The Team Scotland Series lit up the Glasgow National Hockey Centre as Scotland’s top club sides battled it out across a thrilling two days of cup final action (29 & 30 April).
Top of the bill on day one was the Men’s Scottish Cup Final between Grange and Bromac Kelburne, with Kelburne on the hunt for a domestic double, having snatched the league title from Grange in the final game of the season the previous weekend.
While Grange edged the play in the opening minutes, it was Kelbourne’s Jonas Nommenson who opened the scoring and the Paisley-based side never relinquished their lead, Jack McKenzie doubling their advantage just minutes later.
Grange were not giving up without a fight, Luke Cranney pulling one back to make it 2-1. However the Edinburgh side couldn’t find a way to level the score and Johnny Christie restored Kelburne’s two goal cushion with ten minutes remaining in the first half.
Grange again dominated play at the start of the second half but it was Kelburne who struck the net. A cool finish from Craig Morton was followed by Chris Nelson finishing off a neat penalty corner routine to make it 5-1 for Kelburne. Grange kept fighting and pulled another one back through an exceptional finish from a tight angle by Ali Irvine to make the final score a 5-2 win for Kelburne.
Grange fared better in the day’s other finals with Grange 2s lifting the District Cup and Grange 3s the Reserve Cup. Western Wildcats, Edinburgh University 2s and Grove Menzieshill 3s were the other winners on day one.
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The women’s competition on day two saw a repeat of fortunes with the league winners completing the double to take the Scottish Cup. Edinburgh University came out on top of a close affair with Clydesdale Western, the only team to have beaten the dominant University side at any point this season.
In fact it was Western who took the lead shortly after the ten-minute mark as Lucy Lanigan took advantage of a high ball which came into the penalty area, converting to make it 1-0. Edinburgh responded with 20 minutes played as Louise Campbell seized possession near the touchline, and drove forward to the edge of the penalty area.
She sent the ball into the box, and it eventually found Zara Malseed, who duly converted to level the game. From there the tide of the match turned and, following half time, the Edinburgh side continued to push forward in search of victory. A second goal for the champions soon came, resulting from a penalty corner. Campbell stopped the ball to perfectly set up Malseed, who rocketed the ball into the Western net to score her second of the afternoon.
The final minutes were dramatic with good chances for both sides. However neither could capitalise and Edinburgh University secured a memorable, hard-fought 2-1 win, lifting the Scottish Cup for the second year in succession.
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CALA Edinburgh lifted the Scottish Plate, while Orkney took the District Cup title and Glasgow Academicals the District Plate.
The next event in the Team Scotland Series will be the Netball Scotland Scottish Cup Finals at Oriam in Edinburgh on 3 June 2017.
What is the Team Scotland Series?
Scottish Hockey Cup Finals Winners
Scottish Cup Winners: Bromac Kelburne
Scottish Plate Winners: Western Wildcats
District Cup Winners: Grange 2s
District Plate Winners: Edinburgh University 2s
Reserve Cup Winners: Grange 3s
Reserve Plate Winners: Grove Menzieshill 3s
Scottish Cup Winners: Edinburgh University
Scottish Plate Winners: CALA Edinburgh
District Cup Winners: Orkney
District Plate Winners: Glasgow Academicals