Covid causes cancellation of Greens' clash with Ellon
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Caithness 1st XV will have to wait at least one more week for their first competitive action of 2022 after the postponement of their scheduled Caley Division 1 clash with Ellon at Millbank on Saturday.
The game was called off on Thursday because of Covid-19 issues affecting the Ellon camp.
The large number of Caithness male players who had either tested positive or were self-isolating grounded the 1st and 2nds' planned joint trip to Aberdeen last weekend, while the virus also led to the plug being pulled on Stornoway women's scheduled visit which has now been rearranged for this Saturday.
The Greens haven't played since their 25-3 loss to Orkney at Millbank on December 11. Their next fixture is away to Grangemouth Stags on January 22.
An injury incurred by hooker/prop Ewen Scott against Orkney proved to be serious. He had a spell in Raigmore Hospital where he was found to have ruptured a disc in his back, and has been advised by medics not to play again.
Orkney's 11-7 loss in Dunfermline in one of the few club games in Scotland to go ahead on Saturday has opened up Caley League 1.
It allowed the Fifers to leapfrog Orkney at the top, albeit by a single point, with the islanders having played two games fewer.
Caithness remain third, 10 points behind Orkney, having played the same number of games, while Ellon and Hillfoots are two points further behind in fourth and fifth respectively.
Caithness head coach Ewen Boyd, however, considers the division is still "Orkney's to lose".
His sights are set not on league glory but on developing a squad, reliant on a clutch of rookies.
The Krakens have had a further week to prepare to host Stornoway in the North Region League. Their game is due to kick off at 10.30am.
Caithness 2nds are looking to end their prolonged midwinter break with a trip to play Inverness Craig Dunain.