Gold medallist Russell Garcia starts his temporary stint as Scotland’s senior men’s head coach, while still working with the junior men, when the squad take on Ireland in three test matches 2-4 October in Banbridge, Northern Ireland as part of preparations for their upcoming World Cup qualifier.
Garcia said: “We’re looking to get ready for the qualifier in Invercargill, New Zealand in November. Ireland will be a real chance for less experienced players to prove themselves with a view to going to the qualifier- but also looking ahead to the Commonwealth Games.“
Twenty Scots have been selected to travel to Banbridge Hockey Club, several with less than twenty caps and five taking the pitch for Scotland’s senior men for the first time. Making their debut is David and Alan Forsyth (Azzurri Kelburne), Wei Adams (Grange), John Harris (Inverleith) and Callum Milne (Inverleith).
“Ireland are playing well; they’ve developed their team and are ahead of where we are currently. It will be a tough challenge but good for us,” warned Garcia. The two sides last met at the Celtic Cup in June where they drew 3-3 in the final match which allowed the Irish to take the Cup on points difference.
The upcoming match against Ireland is one piece in the get fit for New Zealand puzzle, as Garcia is starting to assemble a plan for qualification.
“One of the things that came out of the recent European Trophy was that the squad was too slow. This month the team is going through a speed endurance and strength phase and we’ll work on core skills. Starting in October, we’ve got several games set up before heading to New Zealand. We’ve met our target of 10 competitive games, against teams such as Italy and Bangladesh. We’ll also look to develop plays, tactics and our unit play,” said Garcia.
When asked what it will take for players to make it to the qualifier, he explained: “I’m looking to see if the guys can perform physically at a high level of intensity in match games. They need to show they can make decisions under pressure. You can push young players to a point but if they’re not ready, they’re not ready.”
Garcia agreed to fill in when Scottish Hockey and Jon Royce parted ways after his contract ran out this summer following the EuroHockey Nations Trophy in Wrexham where Scotland finished fifth.
2nd Oct 09, 20.00, Ireland, Banbridge Hockey Club
3rd Oct 09, 18.00, Ireland, Banbridge Hockey Club
4th Oct 09, 14.00, Ireland, Banbridge Hockey Club
Manager: Dave Reid
Coach: Russell Garcia
Ass. Coach: Derek Forsyth
Physio: Joanne Wilson
Umpire: Ian Diamond
Allan Dick (GK), Surbiton
Jamie Cachia (GK), Bowdon HC
Mark Ralph, Azzurri Kelburne
Iain Scholefield, Azzurri Kelburne
Ross Stott, Azzurri Kelburne
Michael Christie, Azzurri Kelburne
Adam McKenzie, Inverleith
David Forsyth, Azzurri Kelburne
Chris Grassick, Inverleith
Cameron Fraser, Grange
Chris Nelson, Azzurri Kelburne
Wei Adams, Grange
Niall Stott, Falkirk GHG
Fergus Dunn, FC Barcelona
Douglas Simpson, Western Wildcats
Kenny Bain, Azzurri Kelburne
Gavin Byres, Menzieshill
John Harris, Inverleith
Alan Forsyth, Azzurri Kelburne
Callum Milne, Inverleith
Source: Scottish Hockey
Posted 5 hours ago.
The Hockeyroos will welcome back a number of familiar faces as they head to Europe for next month’s Investec Hockey...
Posted 21 hours ago.
The Black Sticks Men have lost 1-0 against Korea at Papatoetoe Sports Centre tonight in a game full of speed and...
Posted 1 day ago.
I heard on the news yesterday that Africa has seven of the fastest growing economies in the world. Africa is reputed...
Posted 2 days ago.
Korea have beaten the Black Sticks Men 2-1 in the fourth test at Pukekohe this afternoon despite an improved...
Posted 3 days ago.
EHL Final Four hosts HC Bloemendaal have been crowned Euro Hockey League champions for a second time after winning a...
Posted 3 days ago.
Den Bosch have claimed a remarkable 13th elite European title in 14 seasons courtesy of a 4-2 victory over defending...