High Hopes for Hockey on Home Soil

Date: 12/06/2014

The Men’s and Women’s Hockey Teams for Glasgow 2014 were announced today with exactly six weeks to go until their competitions begin.

Over 11 days of action, 20 teams will compete for two Gold medals and Scotland will be looking to use home support at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre at Glasgow Green, to build on their previous Games outings and be competitive against some of the top hockey nations in the world.

The men’s side will be led by Head Coach Derek Forsyth, who has held the post since the beginning of 2012, and was Assistant Coach in Delhi, 2010. On his team’s selection he said: “The squad we’ve selected for the Commonwealth Games includes a number of talented and experienced players who we think will give us the best chance of hitting the targets we’ve set ourselves for the hockey competition. The players are looking forward to the challenge of playing the likes of Australia, South Africa and India in front of a home crowd and delivering good performances as a team.”

The 16-man squad contains six players each with over 100 caps for their country including Chris Nelson, William Marshall, Gareth Hall and Iain Scholefield.

Two sets of brothers will compete in Glasgow – Niall and Ross Stott, alongside Alan and David Forsyth.

Alan Forsyth and Kenny Bain are seen as the real goal threat for Scotland. GB player Chris Grassick will captain the side and makes his Commonwealth Games debut, bringing a wealth of knowledge to the midfield alongside fellow GB player, and double-Olympian Niall Stott who has now amassed 150 caps for Scotland.

Scotland finished 9th in Delhi and will be looking to improve their position after credible showings recently against England, Argentina and Belgium at the Men’s 4 Nations in Glasgow and a series win over Wales.

For the women’s team, there are also a number of familiar and experienced faces in the line-up that were part of the team that finished 7th in Delhi four years ago and a side that is largely unchanged from that which competed in the FIH Champions Challenge in Glasgow just over a month ago, where they finished in 7th position.

Coached by Gordon Shepherd, the team is preparing for some tough opposition in Australia, England, Malaysia and local rivals Wales. Shepherd said: “Before the team selection, all of the players demonstrated desire and commitment to producing high quality output during the full-time programme, making it extremely competitive for places in all positions when it came down to selecting the group for the Commonwealth Games. I have now selected a group of players that I believe gives Team Scotland the best chance of reaching the target we’ve set for the hockey competition and it is a squad that has valuable experience of competing at the highest level of international hockey.

“I fully believe this squad can build on its recent successes, including retaining its place in the European Championships last summer, to deliver good performances in front of thousands of Scotland supporters in Glasgow.”

Linda Clement will captain the team as she steps out for her fourth Commonwealth Games and has led the team in over 100 international matches. Key players in the midfield will be Great Britain internationals Vikki Bunce, Morag McLellan, Emily Maguire and Nikki Kidd. Kidd’s is particularly key with her role in the short-corner set-pieces and was ranked third in the English Premier League scoring charts this season and listed in the league’s Team of the Season.

At the back, Amy Gibson will provide a solid presence in goal supported by her defence that includes Catriona Ralph, Susan McGilveray and Leigh Fawcett.

In the final weeks of preparation, Scotland’s women will play a test series against Ireland and Spain on home soil this month before the men and women both travel to England to compete in the Investec Cup in early July.

SELECTED HOCKEY ATHLETES

MEN:

NAME                             POSITION 

Kenny Bain                       Forward

Michael Bremner               Defender  

James Chachia                 Goalkeeper

Daniel Coultas                   Defender

Alan Forsyth                      Forward

David Forsyth                    Defender

Chris Grassick                  Midfield (Captian)

Gareth Hall                        Forward

William Marshall                Defender

Gordon McIntrye                Midfield

Ian Moodie                        Forward

Christopher Nelson            Midfield/ Forward

Nicholas Parkes                Midfield

Iain Scholefield                  Defender

Niall Stott                         Midfield

Ross Stott                        Midfield

RESERVES

Gary Cameron                   Defender/ Midfield

Gavin Somerville                Goalkeeper

 

WOMEN:

Ali Bell                             Forward

Vikki Bunce                      Midfield/Forward

Linda Clement                   Forward

Aileen Davis                      Defender

Leigh Fawcett                    Defender

Amy Gibson                      Goalkeeper

Nikki Kidd                          Midfield

Nikki Lloyd                         Forward

Emily Maguire                    Midfield

Susan McGilveray               Defender

Morag McLellan                  Midfield

Catriona Ralph                    Defender

Sarah Robertson                 Forward

Nicki Skrastin                      Midfield

Rebecca Ward                    Defender

Ailsa Wyllie                        Forward

RESERVES:

Nicki Cochrane                    Goalkeeper

Holly Cram                          Forward

Alison Howie                       Defender

Rebecca Merchant               Midfield

 

Photo credit: Jeff Holmes