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Hockey - 28. August 2007.

Scotland’s Star Striker Out for Lithuania



Coach Keith Joss commented: “Sam has been in excellent form over the course of the summer, so this is definitely a blow.” Sam Judge has had a significant contribution to the team’s preparations for the Trophy as she has taken part in every match leading up to the competition. Judge also stands as the squad’s lead scorer with over 10 goals to her credit in recent build up matches.

Coach Joss remains positive and explained: “We are fortunate to be able to replace Sam with another player of class, Alison Bell (Bonagrass Grove). I know that the entire squad will rally round to ensure that we deliver the results we need to regain a place in the top eight European teams."

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Of the last minute changes, Sam Judge said: “I’m obviously disappointed but I’ve been fortunate in the past to not have had any conflicts, this is the first tournament I’ve missed.” Judge showed her full support of Alison Bell and said: “Ali is a good player; she’s got a lot of potential. Ultimately as a team I want them to win and get back to the A division and I’m sure Ali can contribute to make that happen. This will be her first major tournament and I want her to enjoy it.”

The squad is confident going into the Trophy as they have seen recent success in Poland and the Celtic Cup. With the aim of getting more familiar with Eastern European style of play the squad gained a treble against Poland 18th August. After Poland Keith Joss commented: “We`re now ready for the European Trophy with ten victories in the last dozen outings."

The squad, supported by the Scottish Institute of Sport, flies out to Siauliai, Lithuania on Wednesday to make final preparations for the tournament which begins on 2 September. See match times below.

MATCH SCHEDULE EuroHockey Trophy, Lithuania:

Date

Time

Opposition / Training

Venue

2/09/07

15.00

Czech Republic

Siauliai

4/09/07

17.00

Lithuania

Siauliai

5/09/07

15.00

Russia

Siauliai

7/8

various

Playoff games

Siauliai

9/09/07

12/14.30

¾ & final

Siauliai

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