We caught up with Savio Genini ahead of this weekend’s match against Lovat in the cottages.com MacTavish Cup Semi-Final…

Savio – this weekend you have the chance to make it to your first final of the season as you take on Lovat in the cottages.com MacTavish Cup Semi-Final – how are you feeling ahead of the game?

Delighted to be in another Semi-final but also under no illusions that this will be our hardest game of the season without a doubt, Lovat are a very organised and experienced side and they will be doing all the can to stop us in our tracks. We will need to be at 110% on Saturday to get a result.

Obviously a few players with injuries at the moment, how are the team going to cope without some of the key players?

Yeah we have a fair few names on the injury list at the moment but there is no point dwelling on it it’s up to the boys who are stepping in to step up and make the mark in the team.

On a personal note, last season was slightly quieter in terms of goals scored for you than we have come to expect. This year though you’ve come flying out of the blocks and have 10 in 9 games so far this season, is there anything you put that down to? And how are you feeling in your shinty at the moment?

No not at all to be honest yeah I was quieter last year but we still scored more goals than anyone else in the league and as-long as someone is scoring I’m not at all fussed. It’s nice to be scoring again but sometimes you have to suck it up and just muck a win is a win doesn’t matter who’s scoring. Really enjoying my shinty at the moment and it’s nice to have the responsibility of being captain this year it’s a massive honour.

You came so close to winning the cottages.com MacTavish Cup last year, missing out against Kinlochshiel in extra-time in the final – how has that affected you and the squad this season?

It was a big blow at the time but you can’t dwell on these games if you did you would never progress or get better. You just have to suck it up and strive to do better.

Once again Kingussie find themselves as one of the favourites for all the competitions and I have even heard faint whispers of “grand slam” from time to time, how do you and the guys deal with the pressure?

There’s always pressure playing for kingussie, you just learn to accept it and use it as motivation to do better. I think whispers of grand slams and winning anything are very premature and there is one hell of a lot of shinty to be played and a heap of teams that will challenge for every trophy.