Colin gets super send-off

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

THE weather improved and the sun shone briefly for a festival of Hockey at Tweedbank on Saturday in honour of veteran hockey star Colin Tucker, who is moving to the Isle of Lewis after playing for the Reivers for more than 30 years.

Teams made up of players from across the Borders and Scotland travelled to make up the teams, Reivers, Borders Fjordhus, Peebles Vets, and Scotland Veterans.

It was an afternoon of fun and open hockey, with all teams being fairly evenly matched.

The veteran teams showed that what they have lost in pace over the years can be compensated for by craft and experience.

There was some excellent interplay and quality goals scored by all sides with no one team showing a clear advantage.

Tucker and his team were able to show that despite their age (many 60+) they are still players who deserve respect from others a fraction of their age.

At the end of the afternoon Colin received a presentation from long-time friend and umpire Mel Ross. Colin said that he had really enjoyed his day and thanked everyone for attending, wishing Reivers all the best in East District Division One in the coming season.