The final week of hockey fixtures started with the visit of SMC to play our 1XI. In what must have been the coldest conditions hockey has ever been played in, we came out on the wrong side of a 3-0 defeat. In the end, everyone was certainly delighted for the final whistle so we could get heated up. However, it was a good run around for the boys, as they prepared for their Aspire Plate Final on Friday.
Wednesday saw a block fixture with Belhaven for the Pringle teams. The U9 team enjoyed a good victory at home, while the U11 boys struggled in their game. Furthermore, the U13 boys rounded off their term with a fine win. It was another excellent block of fixtures, with more and more young boys getting the chance to play hockey. Well done to Mr Raikes for organising so many fixtures this term. The boys seemed to love it!
Friday was a fantastic day as the 1XI boys travelled to Glasgow Green to take part in the Schools’ Hockey Finals Day for the first time. We arrived in plenty of time to prepare for our match with McLaren High School. After completing the pre match walk outs and handshakes, we slowly got into the game. We started to create some good chances but Alex’s effort was cleared off the line. After some good work in the circle from Tobias, we were awarded a penalty flick but unfortunately Max’s effort was saved. Just before half time, Owain swept in the opener into the bottom corner to settle some nerves.
In the second half, our tackling was poor and, while down to ten men, we struggled to keep the ball. Angus and Niles offered good support in the wide channels and two quick strikes from Angus sealed the victory. Well done to all of the squad who have taken part this year. Four boys played their last game for the school, but it was a great way to finish the year with our first trophy for the Senior Hockey Boys.
Well done to all of the 100 boys who have played hockey this term for the School. We have played 36 games in total and hopefully we can continue to grow the sport and improve in the years ahead.