Well done to the girls

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We would like to express our heartiest congratulations to the Hawick High School girls’ football team who won their final in such tremendous style.

A large number of the team began their football careers with us at primary school and even when they were in P4 and P5 it was clear that they were a special group. Many were part of a team representing Drumlanrig who gave up their Common Riding Saturday to take part in a festival at Forfar. They went on to beat teams representing Celtic, Dundee United and St Johnstone.

More importantly, perhaps, a nicer and more hard-working group it would be difficult to find. They always played their games in the correct manner – with a steely determination to win, but with a healthy respect for their opposition.

Hard but fair, sometimes driving their coaches mad by stopping to pick up opposition players they had accidentally knocked over instead of playing on. They were always willing to listen to advice and tried hard to follow instructions. It was great to see how they have matured and improved. Coaches Thomas Clark and Mick McEwan deserve great credit too.

In a time when it is easy to criticise young people, these girls are a shining beacon of how fantastic young people can be. It speaks volumes for them that two of their number – Brogan Anderson and Carly Noble – returned to Drumlanrig before the match to invite us to come along. All are a credit to their families, their school, to Hawick and the Borders as a whole. We are delighted for them and extremely proud of them. The whole of the region should be too.

Sensational.

Stuart Hunter & Michael Tierney, Drumlanrig Primary School, Hawick