Hockey: Hamish Imrie shines as Grange take fifth

Hamish Imrie, right. Pic: Nigel Duncan

Hamish Imrie, right. Pic: Nigel Duncan

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Hamish Imrie underlined his growing status at the top level of field hockey when he claimed a hat-trick as Grange earned fifth place in the EuroHockey Champions Trophy in Dublin by defeating SC Amsicora 5-0.

The 18-year-old Great Britain international came alive in the second-half yesterday after the sides were locked at 0-0 at the break.

They stepped-up after half-time with skipper Cameron Fraser at the heart of the push. He released bustling sniper Todd Harmsworth with a precision 60-yard pass for the opener three minutes into the session, the Australian forward netting from an acute angle on the left.

A minute later Fraser started a counter attack and Frank Ryan completed it with a second also from the left.

The Scots maintained their impressive work rate and it was no surprise when Imrie barged in front of the Italian goalkeeper to spin and steer the ball home after 26 minutes.

And, following a five-on-three break two minutes later, Imrie tapped in No.4 before the Great Britain under-21 international completed his and Grange’s scoring with a deflected strike in the dying seconds.

Colin Clarke, Grange’s coach, said: “It was an excellent tournament for us (Grange). The team played the best hockey of all teams, it was open, attacking hockey.”