This week’s Tulloch Homes Game of the Week sees Skye host Caberfeidh with a place in the Quarter-Finals up for grabs. To preview the match, we sat down with Skye Manager Kenny MacLeod. There will be an interview with Caberfeidh boss, Garry Reid, later in the week.

Kenny, firstly, what has it been like adapting to life in the MOWI Premiership?

So far it’s been really enjoyable, we have been training 3 times a week since January to ready ourselves for the step up. Every single game has and will be tough but the boys have adapted and are competing well.

You welcome Cabers this week in the Tulloch Homes Camanachd Cup, what kind of test are you expecting from them?

Another huge test for us. At full strength Cabbers are one of the best teams in the country so I think nobody can take their last months results into account as I do believe they had squad difficulties though injuries etc, so they seem to be back to full strength after their impressive result against GMA and after that they will be in a completely different mind set.

Craig Morrison is on 19 goals for the season, how can you counteract a player in such good form?

That’s an incredible stat so early in the season. We are aware of Craigs ability but we have excellent defenders and each one is more than capable.

Skye are undefeated in their last three games including a win at the Eilan and a draw at Balgate, does that give you confidence going into this weekend?

We have been playing well and it’s been the first time in a year we have had our full strength squad all together, fit and available. In our games up to now we have competed well and I feel we have only been outplayed for one half so we are in a confident state going into Saturday and relish another tough challenge.

Outside of the Badenoch teams, Skye have the joint best defence in the MOWI Premiership, is that something you pride yourselves on and is that the first priority when setting your team out, ‘don’t concede’.

Our foundations have always been on the back off a strong back 4 along with our goalkeeper Murphy Henderson who trains hard twice a week one to one with our goalkeeping coach Iain “Dowel” Macleod.

Finally, we are 3 weeks away from arguably Skye’s biggest game in 33 years – the MacTavish Cup Final, how much pride does it give you to be taking this club to a major final?

I’m the proudest and most grateful manager in shinty at the moment! After the hurt of last years defeat in the semis I never thought we would get another chance under my reign but its a great feeling to be there and we are making sure that we give the final every single ounce of effort.

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