New players shine but first friendly proves tough game

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GHK 4s           6

Arran Ladies      1

Arran Ladies Hockey Club played their first West District hockey game in almost two years on Saturday November 13 at the grounds of Glasgow High Kelvinside.

They were invited to a participatory (non-competitive) game by the young ladies from GHK 4s when they had a late cancellation and after the planned match with Arran, two weeks ago, had fallen through.

On arrival, seeing that the Arran team had only nine players due to injury and a bout of severe tonsillitis, the host team offered two players of their own to even up the sides, as this was a non-competitive, friendly match.

Arran Captain Jenny Crockett was happy to accept the offer as it was a new and mostly inexperienced team that had managed to come over for the game.

Only five of the nine were regulars in the 2019 Arran Ladies team: Lorraine Hewie, Jenny Crockett, Susie Murchie, Isabella Reid and Annie McKelvie, but they were joined by enthusiastic new players Marie Craig, Suzi Haddow, Lynda Fenton and Lee Reid.

Arran Ladies really appreciated the genuine effort of the young girls who joined the Arran team, as it was an energetic game from start to finish.

‘They were happy to have a solid 35 minutes on the pitch,’ said the GHK 4s coach, as their teammates were being subbed on and off the pitch every 5-10 minutes due to there being so many of them wanting to play.

This also meant that the home team had plenty of fresh legs throughout the game, with all the Arran Ladies playing non-stop for the 70 minutes.

From the first whistle, the GHK players showed that they had been training hard since May when restrictions lifted.

With consistent pressure on Arran’s new defensive line up, the host team took the score to 3-0 by half time.

However Arran came back with a hard fought first goal of the second half; after a strong pass out of defence by Lee to Jenny on the wing, who then fired it to coach Lorraine Hewie in the scoring ‘D’.

Arran got on the scoreboard as Lorraine skilfully dodged a defender and the goalie to get the ball over the line.

The home team scored another three goals by the final whistle but not without having to battle through Arran’s tenacious players who weren’t for giving up.

Arran’s new goalkeeper Suzi Haddow kept out so many more attacks on goal than went in and it was for this sterling effort that she was voted Dame of the Game.

‘It was fab to be back on the pitch again, even for such a tough first match. GHK have never been an “easy” team.” said Jenny.

‘This was a great opportunity for our new team members to get a flavour of a proper match.

‘They all played a blinder and we are really looking forward to the next one.

‘A massive thanks to GHK for not only providing two umpires but also lending us some players.’

With everyone giving their all on the pitch, team spirit remained high despite the final score.

Wearing their new team shirts sponsored by Ian Kirsop of the PHT, the Arran Ladies will be back in Glasgow on Saturday November 27 to play Hillhead 4s at Jordanhill School.

Push-back time is booked for 2.15pm and all supporters and side line cheerers would be welcome and appreciated.