Two Duns hockey players have been selected for the Scottish Hockey Masters Teams to play in the Home Countries Tournament to be held in Wakefield from June 25-28.
Carolyn Allison (over 50s team) and Moira Anderson (over 55s), joined fellow Borderers Jackie Wilson (over 45s) from Hawick and Janet Jack (over 50s) from Melrose at Durham last month for a training/selection weekend and the final squads have only just been announced with all four Borders players being selected.
The Durham weekend of hockey went well with the over 45s team being the only team to win both their games with Carolyn, Jackie and Janet playing in this age group.
The Saturday games for all age groups were played with great spirit and determination but were not uneventful.
Games were played on two pitches side by side with the over 40s and over 50s playing first. Both teams drew 1-1 with one of the defenders in the over 40s team being hit in the eye which required nine stitches at A&E.
The over 55s were beaten 5-1 but this did not reflect the possession Scotland had throughout the game and all credit must go to the Scottish defence as the opposition did not manage to get a penalty corner during the game. Scotland pushed forward, being awarded several penalty corners, and many other opportunities in front of the goal went amiss. Many positives were taken from the game.
The over 45s team won 3-2 with Janet Jack scoring one goal and contributing to another. Disaster struck when a further player had to be rushed to A&E with a cut eye. This time it was Carolyn Allison who was hit by a ball early in the second half.
Food and a disco were provided for all the teams at the Durham Rugby Club when a good time was had by all.
The Sunday matches were played with the same determination and enthusiasm as Saturday but with no further injuries to players.
Carolyn bravely played for her team despite her cut eye and they won convincingly 5-1. The over 55s lost 2-0 but after a change to their formation this was a much improved performance from yesterday. The over 40’s lost 3-1 and the over 50s won 2-1.
The Scottish Women’s Masters squads are completely self-funded and three age groups continue to look for sponsors. The over 45’s team would like to thank their sponsor The Warehouse Health Club.