Reivers ladies relish early challenge

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A change in fixture date brought the start of the new hockey season to the Borders a week earlier than usual, but the Reivers ladies were ready and showed a strong display on the pitch.

Player/coach Janet Jack has been busy over the summer reviewing formations and tactics, using the Commonwealth Games as an ideal viewing ground.

The introduction of U16 players to senior hockey has also been a successful transition. Iona Kellett, Maris Cawthorn and Tara Aitchison all made their senior debuts with great composure and work rate.

Reivers took the initiative from the start dictating the match tempo and passing play with exceptional vision on the right channel.

Kirsty Miller was first on the score sheet after finding herself in space in the Haddington circle. The initial shot was saved, but Miller read the rebound and slotted the ball into the right corner. In the closing 10 minutes of the first half Haddington were allowed back into the game, but Reivers managed to protect their line.

The second half saw an even more solid performance, which was reflected in the score.

Leia MacKinnon increased the lead from a goal mouth scrabble before Laura McLean added a third with a fine deflection into the roof of the net.

Haddington pulled a goal back but Reivers reacted immediately and from a defensive position Pippa Bell passed the ball to Rhona Gowans who played an outstanding pass to McLean on the left wing. Cutting across the pitch at pace, a further pass to Jill Chalmers was then expertly fired at the back post where MacKinnon was waiting to slot the ball home.

“This was a great way to start the season, inspiring confidence into the young players but also reassuring ability in the older heads,” said coach Jack.