The Tulloch Homes Game of the Week is the 2nd Badenoch Derby in as many weeks. Last week Kingussie beat Newtonmore 3-1 and we caught up with Kingussie Manager John Gibson to find out if he thinks it will be more of the same.

How do you get the team motivated for this kind of derby match?

I don’t think there is any motivation required for a derby game particularly in the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup. They all look forward to these games.

What are the overall goals for Kingussie this season?

Our goals this season are to reach the three finals and continue our consistency in the league. We will approach all competitions with the same determination and application and hopefully pick up some silverware.

After an important win last week will you be making any changes or is it a case of more of the same?

Thomas Borthwick will be out for a while with what we hope isn’t too serious a knee injury. We’ll know more about that within the next week or so. It’s a tough one as he’s been one of our best and most consistent performers this year.

We have Savio and Kieran Macpherson back this week though so they will strengthen our attack and midfield/defensive options respectively.

Do you think there is a chance of complacency in this match following last weekend’s victory?

Absolutely not, we are well aware of how dangerous Newtonmore can be and we would never take them lightly. Plus I don’t think we’ve ever come off the back of a 3-1 win feeling like we can relax! We’ll take a bit of confidence but no more than that.

What did you think Kingussie could have done better last week – how can you improve this weekend?

I think our hitting and shies were poor in comparison to other weeks, so I’ll be looking for improvement there. But our commitment and attitude was good so we aren’t looking for big changes.

James Falconer has 6, Savio Genini has 5, Iain Fraser has 3 & Dylan Borthwick has 3 all in 4 games this season. Do you think there will be an internal battle for top scorer this season and is it difficult to strike a good balance with such an array of attacking talent?

The boys don’t talk about it, but I’m sure they would all like to be top scorer in the team. Finding a balance isn’t that difficult I don’t think, we only have 5 or 6 forwards who can all rotate with the rolling subs rule. They have all grown up together and are used to each other and play a similar style of shinty.

You can read Orsten Gardner’s Interview here.