It was a busy weekend for Dumfries Hockey Club, with five teams playing six games over the two days.
Dumfries U16 1 -1 Wellington School
The Dumfries youngsters who comprised mostly U14 players performed well against an experienced Wellington side.
Possession was evenly split between the sides as both saw several chances at goal.
Dumfries went ahead on seven minutes when a great run down the right from Angharad Wood opened up space for the attackers; Holly McKie converted with a hard shot into the corner of the goal. Dumfries keeper Georgia Hook made several crucial saves to keep her team in the running and along with Philippa Howie’s composure in defence it finished 1-0 at half time.The centre midfield duo of Anna Clark and Emily McKie continued to apply pressure on their opposite numbers and created many chances for their team mates, both Catriona Hutchison and Lorna Rideout coming close. In a break away play Wellington secured an equaliser with a sterling solo effort to end the game 1-1. All players should be proud of a strong performance in challenging weather conditions.
Dumfries U18 0 -2 Wellington School
The weather worsened as the U18s took to the field on Saturday. From the whistle Dumfries applied pressure and controlled possession in the early stages of the game.
However a long pass from Wellington’s defence found a lone striker who took the lead for her team. Philippa Benson and Naomi Cowan linked well together and Julie Boa’s strong running on the ball provided Dumfries with some chances. Despite this the first half ended 0-1.
A number of stronger players in the Wellington side found form in the second half and won several penalty corners. Keeper Clare Manson made some tremendous stops with the aid of diving defender Chloe Davidson but Scottish representative Zoe Sinclair converted from a top D strike. Dumfries won several penalty corners, threatening the Wellington defence into the final minutes of the game and were unfortunate not to capitalise on this. Final score, 0-2.
Dumfries Ladies 1st XI 0 -9 Clydesdale Western
Following a heavy defeat by top of the table side Clydesdale Western at the weekend the ladies 1st XI return to training this week.
On Saturday they face Glasgow University at Garscube in Glasgow hoping to field a stronger team and get their league run back on track.
Dumfries Ladies 2nd XI 0-7 Uddingston
With a depleted squad due to player unavailability and umpiring commitments,
Dumfries travelled to Glasgow to face their opponents. However, those who did travel, gave a sterling display against a stronger opposition. Five of the younger members in the squad (Georgia, Niamh, Anna, Emma and Hollie) were playing in their second game of the day after playing for the U16s earlier in the day and deserve credit for playing in two tough games. Although defeated, the squad came away determined to make up for the result the following day.
Dumfries Men 11-0 Kelburne
Glasgow Green was the destination for the Dumfries men’s side on Saturday, playing on the surface to be used as the main pitch in the Commonwealth Games this coming summer.
However this was the main highlight of the game which proved to be little more than a training session against a very inexperienced Kelburne side. Dumfries ran out comfortable winners with the 11 goals coming from Bell (4), Clark (4), Huxtable, Rennie, Ruddick.
Dumfries Ladies 2nd XI 1-2 Irvine
With their second game in two days, Dumfries began the game well and quickly put the visitors under pressure early on . Unfortunately, they couldn’t convert the chances they created and were punished when Irvine scored on a counter attack.
At the start of the second half, Dumfries continued to dominate and deserved there equaliser scored from a penalty corner. As the Dumfries players tired, Irvine scored the deciding goal. It was a cruel ending to a terrific performance by the team.