Inverleith handed baptism of fire in hockey’s top-flight

Grange hockey coach David Knipe
Grange hockey coach David Knipe
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Newly-promoted Inverleith have the toughest possible fixture on their return to the elite of Scottish men’s field hockey after two years.

They visit defending champions Bromac Kelburne, who embark on their quest for a 14th-straight Division One title.

Former Scotland midfielder Michael Christie makes his comeback as Inverleith coach Stuart Neave, who has Olympian Stephen Dick in his squad, said: “This season is all about consolidating our place in Division One.”

Grange travel to a Clydesdale side boosted by new coach Callum McLeod and the Edinburgh side’s coach David Knipe said: “We aim to continue to develop our style of play.”

Scotland internationalist Duncan Riddell has left but set-piece expert Dan Coultas, a former Great Britain squad player, has joined from neighbours Edinburgh University.

Grove Menzieshill, who were third last year, start their campaign with a Dundee derby against promoted Dundee Wanderers. Western Wildcats have a home fixture against Hillhead who have former Scottish and Great Britain internationalist Mark Ralph as coach.

Uddingston and Edinburgh University don’t feature in the first week of matches.