Borders boys take first steps in nationals

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The newly formed CALA/Reivers boys U16 squad played in the Scottish Hockey National U16 Tournament at Peffermill last weekend.

This was a tremendous occasion for boys’ hockey in the Borders as it was the very first time in history that boys from the region have played in a national competition.

The combined team was on a big learning curve as the young players came up against some top calibre opposition from Inverleith (Edinburgh) and Grove Menzieshill (Dundee). It is worth noting that some of the Fjordhus players are so young that they can play in this age group for the next three, four, or for one young player, the next five years.

Although the team lost their two games every player worked very hard and there was some good hockey played against strong opposition. They all tried to do what their coach asked them to do, and showed plenty of skill, organisation and determination to keep going right to the end. They were all a great credit to their clubs, CALA and Reivers.

For some it was their first real taste of competitive whole-pitch 11-a-side hockey and all performed well. Every player enjoyed the experience and it left them wanting more in the second round in February. Very well done, Calum Arnott (Earlston High School and Fjordhus Reivers), Toby Dawson (Earlston High School and Fjordhus Reivers), Nicholas Henderson ((Earlston High School and Fjordhus Reivers), Jamie Clarke (Earlston High School and Fjordhus Reivers), Charlie Jack (Selkirk High School and Fjordhus Reivers) and Paul Goldie (Hawick High School and Fjordhus Reivers).

This week it is the turn of the U18 girls as the Fjordhus Reivers, with two KYDS players, take part in the Scottish Hockey U18 National competition at Peffermill (Edinburgh).