Glasgow 2014: Hockey skipper Chris eyeing top four

Scotland captain Chris Grassick. Pic: LISA FERGUSON
Scotland captain Chris Grassick. Pic: LISA FERGUSON
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Scotland hockey skipper Chris Grassick has thrown down the gauntlet to his team-mates.

The Edinburgh-born playmaker wants a top-four finish in the Commonwealth Games and believes a home crowd can roar Scotland to success.

The 23-year-old GB squad member said: “Seventh is the highest Scotland have ever finished in the Commonwealth Games in men’s hockey.

“We are an ambitious group and we all believe that we can push to get into the top four. Playing in front of a home crowd will bring so much more energy to our game.”

Grassick, whose mother Jenny represented GB, now plays for English cracks Surbiton and he added: “The Games give us a platform where we can excel.

“We play South Africa (ranked No.11 in the world) in our first game and we are confident that if we perform we can get a result. You never know what might happen if the crowd get behind us.

“We also play Wales (who are not in the world’s top 30), and we have beaten them recently, but we need to deliver on the day. Then we face Australia who are the world champions.

“You always want to test yourselves against the best and they are without a doubt the best on the planet.”

Grassick, pictured, a former pupil at Balerno High School, enjoys the extra responsibility of being captain.

He said: “I am excited enough to be playing in my first Commonwealth Games and the event is on our home pitch. It’s a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

“Being the captain is a bonus and it motivates me to perform as well as I can so I can drive the guys forward.

“We have high standards for ourselves. We want to raise the profile of hockey in Scotland and to inspire the next generation of players.”