Adam Mackenzie has arrived home from a skiing holiday in France determined to scale Scotland’s indoor hockey summit tomorrow (4.40pm) at Bell’s Sports Centre, Perth.
The Scotland internationalist was a key member of the Inverleith squad which claimed the indoor crown three seasons ago.
And he was again a major influence as the ambitious Edinburgh club finished in pole position in Division One after the regular season ended recently.
Inverleith square up to old foes, and reigning champions, Grove Menzieshill in tomorrow’s Grand Final, and the 29-year-old Fifer, who has vast experience indoors and outdoors, and has played for Scotland at the Commonwealth Games, said: “The guys are playing well.
“Last weekend, for example, we controlled our final play-off game against Dundee Wanderers and it was one of our most composed games of the season.
“In the play-off semi-final against Western we were comfortable and the guys are really buzzing. Naturally, we’re all looking forward to the Grand Final. It is where we went to be and what we’ve been working towards since the indoor season started.
“The prize is a place in Europe and a national title. We won the indoor title three years ago and that was a big moment for the club. We then went into Europe and hosted the tournament in Edinburgh, which was a great experience.”
A victory against Grove Menzieshill in Division One was a major boost and Mackenzie is looking for another top drawer showing from the side.
He added: “Grove are a good club. They have a great indoor record, but we beat them in the regular season and there is no reason why we can’t do it again.
“We know each other well and it is all about who wants it on the day. We have quality players in Graham Moodie and Stephen Dick and they are both former Olympians.
“We’ve also good experience in Derek Salmond and Ian Moodie, both Scottish internationals, and our goaltender, Graham Stuart, has played abroad and has big game experience.
“Young players coming through include Patrick Christie and Chris Duncan and they have all stepped-up.
“Now we have to deliver on the big day and we are all looking forward to grasping the opportunity.”
Waverley Inveresk Trinity Ladies are involved in a Division One relegation scrap with Hillhead (10am) – the winner then plays Inverleith in the play-off to see who is included in Division One next season (1.15pm).