After the M70 squad had to pull out of the GB&I 4 Nations tournament, a number of late injuries threatened the participation of the M60s and M65 Scotland squads too. But the teams rallied, undertook the journey to Southgate, London, and arrived full of confidence.
On day one the M60s produced a strong performance against their Irish opponents, running out with a 2-0 victory. They experienced a similar game against the Welsh, but had to dig in hard to secure their 2-0 victory.
In Sunday’s game against England they started off well if a little tentatively, and the game swung both ways until England applied more pressure in the final quarter and took the victory, 4-2.
It was a similar trajectory for the M65s. Against Ireland it was a tough game and probably right that the teams shared the spoils in a 1-1 draw.
Against Wales the Scots could not convert their numerous chances, until the ball was ‘stroked’ across the goal-line for a 1-0 victory.
The English game was a hard fought contest as usual, and the game sat at 1-1 until the final quarter with England running out as 3-2 victors to retain the GB&I 4 Nations’ title.
A comment from Chris Sutherland, the M65 Coach, sums up the weekend: “I was so proud to be part of this team. Everyone gave 100% for their country. What more can someone give? It was interesting to hear so many of our opponents compliment us on our style of play. Well done.”