We sat down with Kingussie Manager John Gibson ahead of their match against Oban Camanachd in the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Semi-Final on Sunday.

John, it’s been a really impressive season for Kingussie so far – with that in mind – its been a tougher couple of results recently, and how do you refocus the team ahead of Sunday? 

I don’t think there is any lack of focus, the reality is we have lost one game to one of the best teams in the game.

The Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Final is obviously at the Dell this year – do you think that fact adds anymore pressure onto your side, to make sure they are in it? 

There it’s always a lot of pressure for our club to try and reach finals, I don’t think it makes any difference to the boys, extra motivation perhaps? they would love to play a final on the Dell.

How is the squad looking, in terms of availability, and feeling ahead of Sunday? 

We are missing Fraser Munro with a broken arm from last week, although Louis Munro returns to the squad. Calum Grant is still a few weeks away from a return. Dylan Borthwick returns to the squad after his hat-trick last week and recovery from an ankle injury. We’ve been missing 3-4 players every week this season and have coped well.

Has 28 goal Roddy Young been the surprise package this year?

No, Roddy has scored in the high teens for the last couple of seasons and had a number of injury disruptions. The fact he has had an injury free run has allowed him to score a few more this year. Hopefully he can end the season with a few more!

 We have seen James Falconer (2021) and Savio Genini (2019) hit those mid to late 20s numbers over the last few years, now Roddy has done it…Ruairidh Anderson next year? 

Why not! He’s certainly capable of scoring more goals on top of his tireless work rate.

You played Oban Camanachd at the Dell a couple of months ago – winning 1-0 – what did you learn from that match? 

Oban defended really well that day and their forwards moved the ball around well. We know we will have to be at our best on Sunday.

A really exciting couple of weeks with the same opponent next week in the Artemis Macaulay Cup Final – does that play into the psychology at all ahead of Sunday? 

No, it’s one game at a time, regardless of the result this week it won’t affect the next game.

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