Caberfeidh aiming for highest ever finish
CABERFEIDH head coach Jodi Gorski is challenging his team to defy a tough final set of fixtures to secure a club record finish in the Premiership.
The Strathpeffer outfit’s last five matches in the league all come against rivals berthed above them in the division.
On top of that, three of the five come away from home.
But Gorski, so scathingly critical of last season’s latter performances, is eager for his players to underscore what he believes has been a sound improvement in form and commitment this season.
A home victory over Macaulay Cup runners-up Oban Camanachd tomorrow at Castle Leod would be the perfect start towards his stated aim of a 14-16 points finish in the table.
“We’re safe now from relegation,” Gorski insisted.
“We pretty much clinched it after beating Kilmallie a couple of weeks ago.
“We won’t finish any lower than seventh.
“Mathematically we can, but they’re not going to get four points.
“So now it is just about finishing on a high.
“The second half of last season was such a disappointment with the lack of effort shown.
He added: “We are looking to finish on between 14 and 16 points come the end of the season.
“It will be tough given the games we’ve got, but it is achievable. We’re playing a lot better this year and we’ve competed against nearly every team.
“Even in games we’ve lost, we’ve made it difficult for the other teams. Nobody has had it easy against us.”
While he was dismayed by the attitude shown late last season, Gorski does sense a different mood and attitude within the squad now.
“Even against Newton-more last week, we didn’t play very well in the defeat, but the effort was there – we kept going, kept trying,” he said.
“Sometimes, you just don’t play well, but last year there was no effort. It was a case of ‘when does the season finish?’
“That’s looking better. They were a wee bit deflated after losing in the cup semi-final.
“If we finish seventh, that’s a place up on last year. We’re already two points better off than last year – and we’re playing better.”
Caberfeidh hope to have holidaying pair Gavin McLaughlan and Calum MacKinnon available again.
Midfielder Jamie Mackintosh remains on holiday until Sunday, while Jamie MacLeod is unable to make the trip from his Glasgow base.