The 2019 Dublin Diaries – Part 6

After a good night’s sleep, the Sitekit Scotland U17 Shinty / Hurling squad gathers at 9am for breakfast. It’s a full cooked meal with cereals, yogurts, fruit, tea, coffee; the works!

It’s another warm Dublin day.

Our good friend Seamus Curtis has provided some training equipment and, at 10.30am, the group of seventeen players and Coaches Ronald Ross and Willie MacDonald, head to the excellent training facilities within the DCU complex and plans begin for this evening’s match with Kildare U17.

The Coaches put the players through their paces and tell them what to expect in what is going to be a very tough encounter against some excellent young Kildare hurlers. The players practice blocking hurleys, movement, positional set plays and they go over the composite rules to leave them best prepared as they take on the best Kildare U17 has to offer.

We’ll leave DCU at 2.15pm for a meal at the Goblet restaurant before setting off to the GAA Performance Centre in Abbotstown for a light knock-about. The wonderful facilities at Centre will inspire the players and this was the venue for last year’s international between Ireland U21 and Scotland U21.

Everyone is looking forward to tonight’s game which will be played at St Conleth’s Park, home of County Kildare GAA which is a 6,200 capacity stadium. Throw-in is at 7.30pm.

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