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The boys enjoyed six matches over week 7 and 8 at home to Fettes, Cargilfield, SMC and GWC at all age groups from U9 to U18.

In week 7 the Pringle boys hosted Fettes and Cargilfield at U9, U11 and U13. Despite the U13 boys struggling the U9 and U11 boys played some excellent hockey in their triangular tournament. It was great to see the Astro being fully used with three games going on at the same time and despite the cold weather it did not rain!

The first XI hosted Fettes the following week, hoping to build upon their previous two wins. Although we started well, Fettes did control the majority of the game and deserved their win in the end with a final score of 5-2 with Oscar and Jamie grabbing the goals.

The U16 boys hosted SMC afterwards and it was a close and tense game. We played some decent hockey against a good side and created some chances of our own. However William was excellent as ever in goal, keeping the score tied into the second half. As the game continued, we grew in confidence and Jamie calmly slotted home the decisive goal when the chance came. We always enjoy the games against SMC who play great hockey and it was super preparation for the U15 boys who were due to host GWC in the Plate Semi Final later in the week.

On a bright, but cold, Thursday afternoon we welcomed GWC to Colinton. This was the first time we had played their U15 A side so we knew it was going to be a challenge. The first half was even with a few chances at both ends. GWC seemed to keep the ball better in the second half but neither side created too many chances and so the game seemed destined to go to penalty flicks. Freddie and Todd missed along with GWC’s first two takers so when Glen scored we were in the driving seat. Despite having to retake his flick Teo kept his cool and slotted in the winning goal to send us through to the final in Glasgow. This is fantastic. A great effort from the whole side and super reward to end the season. We now need to get ready for another tough game against SMC.

Richard McCorkell