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Ronald Ross reflects on another excellent display from Scotland

AFTER a hectic schedule in the lead-up to the Marine Harvest shinty/hurling international on Saturday October 21 and a frantic 80 minutes which culminated in Scotland’s 18-15 win over Ireland, Scotland head coach Ronald Ross took time to look back on a fourth successive win on home soil.

Whilst the main focus is always on the game, it is worth reflecting on the detailed preparation which takes place before-hand.

‘The players are required to make a huge commitment for this fixture,’ said Ronald Ross. ‘It’s a huge ask for them and that shouldn’t be forgotten.

‘As well as playing and training for their clubs every week, and doing training work on their own, we’ve asked them to attend five hard training sessions.

The bottom line is for Scotland to be competitive and to be in with a chance of winning these international matches, this is the level of preparation required. ‘The process started with a trial match – shinty/hurling rules and goals - with 35 players invited to attend.

‘Following the trial match, we had four preparation sessions at An-Aird. The last session took place at the all-weather pitch. We also had a three-hour session the day before the international with all players in attendance and a fine tuning session on the morning of the game, refining tactics and practicing 65s and side-line cuts.

Fitness sessions

‘Additional midweek fitness sessions - four in total - were set up at the grass field at Inverness Sports Centre for the Inverness based players and the all-weather at Aviemore for the Badenoch players.

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