International tournaments for Duns hockey players

Moira Anderson and Caroline Buckley
Moira Anderson and Caroline Buckley

Two Duns hockey players have been selected to play for the Scottish Masters teams in a series of tournaments later this year.

Moira Anderson and Carolyn Allison who, for many years, were stalwarts of the now defunct Duns Ladies Hockey Club, were elected after a series of trials which started back in February in various locations around Scotland.

These trials were followed by training sessions and matches with the final squad selections beginning announced at the end of April.

Scottish Women’s Masters Hockey has gone from strength to strength over recent times and this year they will be running four teams in the over 40, 45, 50 and 55 age groups. The 2014 season includes three main tournaents.

Moira has been selected for the over 55s team and has joined the rest of the squad in Aldershot this week (May 28/29) to play some warm up games with Australia Over 55s. These matches have been selected as part of Australia’s World Cup preparations.

Carolyn has been selected been selected to play for the over 45s. The squad will be travelling to Rotterdam to represent Scotland in the Masters World Cup from June 3-13. Selected in this squad alonside Carolyn are fellow Borders players Janet Jack and Jackie Wilson.

Both Moira and Carolyn will be playing in the Home Nations Tournament in Swansea this year at the end of June.

The Scottish Women’s Masters squads are completely self-funding, with players paying for tournament entries, strips, travel and accommodation themselves, which can be considerable depending on the amount and location of tournaments.

The Scottish Hockey Union have been very supportive in 2014 by paying entry fees, which are then reimbursed by individual players, and offering administration facilities and organisational help in terms of hotel bookings and sourcing travel options.

Scottish Masters have been working hard over the last few months raising sponsorship and carrying out other fundraising and they would be extremely grateful if anyone felt that they would be in a position to offer help in terms of sponsorship. Sponsorship space is available on playing kit.

Moira told us: “Both Carolyn and I are both delighted and honoured to be representing our country - it is something every sportspersopn dreams of. Hopefully we can both stay injury free and enjoy playing in the forthcoming tournaments.”