Scotland U18s in international action

Scotland’s U18 hockey squads are in action this weekend, with
both teams facing a number of international matches on 3-5

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).

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