Kingussie wrapped up the league campaign with a 0-0 draw at Balgate on the final day of the season, this was the final piece of the Grand Slam jigsaw adding to the MacTavish Cup, Macaulay Cup and Camanachd Cup victories.

A 0-0 stalemate in November was the way that the season ended for Kingussie, not a very fitting tribute to a side that led the table from Matchday 1. While that particular game may not have made the end of season highlight reel, it did mark an historic day in the club’s history, securing the title meant that the current crop of Kingussie players would be the first team since 2004 to win the Grand Slam. The fact it has only been done 12 times in shinty’s long history speaks for itself and nothing but admiration can be expressed for the club’s achievement’s on the pitch in 2022.

Breaking the team down into individual accolades is a thankless task considering Kingussie scored an average of 3 goals per game and conceded just 0.6, those kind of numbers simply aren’t achievable without a cohesive team unit. However, one player did receive commendation for his efforts at the annual end of season awards, Roddy Young.  36 goals, including 5 consecutive 3+ goal games,  earned him the MOWI Premiership/National Player of the Year for the 2022 campaign.

Speaking of his 2022 season Young said: “It was amazing to be a part of that team, winning the Grand Slam is an incredible achievement and something that no one can ever take away from us. On a personal level, I am delighted to be awarded the Player of the Season but there is no way that I hit those numbers without the kind of support that I have behind me, and that goes right the way back to the defenders who have been immense.”

Reflecting on winning the Grand Slam, Manager John Gibson said: “It was a great season, pretty near perfect, a draw on the final day and a defeat at Reraig against Shiel but other than that it’s been amazing. When you put it all together and take into account the injuries that we have had this season, to achieve what the players have achieved is massive.”

Captain, Savio Genini said: “It’s been an amazing season, can’t thank all the boys enough, I’ll not have a better season in shinty than this. Obviously, we are hoping we can replicate this achievement again, but to do it as club captain, to lift every piece of silverware, is incredible. It’s definitely not just for me though, for the town, the team, everyone behind the scenes, it’s huge. I’ve played with this team right up through Primary school and to win the whole lot it is amazing and something I’ve dreamed of doing ever since I was a wee boy.”