Pat, good to speak to you again ahead of this top of the table clash, how are you and the boys feeling ahead of Saturday?


We’re looking good going into this weekends game and focused on getting the points we need to make up the ground on Glenurquhart at the top of the table. All things being well, we will be at full strength again on Saturday after our squad being stretched in our previous game away to Col Glen. 


You were narrowly defeated back in April in what looked like a great game at Blairbeg, what did you learn from that game that you can take into Saturday?


Probably for both teams there’s not too much to take from that game as there’s been a lot of shinty played since that point in the season. Glen have undoubtedly got stronger since that game but equally we have ourselves too. Since that game our defensive line have been as consistent as we possibly could have had. Adding to that we have got Barry MacDonald back into our centre line as well as Max Campbell and Stuart Callison making welcome returns up front, so we are in a good place squad wise. 


Last time we spoke you were very coy about the prospect of lifting the title at the end of the season, now, with just 4 games left, does it feel any closer to reality?


Again the message from us is just the same, we will be judged after 14 games. Boring answer I know but we still have 4 tough games to overcome to sit top of the table at that point. What we have done well though, is keep that potential in our own hands through our hard work this year. We need to make sure that is still the case come Saturday evening, so for this we need to win the game. 


Talk to me about the Ferguson Transport & Shipping Balliemore Cup triumph, what did that mean to the club?


It was fantastic. As players and as a club, to win a trophy on your home pitch is as good as it gets. Especially after the last few years at the club where we’ve had little to no success it’s been tough but we’ve stuck at it and got our reward. Also being able to give the folk that do the work behind the scenes a reason to celebrate makes all their efforts worthwhile. We have to build on that now and ensure that young players that are coming through the club see a pathway to success staying at Lochaber Camanachd.


With only a handful of games left, still 4 teams have a chance to go up, how do you rate your chances and have you ever been involved in a title race like this?


We have put ourselves in a great position over the course of the season but if we are to get promoted then we want to win the league. There’s still 4 games for us to play though and we know we won’t be handed 2 points in any game. If we do our job we won’t need to worry about other teams results.  As for being in a title race that’s this tight, there’s probably 9 players in our current squad that were involved in a winner takes all league play-off against Aberdeen Uni over a decade ago. Fingers crossed it doesn’t come down to that again this year!

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