England hosted the Masters EuroHockey Championships this year and it was run alongside the Unibet EuroHockey Championships which were held in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park.
The opportunity to play on international-standard pitches made the occasion even more special for the Borders players involved - Moira Anderson and Carolyn Allison (Duns), Janet Jack (ex-Scottish and GB internationalist, Melrose) and Jackie Wilson (Hawick).
A reception evening was held on Sunday night in the Grange Hotel, London where male and female teams met for a buffet and disco. This was a perfect opportunity to catch up with old friends and to make new ones.
Moira managed to score the goal which is her first ever Scottish Masters goal against the Netherlands in her age category but that changed to disappointment when she also picked up yer first ever yellow card and was sent off for two minutes against The Alliance.
In the Over 50s Janet Jack notched up her first ever win against Holland.
All three teams returned home with no medals but many good memories. Moira said: “This is a great opportunity for players like me who have played hockey all my life to a decent level to keep playing competitively. Because of competitions like this more and more players get the opportunity to extend their hockey careers.
“The Masters scene is growing across the country. It is exciting to play for your country but I’m extremely nervous at the same time. The message we are sending out is that age is no barrier to hockey.
“It’s about keeping fit, it is social, it is time to yourself. It’s been a very memorable experience and one I hope to repeat. It was a real buzzing atmosphere.”
These thoughts were echoed by Carolyn who is no stranger to playing in the EuroHockey Championships but each event has its own special memories for her. She said: “The commitment from all the players is incredible given that it is all self-funding.”
Carolyn and Moira would like to say thank you to ClubSport Berwickshire for their support.