Hawks find winning mix with old and new faces

FLOORBALL: Hawick Hawks geared up for their return to competitive action with a promising 14-6 home victory over Fife in a friendly match earlier this month.

Having dropped out of the league a few years ago, Hawick, comprising old and new players, can look forward to the new season with great optimism after overcoming a dogged visiting side, many members of which have been playing together for several seasons.

Hawick started slowly but soon settled when veteran Craig Girvan opened the scoring. Fife quickly replied with a goal of their own before Johnny Short restored Hawks’ lead with a quick counter from a swift passing move.

The game was raging from end to end with Fife’s Stuart McCreadie pulling off a few saves to deny Hawick, but a goal was only delayed as Short added his second, after which Chris Darling got his name on the scoresheet. Fife then notched their second to complete the scoring in the first period with Hawks 4-2 up.

Girvan did the damage again early in the second period, and Darren Mcelrath increased Hawick’s lead further. Although Fife managed to find the back of the Hawks net again, the hosts were dominating play and goals from Short and Darling put them 8-3 ahead going into the last period.

Hawick were still in the ascendancy and Marc Wight hit the target early doors before Fife rediscovered their scoring touch with a quick double. This seemed to spur the home side back into gear and they soon built up an unassailable lead thanks to goals from Girvan, Greg Wylie, Gordon Adams and Hamish Neish. Fife then grabbed a consolation strike, before Hawick’s Andrew James fired home the final goal of the game.

Hawks would like to thank Jock Reid’s for sponsoring the game, referee Lachlann Lightfoot, and Hawick Panto Group for its generous donation of £500 towards the junior team strips for the national finals.

Anyone interested in taking up floorball is welcome to come along to the old baths on Mondays at 6.30pm.