Ahead of the MOWI WCA National Division starting this weekend, we sat down withnewly appointed Badenoch Ladies Captain, Megan Ralph ahead of their opening fixture against GMA. We will be speaking to Laura McCafferty from GMA later this week!

1. How has the preparation and training been going for Badenoch Ladies ahead of the opening match against GMA?

Preparation has been going well we’ve been getting put through our paces with pre-season fitness and dusting off the cobwebs from last year. Everyone has been putting in a good shift and looking fit for the start of the season. We’ve had a couple of indoor tournaments too which has helped to get back into the swing of things.

2. What are your expectations from the team this season? Do you think you have the potential to go on and do the double again?

Of course, our goal is to aim for the double again we strive every season to improve on the previous, and Scott and Iain are brilliant at driving us toward these goals. However, we know it’s not going to be easy the league is no doubt going to be competitive and we’re ready to work for it.

3. What do you think are the strengths and weaknesses of GMA and how are you planning to counter them?

GMA has always been a competitive fixture in the season we know they have a strong team, especially in defense which is never easy to break down and they can be quick on the break. I think we just need to play our own game and create chances which we have been building on every season.

4. As a player, what are your personal goals for this season and how do you plan on achieving them?

Doing the double again will be a big personal goal as well as a team one. I want to get my fitness to the best I can to help my game, work on my basics, and just be a good role model and motivator for the team.

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

Teamwork is so important in shinty and any team sport. I think we’re really fortunate as a team because of how close we all are yes; we’re training together a lot, but we do a lot away from the pitch as well as socially which is important and nice to have. I think my role in our team is really just being there for anyone who maybe needs someone to talk to or has any issues I’m always happy to help where I’m able too.

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

Just to get along to The Dell and support us if your able, we love having as much support as possible and this season’s games should be good competitive games and a good promotion for women’s shinty too.