Scotland men’s indoor squad announced for Euros in Santander
Scotland`s indoor head coach Stuart Neave has announced the squad he will take to Santander this weekend for the Indoor EuroHockey Championships III.
The Scots will be up against hosts Spain, Ireland, Wales and Slovenia in a round-robin format – a strong quality of opposition level.
A situation acknowledged by Neave. “Whilst the Euros tournament is at tier three, the quality of teams involved is very high. Spain, Ireland and Wales all having played “A” division outdoors this summer.
“Our aim is to play the best hockey we can and see where that takes us.”
To progress the Scots will have to finish in the top two in the league to reach the final, and then win the final for the one promotion place available. The team enter the tournament on a high after recent performances against Canada.
There were a lot of positives to take out of the three test matches last weekend.
On that Neave remarked: “The test series against Canada was invaluable.
“Playing a team ranked 21 places above us in the world rankings over three matches gave us an opportunity to play at tournament level pace and assess what was working or not.”
To draw the series against a team of Canada`s status was positive, but so also was the ability to find the net – 20 goals in three games at that level was good shooting. And to score ten in the second match was a remarkable performance.
So Neave will be relying on the likes of Grange`s Dan Coultas, Cammy and Jamie Golden from Grove Menzieshill, along with Inverleith`s Stephen Dick to repeat their sharp-shooting in Santander.
Further, also encouraging is that the Scots twice came back from deficits, so the fighting spirit is there.
Two years ago in Nicosia Scotland finished in third spot – and no promotion. Wales were one place behind and Slovenia finished fifth. And strangely, neither Spain or Ireland played in European indoor competition in 2018, and so enter this year at the bottom tier.
The match against Spain on Sunday will be live streamed on EuroHockey TV.
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