Reivers rock solid in Granite City

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Grove Menzieshill U180

Fjordhus Reivers U183

The second round of pool matches for the Scottish Hockey National U18 competition saw Fjordhus Reivers travelling to Aberdeen to play against Grove Menzieshill and Clydesdale Western.

Reivers had a much-changed squad from the first round due to players being unavailable as a result of National age group training.

U16 Junior performance and club players Emily Rogers, Caitlin Wright, Chloe Richardson, Jemma Willins, Lara Patterson, Tara Aitchison and Imogen Johnstone-Jones were all called into the squad.

From the start to the final whistle the weather conditions were horrific with driving snow and an icy wind, yet this did not deter either team from putting in a great effort. The girls followed coach Janet Jack’s game plan consistently throughout the match with senior players Morven Cawthorn, Kirsty Miller, Sophie Aitchison, Caroline Duff, Jenny Wright and Kirsty Logan leading by example.

Simple one-touch passing hockey split the Grove unit and created channels up the right and left hand sides . Logan scored the only goal in the first half with an unstoppable strike from the top of the circle. Reivers continued the second half with the same desire, commitment and determination. An impressive passing display from Miller and Logan left the Grove defence spectating as the former cooly slotted the ball past the keeper.

As the freezing conditions took their toll, Duff made an emphatic save for Reivers which deflated The Grove attack and the third goal was from a penalty corner where Wright picked up the loose ball and shot low towards goal where Cawthorn was waiting to deflect into the net.

The second game versus Clydesdale Western was abandoned due to the hypothermic conditions and will be played in the coming weeks. Reivers have put themselves into a great position to reach the semi-final stages of the competition in May.

“The performances and endeavour of all who played this weekend has made selection for the next game a difficult prospect,” said Jack.