Western Wildcats HC

About Western Wildcats HC

Western Wildcats’ Rob Harwood says his side is “hungrier than ever” to land a first ever win in the EHL, hoping to use the lessons learned a year ago in Hamburg.

Last time around, they were undone by hosts Harvestehuder THC before pushing Club Egara deep in their ranking match; it was 1-1 with 10 minutes to go before the Spanish side nabbed two late goals. This time around, they meet a new opponent also in search of a maiden EHL win in TJ Plzen Litice.

Harwood is one of the key men in the side with 45 international caps and two Commonwealth Games appearances behind him and he will captain the club this season.

“This is a very exciting opportunity for us as a squad to test ourselves against the best Europe has to offer,” he said ahead of the event.

“We are hungrier than ever to come back and get a famous KO16 victory. We do not know much about TJ Plzen Litice but are expecting a very tough encounter.

“Western have gone through a large-scale rebuild over the last ten years or so but have come through that to have two very successful domestic seasons with back to back trebles. We hope to continue that domestic success whilst also making our mark on the European stage.”

Harwood spent the summer playing in Australia for YMCC in Perth having finished 4th in the league season.

Callum Duke has 102 caps for Scotland and has captained the country on occasion; he will be key in either defence of midfield.

They also have huge experience; Jonathan Christie- playing in his 12th EHL campaign, 10 for Kelburne and this his second for Western. The former Scotlamd international is 40 years old this year and still going strong.

Gavin Sommerville is similarly experienced; the outstanding goalkeeper has numerous EHL appearances for Kelburne and Western.

At the other end of the scale, AJ Lochrin, Fraser Moran and Andrew Mccallister are three young players who broke into the senior Scottish squad this year gaining their first appearances and are key driving forces for the team.

They are under new coach Steven Percy and will also have to adapt without the influence of Andy McConnell. He will be in Barcelona but with his new club, Harvestehuder THC, with whom he has impressed in the opening weeks of the new season.

The team

SOMMERVILLE Gavin

Shirt number: 1
Date of Birth: 03/01/1984
Nationality: Scotland

BOND David

Shirt number: 2
Date of Birth: 08/03/1990
Nationality: Scotland

LOCHRIN Andrew

Shirt number: 3
Date of Birth: 18/03/2001
Nationality: Scotland

HERMSEN Luc

Shirt number: 4
Date of Birth: 05/10/2003
Nationality: Netherlands

DUKE Callum

Shirt number: 5
Date of Birth: 05/07/1990
Nationality: Scotland

GOLDIE Fabian

Shirt number: 6
Date of Birth: 27/01/1007
Nationality: Scotland

CHRISTIE Jonathan

Shirt number: 7
Date of Birth: 09/07/1983
Nationality: Scotland

GALT Hamish

Shirt number: 8
Date of Birth: 21/02/1997
Nationality: Scotland

MCKENZIE Jack

Shirt number: 9
Date of Birth: 21/07/1996
Nationality: Scotland

HARWOOD Rob

Shirt number: 10
Date of Birth: 15/07/1997
Nationality: Scotland

CALDER Fraser

Shirt number: 11
Date of Birth: 29/06/2000
Nationality: Scotland

HOMFRAY Nikki

Shirt number: 12
Date of Birth: 26/11/1995
Nationality: Scotland

MORAN Fraser

Shirt number: 13
Date of Birth: 27/01/2001
Nationality: Scotland

MCALLISTER Andrew

Shirt number: 14
Date of Birth: 27/04/2001
Nationality: Scotland

MORAN Cameron

Shirt number: 15
Date of Birth: 13/12/2003
Nationality: Scotland

MACKENZIE Adam

Shirt number: 16
Date of Birth: 18/06/2003
Nationality: Scotland

BANNERMAN Kyle

Shirt number: 17
Date of Birth: 17/03/2000
Nationality: Scotland

MCFADDEN Iain

Shirt number: 18
Date of Birth: 26/03/2002
Nationality: Scotland

COWAN Euan

Shirt number: 19
Date of Birth: 19/12/2001
Nationality: Scotland

WALLACE Craig

Shirt number: 20
Date of Birth: 10/01/1991
Nationality: Scotland

BANKS Cameron

Shirt number: 21
Date of Birth: 08/10/1999
Nationality: Scotland

OSBOURNE John

Shirt number: 22
Date of Birth: 08/11/2005
Nationality: Scotland

MARWAHA Rohan

Shirt number: 23
Date of Birth: 31/08/2006
Nationality: Scotland

WEIR Cameron

Shirt number: 24
Date of Birth: 05/12/2001
Nationality: Scotland

PERCY Steven

Shirt number: 26
Date of Birth: 04/06/1987
Nationality: Scotland

BANNERMAN Luke

Shirt number: 27
Date of Birth: 25/04/2006
Nationality: Scotland

PRENTICE Mark

Shirt number: 28
Date of Birth: 30/10/1979
Nationality: Scotland

MACE Iain

Shirt number: 29
Date of Birth: 19/03/1975
Nationality: Scotland
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