Scottish Hockey Union: Scotland’s senior women, supported by the Scottish Institute of Sport, have signalled their intentions by announcing a near full-strength side for their Celtic Cup campaign in Edinburgh this weekend.

With double Olympian Rhona Simpson marking her international comeback to bolster the team, the signs are looking good for a home win.

The only player unavailable is Aimee Clark (Hightown) who is still carrying the back injury which kept her out of the squad for France earlier this month. As this is an important year for the young star who hails from Elgin, the management team are exercising caution to ensure that she will be fit for the European Championships and Junior World Cup.

"This is the closest we have had to a full strength squad available for competition. However, the positive aspect of not having had all our players available at the same time is that this has tested the strength of the squad and built up the level of experience within the team," national coach Lesley Hobley said.

“Having Rhona Simpson back on international duty is obviously a real boost and adds invaluable international experience to the squad. That is complemented by some exciting new talent, such as Holly Cram who has been called up from the U21s. Holly had been at University in the USA and recently rejoined the Scotland set up.

"I have called up Holly Cram from the U21 squad following some very encouraging performances from her on recent tours. I went to watch her play with the U21 squad against Germany at Inverclyde and was very impressed with what I saw. She came along to a couple of training sessions with the seniors and did very well. Her performance in France demanded that she made the squad for Germany and she really proved herself against the Dutch and Germans".

Hobley, the Scottish Institute of Sport High Performance Coach for women’s hockey is quite clear about her objectives for the competition.

"This is now the business end of the season. Whereas previously we’ve been focusing on improving performance and looking at how we play together now it’s all about results. There will be no excuses and we make no bones about it, we’re going all out to win the Celtic Cup."

Scotland’s first match is against France at 1600 on Friday 22 July.

Scotland Women
Ali Bell
Vikki Bunce35 Caps
Jane Burley 80 Caps
Louise Carroll 42 Caps
Linda Clement 74 Caps
Holly Cram 1 Cap
Lorna Dobbie 4 Caps
Catriona Forrest 3 Caps
Kath Gray 59 Caps
Sam Judge 81 Caps
Julie Kilpatrick 13 Caps
Debbie McLeod 25 Caps
Emma Rochlin 89 Caps
Ali Rowatt 40 Caps
Rhona Simpson 155 Caps
Catriona Semple 10 Caps
Cheryl Valentine 60 Caps
Abi Walker 10 Caps
Management Team
Coach: Lesley Hobley
Manager: Brent Deans
Assistant Coaches: Dave Stott, Audrey Sime
Physiotherapist: Kath Edwards
Videographer: Pamela Stephenson

Match Schedule
Friday 22 July: Scotland v France, 16:00
Saturday 23 July: Scotland v Wales, 14:00
Sunday 24 July: Scotland v Ireland, 14:00