Ahead of this weekend's double headers, we'd like to give members and friends an opportunity to get to know Ross Stott, who has had something of a busy summer !
ROSS STOTT #22
Former Club: Dundee Wanderers
This season will be a season like no other for me, not only are we a new squad with a new coach (Glenn) but I am a proud new dad! My fiancé, Fran, and I welcomed our amazing, beautiful daughter, Lillamina, into the world this August – just in time for her to support East Grinstead for the entire season. As much as I am thrilled to have become a dad in 2017, she was a complete surprise, we were meant to get married first… At least now she can attend our wedding! I've gone from packing hockey bags and airing shin guards to packing nappy sacks and airing a bottom! I'm looking forward to watching the Commonwealth Games 2018 live, seeing as I'll be up with Lillamina anyway, supporting my home nation of Scotland. It will be a bitter sweet situation, as it will bring back memories of my time playing international hockey. I participated in Glasgow 2014 and Delhi 2010; thankfully I didn't get "Delhi Belly" however nerves were high as it was my first Commonwealth Games and the standard of hockey was, and still is, extremely high. Playing against India was very exciting and amazing, albeit nerve-racking as the stadium was intimidatingly packed! What made this tournament extra special, was playing it with my brother, former East Grinstead, Scotland and GB player, Niall Stott. Glasgow 2014 was the most incredible experience; rarely does Scotland get to host such a tournament and so playing in front a home crowd was something to remember and something that few Scotland players will ever get to experience. We had a very good squad and we felt that we could finally be taken seriously as a hockey nation, competing with the top teams, especially with the support of the home crowd behind us. On a personal note, it was one of my most favourable experiences within my career for a number of reasons; 1/ the last international tournament I played with Niall 2/ my last Commonwealth Games 3/ gaining my 100th cap for Scotland and 4/ having Fran, my mum and Niall there to witness my 100th cap. My club hockey and my club mean a lot to me, so much so that I coach the ladies 2nd XI as well as helping coach the junior section at points throughout the year. I also convinced Fran to re-join this season, helping her to get back into hockey just 6 weeks after giving birth (she would've started sooner if I hadn't have stopped her!). I originally came to East Grinstead in 2011/12, which is down to Cootey and Longers, but I stayed because I met Fran. We're now very much settled as a family and look forward to another successful season here at East Grinstead, getting the team back to where we should be, both outdoor and indoor!