The Mowi Premiership season starts this Saturday and with a full card of mouth-watering fixtures to look ahead to, shinty is set to be back with a bang. The champions, Kingussie play host to Kinlochshiel and that is our Mowi Game of the Week. We caught up with new Kinlochshiel Captain, Conor Cormack to preview the big game.

Conor, the new season is now just days away, how are you and the boys feeling ahead of the 2024 campaign?

Everyone is eager to get going, pre season has been good for us and the boys are ready to get stuck into it

A tough start to the season away to the champions, what kind of game area you expecting?

Kingussie away has got to be viewed as the toughest fixture on the calendar so we’ll show them the respect they deserve – they will be mobile and play at a fast pace. But our games have been very close lately so we’re feeling confident in ourselves and know that we can create chances, we just have to be clinical when those chances arise.

You’ve taken over the mantle as Captain for this season, how did you feel when you got told and what will it feel like to lead the team come Saturday?

When Willie asked me I felt a bit surprised to be honest. We have leaders in all areas of the line up and any one of those senior players could have been selected to captain the side. I’m honoured to lead the team out and having those guys lead in other areas of the pitch makes it a much easier job for me to do.

8-0 against Glenurquhart and a 4-3 win at Beauly, how prepared do you feel going into the season, do things seem to be clicking?

Glen were missing a few key players that day so we can’t take too much from that result but our forwards had some good play which was encouraging. It was a bit more of a physical game against Beauly and we took the chance to try a few things out so I was pretty happy to come away 4 goals all from a different scorer.

Finally, a blank canvas ahead of the club as we approach opening day of the season, what are the overall goals for Kinlochshiel this year?

We are firstly looking to find that consistency which saw us lifting trophies a few years ago and we’ll build from there. There’s a number of young players breaking into the squad this year and our focus will be on getting these lads up to speed and hopefully coach them towards fulfilling their potential in the Mowi Premiership. If we can maintain our squad’s fitness and get a run of form, I think that silverware is well within our reach.