Scotland Senior Women Head Coach Gordon Shepherd has selected a squad of twelve players for a four match international series against England in Perth from 17-19 January and the EuroHockey Indoor Nations Championship II in Lithuania from 24-26 January.
Dundee Wanderers’ indoor specialist Vikki Bunce will captain the side during the two tournaments, one that features a mixture of experience and youth as Shepherd looks to test his charges against their English rivals this weekend, before travelling to Siauliai to face Russia, Slovakia and Ukraine in the European competition next week.
Nicola Cochrane, Susan McGilveray, Morag McLellan and Jennifer Eadie of Milne Craig Clydesdale Western are also included, while CALA Edinburgh quartet Amy Brodie, Mairi Drummond, Sarah Robertson and Louise Campbell are also named in the squad.
Looking forward to the forthcoming international action, Scotland Senior Women Head Coach Gordon Shepherd said, “We have six of the U21 squad in the side for this weekend and indoor Europeans, a step up for them which will be key in helping their development in both the indoor and outdoor game. We also have fantastic experience amongst the side with six players who have competed in Europe before, so there is a good balance in the squad.”
“Our main target for Europe is remaining in group B and at a stretch qualifying for group A. It is very much unknown what may happen, as all the teams are very good in the group and every game is going to be tough. It’s going to be challenge and it will come down to who can adapt best and quickest to the new rules.
“This weekend will be good preparation for the team. England are a developed team so it will be a challenge but our overall concern for the weekend is gelling as a team and playing well.”
Scotland Senior Women: Nicola Cochrane (Milne Craig Clydesdale Western), Siobhan Cowie (Merlins Gordonians), Becky Ward (Dundee Wanderers), Amy Brodie (CALA Edinburgh), Mairi Drummond (CALA Edinburgh), Vikki Bunce (Dundee Wanderers, captain), Sarah Robertson (CALA Edinburgh), Louise Campbell (CALA Edinburgh), Heather Elder (Dundee Wanderers), Susan McGilveray (Milne Craig Clydesdale Western), Morag McLellan (Milne Craig Clydesdale Western), Jennifer Eadie (Milne Craig Clydesdale Western).