if he will be fit for the UK final in Northern Ireland next month, but fingers crossed. Sorry, no thumb intended...

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