Fjordhus Reivers U14s1
The very first 11-a-side boys’ hockey team from the Borders took to the pitch on Sunday afternoon to compete against Watsonians U14.
This young group of players have worked together every Thursday for the last few months as part of the Fjordhus Reivers U14 boys’ hockey squad and coach Janet Jack was absolutely delighted with the way the boys have applied themselves both in training and on the day.
More importantly, as Borders Hockey Development Officer, she was delighted to witness history in the making as the first 11-a-side boys’ squad from the Borders takes to the stage.
She told The Southern: “They have all worked very hard to learn new skills and move forward as a team, while their support and respect for each other has turned them in to a formidable force. This was evident in the way they controlled large parts of the game at the weekend.
“These boys have no other opportunity to play hockey apart from club, as schools still do not allow them to play in competitive school hockey, and it is credit to them that against all odds they have come so far.”
It certainly came as a big surprise to their opponents, who enjoy regular school and club hockey, when the Reivers boys took the game to them and put together some great passing moves which threatened the Watsonians’ goal on numerous occasions. It was only some fine reflex saves from the home goal keeper that kept them in the game in the first half.
Reivers took the lead through a passing move down the right, with Calum Arnott and Paul Goldie combining well to put the ball across the face of the goal for Callum Folan to sweep in.
Watsonians came back almost immediately to draw level, and then pulled further ahead with a counter attack move as Reivers pressed forward in the hope of an equaliser.
The defence of Callum Murray, Charlie Jack, Toby Dawson and George Godfrey-Faucett worked together well as a unit and created many opportunities for Nicholas Henderson in midfield and to the strike force of Harry Richardson, Jamie Clarke , Mathew Comiskey, Tom Forster and Sam Prentice.
Late on in the second half another well-worked move, this time between Charlie Jack, Toby Dawson and Paul Goldie, saw another cross pounced on by Sam and Harry who somehow got the ball across the line in a goalmouth scramble.
In the dying seconds the Reivers boys lost a final goal as they pushed for an equaliser. Having played their hearts out, the Borders boys suffered a momentary lapse in concentration and left a Watsonians boy free to latch on to the end of a crash ball and slot it home.
The loyal crowd of parents, siblings and friends who travelled to Edinburgh to support their sons were extremely proud of their children and delighted to see them put in such a fine performance.
“Many thanks to Holly Grieve who stepped in to goal for the boys and to all the parents who have made this possible by regularly giving up their time to take them to training on Thursdays.” added Jack.