Wanderers eye a medal in Wettingen
23 May 2012
VWS Dundee Wanderers travel to Switzerland with high hopes of a medal and promotion from the women`s European Club Champions Challenge over this weekend.
It will be a tough assignment for the Taysiders as they come up against Lille MHC (France), Prague (Czech Republic) and SC Amiscora (Italy) in the pool competition, and need to finish in the top two to reach Monday`s promotion play-offs.
International goalkeeper Carmin Dow is optimistic. "Our main strength is our team spirit and the fact that we have so many talented players within the squad. We also have a number of people who have experienced a lot of European hockey."
Although Dow did admit there had been certain problems in the preparation for the tournament. "The build-up has not been ideal, so long since the end of the domestic league, but we have been training hard and have played practice matches against the Scotland under 18s and under 16s as well as our men`s team."
But Wanderers will lack strength in depth with only 13 players available for the Swiss trip, perhaps the biggest loss is midfield playmaker Vikki Bunce who is still involved in the GB squad. But also missing will be teenager Jess Ross, she is included in the Scotland under 16 squad for a four nations tournament in Germany, the influential Amy Rowan who is making wedding arrangements and Heather Elder, not yet recovered from long-term injury.
Further, the Taysiders have had an indifferent domestic season, finishing in mid-table and losing the Scottish Cup to Dundee neighbours Grove Menzieshill. Some of Wanderers` problems stemmed from parting company with coach Iain Strachan in mid-season, Mabel Neish will stand in for the tournament.
Wanderers open their pool competition with a match against French champions Lille tomorrow, a win here would do a lot for the Taysiders` confidence.