Grove Menzieshill hoping for Golden moment in Eindhoven on EHL debut

Cameron Golden says many of his Grove Menzieshill side are looking forward to what might be a “once in a lifetime” opportunity to play in the EHL.

The 19-year-old is one of the stars of the Dundee club who helped the lead the club to Scottish glory in 2018 to qualify for the EHL for the first time - the one newcomer to the competition we will see at the KO16.

The club was formed in its current guise in 2010 following a merger of Grove ladies club (formed 1922) and Menzieshill men's club (formed 1969).

Golden’s father Paul played for Menzieshill from his schooldays and brought Cameron into the sport and the club. Paul is now the assistant coach of the first team, making it a real family affair and indicative of hockey’s family roots.

“For our club, it is a huge honour and very exciting moment to have qualified for the EHL,” Cameron said ahead of the EHL KO16 where they face AH&BC Amsterdam on Thursday, April 18 (17.15 CET).

“We are an amateur team and the chance to play against some of the best teams in the world is an invaluable experience and once in a lifetime for many.”

Last weekend, they contested the national final once again, missing out on the crown at the hands of Grange in a reverse of the previous year’s final.

Nonetheless, Golden feels his side has found a bit of form at the right time.

“The second half of the season has been quite inconsistent for us, with us dropping points against many teams lower in the league, but we have found form and are playing some nice flowing attacking hockey so will be looking to bring that to Eindhoven

“Our style of attacking hockey is facilitated by quick attacking players including myself, Paul Martin and Ben Cosgrove.

“We saw the draw and clearly understood the magnitude of the opposition, but we relish the chance to come up against one of the best teams in the world; at the end of the day anything can happen, it's the beauty of sport.”

Indeed, he has seen the quality of some of his opponents up close.

“I came to Amsterdam in November with the Scotland senior team where we trained and played some training games with the Dutch senior men helping in their preparation for the World Cup. The caliber of players we were training alongside was insane!

“We've spoken to people who've had previous EHL experience and the message is simple, enjoy it and focus on playing your normal game!

“Don't try to be fancy just because there are thousands of fans in the stand. It'll be an amazing experience and one we are buzzing to be a part of.”