Duns hockey players selected for Masters event

Carolyn Allison and Moira Anderson.
Carolyn Allison and Moira Anderson.

Duns hockey players Carolyn Allison and Moira Anderson have been selected to play for Scotland in the European Hockey Masters Championship in London from August 21-27.

Their matches will be played at Old Loughtonians Hockey Club, North East London.

It is now very evident that Masters hockey in Scotland has gone from strength to strength with Scotland being able to enter three teams this year – the over 40s, over 50s and over 60s teams.

Carolyn is no stranger to playing at this level having played for the Scottish Masters over 40s, over 45s and now the over 50s. She played in the World Cup held in Canterbury in 2012 and again in Rotterdam in 2014 winning a bronze medal.

Playing in the over 50s team this year along with fellow Borderer Janet Jack, Carolyn is hoping the Scots can finish in the top three.

In their pool Scotland will play Ireland, England, Italy, Netherlands and Wales.

Scotland has entered a joint Scotland/Ireland over 60s team calling themselves Celtic Grand Masters. Both nations have struggled to get a full squad therefore Scotland took the opportunity to include five Irish players in the team. The tournament organisers, in the spirit of the game, agreed that the squad of 16 could also include five players under the age of 60.

Moira has been selected to play in the team as one of the “younger” team members.

This is the first time Scotland has entered a team into this age group and they are very much looking forward to the experience. In their pool they will face England, Netherlands and Alliance.

All credit must go to Jackie Wilson from Hawick, who is stepping down an age group, to play in the over 40s team. This is another strong age group to play in and in Scotland’s pool are Italy, England, Spain, Wales, Ireland and Netherlands.

The Masters Hockey Tournament is played at the same time as the FIH European Championships held at the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park, Stratford. The Masters teams are going to support their team in this amazing new stadium where the atmosphere is sure be electric.