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"It has been a heck of a season for the lads"

By Matt Leslie

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CAITHNESS boss Tom McGee was disappointed to end a memorable season with their first home defeat ofthe campaign.

The Greens, having secured promotion to the Scottish National Leagueset-up the previous week, were hoping to put on a show for their homecrowd to close the Caledonia 1 season on a winning note.

Despite being 20-8 up at half-time against Dunfermline, Caithness losttheir way somewhat in the second half as the Fifers pulled off astunning comeback to win 37-33.

“Despite the result, it has been one heck of a season for the lads,” McGee said. “They have made huge strides as a group and ultimately we haveachieved what we set out to do, which was win promotion.

“As for the match itself, first of all credit to Dunfermline who playedwell in the second half and took full advantage of the errors that wemade.

“It was always a dangerous game with Dunfermline on a good run of formof late. We started poorly but managed to tighten things up to pull awayto a 20-8 lead at half time.

“However, it was a case that the next score would decide the match andwe didn’t get it. We struggled with our lineout, we knocked onpossession and we gave Dunfermline too many freebies.”

McGee, though, is insistentthat Caithness did not ease off the gas having already secured promotion.

He added: “I don’t think we slackened off. There was no complacencyabout us at all. We did play good rugby at times but, when we didn’t,Dunfermline made us pay.

“We need to get past the frustration of not being able to sign off theseason with a win pretty quickly. We’ll be up against tougher teams nextseason so we’ll need to work hard once pre-season gets under way.

“However, we have ambitions for next year. We will not be going in justto dip our toe into the big league set-up.

“We want to compete in every game and cement our place within theNational League.”

Elsewhere, the Caithness under-15 girls’ team booked themselves a tripto Murrayfield as they made it to the final of the Caledonia NationalCup.

The Greens travelled to Glasgow where they comprehensively beat Hillhead/Jordanhill 50-19.

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