This Saturday, Oban Camanachd take on Lovat in the second Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup Semi-Final at An Aird. To preview the game, we sat down with Oban Camanachd’s Malcolm Clark, an interview with Greg Matheson will be issued later in the week…

Malcolm, a big game this weekend against Lovat, how have the team been preparing?

Yes, big game. We aim to approach every game the same and feel it’s important to go out and play the game and not the occasion.

Lovat marginally have the better of Camanachd over the last 5 games (W2 D2 L1), do you think that matters going into this semi-final?

Games against Lovat are always tight but I don’t think previous games will have any bearing over this weekend. Semi-finals are one off occasions and both teams will be putting everything on the line to make the final.

You drew with Lovat Mossfield earlier in the season, what did you make of them that day, what do you think their strengths are and how can you get at them?

Both teams had a couple of key players missing that day and with five minutes to go we probably should have seen the game out. But it is testament to Lovat at both ends of the park, that they were able to get themselves a result. For us it is about trying to impose our style of shinty on the game, win your personal battles and take our chances when they come our way.

You are Oban Camanachd’s top scorer in all competitions this year with 10, how are you finding life in the Forward line this year and what is it like playing with a variety of different players up there?

I’ve had a consistent run of games in the forward line this season which hasn’t happened in previous years. Getting on the score sheet is always nice but for me, team goals are always more important than personal goals. We’re fortunate to have many players capable of scoring goals on big occasions like this and hopefully we can get this one over the line.

You have already secured the Celtic, with the Macaulay coming up in a couple of weeks and the potential of playing in a Camanachd Final, just how big a season could this be for the club?

It could be a very big season for us, however our most important game is the next game, against Lovat, at An Aird, this Saturday.

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