Kelso Ladies go for gold in tournament

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AFTER a successful summer of training the Kelso ladies’ youth section wanted to begin their season with an inspired Olympic-themed eight-a-side hockey tournament.

With Berwickshire High School as the venue and teams from all areas, including Edinburgh, invited to attend, the girls at the club were keen to make a strong start.

The day began with five teams arriving to represent nations including the United Kingdom, Spain and Uganda.

It was decided that all nations would compete for gold by playing one match against each other, with the winner being the team who won most games.

The standard of hockey shown meant that the competition was fierce and all the teams were after that top spot.

Off the pitch, players were challenged with a hockey-inspired obstacle course which would put their individual skills to the test.

By the end of the tournament, all the girls had completed the course. Spain (a team from CALA hockey club) came out as the fastest team overall and Kirsty Millar, from Duns, was the fastest individual.

Spectators enjoyed the very relaxed atmosphere of the event in the summer-like conditions and were looked after by the parent helpers, who had taken charge of the catering for the day.

The tournament was also seen as an opportunity to allow young umpires to come along and practise their skills with the whistle.

After all the matches were played the results were close, however, Spain were the team who won gold and were presented with their medals. The United Kingdom (Kelso Youth) took silver and Sweden (CALA) walked away with the bronze.

Kelso Ladies Hockey Club would like to thank CALA for attending the tournament, and all the parents, players and umpires for making it a great success.

The youth team begin training next Thursday from 4.30-6pm at the Berwickshire High School.

Every other week the youth players are invited to attend the ladies’ training at Earlston High School from 6pm.

This is a new venture for the club and all those involved would like to thank their sponsor OINK for providing a new set of strips to begin their first season in the East District Premier Three. New players are more than welcome to attend.