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Caberfeidh manager Garry Reid wants Castle Leod outfit to up consistency levels to ensure progress and record a successful 2024 season

By Andrew Henderson

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Caberfeidh manager Garry Reid says his side need to become more consistent if they are to see progress compared to 2023.

The Castle Leod outfit went out of the Camanachd Cup last weekend after losing 4-1 at Lovat, with only a late consolation from Craig Morrison to show for their efforts.

The Camanachd Cup was the last knockout tournament Caberfeidh's first team were in this year. Picture: James Mackenzie
The Camanachd Cup was the last knockout tournament Caberfeidh's first team were in this year. Picture: James Mackenzie

It was a disappointing outcome for Cabers, who had shown just two weeks earlier that they can compete with the best in the sport when they drew 2-2 with Kingussie.

Hitting those heights on a more regular basis, then, will be Reid’s demand from his players to try and improve on last year’s Premiership finish in the second half of this season.

“Sometimes we just think it’s going to happen, but we have to work hard every week,” Reid said.

“There are no easy games in the Premiership.

“How you improve consistency the million dollar question for coaches.

“Sometimes you’re left scratching your head on a Saturday night wondering where that came from. The build-up can be perfect, but sometimes the performance just isn’t there.

“A successful 2024 would probably be a top-three finish in the league, but we haven’t really set targets.

“We are trying to take it game by game, but I think we’ve got to try and better ourselves every year. I think if we could do that, we would naturally become a more consistent team.”

Kinlochshiel also exited the Camanachd Cup last Saturday, losing out to Beauly in a penalty shoot-out after a 2-2 draw.

In the Strathdearn Cup, Caberfeidh’s second team lost 4-1 to Beauly, while in North Division One action Lochcarron also came up short, being beaten 5-1 by Strathglass.

This weekend, then, all of Ross-shire’s shinty teams will be out for redemption, with Caberfeidh and Kinlochshiel at home in the Premiership to Skye and Oban Camanachd respectively.

In the North Division One, Lochcarron travel to Lovat, while one tier below in the North Two Cabers will host Inverness.

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