The build-up to the 2016 U20 Men’s SCD Championships has been ongoing for the past 17 months. During this time the original squad of 24 trained monthly for the first 14 months, then through two four day Christmas camps and into the start of 2016. At this point numbers were cut to 19 for the Power League phase of preparations, where two teams were created to compete with two senior men’s teams. The Power League fixtures were excellent in providing the opportunity for high level matches to the young athletes trying to book their place to the finals in Cyprus. The benefits of all those sessions with the coaching team were highlighted as the standard of performance was consistently excellent, with many close sets being played out.
After the final Power League fixture on 28th February, the names of the players in the final selection were announced. Making the final selection is always a difficult exercise for everyone involved with the programme, but it is also an unavoidable aspect of performance sport. There are congratulations due to those who have been successful, and commiserations to those who have missed out, but Scottish Volleyball is all the better for the efforts made by players and staff alike in the build-up programme, and in particular in the outstanding Power League..
Finally twelve players will carry the responsibility of showcasing Scottish Volleyball in Cyprus and working to achieve the targets set by the whole squad at the Christmas Camp. The players who have been selected recognize this, and over the remaining practice sessions will continue to work hard to add the final polish before heading off to face the challenge of International Sport.
The players and staff for the SCD Men’s U20 Final 2016 are:
Marc McLaughlin (captain) – Su Ragazzi
Rhys Arthur – City of Edinburgh
Sean Platts Stobie – NUVOC
Cameron Hardman – NUVOC
Zac Lynn – South Ayrshire
Mark Cathro – City of Edinburgh
Edward Oldbury – Shetland
Fraser Dunlop – South Ayrshire
Peter Dijkhuizen – Beacon
Conor Walker – Su Ragazzi
Mitchell Brown – City of Edinburgh
Stuart Mackenzie – Su Ragazzi
Thomas Dowens, Head Coach
John Scrimgeour, Assistant Coach
Bill Stobie, Team Manager
Jenny Jones, Physiotherapist
Saturday is play-offs and semi-finals, Sunday is Classification and Final day. Full details can be seen on the CEV Website.
Scotland U20 Men’s Squad