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Inverness Craig Dunain hopeful of cup run in Caledonia North Bowl

By Andrew Henderson

Inverness Craig Dunain’s team manager Graeme Hislop suspects there could be an opportunity for a cup run in the Caledonia North Bowl.

That is the competition that Craig Dunain start the new season in this weekend, when they host Peterhead at Inverness High School.

Peterhead went up from Caledonian North Four as champions last season, but their only defeat came at the High School to ICD.

Josh Rider carrying the ball for Inverness Craig Dunain last season. Picture: Gary Anthony
Josh Rider carrying the ball for Inverness Craig Dunain last season. Picture: Gary Anthony

Memories of that result could fuel both sides, with the city outfit taking confidence from knowing that they can win, but the Blue Toon being out to avenge that loss going into the new season.

Hislop reckons that whoever wins, there is a chance to go far in the competition because of how the draw for the opening round played out.

“In the cup, like anybody, we would like a good cup run,” he said.

“We will always take one game at a time, if we get past Peterhead we will have to wait and see what happens with the draw for the next round.

“There are lots of ties where the bigger clubs have been drawn against each other, so it might give a smaller teams more of a chance to have a little cup run, depending on how the draw comes out.”

It has been a busy summer for Craig Dunain, as they merged the social media channels for their men’s and women’s sides under the motto “one club”.

But they have also stepped up their training regime, training two nights a week instead of one.

“That’s making a big difference,” Hislop added.

“Not just on ball-handling but also on the physical, guys are fitter. Hopefully that will come through.”

ICD’s women’s team are also in action at the High School on Saturday, playing right before the men’s side in a double bill from 1pm.

They will be looking to build on an impressive opening day victory over Huntly, where they scored 12 tries in a 75-0 win.

Stornoway will be the side travelling over, fresh off a win over Huntly themselves.

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