Kelburne gents 1st team are back in action less than two weeks after many were in action in New Zealand.
The action heads indoors for the winter this week and burne are in action against Harris, Hillhead and Inverleith. While Indoor has never been their strength last year they did win the indoor cup.
The team will be led by newly appointed Scotland captain Chris Nelson and the squad from last year has been boosted by the return of veteran Indoor players Mark Fulton and Mark Ralph who both missed last season's campaign.
Burne certainly have the squad to perform at this level but with a rotation policy likely to be in place for the squad, consistency may prove difficult. Nelson commented
"such are the demands of the outdoor game we will be rotating the squad, its a good opportunity to keep the players ticking over, while giving others the chance to rest any niggles. I am confident we can mount a challenge this year"
The Ladies 1's also head indoors and will be looking to build on their good outdoor result last week. The team face three games on Sunday and will be looking to gain several victories. The ladies will face a familiar face in their first game as Julie Bryce has made the switch to Wanderers for the indoor campaign.
Meanwhile the rest of the teams are completing their outdoor programs.
The gents 2's will be looking to continue their recent goal fest against Clydesale. Skipper Fraser Scott will have to do without set piece expert Josh Cairns and the influential Gordon Menzies who are unavailable this week.
Scott will look to the talented quartet of Lee Morton, Jason Cairns, Michael Nicol and Ed 'the assassin' Greaves to drive his team to victory.
All have made great strides so far this season with Greaves in particular earning rave reviews for his intelligent play. Captain Scott added
"Tomorrow will be a tough game, but their has been a real buzz about the training pitch this week, 3 points will enable us to remain in pole position going into the break"
Alan Ralph leads his team into action against Hillhead at Bellahouston. The 3's have been playing some excellent hockey this year, with 'slim line' Andrew Bremner driving the team forward from Midfield, showing the positive effects of a recent punishing gym program.
Ralph is also able to call on the evergreen duo of David Flower and David Magoo as well as the mercurial attacking talents of Christiano McNulty. With the 2's and 3's having their nights out following the games, positive results are a must.
The Gents 4's face a local derby as they travel to the den to face Western Wildcats. Captain Malcolmson has been working his charges hard in recent weeks and he will be looking for them to clip the cats claws.
JG Shepperd and Fabian Goldie are making the step up from the 5th team but Malcolmson must do without the attacking talents of Mark Fulton and Jonno Fergusson for this fixture. Malcolmson said.
"while the loss of Fulton and Fergusson will be a blow, we have more than enough talent in the team to pick up three points. I will be looking for big performances from Alfie Gillies and Greg Van Handbag to inspire the team."
The development team that is the 5th team complete this weekends fixtures as they travel to Uddingston and will be looking to build on their promising performances so far this season.