COMMITMENT and attitude over the course of the daysaw the South girls’ squad clinch a commendable fourth place at the annual Scottish Hockey U15 Inter-District Tournament at Peffermill, Edinburgh.
The South made a promising start to with a 0-0 draw against the North.
In the second game, against West, South girls showed great skill, pressing forward in the first five minutes to get shots on target. However, West presented pace in attack, creating a three-versus-one situation which resulted in a 1-0 defeat. Credit must go to Jade Tyreman for some outstanding defending.
The girls left the pitch feeling disappointed, but with a long break looming there was enough time to highlight the positives and prepare them for their next game against Highland. They moved the ball quickly from the start and displayed excellent supportive play, with Claire Hill (captain) linking well with striker Gina Ramsay (vice-captain) and midfielders Megan Smith and Lorna Dagg.
South pressurised Highland’s defence, but no goals came so they decided to make some changes. Morven Cawthorn was put on up front and within a minute she received the ball, drove into the circle and hit the ball straight into the bottom corner of the goal to seal a 1-0 victory for the South.
The girls continued to progress and showed a lot of determination and composure against Midland. Pressure came from Zoe Higgins, who collected the ball from back in defence, taking on players and passing the ball into the circle for the strikers to take a shot. Unfortunately, the encounter ended goalless
The game against South West was an even encounter. Both teams had scoring opportunities but it was South West who made the best of their chances and the game ended without a goal.
The East were the last opponents for the South squad. A very organised and skilful team, they had won most of their games and were determined to take another victory. Nevertheless, the South showed great character and displayed some beautiful hockey, and excellent goalkeeping from Lyndsey Morris made the final scoreline 0-0.