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Inverness Craig Dunain Women's play-off push on hold after postponement

By Andrew Henderson

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Inverness Craig Dunain Women will have to wait a bit longer to kick off their North Region play-off push as their first match against Shetland has been postponed.

Craig Dunain will have the opportunity to win promotion out of the regional leagues and into National One if they can get through three rounds of play-offs, starting with the North Region.

The city club won every game they played in the west league, and will now come up against three island teams – Orkney, Shetland and Stornoway – as they look to progress even further.

Craig Dunain Ladies have to wait an extra week to get their North Region play-off campaign started. Picture: James MacKenzie.
Craig Dunain Ladies have to wait an extra week to get their North Region play-off campaign started. Picture: James MacKenzie.

The winner of the East and West Region play-off then waits, before a potential promotion clash with the bottom-placed National One side.

ICD have not played since putting 99 points past Huntly on September 29, but transport issues will keep them waiting one more week.

“We were contacted two weeks ago by Shetland, once the fixture was announced, and there are issues with them being able to get transport over because of the availability of spaces on boats and planes for the team to travel,” ICT Women’s team captain Catriona Knott said.

“It’s something that the women’s competition committee need to do some more consultation on.

“It’s the October holidays, so the boats are booked, if you don’t get it in advance you don’t get it.

“In situations like this where it’s a league fixture, competitive, it will go back to the Scottish Rugby Union Women’s competitions committee to decide further action, liaise between and figure out what the best option is, so at the moment we’re looking to reschedule into November.”

Inverness will instead launch their play-off charge on Saturday, November 2 away at Stornoway, with the Shetland match moved to the week after.

Until then, Knott has some creative training methods in mind, adding: “We’re looking at doing alternative fitness, like some boxing classes just to keep training up.”

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