A QUARTET of players from Kelburne Hockey Club have been picked to play for the Scotland Under-21s.
The four men will face the most challenging test of their summer programme when they compete in the EuroHockey Junior Nations Championship in Den Bosch, Netherlands.
The week-long competition runs from this Sunday to Saturday, September 1.
And ‘Burne aces Alan Forsyth, Michael Bremner, Lee Morton and Ed Greaves are all included.
The tournament features eight of Europe’s top junior international sides.
Scotland will play in Pool B against Belgium, Spain and Germany, while the Netherlands, England, France and Wales make up Pool A.
The target for Scotland is to retain their place in the top division of the European championship and Scotland Under-21 head coach Graham Moodie emphasised the challenge ahead.
He explained: “No Scottish team has retained their place in the top division since 2002, so we’re well aware of the task that faces the squad.
“For a number of our players, this is their first taste of elite level European competition.
“But guys like Alan Forsyth and Michael Bremner also bring a wealth experience from playing
with the senior side, which is invaluable.
“Our biggest strengths will be our team work rate and discipline.
“We are a fit, well organised team and very capable of creating opportunities.”
The European competition is the culmination of a busy summer programme for Moodie’s side, which started out with participation in the Great Britain Super League in April.
Following the Celtic Cup in June, the Scots tested themselves against Spain and three of Germany’s leading clubs before preparing for their biggest test against Europe’s junior elite.
And Moodie hopes that work will pay off.
He added: “We have worked really hard over the last few months to focus on fitness and good organisation against the top teams.
“The squad has made a huge amount of progress over the summer and they have worked extremely hard.
“If we play to our potential in this tournament I believe we will give ourselves a great chance of achieving our goal.”