By Gillian McPherson
Scotland’s women’s hockey team have qualified for the World League semi-final for the first time.
The team had a long wait to find out if they had qualified following their third place finish at the World League 2 in Spain two months ago.
But their place has now been confirmed after India thrashed Belarus 4-0 in the semi-final of the final World League Round 2 in Canada.
The team will now face some of the top hockey nations in the world in Belgium before heading European Championships in the Netherlands in August and the Commonwealth Games in Australia 2018.
The Netherlands, China, Korea, Italy, Australia, New Zealand, Spain and Malaysia have also qualified and will taking part along with the host country Belgium.
Success in the semi-finals would see Scotland reach the World Cup in London next year, their first appearance in the competition since 2002.
Head Coach Gordon Shepherd said: “I am thrilled that we have qualified for the World League semi-finals for the first time.
“We are looking forward to playing the best nations in the world as we challenge for World Cup qualification.
“I am delighted for the whole squad, as they have all worked so hard to make this happen.”