Inverleith find Kelburne too hot to handle on return to top-flight

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Newly-promoted Inverleith found Bromac Kelburne to tough to handle on their return to Scotland’s top hockey league after a two-season absence.

The defending champions – looking for their 14th straight domestic title – started their campaign with a 5-1 win over the Edinburgh side.

Michael Christie scored two goals in the comfortable win Glasgow’s National Hockey Centre and Kelburne’s other scorers were Ben Peterson, Johnny Christie and Josh Cairns. John Martin claimed Inverleith’s consolation.

Grange, who lost out on the title last term on a dramatic final day, made a positive start to this year`s campaign with a 4-0 win over Clydesdale at Titwood.

Under-21 internationalist Callum McKenzie scored twice while the other goals came from Callum Milne from the spot and Dan Coultas at a penalty corner.