This was a busy week of hockey before the season winds down, and Merchiston Sevens takes over, but it was a fantastic week. We travelled to Glenalmond on Tuesday, hosted Cargilfield on Wednesday and had a great day out at the Junior Finals Day in Glasgow on Friday.
Junior Boy's Plate Final Success
The U15 team travelled to Glasgow Green for their Plate Final against Stewarts Melville College on Friday. It was fantastic to have supporters along from Chalmers East who created a great atmosphere, supporting the boys from the stands. Having warmed up and discussed some tactics in the changing room, the boys had a superb start with Glen C hammering home the opener. William T was working hard on the right-wing, managing to cross for Freddie J to convert the second goal. It could not have started better, and a fine save from William G ensured we maintained our lead at half time.
A strong start to the second half was crucial, and when a sweeping move down the right was again finished off by Freddie, we were flying high at 3-0. As can happen, Stewarts Melville College struck straight back to reduce the deficit. We continued to play incredibly well with a strong defence and didn’t allow SMC back into the game. A string of penalty corners allowed Glen and then Todd B to extend the lead. A penalty flick was awarded, but Glen saw his hattrick chance and tipped onto the post in a fine save.
This was an excellent team performance from all 16 boys. A great way to end the season for this talented group and I look forward to seeing how they can improve next year.
Other Hockey News
Earlier in the week, we arrived at sunny Glenalmond where the last of the snow had just melted from the pitches. The U14 team put on an excellent display, running away with the game to win by seven goals. Todd B, Freddie J (2), Teo T, Hamish M and Lewis K (2) sharing the goals around. However, it was Richard T who put in a Man of the Match display with some silky skills and useful link-up play. The 1st XI was weakened slightly, but the brave XI put up a fight to come from behind and claim a 3-3 draw. Captain Max B and Oscar J (2) grabbed the goals. It was a game played in good spirit, so we decided to play running penalties to determine the winner. With the excited home crowd behind them, Glenalmond sealed their win in sudden death.
The U9 and U11 boys welcomed Cargilfield to Colinton Road on Wednesday afternoon and enjoyed plenty of games in the round-robin format. All of the boys enjoyed their afternoon while the “stick tap” was employed at the end instead of the usual handshakes due to Coronavirus warnings.
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