PREVIEW: top Scottish university talent to face Ireland in annual showcase

This weekend will see representatives from Scotland’s universities take part in Scottish Student Sport’s (SSS) annual showcase against an Ireland university select side, across 2 days of action at Heriot-Watt.

Having held trials last month, the SSS squads were whittled down to 10 of the best women and 12 of the most impactful men currently studying at university in Scotland.

Both squads will be full of confidence given the number of National League players who’ve enjoyed successful campaigns with the likes of Edinburgh University, Glasgow University, Lady Rocks, City of Edinburgh and Falkirk Fury.

Ahead of the event, the women’s team headed south to face Newcastle University. Despite having only trained together a handful of times and being short-handed, on the trip, the side fell by just a single point (83-82) with all players ending up on the score sheet. The addition of key squad members Erin McDonnell and Morgan McLaughlin, for the clashes against Ireland, has added to the high spirits in the camp.

Games will take place on Saturday 9th and Sunday 10th, with fixtures tipping off at 11am and 1:30pm on both days.


Scottish Student Sport Women’s Squad
Player Position Age Height University Course
Erin McDonnell Guard/Forward 23 6ft 1 University of Edinburgh (Msc) Public Health
Beth Mackie Guard 21 5ft 6 University of Edinburgh Sport and Recreation Management
Sarah Halejian Guard 23 5ft 8 University of Edinburgh (Msc) Sport Policy, Management and International Development
Hilary Wood Guard 22 5ft 4 University of Edinburgh Economics
Dori Lansbach Guard 24 5ft 8 University of Edinburgh (MSc) Film Directing
Kirsten Simpson Forward 20 6ft Queen Margaret University Applied Pharmacology
Yhana Van Wees Forward 20 5ft 11 University of Abertay Sport and Exercise
Shannon Purves Centre 19 6ft 1 University of Stirling Philosophy and Politics
Morgan McLaughlin Centre 35 6ft 2 University of Glasgow (Msc) Early Modern History
Jenna Beattie Forward 22 5ft 11 University of Glasgow Dentistry
Scottish Student Sport Men’s Squad
Player Position Age Height University Course
Borislav Gachev Guard 20 6ft 2 University of Glasgow Electronic and Software Engineering
Steven Docherty Guard 21 6ft University of Glasgow Mechanical Engineering
Ross Gibson Centre 22 6ft 6 Glasgow Caledonian University Mechanical Engineering
Colin McDonald Centre 21 6ft 5 University of Glasgow English Literature and Spanish
Nestor Lasuncion Guard 19 6ft Glasgow Caledonian University Media and Communication
Lauritus Juffer Centre 21 6ft 8 Queen Margaret University Psychology
Calum Nicol Forward 24 6ft 4 University of Glasgow Computing Science and Economics
Andrea Tuni Forward 26 6ft 4 University of Strathclyde Management Engineering
Jeb Spink Guard 21 5ft 9 Robert Gordon University Sport and Exercise Science
Chris De Souza Guard 22 6ft University of Glasgow Economics
Jacques Saint Jean Forward 25 6ft 5 University of St Andrews (PhD) History
Ron Adrian Guard 24 6ft University of Edinburgh (Msc) Sport Policy, Management and International Development
Jonathan Pettit Forward 26 6ft 6 University of Strathclyde Journalism and Creative Writing with English

Image: C.Cox
Gallery: SSS/B.Mackie