Berwick start hockey season with 7s success
Berwick Hockey Club had a fantastic start to their season, winning the Hazelwood 7's Tournament held at The Parks leisure centre in North Shields on Sunday.
The ladies were looking forward to using the tournament as pre-season practise before their initial game of the season on October 7.
Play started positively for Berwick and multiple goals from Natalia Young and Becca Murray, with an additional goal from Haley Garland, resulted in a 6-1 win for Berwick against Newcastle 2nds.
The winning streak continued with a 2-0 defeat over North Shields. Berwick then faced a very experienced Morpeth side but excellent defending from Corrin Williamson and Siobhan Murphy prevented any shots on goal from the Morpeth side. Great passing from Jess Calder and Emma Brodie gave Berwick the opportunity to take the lead. Berwick had won their pool as Morpeth had drawn their previous game.
After a brief break, Berwick faced Newcastle 1sts in the semi-final, which they won 4-1 due to some excellent play between Murphy, Murray and Young.
For the final match of the day, Berwick found themselves, once again, up against Morpeth. They were pleased to take the lead early with a strong strike from Murray.
However, with 15 seconds of the game remaining, Morpeth played some excellent passes up the pitch and found the back of the net leaving the final score 1-1.
As this was the final, the winners of the competition would be decided on penalty flicks. Morpeth were the first to score but India Guthrie made some impressive saves to keep the Morpeth lead to 1-0 with the final Berwick player stepping up to take their flick. Murray did not crack under the pressure and placed the ball neatly in the bottom corner of the goal resulting in sudden death.
Morpeth played a decent strike in the air but Guthrie’s reactions were perfect and she cleared the ball off the line.
Next, captain Siobhan Murphy was to clinch the win for Berwick, taking a textbook flick past the Morpeth goalie.
Berwick were delighted with the win, especially with entering such a young team into the competition.
Hopefully the winning streak will continue well into the season.