Scotland host Germany, England and Spain in a men’s Four Nations hockey tournament at the sportscotland National Centre, Inverclyde this weekend.
The Scots will look to the experience of Great Britain internationalists Niall Stott and Graham Moodie in the challenges ahead against three of the top top five teams in the world in the friendly internationals from June 11-13. Scotland aer ranked 23, Germany are ranked two, England four and Spain five.
Coach Russell Garcia names twenty-one players in his squad for what will be three tough matches for the Scottish players.
There is also strong representation from Scottish champions Glynhill Hotel Kelburne, including men’s player of the year Michael Christie, and young player of the year Michael Bremner. Recent squad addition Dan Coultas also has the opportunity to further his experience at senior international level.
Current European champions England will bring a strong squad north of the border, with all sixteen players selected by head coach Jason Lee having represented Great Britain at international level. They will be led by England and GB captain Barry Middleton, who will be looking to add to his tally of 34 England goals, whilst Surbition’s James Tindall and Matt Daly will carry the main goal threat with over 90 goals between them for the national side. With over five cap centurions in the squad, including Rob Moore and Glen Kirkham, Russell Garcia’s men will face an English side full of experience at senior international level.
Meanwhile, 2008 Olympic champions and recent World Cup finalists Germany will pose the toughest challenge of the weekend for the Scots. Head coach Markus Weise names a highly experienced squad for the tournament, with a cumulative squad total of 1714 caps between the players highlighting the longevity of these players at international level. Leading the list is forward Matthias Witthaus, with an extraordinary 324 caps won for the German national side.
Spanish head coach Dani Martin will be without a number of players from Club de Campo and Oranje Zwart, as they will be competing in the final stages of the Euro Hockey League in Den Haag, Holland this coming weekend. However, many of the players will be familiar faces to the Scots, with Alex Casasayas, Alex Fabregas, Manel Terrace, Oriol Fabregas, Pau Quemada and Salvador Piera of Real Club de Polo involved in the EHL group match against Glynhill Hotel Kelburne at the start of the 2010/11 season.
Looking forward to the three-day tournament, Scottish Hockey chief executive Brent Deans said: “Scottish Hockey is delighted to be able to stage this friendly international tournament at Inverclyde. It is a great opportunity to bring some of the world’s best players and teams to Scotland where they can showcase their talents. We’d be delighted to see a big crowd down to support our Scottish players against quality opposition in the form of England, Germany and Spain.”
Tickets are available for supporters at the sportscotland National Centre, Inverclyde and hockey enthusiasts should take advantage of this excellent opportunity to watch the world’s best hockey players in action. Adult season tickets will cost £12, whilst day tickets can be purchased for £5. U16s and senior citizens are admitted free of charge.
Scotland Men: Jamie Cachia, Ross Stott (both Bowden HC), Alan Forsyth, Michael Bremner, Michael Christie, Gareth Hall, Gordon McIntyre, Iain Scholefield, William Marshall, Mark Fulton (all Glynhill Hotel Kelburne), Derek Salmond, Adam McKenzie (Inverleith HC), Wei Adams (AMN Hillhead), Graham Moodie (Edinburgh University), Gavin Byers (Grove Menzieshill), Fergus Dunn (FC Barcelona), Niall Stott (East Grindstead), Dan Coultas (Durham HC), Russell Anderson (Brooklands), Kenny Bain (HDM), Chris Grassick (Surbiton).
Sat 11 June, Germany vs. England, 14.00, Inverclyde
Sat 11 June, Scotland vs. Spain, 17.00, Inverclyde
Sun 12 June, Spain vs. England, 14.00, Inverclyde
Sun 12 June, Scotland vs. Germany, 17.00, Inverclyde
Mon 13 June, Germany vs. Spain, 10.00, Inverclyde
Mon 13 June, Scotland vs. England, 12.00, Inverclyde
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