Wales have just arrived in Scotland ahead of their three day test series against the Scottish Women Hockey team.
Ellie Jackson took to Twitter to announce the ladies’ arrival:
The test series will be played at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre, which was home to the Commonwealth Hockey events in 2014. The stadium will house an epic three day battle against two teams who are eager to reign supreme, with the Welsh playing in the Euro Championship II on home turf, whilst Scotland are heading to play in the World League Semi Finals in Brussels, where they will face number 1 ranked Netherlands.
Both nations are determined to progress their hockey to the next level, and believe that this weekend of test matches will prove invaluable, as well as exhilarating, ahead of their summer ambitions.
Another excellent addition to the tournament is that fans are able to watch the games for free, which will hopefully attract a fair crowd in order to motivate the teams further. A great opportunity for hockey fans to witness international hockey on their doorstep.
Welsh Head Coach, Kev Johnson, has stated on the Hockey Wales website:
“After our recent rise in the World rankings, we are committed to learning more about how to improve ourselves both individually and collectively and therefore seek to play higher ranked opposition as regularly as we can, so playing Scotland at this time is perfect preparation for us as we head towards our home Europeans this summer. Scotland are to be admired for the way they have developed their programme over recent years and they are busy preparing for both World League Semi-Finals and European A division this summer. Whilst there is no doubt this will be a tough challenge for us, we are learning to meet these challenges head on and relish the opportunities to confidently take our game to whoever we face.“
Gordon Shepherd, Scotland Women’s Head Coach, has also made a statement on their website:
“It’s an exciting time and we are all looking forward to the games against Wales. We are using the matches to give all players an opportunity to show the coaches why they should be selected for the World League Semi-Finals in Brussels.
“We will be looking for the players to show confidence and take into the games what we have been working on in training. Wales are coming to us as a much improved side from the last few times we have played them, and under a new coach as well, so we are expecting three very tough games.”
For more information about the games, including full squad lists, head on over to their respective websites below:
- Game 1 – Friday 26th May 19:00 start
- Game 2 – Sunday 28th May 13:00 start
- Game 3 – Monday 29th May 11:00 start