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Annadale now best in Britain

By Graham Hamilton

Annadale Juniors have been crowned UK champions after a successful tournament in Nottingham.

The Under 13 side took part in the United Kingdom Divisional Championships organised by UK Lions at Beeston Hockey Club and the squad of 16 boys played six matches and finished undefeated.

They started with a comfortable win against the West of Scotland, winning 9-0 which set the scene for a memorable series.

Then they beat Welsh side Dragons 2-0 and this was followed by a tough 1-1 draw against North West side Tensworth with Owen McElhinney on the mark.

In the final group game they comfortably defeated North East 7-2 to finish second in the group on goal difference leaving them a difficult crossover semi-final against holders West of England.

In a competitive semi-final on the Sunday morning Annadale won 1-0 with a wonder strike by Dermot Gouk.

In the final against Tenswoth, Annadale captain Adam McAllister gave them an early lead and Dermot Gouk deflected home a cross from Matthew Thomson to secure the trophy.

Four Annadale players were named in the UK Lions squad which in 2013 will play matches in Glasgow, Blackpool, Liverpool, Lille and Belfast. The boys are Adam McAllister, Craig Hollinger, Dermot Gouk and Tom Robson.

Annadale: Thomas McCord, Matthew Thomson, Robin Watts, Patrick Crookshanks, Matthew Crookshanks, Fergus Kerr, Callum Carson, Sam Brittain, Owen McElhinney, David Clarke, Dermot Gouk, Tony McQuillan, Craig Hollinger, Tom Robson, Ian Hawthorne, Adam McAllister. Coaches; Stephen Galway, David Kerr; Managers: Ronnie Smyth, Peter Robson.

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