Strathallan Six a Side Tournament
The 1st team made an early start to head north to take part in the annual Strathallan Six a Side Hockey Tournament, on Wednesday.
This is the first time in its existance that the tournament has taken place without Mr Peek being present! Despite his absence, it was a glorious spring day in Perthshire and the tournament showcased some outstanding U13 hockey. The senior circuit is very good this season with five teams, in particular, of a very similar ability.
Sixes hockey is fast and frenetic stuff and it was certainly an exciting day. Unfortunately the results didn't quite go our way today but I was not overly disappointed as all the games were close and the boys played some lovely periods of hockey. They continue to develop as a team.
Our first match was against Craigclowan whom we had drawn with and beaten previously in the season. They had a set move - an overhead flick - from the hit-off which saw them score in the first five seconds and then there was no further score for the remainder of the match.
Loretto was next up and though we'd beaten them earlier in the season, they managed to score two goals to our one in this instance.
After lunch we had a fairly sluggish match with Fettes where neither team was at their best. A nil - nil draw was a fair result! Cargilfield got three goals past us, two in a short space of time when everyone seemed to go to sleep and then our final match was against Strathallan, which we ended up drawing.
So we ended the day in 5th position which was not where we'd hoped to be but that is the nature of tournaments. There is certainly some work to do before our trip south, particularly on goal shooting which was rather disappointing today.
We didn't, however, go away empty-handed as Jamie kept out some excellent opposition to be awarded the honour of 'Goalie of the Tournament', handed to him by Strathallan's current 'keeper. Jamie has been awarded his colours on the back of his efforts throughout the term and at the tournament. Well done to Jamie and to the team.