WEST FIFE hockey star Eve Pearson has been selected in the Scotland squad for four matches against Canada over the coming week.

The former Dunfermline Carnegie Hockey Club youth player, who now plays with Grossflottbeker THGCC in Germany, is one of 19 players that have been picked for the games, which will be played at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre.

The national team will play their opponents tomorrow (Saturday) at 3.30pm and on Sunday at 2.30pm, both of which will be capped, and then on Tuesday at 7.30pm, and the following evening, at the same time.

Scotland's last meeting with Canada, who are ranked one place above them in the FIH (International Hockey Federation) world rankings, was at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham.

Not only was that former Commercial Primary School pupil Eve's first taste of that event, it also represented her first senior Scotland appearances, and she played in each of their games as they finished sixth, one place behind Canada, who won their meeting 3-1.

The latest matches come after Scotland played Spain in a three-match series against Spain, for which Eve, who last year was selected for the GB Women's Elite Development squad, was involved, in February.

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Chris Duncan, Scotland women head coach, said: "Canada are an excellent side who are playing in the Nations Cup so will be quality opposition to test ourselves against.

"These games come at a great time in our programme, after great tests against Spain and Wales already this year and a really pleasing training phase.

"This group has six new caps, and we are thrilled for the individuals who will gain that honour of representing their country at senior level. We are pleased with the development of the whole group and have an immense volume of trust in the team selected to deliver our philosophy and style in these contests.

"With numerous players still involved with Great Britain, and players unavailable, it’s also a brilliant opportunity for others to lead the team, which will be so impactful for development towards our long-term goals."

A big year for the 'Tartan Hearts; will see them play vital EuroHockey qualifiers in August, against Wales, Austria, Croatia, Czechia and Lithuania, in Glasgow.

Winning the tournament would see them progress to the EuroHockey Championships in 2025.