Edinburgh Uni women win successive Hockey championships

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Edinburgh University’s dominance of women’s Hockey Division One continued at the weekend when coach Sam Judge guided her squad to back-to-back league titles.

They achieved the target with a 5-0 victory over lowly Erskine Stewart’s Melville.

Edinburgh Uni and Grove Menzieshill finished level on 47 points but the students won the title on goal difference.

Judge praised her squad who also reached the semi-final of the British Universities and Colleges Sport Cup before going out to favourites Exeter.

Edinburgh University men made it a double celebration when they cruised into their second successive Scottish Cup final.

A comfortable 5-1 victory over inexperienced PSL Team Sport Clydesdale at Glasgow’s National Hockey Centre clinched a date next month with Bromac Kelburne.

The students, who lost 5-1 to Edinburgh rivals Grange in last season’s final, were 4-1 ahead at the break thanks to a double from Dan Coultas, both from penalty corners, and singles from Ian Moodie and Michael Johnston. They controlled the second half with Johnston netting a second.

Captain Aedan McCrossan said: “We knew what to expect this year and this was a much more professional semi-final performance and now we face a massive game against Kelburne.”

Josh Cairns slotted a penalty flick as Kelburne squeezed past Grove Menzieshill into the Scottish Cup final.

Gavin Tomlinson scored a penalty stroke after 41 minutes to Grove ahead and Lee Morton levelled six minutes from time following the best move of the tense match.

They could not be separated after five running penalties but in the last one Grove goalkeeper Leon Hayward impeded Kelburne player Iain Scholefield while shooting and Cairns delivered.

Erskine Stewart’s Melville lost in a penalty shootout in the Plate semi-final against Falkirk GHG after being 2-0 ahead thanks to goals from Richard Wright and Dan Hodgkin.