Hockey: Scotland’s women in good shape for European promotion bid

Scotland's women beat Ireland 2-1 in their three-match indoor seriesScotland's women beat Ireland 2-1 in their three-match indoor series
Scotland's women beat Ireland 2-1 in their three-match indoor series
Head coach Iain Strachan believes Scotland’s women are in good shape for a European indoor hockey promotion bid later this month, despite Covid complications.

Strachan blooded six new caps and experimented with systems and tactics during the three-match indoor series away to Ireland, which Scotland won 2-1.

The Scots are in Pool A alongside Poland, Lithuania and Ireland in Division Two of the EuroHockey championship in Ourense, Spain from January 21-23. Pool B features Switzerland, Belgium, Croatia and the hosts.

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Strachan's goal is promotion to the top tier and he has two more training sessions before his squad hope to board the plane, Covid-19 permitting.

He said: “The last two days against Ireland were all about trying things and we did that. Winning was a bonus.

“We've got work to do before we go to Europe, and this was a bit of a scratch team because of issues including Covid-19, but they came through and this bodes really well for the future.”

Scotland men's coach, Stuart Neave, was also full of praise for his squad who beat Ireland 3-0 in their three-game series, with six under-21 players in the line-up.

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He said: "The boys showed determination, particularly when they went behind, and they battled well to win all three games and I am absolutely delighted for them."

His squad don't have European action after it was cancelled because of the pandemic, but he added: "This was the first time that some of the squad have played at this level and we have undoubtedly found some new talent."

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