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Inverness Craig Dunain out to spoil Peterhead's party in Caledonia Bowl

By Andrew Henderson

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Graeme Hislop hopes that Inverness Craig Dunain can spoil Peterhead’s party again – this time by knocking them out of the Caledonia North Bowl.

Peterhead got promoted from Caledonia North Four last season after blowing away most of their opposition.

Their only league defeat came in the Highland capital, against Craig Dunain.

Inverness Craig Dunain will take on old rivals Peterhead in the first round of the Caledonian North Bowl tomorrow.
Inverness Craig Dunain will take on old rivals Peterhead in the first round of the Caledonian North Bowl tomorrow.

That could make Peterhead’s return to Inverness something of a grudge match, but Hislop can take confidence from last season’s result.

“I’m sure they will be out for a bit of revenge from that, and obviously they’ve moved up to Caley Three while we’ve stayed in Four,” he explained.

“They will be looking to venture on in the Bowl, but last season Huntly did the same. They had moved up.

“But we managed to win a very tough game down there. We know it’s going to be tough, but we’re looking forward to it.

“If you look at the results over the last three or four years we’ve always had the upper hand at home over Peterhead.

“Being their first competitive game, I’m sure they’re looking to come away with a strong squad and the right result. Hopefully we can dampen their spirits by the end.”

Tomorrow’s game is the start of a new season for ICD, with the club spending another year in Caley Four.

Hislop is keen to see that change in the not too distance future though, with a move to training two nights a week signalling that promotion is on the agenda.

“The big thing for us is that we will compete in every game,” he said.

“It’s just waiting to see how it pans out. It will be a very competitive league this year, there are a lot of good teams, there are no easy games in it.

“Dyce, they have done the same as us and gone to two nights of training. Last year you could see the difference in their game-play, hence why we’ve decided to do that.

“We feel we need to do that to compete and have a chance of moving up the league structure.”

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