Conference Weekend round-up: U15s lead the way as Scotland impress at Sheffield

Scotland U15 claimed a stunning success at the Conference event in Sheffield courtesy of a 4-1 victory over Midlands on Monday.

Ricky Grubb’s side won three of their four games during the group stage, beating South East, North and South West.

Their only defeat came against Midlands, but they gained their revenge in style in the final to secure the Conference crown.

Grubb said: “Steven King, Mark Hay, Craig Forbes and I are all extremely proud of the kids. They were immense the whole tournament and got better each game we played.

“They executed the systems they had been taught at national training days, which definitely contributed to us winning this tournament.

“I know they give out individual awards, but we felt our boys where all worthy of an All-Star accolade – that’s credit to to the way they adapted themselves and played this weekend.

“The staff would like to thank the kids for a tremendous weekend and must say they are a credit to their parents, guardians and clubs for the way they battled and competed the whole weekend.

“No team could touch us that’s how good they where. All the best to the players for the future and if they all continue playing like that they will all do well.”

Scotland U11 also reached the final in their age group after winning three of their four matches in the opening round.

Their only defeat in the round-robin came against Midlands and they were beaten by the same opponents in Monday’s final.

Scotland U17 were unfortunate to miss out on their final after losing just one game during the first stage.

They finished in joint second place in their group, but eventual winners Midlands went through courtesy of a superior goal difference.

Scotland U13 acquitted themselves well during the tournament, recording victories over South East and Midlands.

They were also beaten by North and South West, with both defeats coming by just a one-goal margin.

SIH chairman David Hand praised the efforts of all the Scotland squads during the event.

“Win, lose or draw, all we ask of the players is for them to give their best and that’s certainly what they did,” he said.

“I’d like to congratulate both the U15 and U11 teams on reaching their respective finals. The 15s did really well to see off a strong Midlands side and they should be proud of their achievement.

“Our U17 team were unlucky not to reach their final, while our U13 side were extremely competitive throughout their group games.

“The U19s put up a really strong showing against England on Friday and, but for Kieran Brown, would probably have been on the right side of the result.

“Thanks to everyone who has helped behind the scenes on Scotland’s involvement at Conference Weekend this year – it really is appreciated.”

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