Boys’ Hockey Tour to Edinburgh

In the early hours of Friday 15th November there was excitement in the air as Grosvenor’s Senior and Junior Hockey squads met at School before embarking, via ferry and bus, on their highly anticipated 2013 tour to Edinburgh.

The opening fixture of the tour took place on the evening of its opening day and saw both Grosvernor teams take on Inverleith Hockey Club.  The First eleven played three periods of 25 minutes each against Inverleith’s Under 18 team who proved extremely strong, featuring one Scotland Under 21 and three Scotland Under 18 players.  Despite the quality of opposition Grosvenor’s boys rose to the challenge admirably, playing some superb hockey and, although ultimately ending up on the wrong side of a 5-0 scoreline, the experience was certainly most worthwhile.  In the Under 14 fixture, meanwhile, GGS did enjoy success with notable performances from Guy Harrison, Samuel Brittain, Danny McIlwaine and Harry McKeown helping the team to an impressive 8-1 victory.  Following both matches each set of players enjoyed refreshments, kindly provided by Inverleith in their clubhouse, and chatted in a warm and friendly atmosphere of mutual respect.     

On Saturday 16th the touring party made its way to Stewart's Melville School where it fulfilled its second set of fixtures. Once again the Firsts played three 25 minute periods with Captain Chris Thomson the standout performer despite scores of 0-0, 3-1 and 5-1 suggesting that the excersions of the previous evening had ultimately taken their toll. In the Under 14 match GGS once again emerged victorious, this time by a 4-1 margin, with impressive performances coming from Guy Harrison, Michael Matchett and Samuel Brittain. Once again refreshments were provided by Stewart's Melville after the game - much to the enjoyment of all members of the touring party.

Following the Stewart’s Melville fixtures the boys had the chance for a two hour training session at Peffermill, the home of Scottish Hockey on the Saturday afternoon.  This provided a valuable opportunity for the boys to work on some key aspects of their game and the session was conducted in a great atmosphere with the boys all training together and enjoying a one-v-one competition as well as a penalty stroke contest to finish.

The tour concluded with a visit to the cinema on the Saturday evening and to Edinburgh’s Princes Street for some shopping on the Sunday morning before the journey home later in the day.

The tour will be looked back upon fondly for a long time to come and proved a valuable learning tool for the boys before both teams enter their cup competitions after Christmas.  Many thanks to accompanying staff Mr Brittain, Dr Rolleston and Mr Kerr as well as Teacher in Charge of Hockey Mr Young, without whose organization the trip would not have taken place.

We look forward to following the fortunes of both the 1st and Under 14 XIs over the remainder of the season.

Grosvenor's Under 14 and 1st XI Hockey squads during their recent tour to Edinbugh