Oban hockey team lifts the sil­ver­ware

The Oban Times - - Sport -

OBAN Hockey Club’s an­nual sevens tour­na­ment was held ear­lier this month at Taynuilt sports fa­cil­ity. Over the past four years the tour­na­ment has gone from strength to strength. It has proved very pop­u­lar with both lo­cal and vis­it­ing play­ers. This year teams from Glas­gow as well as Mull’s re­cently formed hockey club trav­elled to com­pete, all ea­ger to pay a visit to sunny Oban. The grass pitch tour­na­ment once again proved to be a lot of fun and a great suc­cess. It was played in a round robin for­mat with a fi­nal be­tween the top two teams at the end of the day.

The heat and hu­mid­ity proved dif­fi­cult for all play­ers, un­used to such trop­i­cal con­di­tions. De­spite this, games were in­tense and hard-fought with a few ri­val­ries form­ing on the pitch and friend­ships off.

Af­ter four hours of very en­joy­able hockey Oban 1 were to face Glas­gow High Kelvin­side (GHK) in the fi­nal. A close game re­sulted in a 2-1 vic­tory for the Oban team and there was much cel­e­bra­tion. Af­ter a three-year ab­sence, the tro­phy had been brought home. Con­grat­u­la­tions also go to lo­cal play­ers Zeph and Asher Petit, top goalscor­ers, and Fiona MacLean, player of the tour­na­ment. The day ended in good spir­its with a well- earned bar­beque.

A big thank you must go to Fraser In­gles of Taynuilt sports fa­cil­ity for all the help he pro­vided both lead­ing up to and on the day. It proved to be a fan­tas­tic tour­na­ment in no small part due to an ex­cel­lent venue. Hockey will con­tinue over the sum­mer months at the high school 6.458pm on Thurs­day evenings with all play­ers new and old wel­come.

A good time was had by all at the re­cent hockey tour­na­ment held at Taynuilt.

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