Wales Women’s Hockey squad have traveled up to the mountainous Scotland to play in a three test series over the bank holiday weekend, 25th – 27th of May at Glasgow’s National Hockey Centre.
Yesterday the played their first match, where they reigned victorious after securing their first win over the ladies in purple for the first time in over a decade.
The final score was 2-1, with goals from Natasha Marke-Jones in the 22nd minute, and Phoebe Richards for Wales. Scotland’s Amy Brodie brought the game level within 2 minutes of Marke-Jones’ opening goal, but Richards clinched the victory after scoring early in the second half, where Wales saw themselves working hard for the remainder of the match in order to protect their win.
The game was also significant for Beth Bingham, who received her 50th cap for Wales on the same pitch as her first. Also, Emily Rowlands received her first cap alongside Bingham.
The next match is set to take place tomorrow (Sunday), pushback at 2pm and Monday at 11am.
Scotland are offering the event for free in order to attract as many fans as possible to add even more to the atmosphere of this Celtic clash.
26th ranked Wales will relish this victory, especially as they are preparing to host the Euro Championships II in August at Sport Wales’ Sophia Gardens.
17th ranked Scotland are also in preparation, but they are in the World League Semi Finals this summer over in Brussels, where they will face the Netherlands.