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Rob Harwood and Lucy Lanigan ready for Commonwealth Games

The chance to represent Scotland at the highest level comes around only once every four years for field hockey players. For Rob Harwood and Lucy Lanigan, the chance even to get that chance, and make the flight for the Commonwealth Games in Australia’s Gold Coast next month, could be distilled down to one week.

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Katie Holmes celebrates pulling a goal back for Scotland during the 2-1 defeat by Italy at the Women's Hockey World League tie in Brussels. Picture: Charles McQuillan/Getty Images for FIH

Brave Scots lose narrowly to Italy in World League

Scotland coach Gordon Shepherd billed yesterday’s crucial pool match against Italy at the World League in Brussels as a must-win event, but unfortunately his charges went down 2-1 and face a tough task to qualify for the quarter-finals and a place in the World Cup finals next year.

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Wei Adams of Scotland battles for the ball with Thierry Brinkman of the Netherlands.  Photograph: Alex Morton/Getty Images

Dutch leave Scotland pointless but hopeful

Scotland went down 3-0 to the Netherlands, 19 places above them in the international rankings, in their second pool match at the World League semi-final in London. But crucially the scoreline means Derek Forsyth’s charges are still above bottom side Pakistan on goal difference.

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