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Forsyth has his eye on Grand Final glory; CRAIG RITCHIE.

Alan Forsyth is on the hunt for glory as he returns to the Great Britain side for this weekend's FIH Pro League Grand Final in Amsterdam.

The Paisley hockey ace has been confirmed among Danny Kerry's 20-man squad to face Australia on Friday evening in the semi-final.

The bronze and gold medal matches will then take place on Sunday.

Sam Ward and Will Calnan are back from injury, while Rhys Smith and Chris Grassick miss out from the squad that saw off New Zealand at the Twickenham Stoop to secure a top-four finish.

Forsyth was on target as Great Britain sealed their spot earlier this week.

Great Britain's men reached the Grand Final of the first FIH Pro League on an historic afternoon at the Twickenham Stoop.

Needing a win to finish in the top four, Kerry's side found the net early through Chris Griffiths and could have scored more in the first half, but then sealed all three points thanks to Forsyth in the dying moments.

It was a convincing win for the home side, and in front of a fantastic crowd Kerry's team showed verve, invention but also defensive resilience when they needed to.

A record-breaking crowd had packed into the Stoop for the clash as 11,500 supporters helped create hockey history.

The crowd made Great Britain's matches against New Zealand the best-attended games in the nation since the London 2012 Olympics - yet another marker for a sport on the rise.

Since the beginning of the 2012 games, a million supporters have now paid to watch hockey in Britain, with the Olympics, women's World Cup, Commonwealth Games, EuroHockey Championships and many more events contributing to hockey's new status as a genuine spectator sport.

All this weekend's games are at the Wagener Stadium, Amsterdam. In the UK they are live on BT Sport.

The FIH Pro League will return to London in May and June 2020 with four big weekends of international hockey.

In action Alan Forsyth

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Publication:Paisley Daily Express (Paisley, Scotland)
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Date:Jun 26, 2019
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