Hat-trick of hat-tricks for Scotland men and four goal victory for Scotland women in Euro qualifiers
Scotland Men 9-0 Gibraltar
Scotland men clocked up a superb 9-0 victory over Gibraltar to kick-start their EuroHockey Qualifier D campaign in Uddingston. There were hat tricks for Jamie Golden; Struan Walker and Rob Harwood in what was a comprehensive performance.
The Scots took the lead early in the opening quarter through a Jamie Golden penalty corner high into the net to make it 1-0.
Rob Harwood quickly followed up with Scotland’s second after some good work down the left gave the forward a tap-in for 2-0.
In the second quarter Scotland found the net again. A reverse stick shot by Struan Walker into the roof of the net made it 3-0 for Scotland, before Walker struck again to make it 4-0 with a drag flick.
There was a second for Harwood as Scotland men went 5-0 ahead against Gibraltar swiftly followed by a hat-trick for Struan Walker for 6-0.
Into the second half and Golden made it 7-0 for Scotland with a fierce penalty corner into the bottom left corner.
In the final quarter Golden secured his hat-trick when he struck on a counter to make it 8-0 before Harwood also secured his hat-trick when he made it 9-0.
Scotland Women 4-0 Austria
Scotland women got their EuroHockey Qualifier D campaign off to a great start with a 4-0 win over Austria in Dunkirk. Goals from Amy Costello; Jen Eadie; Fiona Burnet; and Sarah Jamieson gave the Scots a solid victory of day one of the tournament.
It was a great opening to the game for Scotland as they went 1-0 ahead of Austria in the first quarter in Dunkirk. Amy Costello hammered home a low penalty corner from the top of the circle in just the third minute to give the Scots the lead.
The opening quarter soon welcomed a second goal for Scotland, this time Jen Eadie converted a penalty corner routine to make it 2-0.
The Austrians enjoyed a good phase of pressure but as half time approached a fantastic counter attack was finished off by Fiona Burnet to put Scotland 3-0 ahead.
In the final quarter the Tartan Hearts furthered their advantage when they bagged a fourth. A strike by Sarah Jamieson finished off the scoring with a well-taken open play goal and gave Scotland a solid victory.
Heather McEwan had a great chance to add to the tally in the final minutes but her effort sent wide of the target. Regardless, Scotland are top of the table on goal difference with France up next in the race for qualification.