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