Scots set for Spanish tests in Terressa
30 May 2012
Scotland Senior Men begin their preparations for participation in September's FIH World League I with three international matches against Olympic contenders Spain from 2-5 June.
Two new caps are included in the squad; Callum Duke (Edinburgh University) and Ian Moodie (Western Wildcats), whilst National League Division 1 champions Glynhill Hotel Kelburne provide a third of the eighteen player party selected, including Player of the Year Alan Forsyth and Young Player of the Year Michael Bremner. Ex-Buddies Gordon McIntyre and Kenny Bain also feature. Niall Stott remains with Great Britain as selection for the London 2012 Olympic Games approaches.
Discussing the matches this weekend, Eugene Connolly, Scotland Manager, said:
"Our long term aim is to start building a squad to achieve success in the European competitions next summer and the Commonwealth Games in 2014. With the loss of GB players, such as Niall Stott, and retirals of other players, the squad lack experience so new faces are needed and playing top teams such as Spain will aid their knowledge and experience."
"The new caps are Callum Duke and Ian Moodie. Duke has had a good season with Edinburgh University and is now fit after some injury issues in recent years. He is now worth a place in midfield, whilst Moodie has done well in junior sides and with Western Wildcats, as well as having a pedigree."
For hosts Spain, the matches this weekend provide vital game time as they prepare for participation at the London 2012 Olympic Games. The Spaniards will face hosts Great Britain, Australia, Pakistan, Argentina and South Africa in the preliminary pool matches in London.
The trip to Terressa also marks the first of two international weekends in June for the Scots, with the squad due in Stirling to play England A at Forthbank on weekend of 9th/10th June. With Scotland travelling to Portugal in September for the inaugural FIH World League I, the forthcoming internationals will provide Scotland's coaching and management team with plenty of food for thought:
"Our target for this weekend is really to compete, as Spain are a settled side with top players and are preparing for London so we are well behind them in terms of practice. Also with a new coach, a great deal can be learnt by both players and management about his style, tactics and organisation", said Connolly.
"This week allows players to show if they are ready to step up to international level and to add to the depth of the pool of players available. There are opportunities for young players and it is now up to them to take their chance."
Scotland Senior Men: Jamie Cachia (Sheffield HC), Allan Dick (Holcolme HC), Michael Bremner, Iain Scholefield, William Marshall, Chris Nelson, Alan Forsyth, Gareth Hall (all Glynhill Hotel Kelburne), Wei Adams (AMN Hillhead), Dan Coultas (Durham University), Gordon McIntyre (Beeston), Chris Grassick (Inverleith), Callum Duke (Edinburgh University), Kenny Bain (THC Hurley), Fergus Dunn (Surbiton), Gavin Byers (Grove Menzieshill), Ian Moodie (Western Wildcats), Russell Anderson (Brooklands).