Tuesday, April 16, 2024

Dutch courage fuels Scotland’s hopes for Masters Hockey World Cup success

Scotland over-45s are gunning for world glory after memorably ruling Europe in blistering heat

From a silver lining at the home nations to a barely believable gold on the continent at European Championships, Scotland men’s over-45s are aiming for further riches when they take part – eventually – in the next Masters World Cups.

One of three masters world showpieces due to take place last year in a landmark year for the sport, nearly 250 men’s and women’s national teams were set to compete in three locations: Nottingham, Cape Town and Tokyo. The veteran Blue Sticks outfit were due to be one these teams, oozing pride at playing for their country and with a fine story to tell too. Instead, they will wait their turn in 2022.

Scotland were unlikely, yet deserving winners of the gold medal in Rotterdam in 2019. The Scots had put up a good showing in the 2019 Home Nations, narrowly missing out on first place to England on goal difference. But no-one expected Scotland to win a medal at the European Championships.

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