South Over-35s clinch the Inter-district title

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Despite being more of a day for the ducks, the weather did not deter South Ladies Over-35s from an excellent display of hockey at Titwood last week.

With a number of the squad having hung up their well battered hockey sticks a number of years ago, and requiring a quick run-down of the rules of the modern game during the warm-up, the squad very quickly settled into winning ways, defeating East by a comfortable 3-0.

The second tie against South West saw the South playing to their strengths and dominating the match with a 2-0 win.

Some old scores were settled in the tie against West in what was one of the hardest fought matches. Feeling the pressure, the South worked hard to claim a well-deserved 2-0 win.

Facing Midlands in the semi-finals, neither team managed to score so for the first time the squad were forced into selecting five players for a penalty shoot-out and, despite the tension, clinched victory.

A quick cup of tea calmed the nerves before heading out to face a strong West team in the final. Showing the usual Borders fighting spirit the ladies were unlucky not to take the lead on a number of occasions. A 0 – 0 draw at the final whistle resulted in a further penalty shoot out, where a confident display resulted in South claiming victory.

South Over-35s: J. Jack, E. Jack, C. Townsend, D. Fairbairn, V. Taylor, B. McLeod, L. Tait, S. Cochrane, J. Wright, K. Francis, C. Allison, J. Arnot, J. Wilson, E. Lunn, P. Bell (coach).