Tournament tribute to long-serving Colin

Veteran hockey player Colin Tucker.
Veteran hockey player Colin Tucker.

A TOURNAMENT will be held next weekend to recognise the contribution of Reivers Hockey Club stalwart Colin Tucker, who is retiring after 35 years with the club.

The Scotland veteran international, who is moving to the north of the country and retiring from the sport, has held every position within the club.

The Reivers will host a four-team competition on September 3 at Tweedbank featuring Peebles vets, a Border ladies’ select and Scottish super vets’ sides.

Reivers secretary Stephen Young said: “All of the success of the club in the past few years has come from foundations laid by Colin through both playing and coaching. He has had an entirely positive influence and has always been on hand to help with boundless energy and enthusiasm.”

All Reivers players and friends past and present are welcome to come along to Tweedbank at 1pm next weekend.

Meanwhile, the club held its AGM in the Salmon Inn, Galashiels, when members reflected on a highly successful season which resulted in promotion back to East Division One and lifting the District Plate, the first major cup competition won by Reivers in many years.

The success was put down to the hard work of all the players in training, the increase in numbers attending training and the return to the recently-refurbished Tweedbank pitch, meaning Reivers once again had a home ground. The club now hopes that a second team will be formed to play a series of friendlies in the coming season.

Season awards were also made, and Hawick teenager Kriss Darling picked up most improved player, having worked hard to improve his workrate and skill to become a regular in the starting line-up, scoring a couple of important goals along the way.

Player of the year award went to Tim Watkin, who only joined the club last campaign from the lower leagues, but his workrate and enthusiasm, allied with some howitzer shots, made him a worthy recipient.

Graham Lofthouse was elected club captain, having previously led the team in 2007, with Jonathon Fletcher vice-captain. Rory Jackson takes over from Lofthouse as treasurer.