Hockey: University women target clean sweep

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Sam Judge has steered Edinburgh University’s women to a domestic hockey double but the students still face key games at home and abroad.

This weekend, they continue their quest for a clean sweep when they square up to Judge’s former club, Milne Craig Clydesdale Western, over two legs in the European play-off semi-finals.

The first game is in Glasgow tomorrow with the return at Peffermill on Sunday.

The Uni will be without Scottish internationaist Becky Merchant, the Fettes schoolteacher having broken her ankle in a recent Division One game. But they carry forward their confidence from last Sunday when they beat arch-rivals Grove Menzieshill 4-2 in Glasgow to win the Scottish Cup and add that to the Division One title.

The girls play in Europe next month when they represent Scotland in the EuroHockey Club Champions Challenge 1 so high-intensity, quality games at the business end of the season are important.

The other European semi-final features a derby between Grove Menzieshill and MJV Dundee Wanderers.

Meanwhile, Grange men are also in European play-off action, entertaining Grove Menzieshill tomorrow before travelling to Dundee on Sunday in the return.

The winners will play either Bromac Kelburne, the newly-crowned 12-in-a-row champions, or Western Wildcats.