Inverleith secure place in Scottish hockey's Grand Final

INVERLEITH have secured their place in Scottish indoor hockey's Grand Final.

By The Newsroom
Monday, 29th January 2018, 3:52 pm
Updated Monday, 29th January 2018, 3:55 pm
Inverleith coach Stuart Neave
Inverleith coach Stuart Neave

They thrashed Edinburgh rivals Grange in their final pool match 6-1 to top their section with 15 points.

Former Olympian Stephen Dick and Stuart Hatton both netted doubles.

They then faced a semi-final tie against Dundee Wanderers, who finished second in the other pool with 15 points but missed out on topping the section on goal difference from Tayside rivals Grove Menzieshill.

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Inverleith’s indoor campaign depended upon the outcome and the result was in the balance until the dying minutes in a nine-goal thriller.

Inverleith held out to move into the final with Dick again netting and he will be a key man on finals day at Bells Sports Centre in Perth on Feburary 3.

Coach Stuart Neave congratulated his Inverleith team and said: “We’re looking to win the final and head off to Europe next season.”

The Edinburgh side, who were runners-up last season, go in against Paisley-based 
Kelburne who have been surprise packets this season.

They hammered West of Scotland rivals Hillhead 13-5 in their final pool match and then edged holders Grove Menzieshill 6-5 in a tense semi-final with Neil McIntyre netting the game’s winning goal.