Chris Duncan to debut at Watsonians’ hockey event

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CHRIS Duncan will make his hockey debut for Edinburgh University in their pre-season challenge clash with Watsonians and his former club Inverleith tomorrow.

The 22-year-old Scottish internationalist has moved across the city to link up with former Olympian Graham Moodie, player/coach to the students.

Duncan has worked with Moodie at under-21 and national level and said: “He is a great coach and I believe working with Graham on a regular basis will help develop my game.”

The tournament will christen Watsonians’ new pitch and it will test the Division Two club who were relegated from Division One last season. It will also give the hosts a chance to assess their promotion potential.

Over the summer, Watsonians have recruited Tom Swarbrick, a former skipper of the Edinburgh University side, and several Heriot-Watt University students are expected to swell the ranks.

Fraser McCurdy, one of the survivors from last season, revealed that loyal servants Magnus Ferrier and Ashley Cochrane are also still on board. And former Scottish international midfielder, Calum Wood, remains coach but he will not play. McCurdy said: The new pitch is due to be commissioned at the end of August. It will be good to have a home pitch as we were not allowed to play any games at the school last season because it was a sand-based pitch. The new pitch is one step down from water-based surface but it will be so much better.

“It was disappointing to be relegated last season and it was a hard season for us. We played some good stuff and had chances to win a number of games. If we’d taken them we may have stayed up.

“However, we also came up short by letting in late goals and we are working to make sure we prevent that happening this season.”