Ahead of the MOWI WCA National Division starting this weekend, we sat down with GMA’s Laura McCafferty. We also had a chat with Megan Ralph from Badenoch Ladies which you can read here!

  1. How has the preparation and training been going for GMA ahead of the new season?

Training has been going well so far. We have new coaches this year so training has been a lot more structured and the increased accountability has made everyone work that bit harder. The first game of the season is always tough but we have been working on our fitness in preparation of this.


  1. What are your expectations from the team this season? Do you think you have the potential to win the league?

My expectation from the team is for hard work and commitment and we will get out of this season what we put in. I expect with new coaches there will be competition for every spot on the team so that will raise our game. Of course – every team has the potential to win, we just have to make sure we put in the hard work and play to our full potential.


  1. What do you think are the strengths and weaknesses of Badenoch Ladies and how are you planning to counter them?

Badenoch are a very fit team with a good mixture of experience and new talent so they are a very strong opposition. They also have a great coaching team and are very well organised. I think the best way to counter them is to work together and play quick shinty.


  1. You’ve captained Scotland and lifted domestic trophies, but what are your personal goals forthis season and how do you plan on achieving them?

My personal goal for this season is to prioritise fitness to ensure I am playing the best shinty I can for my team. More broadly I want to help us develop a strong squad with good depth. We have a number of new players and I want them to grow in skill and confidence. I plan on doing this by helping teach and push them.


  1. How important is teamwork in shinty and what role do you play in ensuring that everyone works cohesively?

Teamwork is probably the most important part of the game, on and off the pitch. We need to be working together in training to improve our skills and push each other and during the game to link up and make the ball do the work. Everyone plays their own part in that but I think I bring a lot of experience, leadership and communication.


  1. Lastly, what message would you like to give to your fans and supporters ahead of the first match of the season?

I would encourage our supporters to come and support on Sunday if they can. We always appreciate support and our games against Badenoch are always competitive and a good demonstration of the women’s game.