Players go for gold in Olympic-themed tournament at BHS

AFTER a successful summer term of training, the Kelso Ladies Youth Section wanted to begin their season with an inspired Olympic-themed eight-a-side hockey tournament.

With Berwickshire High School as the venue and teams from areas such as Edinburgh invited to attend, the girls at the club were keen to make a strong start.

The day began at 10am with five teams arriving to represent nations such as the United Kingdom, Spain and Uganda.

It was decided that all nations would compete for ‘Gold’ by playing one match against each other, with the winner being the team who won most games.

The standard of hockey shown meant that the competition was fierce and all the teams were after that top spot.

Off the pitch, the players were challenged with a hockey inspired obstacle course and the winners were Spain (a team from CALA hockey club) and Kirsty Millar, from Duns, was the fastest individual.

Spectators enjoyed the very relaxed atmosphere of the tournament in the very summer-like conditions and were looked after by the parent helpers who had taken charge of the catering for the day.

The tournament was also seen as an opportunity to allow young umpires to come along and practise their skills with the whistle. Kelso Ladies Hockey Club would like to thank all those who took the time to come along and help the tournament run so smoothly.

Tournament winners wereSpain. The United Kingdom (Kelso Youth) took silver and Sweden (CALA) walked away with the bronze.

The youth team begin training on Thursday, August 30 from 4.30pm til 6pm at the Berwickshire High School.

Every other week the youth players are invited to attend the Ladies training at Earlston High School from 6pm.

This is a new venture and thanks go to sponsors OINK for providing a new set of strips for the team who will play in East District Premier Division 3.

New faces are more than welcome to attend.