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Badenoch skipper excited to be winning her first international cap

By Ali Morrison

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Badenoch captain Megan Ralph said she and her three team-mates are honoured to be representing Scotland in the much anticipated shinty/camogie internationals against Irish opposition.

The Scots will play a West Cork select side at Bandon tomorrow with throw-in at 7pm.

Then, the following day, the travelling Scotland squad take on Carbery Camogie at Clonakilty. Throw-in is at 3.30pm.

James Gallacher, Laura Mackay and Andrew Morris are in charge of the Scots, and they have selected Badenoch players Mairi Stewart, Rhona McIntyre and Zoe Reid who all played in the last international in 2019 whilst there is a debut cap for Ralph.

She said: “I’m very excited for the international games this year, as are the rest of the Badenoch girls as it is an honour to represent our country.

“It’s a great opportunity to play with players from other teams and the international is always a good way to promote women’s shinty and women’s sport as a whole.”

Rhona McIntyre said: “I think all the Badenoch players are really looking forward to the international this year. It is great to have representative shinty back for the first time since 2019.

“The shinty/camogie games always bring an additional challenge which we really enjoy. Being selected to represent our country, and travel to Ireland, is a big honour and something we all really appreciate.”

Scotland teams from: Mairi Stewart (Badenoch), Megan Ralph (Badenoch), Rhona McIntyre (Badenoch), Zoe Reid (Badenoch), Christy Doherty (GMA), Laura McCafferty (GMA), Rachael McCafferty (GMA), Hazel Hunter (Glenurquhart), Ishbel Barr (Glenurquhart), Zoe Smith (Glenurquhart), Lorna MacRae (Kinlochshiel), Amy Disher (Lochaber), Mairi Duncan (Lochaber), Missy Cameron (Lochaber), Natalie MacDonald (Lochaber), Caitlin Maclean (Skye), Rhianna Kirk (Skye), Sarah-Jane Ferguson (Skye), Sarah Yoxon (Skye Camanachd) and Alison MacVicar (Uddingston).

n Badenoch Ladies shinty club feature in the latest edition of BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Our Story’ programme in which presenter Mark Stephen joined the WCA Mowi National Division winners at a training session to learn the story of the club’s rise since they were founded in 2008.

It also includes a fascinating and entertaining chat with three players from the Newtonmore Bluebells who played competitive matches against Oban Celtic and then Kyles Athletic all of 60 years ago.

The programme aired on Sunday morning but can still be accessed on BBC Sounds.

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