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Lucy Camlin is right back on track to play for Scotland

By John Flack hockey

Former Pegasus goalkeeper Lucy Camlin is edging closer to fulfilling her dream of playing senior international hockey - but it's unlikely to be for Ireland.

The 21-year-old from Co Antrim has sensationally been called up by Scotland and will be training on a full-time basis with their senior squad over the next couple of months.

As she has not played at senior level for Ireland, she will shortly become eligible to play for Scotland, once she fulfils a three-year residency requirement.

Camlin is studying at Edinburgh University and helped the students to a Scottish League and Cup double over the past two seasons. She has clearly impressed the national selectors with her performances since moving from the province and, only two months ago, she was back home playing for Scottish Universities against their Irish counterparts at Upper Malone.

In March she played for Ulster U-21s, ironically against Scotland, in Belfast and helped her home province to a 2-0 series victory.

Camlin has also played international hockey for Ireland at U-16, U-17 and U-18 level and, in another ironic twist, she was a member of the squad that won the Celtic Cup in her adopted home-city in 2012.

In the same year she helped Ballyclare High lift the Belfast Telegraph Senior Cup and she claimed a gold medal with Pegasus at the EuroHockey Trophy tournament at Upper Malone.

Now she is on the verge of making her debut at senior international level.

"I have been invited to train with the Scottish squad over June and July but I am not eligible to play until September and a place on the squad is not guaranteed," she said.

Come September Camlin will have lived in Scotland for the three-year period which is mandatory if she is to switch her allegiance from her country of birth.

If she makes the cut, it's understood she will become the first Ulster woman to play for Scotland although Andrew MacBride, formerly with Annadale and ex-Lisnagarvey player Colin Clarke both played for the men's team after fulfilling residency rules.

In theory, Camlin could go on to automatically represent Great Britain further down the line as Scottish players are eligible to compete for GB at the Olympic Games and other major tournaments.

If she fails to make the squad for a competitive match, she could, in theory, still play for Ireland at senior level if selected.

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