Women’s Indoor National League 1 delivers a super Sunday
19 December 2016
It was tales of the unexpected at women`s indoor hockey National League 1; leaders Dundee Wanderers’ long-held unbeaten record was shattered after going down 4-3 to Milne Craig Western; then Edinburgh University beat second placed Grove Menzieshill by the same score and finished the day in pole position.
The day undoubtedly belonged to the Edinburgh students - they completed their programme with a trio of victories over Western Wildcats, Grove Menzieshill and finally Inverleith to lead the table by one point from Wanderers.
Perhaps the biggest result of the day was provided by Edinburgh University; the students removed Grove Menzieshill from second place with a 4-3 win.
The score ding-donged to 2-2 towards the end of the first half, Grove Menzieshill`s former internationalists Ali Bell and Linda Clement were on target, only to be negated by two strikes by Edinburgh`s Becky Dru. The underdogs took a 3-2 lead into the interval when Katie Hibbert added a third for the students.
Grove Menzieshill were back level a minute into the second half through Susan Hamilton, but the coup de gras came from Dru at a penalty corner for her own hat-trick and the winner.
Edinburgh University started the day`s campaign with a five goal mauling of Wildcats. The students were four ahead at the break with a double by Kirsty Abraham along with Louise Campbell and Susan Graham. The only goal of the second period emanated from a penalty corner strike by Becky Dru.
The students completed their day`s assignment with a comfortable 7-1 win over neighbours Inverleith who are now fixed at the bottom of the table.
Edinburgh were 3-1 up at the interval through Annie Arthur, Abraham and Graham, while Kirsty Dinwoodie replied for Inverleith. The goals continued to flow in the second half, Arthur scored twice to complete her hat-trick while Abraham and Graham each scored one more.
Wanderers were caught cold against Western when Ali Eadie sunk a penalty corner strike in only seven minutes. Worst was to follow with a procession of goals by Susie Gillman, Lexi Sabatelli and Kayleigh Justice to put the Glasgow side four up. A lifeline for the Dundonians arrived when playmaker Vikki Bunce pulled one back just before the interval.
Although Western failed to add to their tally in the second half, and Bunce converted two penalty corners to bring the difference to only a single goal, the favourites ran out of time and conceded the three points.
A double hat-trick by Gillman was the highlight of Milne Craig Western`s 9-1 win over Aberdeen Bon-Accord in their earlier fixture of the day.
Wanderers recovered some of their composure in their second outing with a 7-3 win over Bon-Accord. Bunce was again on target with another hat-trick, Julie Bryce got a double while the other strikes came from Emily Dark and Rachel Osborne.
Grove Menzieshill started their day with a comfortable 5-1 victory over Wildcats, the Taysiders led 2-0 at the interval through Bell and Katie Stott. In the second half further goals were added by Bell again along with Lee Pendreigh and Sophie Pettigree, Lucy Findlay got the consolation for Wildcats.
CALA Edinburgh were the first side at the bottom end of the table to pick up points with a 5-2 win over Capital neighbours Inverleith. The score was tied at 2-2 at the interval, Shona McNab and Robin Robeson scored for CALA while Ella Watt got both Inverleith`s goals. CALA built up a commanding lead in the second half, Robeson scored again while Amie-Jayne Redell notched a couple.
CALA then added to their points tally following a 2-2 draw with Wildcats.
Aberdeen Bon-Accord also moved off the basement position after a 4-1 victory over Inverleith. A double by Ruth Cox and another from Nikki Davidson gave the Aberdeen side a 3-1 advantage at the interval, Carly Bissett replying for Inverleith. The only goal of the second half came from Bon-Accord`s Holly Steiger for the crucial three points.