GAME ON

And it’s six of the best in our hockey squad

Paisley Daily Express - - A Newlandscape - Craig Ritchie

There is a real Pais­ley feel around the Scot­land men’s hockey team – with six for­mer Kel­burne play­ers named in the Com­mon­wealth Games squad.

They will all be joined by head coach Derek Forsyth, him­self a for­mer Kel­burne boss, as they make the trip to Aus­tralia’s Gold Coast.

The Kel­burne con­tin­gent is formed by Kenny Bain, Michael Brem­ner, Alan Forsyth, David Forsyth, Wil­lie Mar­shall and Lee Mor­ton.

Lasrt year was an in­cred­i­ble year for Scot­land’s men’s hockey team. The Blue Sticks will be look­ing to carry their ex­cep­tional form from last year, where the team won EuroHockey Cham­pi­onship II and qual­i­fied for the World League semi-fi­nal, into 2018.

Ex­cite­ment has been build­ing in an­tic­i­pa­tion of the Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games fol­low­ing the draw for the tour­na­ment. Scot­land men have been drawn in Pool A with Aus­tralia, New Zealand, Canada, and South Africa. Men’s Pool B has In­dia, Eng­land, Malaysia, Pak­istan, and Wales drawn to­gether.

Derek Forsyth said: “The play­ers worked hard through­out se­lec­tion and I’m pleased with the squad. We have a great blend of youth and ex­pe­ri­ence and are look­ing for­ward to rep­re­sent­ing Team Scot­land in the Gold Coast. “We’re look­ing for­ward to our up­com­ing test matches against Eng­land as these will be the last matches we play be­fore the Gold Coast.” Scot­tish Hockey chief ex­ec­u­tive of­fi­cer David Sweet­man said: “I’d like to of­fer my congratulations to all the ath­letes se­lected. This an­nounce­ment is a great tes­ta­ment to all the hard work and ded­i­ca­tion shown by each ath­lete in the squads. “Our play­ers and staff are fan­tas­tic am­bas­sadors for hockey. We look for­ward to cheer­ing them on as they com­pete in Aus­tralia and we wish the whole of Team Scot­land the very best of luck for April’s Games.”

Full squad: Tommy Alexander ( Read­ing), Rus­sell An­der­son (Can­nock), Kenny Bain (Hur­ley), Michael Brem­ner (UHC Ham­burg), Gavin By­ers (Grove Men­zieshill), Cal­lum Duke ( Hill­head), David For­rester ( Club Mon­trouge), Alan Forsyth ( Sur­biton), David Forsyth ( Qui Vive), Cameron Fraser (Grange), Chris Gras­sick (Sur­biton), Rob Har­wood (Western Wild­cats), Gor­don McIn­tyre (Wim­ble­don), Wil­liam Mar­shall (Sur­biton), Lee Mor­ton (Read­ing), Nick Parkes (Sur­biton), Dun­can Rid­dell ( Read­ing), Jamie Wong (Qui Vive).

Non trav­el­ling re­serves: Mur­ray Collins (Lough­bor­ough Uni), Cameron Golden ( Grove Men­zieshill).  Both Cara Kennedy and Kelvin Cham are named in the gym­nas­tics squad.

After a fifth place in the team event in Glas­gow, Kennedy leads a women’s trio which in­cludes Shan­non Archer, who took four golds, in­clud­ing the All-Around ti­tle, at the 2017 Scot­tish Cham­pi­onships and Scot­tish Un­even Bars cham­pion, Is­abella Tolometti.

Kennedy said:“I am so happy to fi­nally an­nounce that I have been se­lected to rep­re­sent Team Scot­land at the Gold Coast Com­mon­wealth Games. I’ve had to keep this a se­cret for over a month now and be­lieve me that was al­most as hard as qual­i­fy­ing.

“I’ve been on such a jour­ney since the last Games in Glas­gow 2014 and I can’t be­lieve I’m now go­ing to Aus­tralia.”

Top duo Wil­lie Mar­shall and Alan Forsyth On form Adam Hall Call-up Cara Kennedy

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