Craig Harper was a Grange hockey stalwart until a teaching job opportunity at a top Scottish school took the former international to Aberdeen.
The Robert Gordons PE teacher has now steered the North-East combine into second place in ten-strong Division One. And Gordonians have six points and sit only three points behind Kelburne after three games.
Grange entertain in-form Gordonians at Fettes tomorrow and home coach Colin Clarke is looking for a win to lift his side up the table. The club’s two new Australian signings, striker Todd Harmsworth, and midfielder Arin Doig, are itching to play after being in the country for two weeks.
Teenage striker Hamish Imrie could miss out as he is included in the Great Britain under-21 squad for the Sultan of Johor Cup against Australia, India, Malaysia, New Zealand and Pakistan in Malaysia from October 6-20.
Grange are sixth in the table with three points from two games.
Clarke said: “We’re a club with a number of newcomers so we’re in a development stage but we want to win hockey games.”
Elsewhere, seventh-placed Edinburgh University entertain city rivals Inverleith, who are fourth, at 8pm tonight at Fettes College.
And bottom club Watsonians, beaten 4-1 by Grange in their last outing, are at Clydesdale.