Vets find competition sizzling hot in Singapore

Hockey Veterans 2: Paul Conkie (centre), Colin Stockdale (right) and John Bell from Grange HC Edinburgh
Hockey Veterans 2: Paul Conkie (centre), Colin Stockdale (right) and John Bell from Grange HC Edinburgh

ROVING Reivers Paul Conkie and Colin Stockdale have returned from Singapore after representing Scotland in the over-45 age group in the World Masters Hockey Tournament this week, beaten but not subdued.

After playing some very competitive hockey against England, New Zealand and Australia, the veterans narrowly missed out playing in a semi-final, losing to Singapore 2-1.

Fatigue finally took its toll as this was their fourth match in five days.

Conkie told TheSouthern: “It was a challenge just to compete in the 30 degree heat, humidity and the jet lag, let alone play well against some of the best in the world in their age group.”

Stockdale said: “People tell you how competitive the Aussies and the Kiwis are, but you don’t really know until you are standing between them and a goal.

“It was a great effort to achieve the level of performance that was attained, but a shame we could not manage some better results.”

Despite the busy schedule the Borders boys did find time to see the sights.

Stockdale added: “It’s an amazing city, all very clean and organised. The skyline is fantastic and it was great to have had the opportunity to visit and experience the culture. The locals were very welcoming.

Both players are now looking forward to future matches for the Reivers at sunny Tweedbank.