Grange go for the double after claiming men’s hockey title

The Grange squad who pipped Kelburne
The Grange squad who pipped Kelburne
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Grange are eyeing a historic Scottish Cup and league double after ending Bromac Kelburne’s 13-year stranglehold on the men’s Division One hockey title. They took the silverware on goal difference from the Paisley team, who drew 3-3 with Uddingston.

It took a last-minute penalty corner strike by Uddingston’s Steven Percy to deny Kelburne a 14th straight title.

And Grange took full advantage of Kelburne’s final-day slip-up to beat already-relegated Inverleith 5-0 and win their first title since 2002.

Grange dominated the game and led 2-0 at the interval through penalty corner conversions by Luke Cranney and Michael McKenzie, who slotted home a rebound after another penalty corner.

Grange continued to dominate possession into the second-half and confirmed their superiority with further strikes by James Nairn, again from a penalty corner, captain Cammy Fraser completing the job after a slick passing move involving a number of players, and a solo run from Callum McKenzie.

Ed Irvine, the team manager, said: “We played out the last ten minutes but dominated play.”

Grange play Edinburgh University at Glasgow’s National Hockey Centre on Saturday with the Scottish Cup at stake.

Edinburgh University retained the women’s National League title with a 3-1 win at Western Wildcats.

First-half with goals from Sophie Maunder and Amy Brodie were pivotal and Izzy Fowler claimed a third in the second-half before Emily Cross netted a consolation for Wildcats.

It’s a fourth title in a row for the students, who finished two points ahead of Milne Craig Clydesdale Western.

They defeated Dundee Wanderers 5-1 with two goals each for Emma McGregor and Millie Steiger. Heather Howie claimed a single.