Scotland’s senior women continue their programme of international matches in preparation for the European Championships as they take on the might of the Dutch in Amersfoort this weekend.
As there are only two matches scheduled for the weekend, national coach Lesley Hobley has named a reduced squad for the fixtures, with five of the squad who travelled to England last weekend not included.
Bonagrass Grove trio Ailsa Robertson, Ali Bell and Carmin Dow have not been called up, nor have Fiona Sullivan (Giffnock) or Lorna Dobbie of Glasgow En-Croute Western, while Giffnock’s Julie Kilpatrick and Jacqui Fortune were unavailable for selection due to exam and work commitments.
The Scots will not face the full Netherlands team as the matches clash with the last weekend of the Dutch play-offs. However, this will still be Hobley’s toughest challenge yet as the Dutch are currently ranked number one in the world and have the strength in depth to field a top class side, despite club commitments. Scotland is ranked 17th.
The Scottish Institute of Sport supported squad will look to build on the experience gained from their recent matches against England where the Scots produced some promising hockey. They will also be hoping that Aimee Clark (Hightown) will repeat the form that saw her score on her international senior debut for Scotland in Manchester.
"Last weekend was a really positive camp and the girls now believe they can compete at that level. This weekend will give us a great opportunity to continue the momentum and build on the experience from England," Hobley said.
A further boost to the squad came as Olympian Rhona Simpson announced that she has made herself available for selection for international duty once again. Simpson will not make the trip to the Netherlands this weekend as the team selections had already been made but she will be available for future fixtures.
Dave Stott, the National Junior Women’s head coach will take on the role of assistant coach for this trip giving him the opportunity to see how two of his charges are faring at the top level, Aimee Clark and Cat Forrest are both named in this season’s Under 21 squad too.
The next test for the women will come at the end of June when they head to France for a Test series that should prove a good indication of form ahead of the Celtic Cup on home soil in July.
Scottish Senior Women’s Squad
Vikki Bunce (Bonagrass Grove)
Jane Burley (Giffnock)
Louise Carroll (Bonagrass Grove)
Aimee Clark (Hightown)
Linda Clement (Bonagrass Grove)
Catriona Forrest (Glasgow En-Croute Western)
Louise Gordon (Glasgow En-Croute Western)
Kath Gray (Glasgow En-Croute Western)
Sam Judge (Glasgow En-Croute Western)
Debbie McLeod (Bonagrass Grove)
Louise Munn (Grange Edinburgh Ladies)
Emma Rochlin (Glasgow En-Croute Western)
Ali Rowatt (Grange Edinburgh Ladies)
Catriona Semple (Glasgow En-Croute Western)
Cheryl Valentine (Bonagrass Grove)
Abi Walker (Glasgow En-Croute Western)
Coach: Lesley Hobley
Assistant Coach: Dave Stott
Manager: Brent Deans
Assistant Coach/Videographer: Audrey Sime
Physiotherapist: Diane Hunter
Saturday 28 May: Netherlands v Scotland, 6pm
Sunday 29 May: Holland v Scotland, 11am
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