THE Scotland senior and under-21 shinty squads to play their Irish hurling counterparts in the annual Marine Harvest shinty/hurling international have been announced.
These matches represent a unique cross-codes celebration of the two sports and their shared history and are a highlight in the annual shinty calendar, attracting hundreds of spectators and televised live on BBC2 in Scotland.
It is the only occasion Scotland field national senior and under-21 shinty teams. The games will be played at the Bught Park, Inverness, on Saturday, October 21.
Newly-crowned Marine Harvest Premiership champions Kinlochshiel are the best represented club, with five players selected, including three MacRae brothers: Finlay, Keith and John.
The only player selected from out with the Premiership is international talisman Kevin Bartlett, who returned to play for Caberfeidh this season.
There are four players picked for the first time at this level: Andrew King, Daniel Grieve, Craig Mainland and Mike Russell.
Scotland manager Ronald Ross said: "We have a good mixture of youth and experience and all the players have worked well throughout the preparation sessions, and I am confident we will provide a highly competitive match on home soil against the Irish."
The under-21 pool contains four players from Kingussie, while seven players have been selected for the first time at this level.
The 21s’boss Alan MacRae said: "The players have all come through a thorough selection process, which has presented us with a strong, skilful squad who will hopefully entertain and look to restore some Scottish pride after last years disappointing result.
"We are under no illusion that it will be a tough competitive match and both the coaching team and the players are looking forward to the challenge."
Senior squad: Kevin Bartlett (Caberfeidh), John Barr (Glenurquhart), Ryan Borthwick (Kingussie), Conor Cormack (Kinlochshiel), Mark MacDonald (Kinlochshiel), Finlay MacRae (Kinlochshiel), John MacRae (Kinlochshiel), Keith MacRae (Kinlochshiel), Grant Irvine (Kyles Athletic), Andrew King (Kyles Athletic), Roddy MacDonald (Kyles Athletic), Daniel Grieve (Lovat), Stuart MacDonald (Lovat), Craig Mainland (Lovat), Greg Matheson (Lovat), Rory Kennedy (Newtonmore), Steven MacDonald (Newtonmore), Glen MacKintosh (Newtonmore), Mike Russell (Newtonmore), Daniel Cameron (Oban Camanachd); management – Ronald Ross (manager), Garry Reid (assistant manager), Kevin Thain (forwards coach), Neil Bowman (head trainer).
Under-21 squad: Blair Morrison (Caberfeidh), Alexander MacMillan (Fort William), Arran MacPhee (Fort William), Callum Shepherd (Fort William), Nick Dalgety (Glengarry), Lachlan Smith (Glenurquhart), Scott MacLachlan (Inveraray), Innes Blackhall (Kilmallie), Savio Genini (Kingussie), Calum Grant (Kingussie), Robert Mabon (Kingussie), Rory MacKeachan (Kingussie), Barry MacDonald (Lochaber), Danny Kelly (Lovat), Iain Richardson (Newtonmore), Craig Ritchie (Newtonmore), Will Cowie (Skye), John Gillies (Skye), Ali MacLeod (Skye); management – Alan MacRae (manager), Iain McDonald (assistant manager), Callum Macleod (assistant manager), Davie McVey (head trainer), Lorna Forsyth (physio).