Scotland U18s in international action
02 June 2011
Scotland's U18 hockey squads are in action this weekend, with both teams facing a number of international matches on 3-5 June.
Scotland U18 Women travel to Lille, France where they will take part in a three nations tournament against hosts France and Germany, whilst a Scotland U18 Men's development squad will make the short journey to Jordanstown, Northern Ireland for three matches against an Ulster select.
For the women, the three nations tournament will provide Colin Clarke's squad with valuable opportunities to pit his side against quality international opposition as they continue to look forward to the trip to Holland in July to compete at the EuroHockey U18 Championship in Utrecht. Both France and Germany will also be competing in the Championship so they will be a useful barometer by which Clarke can measure the progress of his squad.
Meanwhile, Bill Robson and Stephen Foster are preparing an experimental Scottish U18 team for the matches against Ulster this weekend, with a number of players from a development squad selected to join up with a number of the current U18 internationals.
"The matches against Ulster will give some of the boys in the development squad an opportunity to experience hockey at a higher level and advance their development as players. Most of them will still compete at U18 level next season again so it's a great exposure for them", said Robson.
For a number of players in the squad, the matches against Ulster will also provide the team with useful game-time and experience in advance of travelling to Cernusco, Italy in July for the EuroHockey U18 Championship II, as Robson suggests,
"The current U18 internationals playing this weekend will also get valuable time on the pitch ahead of the European competition in July and with final selection not far off, it's their time to press for inclusion in the squad going to Italy."
Scotland U18 Men: Gregor Hirst (Clydesdale HC and Gryffe High School), Ben Peterson (Clydesdale HC), Stewart Coghlan (Clydesdale HC), Michael Nicol (Glynhill Hotel Kelburne), Jake Hibbert (Inverleith HC and George Watson's College), Corey Hastings (CALA Edinburgh and Stewart's Melville College), Craig Falconer (Grove Menzieshill and Grove Academy), Alasdair Wood (VWS Dundee Wanderers and Strathallan High School), Christian McKenna (Bon Accord HC and Cults Academy), Sean Hadfield (CALA Edinburgh and Boroughmuir High School), Fergus Barrows (AAM Gordonians and Cults Academy), Gordon Amour (Glasgow School of Sport), Aeden McCrossan (Inverleith HC), George Adams (Ayr and Belmont Academy), David Clark (Clydesdale HC and Mearnscastle High School), Aiden Docherty (AMN Hillhead), Michael McKenzie (VWS Dundee Wanderers and Strathallan High School).
Scotland U18 Women: Mairi Drummond (CALA Edinburgh and George Watson's College), Fiona Plain (CALA Edinburgh and George Heriots), Hazel Hall (CALA Edinburgh and George Watson's College), Kike Lawal (Grange HC and St. George's School), Laura Page (Inverleith HC and Currie High School),Nicki Cochrane (Grove Menzieshill and Strathallan High School), Anna Gourlay (Perthshire), Louise Campbell (Grove Menzieshill), Sarah Robertson (Borders Fjordhus and Kelso High School), Kirsty Hill (CALA Edinburgh and Kelso High School), Emma Barlow (Glynhill Hotel Kelburne and Bearsden Academy), Jennifer Hendry (Milne Craig Clydesdale Western and St.Aloysius College), Heather Howie (Milne Craig Clydesdale Western and Craigholme School), Lucy Lanigan (Giffnock and Hutchesons' Grammar School), Bethan Mann (Milne Craig Clydesdale Western and Craigholme School), Kirsten McIntosh (Milne Craig Clydesdale Western and Hutchesons' Grammar School), Jenny Morris (GHK and Kelvinside Academy).