Hockey: Neave is full of confidence

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INVERLEITH playcaller Stuart Neave is confident his squad can push holders Grove Menzieshill all the way when the 
Division One indoor season opens at Perth tomorrow.

The Capital combine lost out on goal difference to the Tayside team last season, 12 months after edging Grove to win the title for the first time.

Three Scottish international stars are, however, missing this time: Fife-born goalkeeper Allan Dick and his brother Stephen – a former Olympian – and Chris Grassick from Balerno.

However, Graham Moodie, player/coach to Edinburgh University outdoor, and a star for Great Britain at the Athens Olympics, plus Glaswegian Callum Duke, and newcomers David Guy and German ace Fabian Wolksi, are all involved this time.

Neave said: “We lost out by a narrow margin on goal difference last season, which was a blow, and we’ve lost three quality players, but David Guy is in. He knows what is required.

“David also knows where the goal is and that could be a big help to us. Fabian has played at the highest level in Germany and will be an asset along with David [Forrester] who had a good season indoors for CALA.

“Graham [Moodie] is included in our strong squad along with Callum Duke and Adam [Mackenzie], Derek [Salmond] and Andrew Sinclair help make this a really strong squad.

“Grove are a good team and will be difficult to beat, but we can win this.”