We are now just 4 days away from the final, how have the team been preparing and how do you cope with nerves going into the biggest game of the season?

Well I don’t want to give away too much information. But the team have been really positive at trainings, focusing on what works best for us, and really honing in on the specific areas that will hopefully help us claim the trophy.

Nerves are a funny thing. It’s hard to find a good level of nerves. If I think too much about the game and how it could go, it can stress me out a little and make me quite anxious. Equally though I have found in the past that if I am too relaxed about a game I underperform on the day. I have played long enough now I feel I have a good balance, and really all I do is just tell myself to go out there and give it everything, and come off the pitch at the final whistle knowing I have worked my hardest.

It was a 2-2 draw with GMA in the league back in April, what did you guys make of them that day?

Unfortunately I wasn’t playing in this game. However I have played against GMA many times, and know that they are a very good side. They have a great mix of talent and experience within their squad. They are very solid at the back, every defender knows their role and they do it well. They have always had good hitters in the middle of the park which in turn helps the forwards who are clinical. I have no doubt that they will be a very tough opponent this weekend and I look forward to facing them once again. 

Skye and Badenoch seem to have been doing battle for the trophies for the past 5/6 years, having knocked them out in the Semi-Final do you feel as though you are now favourites going into Saturday?

Not for one second. Skye Ladies used to get beat heavily in the past by the likes of GMA, and those memories are very much still there for a lot of the Skye team. I believe that’s still what drives the team forward today, those memories of the drubbings, the humiliation and desolation after a game. Both teams have a great chance on winning this weekend, and it’s going to be an exciting game to play in. We are looking forward to it.

On a personal note, you are scoring for fun averaging out at well over a goal per game this season – including 4 in your last 3 games, how much confidence does that give you going into Saturday?

Believe it or not, I’m never confident in myself. I always think I can do better. What does give me confidence going into this game is how well I know our team can work together, especially the forward-line. We each have a great understanding of how each other plays, and I believe my team mates have the ability to score from any position at any time. When you have that connection within your team, it allows you to be so free and creative, and when we play like that, I am confident we can beat anyone.

The last time Skye won the trophy in 2019 it was after an 8-6 thriller; we might not see that kind of score line ever again but what would it mean to take the trophy back west come Saturday evening?

It will be huge for our club to be cup champions once again. Not only for the current team who have worked extremely hard to get to this years final, but for the future of the club. The young girls in the squad now watched Skye ladies lift the trophy in the past, and that is what has driven them to get where they are today. If we lift the trophy this weekend, the younger girls have achieved their goal and hopefully that will inspire the next generation to want to play shinty and one day lift the trophy for themselves. I also think it would be a great reward to the older girls in the team who have shown great dedication to the team and the sport, and who continue to push the standard of the game and do it all with a smile on their face and enjoy themselves. That’s what it’s all about at the end of the day.