Hockey: Inverleith boss accepts call-up absentees

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Inverleith coach Stuart Neave says he had no objection to five of his hockey players being called-up for Scotland duty while his Edinburgh-based side play two domestic games this weekend.

Kinross-based Neave will be minus Kirkcaldy-born Stephen Dick, a former Olympian, plus Dan Coultas, a former Great Britain squad player, Jamie Wong and Gordon Amour, who have both played outdoors 
for Scotland, and Patrick Christie.

Inverleith, who are second in the eight-strong Division One table with 11 points from five games, play in-form Uddingston Riva, who are third with ten points from four outings.

The Capital side, who are Scotland’s defending champions, also square-up to Western Wildcats who are second bottom with two points from four games. Those games go ahead in Dundee (action starts at 9.45am) as, in Belgium, Scotland play the hosts plus England and French side Lille.

Neave said: “On this occasion, the games at this stage count for very little.

“It is also important for players to get exposure at higher level if going to be competing for Scotland in the Euros in January.

“Having said that, it has stretched our resources this weekend with our Seconds competing in Division Three and with other players unavailable.”