The recent Inter District Indoor Tournament provided mixed results for the South of Scotland hockey camp who battled hard amongst the best in Scotland.
Playing at the Bells Centre in Perth, South started very strongly in their first game against North, with goals from Lucy Ramsay, Claire Hill(2), Gina Ramsay(2) and Jennie Robson placing them 6-1 up at half time and in total command.
Lucy Ramsay completed her hat-trick, with Lucy Inglis adding one more to make the final score 9-2.
The next game was against Midlands who had just beaten East 5-3. In a very closely contested match South fought hard to contain some very strong and skilful players, with Tamara Cook making some excellent saves in goal. Lucy Ramsay was again on target with two goals in the first half, but with one or two shots wide of the mark from penalty corners South trailed Midlands by a single goal at half time.
The second half continued in a similar fashion, with the Midlands team denying South – and Claire Hill in particular – space in which to build up play. They scored twice more, with Gina Ramsay netting a great strike from a penalty corner to make the final score 3-5.
Expecting a similar type of game against East, South were very disappointed to be down 1-5 at half time, the single goal coming once again from Lucy Ramsay.
A couple of defensive errors – two shots off the posts and a shot hit wide of an open goal – were, however, contributory factors. In goal terms, the second half was a lot closer, with Jennie Robson and Claire Hill both scoring from penalty corners to East’s three goals, making the final score 3-8.
South’s final game was against West who were also a strong team having already drawn 4-4 with Midlands.
South started in determined fashion and with excellent defending from Kirsty Veitch, Rachel Potts and Jeanie Robertson, only two goals were conceded in each half.
Two goals from Robson, one from Gina Ramsay and one from Hill saw South leading 4-2 at half time, and with Hill adding one more from a penalty corner and Gina Ramsay scoring two more to complete her hat-trick, South ran out winners by 7-4.
An unfortunate injury to Caroline Duff in the last minute of the game was the only incident to mar this victory, but she did very well to stop West scoring.
Final places were as follows: 1, Midlands; 2, East; 3, South; 4, West; 5, North.