At the beginning of July, three of our Women’s 1s players: Lorna Cruickshank, Anna Baker and 2016/17 W1s Captain Cat McLellan swapped their palatinate shirts for their national colours to compete in an exciting international test series, with Anna representing England U21s and both Cat and Lorna representing Scotland U21s.
The series lasted from 8th-10th July, with all the girls travelling to Glasgow Green to play on Scottish soil.
The competition consisted of three games in total, with the first two being closely fought competitive 1-1 draws. However England pulled it out of the bag for the deciding game of the series with a convincing 5-1 win.
The DUHC girls all performed well individually, with both Lorna and Anna scoring what Cat described as ‘beautiful goals’. Anna scored in the second game from a deflection after a reverse hit across the goal from a team-mate, while Lorna bagged Scotland’s only goal in the final game, after skilfully picking up a save from the keeper before slotting the ball into an open goal.
Anna described test matches as particularly hard and tiring as you are playing consecutive games at such a high intensity, and with it being Scotland vs England, the games were even more patriotic due to the long history of competition between the two nations.
The Durham teammates undoubtedly found it strange playing against each other rather than side-by-side as they do for DUHC, and controversially Anna was even sent off for a bad tackle on Cat! However the girls found the opportunity to share the experience with each-other very special nonetheless.
Well done from everyone at DUHC, and we are sure these three girls have exciting hockey careers ahead of them!