Hockey: Grange and Ed Uni battle for Scottish Cup

Grange player Aaron Doig, left, hopes to pick up his first silverware
Grange player Aaron Doig, left, hopes to pick up his first silverware
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Aaron Doig has never won a national hockey title in his career and that is why the hard-working Aussie is so fired up for tomorrow’s Scottish Cup showdown with Edinburgh University.

The 24-year-old midfielder, pictured below, has been a key cog in Grange’s squad in his first season in Scotland.

And this stylish driving force has helped the Edinburgh side secure a place in the showpiece final and clinch second place in the ten-strong Division One.

Grange, the cup holders after edging city rivals Inverleith in the final 12 months ago, earned 44 points in their 18 regular season games.

And quiet man Doig, who goes about his business in a calm, studied manner, was at the heart of the team, particularly in the second half of the season.

The Queensland-born player is under no illusions about the problems which could be set by Edinburgh University with two former Olympians, Stephen Dick and Graham Moodie, named in the students’ squad.

The fact that Grange won 3-0 on their last meeting on March 21, is of no consequence.

Doig declared: “Edinburgh University have a mix of youth and experience. The experience comes in Stephen (Dick) and Graham (Moodie). The students are fit and work hard for each other and nobody is taking them lightly.”

First-choice goalkeeper Sean Hadfield, a Scotland under-21 international, will return after treatment on a wrist injury.

Skipper Cammy Fraser comes back after a ban, while midfielder Callum Milne was unavailable last Saturday.

Doig added: “Saturday is a big game for us. The boys won last year and we want to do it again.”

Meanwhile, Gordon Amour and his ambitious team-mates have trained well this week and go into the game on the back of a confidence-boosting 3-2 victory over Aberdeen in their last league game of the season.

The result – achieved with an under-strength side – secured fifth place in the ten-strong table, the students’ highest-ever finish during a regular season.

Amour, 19, said: “Grange are a quality side and we lost to them last month, but we go into every game confident we can get a result and the final will be no different.”