Grange on the road for hockey start

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GRANGE open their Division One hockey campaign tomorrow with a road trip to Dundee Wanderers (2pm) and the Scottish Cup and play-off title holders only have one absentee, Australian striker Todd Harmsworth.

Colin Clarke, Grange’s coach, said: “Everyone is training well and we are looking forward to starting the season.”

Edinburgh University head for the north east to play Gordonians (1pm) and coach Graham Moodie admitted that pre-season has been a challenge.

He said: “Players have been returning to Edinburgh at different times but we have been able to play a number of 
games.

“We have made some big improvements in the few weeks and I would say we are as well prepared for the start of the league as we have been for some time.

“That said we know that Gordonians will be a very tough opening game, but we feel ready for it and are really looking forward to it.

“They made big steps forward last year getting into the European play-offs which is where we aspire to be competing.

“Having them in the first game is a great opportunity to see where we are compared to the top sides from last season.”

The students only have one unnamed injury concern but unfortunately it looks they may lose two players due to work commitments.

Inverleith, who are now in Division Two, ended their pre-season with a friendly against Watsonians last night at Peffermill and travel to play Perthshire on Sunday (1pm).

Coach Stuart Neave said: “We have lost a number of players from last season, however, this provides an opportunity for the new faces and younger members of the squad to establish themselves.

“We are all looking forward to the league games starting and the challenges of a significant number of double-header games before December.”

Erskine Stewart’s Melville are at Carnegie (noon) on Saturday.