A mixed Senior/2nds/Junior girls’ hockey squad, accompanied by Mrs Johnson and Mrs Fair, has just had an extremely demanding but worthwhile two days in Glasgow, playing in a tournament alongside 15 other sides.

They started slowly against George Watson’s College at Hutcheson’s, losing 1-4 with a goal from Kitty Morris. They also lost next time up, against Kelvinside 2-4 (goals Blanca Segui and Kitty Morris), with Anna Laurenceau, normally a hard-working midfielder, making an effective transition to the goalkeeping position. They then drew 2-2 against Regent House from Northern Ireland (who we beat 1-0 in 1985 to win the Kate Russell All-Ireland championship in Cork), with Kitty Morris scoring twice. A long hard day was followed by relaxation and time in the pool.

On Monday three more matches followed. In the morning, a goal conceded in the final minute meant a loss to King Edward’s, with Anna Laurenceau outstanding in goal and a really fine performance by the team A match against another Dublin side, Mount Sackville, provided the first win, 3-1, with two goals from Helen Crampton and one from Blanca Segui. Finally, they signed off by beating Kelso High School from Borders 2-1, with Helen and Blanca again scoring.

So six matches were played, with the record: won 2, lost 3, drawn 1. There was much excellent team and individual play, and Mrs Johnson feels the season ahead for the teams is looking very positive.

Many thanks go to Mrs Johnson and Mrs Fair for taking this trip at the start of the half-term holiday.