Inverleith book their indoor hockey play-off final place

Stuart Neave with some of his players
Stuart Neave with some of his players
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Inverleith coach Stuart Neave looked ahead to next Saturday’s Indoor Hockey League play-off final and said: “It’s where we want to be.”

Saturday’s Indoor Hockey League play-off final and said: “It’s where we want to be.”

The Edinburgh side beat Dundee Wanderers 11-3 in their final play-off clash and Western 10-6 in their semi-final.

Now they face arch rivals Grove Menzieshill at Perth on Saturday with the door to Europe and a national crown at stake.

Neave said: “Western were defensive and we took time to break them down. The game became physical, but our short corners worked well and we’re pleased to be in the final. That’s where we wanted to be as we are desperate to win the title and progress into Europe.”

Grove Menzieshill are leaving nothing to chance and trained yesterday as they step-up their bid to retain the title.

The squad worked out less than 24 hours after qualifying for the play-off final.

Grove will also train on Wednesday and Chris Anderson, their coach, said: “We’ll have a full-strength squad and we’re looking forward to it.

“The final is where we targeted and there will be few surprises, as they know us and we know them. It will be close.”

Grove secured their passage into the final four by edging Glasgow-based Western 9-8 in a thrilling final play-off game.

Anderson said: “It is tournament hockey and Western turned up. They showed character but we got the job done.”

Grove then advanced to the final with a comfortable 8-3 victory over Tayside rivals Wanderers.