Peebles Under-15s 50
Hamilton Under-15s 4
SCOTTISH UNDER-15 YOUTH CUP
Peebles Under-15s, sponsored by Semichem, began this year’s Youth Cup campaign with an extraordinary midweek win away from home over one of the top West of Scotland clubs.
With several of the Hamilton players in the South of Scotland Pathways development squad and none of the Peebles players having been selected this year, the Borderers had expected a tough game.
However, the Peebles girls looked in control from the start, taking Hamilton by surprise with their smooth moves and strong teamwork. Shooters Jenny Hudson and Susanne Krabbendam were on top form, converting their many chances on goal to produce a lead of 12-1 by the end of the first quarter.
The second period saw the welcome return from injury of captain Ellen Jardine and magnificent defence work from Lauren Learmond, Hannah MacDonald and the fast-improving Hannah Crick proved too difficult for the Hamilton attack who were timed-out on several occasions.
Trailing 19-1 going into the second half, Hamilton came out all guns blazing, and although they rallied to secure a further couple of goals they were simply outclassed by the ferocity and skill of their opponents. Attacking duo Lauren Tait and Flora Gillies were magnificent in sustaining relentless pressure on the Hamilton midcourt players, helping to extend the lead to 44-3 with 12 minutes to play.
The comfortable cushion provided the chance for substitutions involving several youngsters who equipped themselves admirably, supported by their older teammates, to boost the score further and play their part in what was truly a remarkable performance.
The third of three District playdays was held at Meadowbank Stadium on Saturday.
Eleven Under-15 A District squads play each other over three weekends with the Borders District having already beaten Aberdeen, Orkney, Perth, Fife, South Lanarkshire, East Renfrewshire and Glasgow, and losing only to Renfrewshire when a shooter down due to injury.
At Meadowbank, the Borders was the squad to watch with two outstanding performances from what is clearly emerging as one of the most exciting Under-15 squads in Scotland this season.
Fourteen-year-old Lauren Tait showed tremendous skill at centre, and at 5ft 11in tall is a force to be reckoned with in midcourt.
Once again, the defence pairing of Hannah Crick and Lauren Learmond was solid, hassling and pressurising the opposition into errors and securing numerous turn-arounds to Borders advantage.
However, it was the overall team work which was the most eye-catching, from a squad schooled last season on the challenging U17 circuit, and now bringing their experience to bear back in their own age-group.
Hirsel Estates Development U15 Borders squad: Ellen Jardine (Capt) (GS), Jenny Hudson (Vice Capt) (GA), Susanne Krabbendam (GS), Nikki Pettitt (GA), Flora Gillies (WA), Neve McLean (WA/C), Lauren Tait (C), Hannah MacDonald (WD), Mhairi Jackson (WD), Lauren Learmond (GD) and Hannah Crick (GK)