Young shinty play­ers shine through at sum­mer camp

The Oban Times - - SPORT -

FROM Sun­day July 16 un­til Thurs­day July 20, 71 of the coun­try’s bright­est young shinty prospects de­scended upon Strathal­lan School in For­gan­denny, Perthshire, for the 2017 Na­tional Player De­vel­op­ment Camp.

Each player, aged be­tween 14 and 17, had been nom­i­nated by their youth or se­nior club to take part in the camp, de­signed to of­fer the very best in the tech­ni­cal, tac­ti­cal, phys­i­cal and psy­cho­log­i­cal as­pects of the game.

Through­out the week, the young play­ers re­ceived spe­cial­ist train­ing from Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion coaches based around all the key skills and tac­tics of the game. Stu­art Ma­claren, the head of youth de­vel­op­ment at the Scot­tish Foot­ball As­so­ci­a­tion was on hand to de­liver a prac­ti­cal ses­sion, and an in­spir­ing talk to all the play­ers and coaches, and Maria Omma, a strength and con­di­tion­ing coach with the In­sti­tute of Sport de­liv­ered a fas­ci­nat­ing talk and prac­ti­cal ses­sion on the im­por­tance of in­cor­po­rat­ing a strength and con­di­tion­ing within in­di­vid­ual and club train­ing ses­sions to the bud­ding shinty stars.

A num­ber of awards were pre­sented at the end of Thurs­day’s ses­sion. The award win­ners were: Player of the camp – Roddy Young, Kin­gussie; most im­proved player – Wil­liam Boag, Bute; out­stand­ing per­for­mance – Ruaraidh Gra­ham, In­ver­aray.

Camp or­gan­iser Ron­ald Ross com­mented: ‘The Na­tional Player De­vel­op­ment Camp has once again proved a great suc­cess. Since its in­cep­tion over 20 years ago, the camp has helped hun­dreds of young play­ers from across the coun­try to im­prove all as­pects of their game from the tech­ni­cal to the phys­i­cal ele­ments of the sport. The camps are also a great way for the par­tic­i­pants to meet other as­pir­ing shinty play­ers, forg­ing ties and friend­ships through­out the sport.’

Strathdearn Cup fi­nal venue de­cided

WITH the the Kin­gussie and New­ton­more sec­ond teams both win­ning through to the Strathdearn Cup fi­nal, the clubs opted to de­cide the fi­nal venue by the toss of a coin to en­sure a large lo­cal sup­port.

The coin toss, car­ried out by Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Jim Barr, took placed at the Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion of­fices last Fri­day.

New­ton­more won the toss so the Strathdearn Cup fi­nal will take place at The Ei­lan on Satur­day Au­gust 12.

Scot­land U17s play in Ire­land

THE SCOT­LAND U17 squad have been in Ire­land for match-

es against their Wex­ford and Dublin counter-parts and you can read a re­port from both games in next week’s Oban Times.

The Scots were forced to make two late changes to their squad as week­end in­juries ruled out Oban Ca­manachd’s Daniel MacVicar and Lo­vat’s Michael MacKen­zie. Fort Wil­liam’s Lewis Clark and Calum Mclay from Glas­gow Mid Ar­gyll were called up in their place.

Player of the camp – Roddy Young, Kin­gussie with Ca­manachd As­so­ci­a­tion pres­i­dent Jim Barr.

Out­stand­ing per­for­mance – Ruaraidh Gra­ham, In­ver­aray.

Most im­proved player – Wil­liam Boag, Bute.

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