Seven up as new hockey sea­son gets off to a flyer

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Ar­ran Ladies en­joyed a com­fort­able vic­tory against Ayr Ladies 2nds in their first game of the new sea­son af­ter hav­ing been pro­moted to di­vi­sion three of the West District Hockey League at the end of last sea­son.

De­spite the heat and the col­lec­tive nerves they man­aged to se­cure a 3-0 lead by the end of the first half with Lor­raine Hewie putting the first ball passed the op­po­si­tion’s goalie af­ter just eight min­utes of play.

Ar­ran’s de­fence, con­sist­ing of El­lie Wood, El­yse Aitken, Freya McNi­col, Kirsty Bar­ton, Cat Gal­braith and goal­keeper Ali McKie, worked tire­lessly to keep the op­po­si­tion out of the scor­ing D and pre­vent­ing any shots on goal.

The Ar­ran mid­field­ers Jenny Stark, Ab­bie McKelvie, Susie Murchie and Han­nah McCart­ney re­mained strong through­out, feed­ing the ball through the op­po­si­tions de­fence to the for­ward line en­abling a hat-trick from cap­tain Anne Watts.

Two fur­ther goals came from Susie and a sec­ond from Lor­raine be­fore the match ended. Mia and He­len kept up the at­tack, fir­ing balls into the op­po­si­tion’s D.

The com­bined ef­forts of every team mem­ber took the fi­nal score line to 7 - 0.

Ayr Ladies nom­i­nated Lor­raine Hewie as their dame of the game. Cap­tain Anne Watts said: ‘I’m very proud of the girls to­day, what a way to start the new sea­son. Coach was speech­less, now that’s a rare thing.’

Ar­ran Ladies had fur­ther cause for cel­e­bra­tion when their very own trainee um­pire Pauline Reid suc­cess­fully passed her C badge um­pire exam.

Cap­tain Anne Watts added: ‘On be­half of all of the team we would like to say a huge con­grat­u­la­tions to Pauline. Thanks also to Billy Dun­lop for his con­tin­ued sup­port of the club and Grace Mul­hol­land for trav­el­ling to the is­land to as­sess Pauline.

‘Thank you to ev­ery­one who came along to sup­port the team on Saturday and to the staff at the Or­mi­dale Ho­tel for mak­ing our post­match teas the best in the di­vi­sion.’

The team will play their first away match to­day (Saturday) against MC Cly­des­dale West­ern at Hutch­esons’ Gram­mar School in Glas­gow with a 2.30pm pass back time. All sup­port is most wel­come

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The Ar­ran Ladies hockey team pose for a pre-sea­son pho­to­graph.

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Cap­tain Anne Watts strikes the ball in mid air.

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Lor­raine Hewie emerges from the D af­ter stun­ning the op­po­si­tion with a great goal shortly af­ter pass back.

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Thread­ing her way through the op­po­si­tion, Lor­raine Hewie earned her­self the dame-of-the-game ti­tle for her ef­forts.

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