LINDA CLEMENT can’t wait for the moment she leads Scotland in the Commonwealth Games.
The Edinburgh-based PE schoolteacher is proud to be in the field hockey squad but skippering the side in her home country is the icing on the cake.
First capped in 1999, Clement is now a veteran with over 200 caps and she believes Scotland – ranked No.16 in the world but backed by a partisan home crowd – can rise to the occasion and beat the previous best of a fifth spot in Melbourne in 2006.
Inverness-born Clement leads her team against England (No.6), Australia No.2), Malaysia (No.21) and Wales (not in the top 30) in Glasgow.
She said: “We realise it will be difficult to achieve our goal, but the girls have set their sights on achieving it.”
Home support will be a massive plus. Clement, Scotland’s most capped woman and, at 34, the oldest member of the squad, said: “This is the Commonwealth Games, we’re playing in front of our own fans. That’s special.
“We experienced something of what it will be like in the Champions Challenge. This time it will be three times that intensity and the crowd will be a positive pressure for us.”
Preparations under coach Gordon Shepherd have gone well and the Grove Menzieshill stalwart added: “The recent Investec Cup was good for us, playing England, South Africa and Wales. It was mainly about performances, but you always want to get results.”