Louise gains 100th cap for Scotland

Hockey star LouiseBaxter.
Hockey star LouiseBaxter.
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LOUISE Baxter from Newport has gained her 100th hockey cap for Scotland.

The former Bell Baxter High School pupil was part of the Scotland squad which won the Celtic Cup versus Ireland and Wales at Largs.

In the deciding match against Ireland Louise, although not the captain, had the honour of leading out the team on her 100th appearance for her country.

To mark the occasion, Lee Cousins, president of the Scottish Hockey Union, presented Louise with a silver quaich and a bouquet of flowers.

Louise (27), who is head of PE at Kilgraston School in Perthshire, described herself as “very proud” of her achievement.

PLEASING

She said: “There are only three other girls in the team who have 100 caps so when you look at it that way it’s pleasing and I’m very proud.”

Throughout her club career Louise has played for Bell Baxter FP, Dunfermline Ladies, Grange Edinburgh and currently plays with Grove Menzieshill.

Her first Scotland cap came in 2003 against Canada in Vancouver.

Louise has also won five caps for Great Britain and has competed for Scotland at international tournaments including last year’s Commonwealth Games in Delhi.

She said: “My first cap came in a Four Nations tournament against Canada, Wales and Chile which Scotland won — I was told not to get used to it!

FANTASTIC

“Since then playing in two Commonwealth Games has been amazing — being part of a major event like that is fantastic.

“I absolutely love being part of the Scotland team and playing against the best sides in the world.

“A lot of hard work goes into it though, and it can be a challenge to balance hockey with work and everything else in life.”

Louise has just returned from a week in Dublin where Scotland came an impressive third in the Champions Challenge tournament, finishing ahead of several higher-ranked teams.