KELSO High School continued their domination on the Borders circuit when winning the South Schools Senior 1st XI tournament last week.
Eight of the nine local Secondary Schools took part in the round robin stages with Section One (Jedburgh; Hawick; Kelso and Peebles) being played at Tweedbank and Section Two (Selkirk; Galashiels; Berwickshire and Earlston) at Earlston High School.
The young Tweedsiders were quickly into their stride with a 4-0 win over Peebles, goals coming from Rhona Forbes, Jennie Robson, Lucy Ramsay and Claire Hill. Their second game however proved to be a more difficult one and ended in a goalless draw as the Jedburgh defence held out well and Caroline Duff in goal proved to be impossible to get past when making some excellent saves.
Back on track in the third game Kelso again put four into the back of the goal, this time against Hawick, with two from Claire Hill and one apiece from Gina and Lucy Ramsay. Apart from this however, Hawick played some great hockey to take the runner-up spot in this group with two 2-1 wins over Jedburgh and Peebles.
In Section Two there were fewer goals and it was much tighter with all teams closely contesting their matches, but eventually Selkirk emerged as winners with Berwickshire as runners-up and so the latter took on Kelso in the first semi-final.
From the start Kelso pressed hard but with a resolute defence from Berwickshire they found it hard to break through, until a great cross from Lucy Ramsay found Jennie Robson unmarked in the circle and she made no mistake in putting the ball into the back of the net.
Selkirk then took on Hawick in the second semi and in a fast end to end game Selkirk began to get more of the ball and were rewarded with a penalty corner. A well taken set piece play saw Morven Cawthorn put the ball in on the post following Emily Newlands strike from the top of the D.
So, an all too familiar final saw Selkirk taking on Kelso once again and with Kelso having most of the pressure but Selkirk looking dangerous on the break, it made for a very entertaining game. The Selkirk goalkeeper made some great saves before Jennie Robson got her third goal of the tournament and then, with a great reverse stick hit from the back of the D, Claire Hill sealed the victory for Kelso to ensure they ran out winners by two goals to nil.
l More Kelso hockey success on page 73.