Folllowing a period of rest after the cup final, several of the double winning squad are in action this weekend as the Scootland Under 21 squad head to Austria to take on their hosts in a test series as part of their build up to the European Championships at the end of July.
But it has not been all sweetness and light for Forsyth. ?After an extensive programme in the spring, we`ve been unfortunate that some key players have picked up injuries and to compound matters we`ve also had a number of players withdrawing from the squad.? The main injury victim is Chris Grassick but Forsyth is hoping that the talented Inverleith player will still make the final selection for the Europeans.
?This appears to be a very close group of players, similar to the squad that gained promotion in Gibraltar four years ago, so we hope this togetherness will also be a major asset to us,? remarked Forsyth. ?We also have one of the best penalty corner drag flickers in the country in Josh Cairns who we hope will be a major threat in forthcoming games.?
Forsyth`s faith in the 18 year old Kelburne defender is already well founded. In a four nations tournament at the beginning of April Cairns scored twice from set pieces in the 4-2 defeat of Poland and then proceeded to demolish France with a hat-trick of penalty corner strikes in another 4-2 victory.
In the Great Britain Super League the Paisley teenager again made his mark playing for the under 21 squad, this time he found the net six times from set pieces in four games against the cream of British hockey.