Following on from their recent success on the outdoor circuit Kelso High School hockey team have completed a double by lifting the South Schools Indoor Trophy.
Five schools took part in the Tournament held on Saturday at Peebles High School and, as it was run in two groups, Kelso High School’s B team made up the numbers.
Section One was dominated by Kelso’s A team who defeated Earlston HS 5-0 and Hawick HS 7-0 and in the tie between the other two schools, Hawick narrowly defeated Earlston 1-0 to take the other semi-final spot.
In Section 2, last year’s winners Galashiels Academy had a narrow 1-0 win over Kelso’s B team and then defeated Peebles HS 5-1 to take the top spot and with a 2-2 draw against Peebles, Kelso B also made it through to the semis.
The first semi saw Kelso B take on their A team and the Bs were quick to take advantage of a slow start by the As, scoring the first goal of the encounter. Thereafter, however, the As began to move the ball well and ran out 5-1 winners.
In the other semi, Galashiels Academy took on Hawick HS and were the first to score, but well through the game Hawick equalised and then took the lead in a very competitive end to end game. With less than a minute to go Gala found the back of the net again to make the final score 2-2 and force the tie into a penalty shoot out. This was equally close, with Gala eventually winning 4-3, on sudden death penalty strokes.
Earlston HS then played Peebles HS in the 5th/6th play-off and with two early goals they were able to hold on to their early lead and win a very closely contested game.
The final between Galashiels Academy and Kelso HS then took place, with Gala starting strongly and scoring twice within the first few minutes to take a 2-0 lead. Keeping their composure, however, Kelso began to build their play and by half-time had evened the scores. Two more goals in the second half ensured that they won the trophy and now go forward to represent South in the Scottish Schools competition in Perth on January 16.
Winning Kelso team: Gemma Bootman, Izzy Kyle, Lucy Murray, Rachel Potts. Front, Linsey Young, Kirsty Logan, Imogen Johnstone Jones, Sophie Aitchison.
•Kelso High School hockey squad had double reason to celebrate last weekend after long term coach Mary Weir was named joint winner of the 2015 Service to Local Sport award by Club sport Roxburgh on Friday evening. More on page 77.