Disappointment for Scottish sides at the EuroHockey Club Trophy


There wasn’t an opening day positive result for Scotland’s teams in Europe as Watsonians went down 2-1 to English side Surbiton in the women’s tournament in Hamburg and Grange men lost out 4-0 to Lisnagarvey from Ireland in Lousada.



It was a cracker of a start to Watsonians match, Sophie Hamilton put Surbiton ahead in only two minutes only for Sarah Jamieson to level seconds later.

Parity continued until just before the interval when England international Giselle Ansley gave Surbiton a 2-1 lead.

And that is how the score stood at the end although Watsonians picked up a bonus point for a slender defeat.

Watsonians` coach Keith Smith gave his evaluation, “I think a fair result over the course of the game, but we certainly had chances to equalise in the second half – Gen Hussell forced a good save from their keeper with a backhand shot, and Mairi Drummond had a goalbound shot deflected just wide of the post with a couple of minutes remaining.”



Grange clearly had a mountain to climb when they were three down at the interval.

The opener came in ten minutes with an open play strike by Oliver Kidd, and Grange were chasing the game from that point.

The second quarter was no better, Andrew Williamson converted a penalty corner for the second followed by another set piece strike by Kidd for 3-0 at the break, although Grange did create some opportunities of their own – but no goals.

Kidd scored early in the second half to kill the contest completely although it was an improved performance by the Scottish champions.

Grange manager Martin Shepherdson said: “Grange put a lot into the game and were disappointed that they couldn`t match their recent form.”

So points are required tomorrow to get back into the arena – Watsonians play Butterfly Roma who were thumped 12-1 by host side Club An Der Alster while Grange take on Ukrainian side Vinnitsa who were 5-2 victors over hosts Lousada.


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