Hot-shot Michelle the goalden girl in football and hockey

Michelle Stewart is having a great season infront of goal, with a high tally for both Lowick Ladies FC and Berwick Hockey Club
Michelle Stewart is having a great season infront of goal, with a high tally for both Lowick Ladies FC and Berwick Hockey Club

As every coach will tell you, finding a natural goal-scorer in any sport is like winning the lottery.

So for someone to excel in two sports, and top the scoring charts in both, is a very rare achievement indeed.

Yet, that is precisely what Michelle Stewart is doing, currently finding the net on a regular basis for both Berwick Ladies Hockey Club and Lowick Ladies football team.

And the 22 year-old, who comes from Duns, has certainly started the season with a bang.

In eight games for Lowick she has already scored 23 times, (19 in the league) including a remarkable run at the start of the campaign when she netted four successive hat-tricks! She later followed this up with another five goals in one game.

In the same period, playing for Berwick hockey she has also had a knack of leading from the front, bagging ten in three games, including a hat-trick in one and six in another!

So what does she put her success down to?

“To be honest, I don’t really know,” she said. “I just go out to enjoy the game, whether it is on the football pitch or the hockey pitch.

“I don’t really have a favourite, but if I had to pick one sport I would tend to lean towards the football.”

So how does a young woman from Berwickshire come to be playing for two clubs on the other side of the border?

“Well, when I was 16 I was selected for hockey trials with Scotland,” she said,”but was told I had to play for a club. At the time, Berwick was closest, so I joined up with them and I have been playing for them ever since.

“With the football, one of the girls I play with kept urging me to go along so I decided to give it a go.”

During the season Stewart trains every Tuesday and Wednesday night with her respective clubs and plays hockey on a Saturday and football on a Sunday.

“It can be hectic at times, but I enjoy it,” she said.

“I’ve made a good start to the season and hopefully I can keep the run going.

“I think both teams have a good chance of achieving something this season, but there is still a long way to go.

“Both teams I play for compete in leagues whose opposition sides are based mainly in the Newcastle area, and that can mean a lot of travelling, but you get used to it.

“I haven’t set myself any goal-scoring targets in either sport, but a couple of years ago I scored 30 goals for Lowick Ladies, so it would be nice to better that.”

Stewart, who also coaches Duns U6 football youngsters, says she has no thoughts of playing either sport at a higher level - she is enjoying both games for what they are at the moment - but there can be no question that her exploits as a natural goal-scorer so far must be registering on someone’s radar.