Men's hockey club signs Scots skipper

The University Men’s Hockey Club has signed Graham Moodie, Scotland’s national captain, as player/coach for next season.

Graham Moodie running with hockey stick and ball

Graham, 28, has 96 Scottish caps and was part of the Great Britain squads at the Athens and Beijing Olympic Games.

Now, his task is to cement the University First XI’s place in National League One, Scottish hockey’s top division.

Challenge ahead

Playing against the best teams in Scotland, the University faces a great challenge.

However, Moodie is confident that the team can build on its last season, when it maintained its place in League One and won the Scottish Universities Championship.

He said: “Every game will be a hard game and the priority is to keep the team up, but we should be in good shape. I’m looking forward to an exciting season.”

World-class facilities

The University men’s and women’s hockey teams both play at Peffermill, a world-class sport facility in south Edinburgh that houses Scotland’s National Hockey Academy.

The University has the best pitch facilities in Scotland. Peffermill is a fantastic resource and we’re so lucky to be able to train and play there.

Graham Moodie

Scotland’s national hockey captain and new University player/coach

Graeme Stapleton, the outgoing club captain, said: “Edinburgh has a very strong tradition of playing hockey at the top level.

“The appointment of Graham Moodie will help players develop further and make the club even more competitive.”

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