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Scotland’s men to face Ireland, France, Poland and Malaysia in CG warm-up

Scotland’s Senior Men travel to France to compete in a Five Nations Hockey Tournament (24th-29th August) in Paris this week. During the tournament, they will face fixtures against hosts France, as well as Ireland, Poland and Malaysia, before returning to Scotland for matches against the USA and Wales in Stirling, starting on 2nd September.
The upcoming games will provide vital opportunities for the team as they now look to prepare for the Commonwealth Game in Delhi following the team announcement by Commonwealth Games Scotland last week.

Scotland’s Senior Men travel to France to compete in a Five Nations Hockey Tournament (24th-29th August) in Paris this week. During the tournament, they will face fixtures against hosts France, as well as Ireland, Poland and Malaysia, before returning to Scotland for matches against the USA and Wales in Stirling, starting on 2nd September.
The upcoming games will provide vital opportunities for the team as they now look to prepare for the Commonwealth Game in Delhi following the team announcement by Commonwealth Games Scotland last week.
For head coach Russell Garcia, the forthcoming matches are doubly important, “This is the first time we’ve got all our players together at the same time, so going into the Five Nations and the other games coming up, we really need to get everyone on the same page in terms of tactics and agreed objectives.”
When asked about specific training objectives he has for his squad in using these games as preparation for Delhi, Garcia would not be drawn, however, saying only, “We do have specific objectives and we are working towards these during our training sessions. However, it’s something we’re keen to keep within the squad as a major international competition approaches.”
The travelling squad will contain a good range of youth and experience, which will be available to Garcia, as he tells us: “For the squad we’ve got some young guys and it should be very exciting for them as we head towards Delhi. We have three U21 players in Kenny Bain, Alan Forsyth and Gordon McIntyre, who we will need to integrate quickly, as well as more experienced players like Niall Stott, Graham Moodie and Mark Ralph. It’s an exciting mix.”
The level of competition in France will provide the Scots with an examination of their capabilities, as they prepare for some tough matches in Delhi. All four of their Five Nations opponents are ranked above them in ABN AMRO World Rankings, and they lost to Ireland 3-1 at their last meeting. However, the standard they will face in the Commonwealth Games will be even higher, with their first match coming against world number one Australia and their second against current gold-medallists Pakistan. These are challenges that Garcia and his squad will relish.
Scotland Senior Men: James Cachia (Bowdon), Mark Ralph, Christopher Nelson, Iain Scholefield, Ross Stott, William Marshall, Kenneth Bain, Alan Forsyth, Gordon McIntyre, Gareth Hall (all Glynhill Kelburne), Vishal Marwaha (Western Wildcats), Graham Moodie (Edinburgh Uni), Stephen Dick, Derek Salmond (Inverleith), Cameron Fraser (Grange), Niall Stott (East Grinstead), Gavin Byers (Menzieshill), Russell Anderson (Brooklands).
Source: Scottinsh Hockey

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