Midland hockey victory
In a crunch match, the players from Upper 4th and Lower 5th proved too strong for local rivals, Strathallan School with Kilgraston coming out on top with a 4-2 win.
Despite trailing 1-0, the girls came back within two minutes to equalise before scoring again off a penalty corner and backing up their lead with a further two field goals.
Kilgraston stayed on course throughout the thrilling round robin contest, defeating High School Dundee 3-0, Morrisons 5-1 and Dundee Wanderers Hockey Club, 3-1.
Captain Katie Stott, a member of the Scottish Under-16 team, set the tone for the day scoring 12 out of 15 goals. The 14-year-old junior international from Abernethy is coached by her mother, Pauline Stott, a double Olympian and former GB hockey captain.
Mrs Stott, who is also Kilgraston’s director of sport, runs a school hockey academy for girls who have reached district level and above in the sport.
Training alongside her daughter in the academy are Emily Dark, 13, a member of Scotland’s development squad, Daisy Fonicello, 13, and two newcomers – Rebecca Wright, 14, and Catriona Roberts, 13.
Mrs Stott said the tournament, hosted by High School Dundee and organised by Judy Hutchison, was a perfect test for the Kilgraston girls after an intense period of training.
“Leading up to the indoor Midland tournament the girls worked hard every week to hone their hockey skills in anticipation for the district competition,” she said. “Having five academy players in the squad raised the level, enhancing the skill and technical level of the whole team which was wonderful to see. We’re very proud of the girls who very much deserved to triumph on this occasion.”
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