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Scotland seniors set benchmark

NOW THE dust has settled on this year’s Marine Harvest shinty/hurling/camogie internationals, the three Scotland head coaches have given The Oban Times their perspective on their respective matches.

In the previous three senior internationals between the Scots and the Irish, the losing team scored 14 points each time. This year, however, although the Scots reached the 14 point mark, a defiant, defensive display helped them to a 14-5 victory at the Bught Park on Saturday October 22.

Scotland head coach Ronald Ross knows that his squad had to work hard to lift the Marine Harvest Quaich.

‘We dug it out,’ he said. ‘To win the match is always the most important thing and we put a lot of effort into our preparations. Fitness levels are so important and we were pushing forward right until the end of the game. Our fitness didn’t tail off towards the end of the match as it has sometimes done in the past. We based a lot of our preparation on fitness and drills so that we were best prepared for what was coming. We had 90 minutes of hard training at the Wednesday sessions in the four weeks ahead of the game plus, of course, Sunday sessions. That’s a big commitment for guys who are also playing and training with their club sides. It shows the players’ motivation and their keenness to bridge the gap from before.’

That old Scottish stereotype for being miserly may or may not be deserved but it certainly applied to the home defence who gave nothing away. There was a tactical battle on the touchline and the Scotland defenders were given specific jobs to do and they stuck to their tasks without exception. Ireland forward Shane Dooley was identified as a danger-man given his previous displays in this fixture. He scored three goals and three points when the Irish beat Scotland 51-23 in Ennis in 2012. He also scored three times in Inverness in 2010 and he netted the year before too.

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