Linglie lassies clinch final Selkirk mini hockey title

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Another successful season for Selkirk mini hockey players was rounded off with their annual tournament and prize giving on Saturday.

Sixteen teams from Selkirk, Hawick and Kelso battled it out in two categories, under-10 and under-12, with the host club’s Linglie entry taking the younger age-group title.

This section was really close with three teams finishing on 17 points and the outcome being decided on most goals scored, with Linglie coming out on top by scoring 12. Selkirk Spinners took the runner-up spot.

Kelso Cougars lifted the under-12s championship on 23 points, with Selkirk Brethen second on 22.

Player of the tournament was Lucy Bell, from Selkirk Mini Hockey, who was picked by Scotland under-21 player Emily Newlands, while the P7 competitors presented their coaches with gifts.

Head coach and tournament organiser Sara Jamieson told The Wee Paper: “There were lots of comments throughout the afternoon about the quality of players coming through the mini hockey system.

“Best wishes go to all the P7s who leave the club and we wish them all the best in their future hockey playing days at the High School and beyond.

“Let’s hope we can get some more players into the Scottish age-group teams in the future.”

The squad of new players in their first year played a small round-robin tournament and all were presented with a medal, courtesy of Heard Hamilton Financial Services.

“All the coaches have noticed a huge improvement in how the players have developed their game in this group,” said Jamieson.

Away from the field of play, the sum of £670 was realised for club funds by parents selling teas, coffees, soup, and cake and candy in the cricket club.

“A huge thank-you to everyone for doing such a great job,” added Jamieson.

She also took time to pay tribute to all the coaches for their hard work throughout the season, Barrie Pettie for marking the pitches, the club sponsors and the cricket club for the use of the facilities every week.