It’s been a vintage year already for Clydesdale Western hockey player Robyn Collins, who featured as a member of the Great Britain squad in the Youth Olympics in Australia in January.
But the 20-year-old Loughborough student excelled herself in her latest outing for the university last Saturday, against the unbeaten North League leaders Beeston.
Loughborough toppled their opponents with a confident 7-3 victory, and they had their young Scot to thank for the result, as Robyn scored four of the seven goals.
Back at the Titwood club in Glasgow where she learned the game and acquired her skills, the celebrations were led by her mum and dad.
The youngster’s performance obviously strengthens her chances of representing GB at the next Olympic Games in Rio in 2016.
“She’ll need to keep her feet firmly on the ground, and keep working for her place,” said one wizened Clydesdale member, a lifelong supporter who has seen it all before, as the club has already produced more than half a dozen recent hockey Olympians.
Meanwhile, Clydesdale’s men have been handed a lifeline into the second half of the outdoor national league competition. Catch-up results last week make it just possible that the Titwood team could finish in the top five league split for the rest of the season.
This would only happen if they win their game against Edinburgh University on Sunday and Inverleith lose by two or more goals to perennial champions Kelburne the previous day.