Kelburne Lead the Way for the West

Kelburne provided no less than 7 of the 12 squad members for this yearsU15 indoor tournament, the remaining  5 players being provided by Clydesdale showing the strength in depth of both clubs at this age group.
Lee Morton, vice captain of the squad performed superbly and finished top scorer for the squad, while the rest of the Kelburne contingent were all making their debuts in the tournament.

Ed Greaves, Andrew Duff, Jack McEnzie and Fabian Goldie all produced great performances on the day and all of the boys enjoyed a great deal of court time during the three pool matches and the resulting final for which the west qualified in some style winning all three games.

However, special mention must go to Connor Bain and Jack McAlister who produced outstanding performances, particularly in the final, in which the West romped to a 6-1 win over pre tournament favorites and indoor specialists Midlands District.

West started the tournament slowly with a 2-1 win over the North, however with two seemingly good goals chalked off, a missed penalty and at least three shots blocked on the line, the score did not truly reflect the dominance of the squad.

West were then left with a tough back to back game against old rival East, but a powerful performance blew away the opposition.  Lee Morton proving the start player with a dynamic performance, plus a superb individual goal by Jack McAlistair helped the side to record a fine 4-0 victory. 

Next up were Midlands who had previously crushed East and North by 5-1 and 9-0 respectively.  Both sides were now guaranteed a place in the final, but the West were eager to put down a marker to ensure that Midlands new they would be in for a tough time in the final.  What a game this proved to be.  West fielded all of their young debutants from the start of the game and they took their opponents completely by surprise with Connor Bain and Jack McAlister producing some superb and tough tackling throughout the match to stifle their opponents.  The scores were tied 0-0 at the break but with Lee Morton and Dale's Gordon Amour on in the second period West took complete control of the match and ran out comfortable 3-1 winners.

An hour later it was West v Midlands in the final, with Midlands promising to take the game to the West youngsters and show they were top dogs, but within two minutes of the start, Ed Greaves (left) and Lee Morton had torn the Midlands defense wide open and the West were 2-0 up and coasting.  Despite their best efforts there was just no way past the West defensive set-up and with the forward players also firing on all cylinders the west produced a scintillating display on hockey to run out 6-1 winners.  It  was a fitting end for Lee Morton and Ed Greaves who were making his final appearance at the competition level.  But the rest of the lads can compete at this level again next year and they should be looking forward to the competition with much confidence after their outstanding display this year.

Well done guys!