The 2019 Dublin Diaries – Part 1

The Scotland U17 squad, sponsored by Sitekit, has been announced for this year’s Shinty / Hurling tour of Ireland.

The annual tour, which has been taking place for over twenty years, sees the country’s elite shinty players, many of whom played in the previous year’s North vs South U17 match, play shinty / hurling challenge matches against their hurling counterparts from Kildare and Dublin.

Fort William’s Lewis Clark has been included for the third time with club-mates Lachie Shaw, Ryan Boyle and Alistair MacRae are all capped for the second time as are Oban Camanachd’s Daniel Sloss, Skye Camanachd’s William MacKinnon and Bute’s Ryan Craig.

The new caps include Kinlochshiel’s Duncan Matheson, Conor Kennedy from Kyles Athletic and Calum Grover from Newtonmore. 

There is also a place for Kingussie’s Kieran MacPherson who missed out last year through injury. 

The squad travels across to Dublin on Sunday 28 July 2019, taking in the All Ireland semi-final at Croke Park, and return on Wednesday 31 July 2019.

This year’s squad is:

Ryan Craig – Bute

Cam Clark – Kilmallie

Cameron MacIntosh – Glenurquhart

Ryan Boyle – Fort William

Jamie Gillies – Skye Camanachd

Calum Grover – Newtonmore

Liam Borthwick – Kingussie

Duncan Matheson – Kinlochshiel

Kieran MacPherson – Kingussie

Daniel Sloss – Oban Camanachd

Ross Gordon – Skye Camanachd

Conor Kennedy – Kyles Athletic

Alistair MacRae – Fort William

Lewis Clark – Fort William

Martin Pringle – Skye Camanachd

William MacKinnon – Skye Camanachd

Lachie Shaw – Fort William

This year’s tour will be sponsored by Sitekit, a technology company headquartered on the Isle of Skye and now with offices in London and Edinburgh servicing the digital health and cyber security markets.

Sitekit founder Campbell Grant, himself a former shinty player with Glasgow University, Aberdeen Camanachd and Skye Camanachd in the 1980s, said: “Sitekit is proud to sponsor the Scotland U17s tour. We have a long connection with the sport and we wish the team and all those involved every success and a safe trip.” 

Camanachd Association Youth Director, Willie MacDonald, added: “We are delighted to have Sitekit’s support for this year’s tour. The Scotland Under 17 Squad, and the tour itself, is an integral part of shinty’s player pathway; it is the last opportunity for players to test themselves before preparing to step up to Under 21 and senior level.  This year’s squad is made up of some highly skilful players, most of whom already hold spots in their own club’s first team. I am in no doubt that we will see some excellent displays of shinty / hurling skill.”

There will be regular updates during the trip on the Camanachd Association Facebook page and Youth Website.

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