PURPLE REPRESENTING | 2022 Commonwealth Games

There is purple in the exciting Scotland squads that have been selected to represent Team Scotland at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham this month.

Senior Women

Sarah Jamieson: Player: Youth Academy Graduate. Ex-Ladies First Team player. 
Sarah started playing hockey at Inverleith at the age of seven, where she played until she left for university at the age of 18. In that time she played throughout our Youth Academy and in our Ladies first team. This is her second Commonwealth Games. Her selection for the Gold Coast games in 2018 made her the first female Inverleith Youth Academy graduate to represent Scotland at a Commonwealth Games.

Amy Costello: Player: Ex-Ladies First Team player.
Amy played for our Ladies first team for multiple seasons, having previously come through the youth system of Edinburgh Hockey Club. This is also her second Commonwealth Games.

Laura Swanson: Reserve: Youth Academy Graduate. Ex-Ladies First Team player.
Laura Swanson has been selected to be a reserve. Laura played throughout our Youth Academy, starting at U10, and in our Ladies first team. She is currently playing for Der Club An Der Alster in Germany.

Chris Duncan: Head Coach: Youth Academy Graduate. Ex-Men’s First Team player. Ex-Men’s and Ladies First Team Head Coach. 
Chris is the head coach of the side. Chris played throughout our Youth Academy and rose to have significant involvement with our first teams as a player and as a coach.

SHOUT OUT: To Jessica Ross who was training weekly with our Men’s first team this season, as an extra session in her programme, and has been selected as a player.

Scotland women have been drawn in Women’s Pool B with Australia; New Zealand; South Africa; and Kenya.

Chris shares with us that “We’re ranked seventh but we’re never happy with just achieving our ranking. We want to go higher and do something special. Team Scotland’s top finish was in Melbourne 2002 when they came fifth and we’d love to try and replicate that. The main thing is to go out there and be comfortable and confident with the way we play and see where it goes. I’m excited to see what we can do. We’re itching to get going.”

Senior Men

Kyle Wright: Performance Analyst: Men’s First Team Player. Youth Academy Head Coach. Men’s Section Head Coach.
Kyle has been appointed as a Performance Analyst for the Scotland Senior Men’s team. Kyle is currently a Men’s First Team player and has worked in our Youth Academy and Men’s section as a Head Coach.

David Forrester: Players: Ex-Men’s First Team Player.
David has been selected as a player. David is currently a Men’s First Team player at Grange Hockey Club, but spent multiple seasons in purple in his younger years.

Pool matches:
Friday 29 July: 09:00-12:30 session | South Africa v Scotland
Saturday 30 July: 19:00-22:30 session | New Zealand v Scotland
Monday 1 August: 09:00-12:30 session | Scotland v Kenya
Wednesday 3 August: 09:00-12:30 session | Australia v Scotland
 
Women’s knockout matches:
Fri 5 Aug Semi-Finals and 7th-10th place play-offs
Sun 7 Aug Final and 3rd to 6th place play-offs
 
Live on the BBC.

Good luck to all involved. Congratulations on this achievement. Enjoy.

Your whole purple family is behind you.

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