EIGHT Borders secondary school hockey teams took part in this year’s South Schools Under-18s Knock Out Cup which was, as ever, keenly contested.
In the top half of the draw Berwickshire defeated Peebles, and Selkirk won against Earlston before the former emerged as winners with a 3-0 defeat over the Souters in the semi’s.
In the bottom half of the draw Kelso started strongly with a convincing win over Hawick while Galashiels Academy beat Jedburgh. In the second semi the teenage Tweedsiders continued in dominant fashion beating Galashiels Academy thus setting up a Kelso v Berwickshire final.
From the whistle Kelso pressed hard and within a few minutes caught the BHS defence out with a square pass across the circle for Lucy Ramsay to slot home the first goal. A second followed with similar quick short passing but this time it was Gina Ramsay who was on target.
The BHS defence then settled and began to make life more difficult for the Kelso team by putting in some strong tackles while Jennie Thumbwood, in goal, made a series of great saves. A few breaks were made by the BHS team but a very composed Kelso defence, marshalled by Captain Kirsty Veitch, handled this well and then redistributed the ball.
It took Claire Hill with a terrific strike from a penalty corner to make the score 3-0 at half time.
The second half continued in the same vein with BHS battling hard to contain the Kelso team but despite their valiant efforts, Kelso went further ahead with a nice strike from the top of the D by Rhona Forbes and a great touch on the right post from Kate Thomson. Finally Gina Ramsay’s through ball found Claire Hill unmarked and with a fine solo effort she slotted the ball into the back of the net past the keeper to make the final score 6-0 and ensure Kelso High School retained the under-18s Knock Out Cup.