Glasgow 2014: Scotland name hockey Challenge squad

The FIH Champions Challenge will take place at Glasgow's National Hockey Centre. Picture: Johnston Press

The FIH Champions Challenge will take place at Glasgow's National Hockey Centre. Picture: Johnston Press

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SCOTLAND’S senior women’s hockey team have named their eighteen-strong squad for the FIH Champions Challenge at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre.

Scotland will take on Belgium, India and Korea in the group stage of the tournament. The winner of the Champions Challenge will qualify for the elite Champions Trophy tournament

Scotland Senior Women Head Coach Gordon Shepherd said: “We have a good blend of youth and experience in the squad. It was very difficult to pick the team for Champions Challenge as all the players have been extremely competitive during the early stages of full-time training.

“I’m happy with the strength of the squad. It’s going to be a tough tournament as a lot of the competing teams are using it to prepare for the forthcoming World Cup in the Netherlands.

“However, we have had excellent preparation going into the tournament and are capable of a strong performance.

“We know that every team is ranked higher than us but we have always performed well in the Champions Challenge over the years, coming third and fourth recently. We always set out to compete against the higher ranked nations and we are aiming for a top four finish.”

The FIH Champions Challenge takes place at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre from 27 April-4 May.

The squad in full:

Nicola Cochrane (Edinburgh University), Vikki Bunce (Dundee Wanderers), Morag McLellan (Clydesdale Western), Alison Bell (Grove Menzieshill), Rebecca Ward (Dundee Wanderers), Catriona Ralph (Clydesdale Western), Sarah Robertson (Edinburgh University), Linda Clement (Captain, Grove Menzieshill), Ailsa Wyllie (Grove Menzieshill), Leigh Fawcett (Grove Menzieshill), Rebecca Merchant (Edinburgh University), Nikki Kidd (Canterbury), Susan McGilveray (Clydesdale Western), Nicola Lloyd (Canterbury), Nicola Skrastin (Clydesdale Western), Emily Maguire (Reading), Aileen Davis (Clifton), Amy Gibson (Old Loughtonians).

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