SATURDAY saw the South Vets returning to the field of play after a five-year absence from the inter-district tournament.
The event was hosted by East district at Mary Erskine’s school, Edinburgh. The squad travelled with no lofty expectations, but with friendships rekindled after many years apart for some, it was with a positive feeling and a spring in the ‘mature legs’ that the team took to the pitch for the first game against East.
It was clear after the first five minutes that the Borderers were in for a good run – their superior fitness was evident and they ran out 3-1 winners.
With no break, they took to the field to play the second East team, and put on a fine display of fast-moving hockey with some very intricate close play by midfield and strikers to win 4-1.
A move to the second pitch which had a much slower sand-based surface didn’t suit the style and speed of play that they had been accustomed to and even with a large number of shots on target they were unable to penetrate the defence of the Central team.
Unfortunately, their attacking style of hockey and determination to score a goal left them exposed at the back and on three occasions and they paid the price as a result of the opposition leaving a player ‘poaching’ high behind the South defence. South rallied to score, but this was too little too late and they went down 3-1.
South had a point to prove in the final game against West, and after four wasted opportunities to score in an open goal, South started finding the target and then produced some of their finest hockey to complete the day with a 6-0 victory.
The day was hailed a resounding success and finishing runners-up was a fantastic achievement.