Calum, Highland Industrial Supplies Sutherland Cup Final this weekend, Skye vs Newtonmore, how have you and the team been preparing for your biggest game of the season?

We been preparing as normal really. At this stage of the season all the boys are as fit as they’re going to be but you can never practice enough ball hitting & shot stopping!

The holders have lost just 3 games all season, however, one of them was against Skye up in Portree, what did you make of them that day and how can you get at them?

They’re such a good outfit & the team that everyone is trying to catch again this season. They lost 5 players from last years squad & have still won the league with games spare. Stopping Glen Mac isn’t easy & with Brodie McBean & Xander Ross chipping in really well this season obviously stopping them scoring will be hard but really important. Otherwise we just have to be up for the occasion in every department.

It was a crazy semi-final for you against Glenurquhart, coming away 5-4 winners that day thanks to a 90th minute winner from Taylor Matheson, is that the most intense game you’ve been involved in?

I’m not sure about intense but it was nerve racking. Having not started very well we were then 3-2 up at half time & really comfortable at 4-2, 15 mins into the 2nd half but credit to Glen, they never gave up – but that’s in our locker too, the boys did brilliant playing to the last whistle.

At 6’8 you’re certainly an intimidating opponent, but we have seen multiple times just how agile you are, is that something you work on specifically?

Nah, not at all. I’ve just been doing it for a while now & at the end of the day, I just try & stop all the shots, some you get & some you don’t. It’s my job as part of the team & the defenders have to defend, midfielders have to create & forwards have to score, keep pestering for a game up front so you never know come Saturday!

What would it mean both to the team and to you personally to win the Highland Industrial Supplies Sutherland Cup, especially the 100th Anniversary Final?

It would mean the world to the team as we’re a pretty tight group & we’ve made such a massive improvement this season from last season, having gone close to relegation. We’re competing again & beating teams we haven’t beaten for years which has been so pleasing too. Personally, I’d be over the moon as I’ve had some sore days in the 2nd team since I started. To win in the competition’s100th year & get our name on the cup again for the first time since 1988 would be fantastic & some achievement.

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