Hockey: Grange stay in the title hunt

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GRANGE are within touching distance of the top of hockey’s Division One after drawing 1-1 with long-time leaders at Glasgow’s National Hockey Centre.

Kelburne are on 28 points from 12 games but Grange are just three points behind having also played a dozen fixtures.

Rising star Jack McKenzie opened the scoring for the home side midway through the opening period and they held that slender advantage until Grange skipper Cammy Frazer levelled with less than ten minutes remaining from a penalty corner.

The league now enters a winter break until February 20 and Grange coach David Knipe said: “Our performance was much improved from the 4-0 home defeat we suffered to Kelburne earlier in the season. We’re improving and we’ll continue working.”

Edinburgh University coach Graham Moodie praised his men after holding third-placed Grove Menzieshill 1-1 on Tayside. Ben Cosgrove netted after 15 minutes but the students bounced back when Dan Coultas scored from a penalty corner five minutes later.

Moodie said: “The guys have been fantastic during the first half of the season and I applaud them for their efforts.”

Edinburgh University’s women’s side, meantime, are under real pressure to retain their title after losing 3-1 to second-placed Grove Menzieshill on Tayside. It was the students’ first defeat this season and both clubs now have 31 points but Grove Menzieshill have a game in hand. Edinburgh remain top on goal difference.