Encouraging signs for Scotland's men during Five Nations tournament

Scotland men celebrating
Scotland’s men began their build up to the 2018 Commonwealth Games by finishing in fourth at the end of a multi-nation tournament held in Malaga.

They played the USA, Canada, Ireland and hosts Spain in the Invitational Five Nations tournament last week, winning one game and losing three. 

But despite the results head coach Derek Forsyth felt their performances during the event  were encouraging ahead of his squad selection for the Gold Coast later this month.

“There`s lots to be pleased about during the tournament and there was improvement, and we`re just at the start of our programme for the Commonwealth Games in the Gold Coast, but we`ve still lots to do,” he reflected.

The Blue Sticks began their campaign superbly, beating the Americans – ranked three places below them at 26– 3-1 courtesy of goals from Robert Harwood, Willie Marshall and Wei Adams.

That was followed by an encouraging performance against Canada but unfortunately the Scots found themselves on the wrong side of a 2-1 scoreline, despite Kenny Bain’s strike.

Defeat against Ireland followed in their penultimate game before Forsyth’s team fell to the highest rank team – and eventual winners – Spain in their final match.