Strong start to Women’s Indoor Hockey National League 1
12 December 2016
Dundee Wanderers got their campaign to retain the women`s indoor hockey first division championship off to a great start with three back-to-back wins, and a total of 23 goals in the process.
In the opening game against Western Wildcats, Wanderers were two up at the interval through a penalty corner conversion by Vikki Bunce and a further goal from 15-year-old Ruth Blaikie. Wildcats survived for most of the second half but with seven minutes left Emily Dark, Jess Ross and Bunce again advanced the score to five without reply.
The champions followed this up with an 11-1 win over Inverleith who had the audacity to take an early lead through Carly Bissett in the opening exchanges. Thereafter Wanderers were all guns blazing with Heather Elder, Blaikie and Julie Bryce scoring twice.
Wanderers then defeated CALA Edinburgh 7-0 in their final encounter, Bunce scored four and the other goals came from Dark, Blaikie and Rachel Osborne.
Grove Menzieshill were also unbeaten in their opening day, in the morning they struggled their way past Aberdeen Bob-Accord 5-4. In fact, the Aberdonians were 2-1 up at the interval, Nicola Davidson scored twice while Leigh Fawcett replied for the Taysiders.
In the second half the score advanced to 3-2 for the Aberdonians, Iona Armour levelled for Grove while Debbie Massie restored Bon-Accord`s lead. But then strikes by Katie Stott, Pauline Stott and Armour again put the Dundonians into a 5-3 lead before Millie Skidmore scored a consolation at an overtime penalty corner.
Grove then saw off their traditional rivals Milne Craig Western with a 3-1 win, Susan Hamilton converted two penalty corners and Armour added another to her tally while Susan Gillman notched a consolation for the Glasgow side.
Western opened their day with a 3-1 win over Inverleith, Lucy Jamieson put the Edinburgh side one up at the interval but two goals from Margery Justice and another by sister Kayleigh secured the three points.
Western`s contest with Edinburgh University was tied at 2-2 at the interval, Sophie Maunder scored twice for the students inside the opening two minutes but Margery Justice levelled. Two minutes into the second half Becky Dru put Edinburgh 3-2 ahead but Kayleigh Justice brought the scores level with eight minutes left.
Photos by Duncan Gray