The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands)
A repeat performance Highland must show true grit to seal the title
season so far and it has shown in our run so far.
“Playing a team in a higher league in the final is obviously going to be a challenge, but I’m sure it’s going to be one we’ll rise to. The fact we’re such a small town means we’re a real family as a club – we play really well with each other and we’re a really tight-knit unit.
“Our men’s team played at Murrayfield five years ago and won, so that’s been a real motivation for us.
“It would mean so much to us if we were to win. It would really top off what’s been a great season for us.”
The Women’s Bowl final takes places on the back pitches at Murrayfield at 11am tomorrow. Highland head coach Davie Carson is confident his team will hold its nerve to clinch the National 3 title with a victory over St Boswells tomorrow.
The Inverness side goes into the Canal Park showdown a point behind league leaders Glasgow Academicals, who have played all of their games, meaning a victory of any sort will secure the championship and promotion to National 2 for Carson’s men.
Tomorrow’s opponents have beaten Highland twice in the Borders this season, inflicting their last league defeat in October prior to a National League Cup triumph after extra-time in February.
Carson, who has doubts over the fitness of Sean Blair and Steven Rutledge, is confident his side can take the decisive step in front of a packed home crowd.
He said: “It’s the final push of a long year.
“The guys know how important this game is and everyone is excited, albeit with a touch of nervousness as well.
“What has pleased me most coming into this one is that in all the big games we’ve had we have thrived on it – we have played the best rugby this season in those games.
“We won’t dwell on our two defeats against St Boswells too much, we know we can play our brand of rugby on our pitch, which we cannot on theirs.
“All the big games we have had have been pretty important as we have progressed as a club. We have taken each stage as it has come and now we have the chance to get up to a pretty good level which the club has not been at for a long time.”
Highland hooker Kevin Brown, who joined from Caithness in 2003, says the club’s success has been many years in the making.
“This is definitely the best team the club has had in the time I have played here,” he said. “The standard is high and there is a good buzz about the club just now.
“It all comes down to Saturday and hopefully we can create history for the club.”