McGee expects real challenge in Perthshire
Caithness head coach Tom McGee feels his side have shown they have the mentality to thrive in National 3 ahead of tomorrow’s trip to Perthshire.
After winning just one of their opening five games following promotion from Caledonia 1, the Greens have surged to fifth place thanks to a run of four victories from five matches.
The Thurso outfit returned to winning ways with a 24-8 triumph over West of Scotland last weekend, following a 29-8 loss to Gordonians the previous weekend, and McGee feels his side has displayed its resilience.
McGee said: “Momentum is a funny thing in sport. You could say we lost momentum against Gordonians, simply because we didn’t really back ourselves.
“I’m delighted with the way the players responded after the frustrations of a below-par performance though.
“It’s all in the psychology of sport. We’ve got some really good things going, with a lot of strong parts of our play.
“When we do all those things well we are a good side.
“I said to the players during the training week that you don’t develop mental toughness or a winning mentality over the course of a week or a month.
“You need to go through the good experiences and the bad experiences in order to learn, and it was a really strong response from the players to close out a good West of Scotland side.”
McGee expects to be without eight players for the trip to ninth-placed Perthshire, with Grant Anderson, Kris Hamilton, Graham Fryer and Dougie Webster among those missing out.
McGee added: “This week is going to be a real challenge. We are a number of players down in key positions, so we are going to have to box smart a little bit in how we play.
“It’s going to test our mentality.
“We are under no illusions. The Perthshire team will be desperate in their own right. It’s going to be very tough but we need to try to find a way to win this weekend.”