World Championship bronze medal for Beth in Toulouse

Beth Scoon (centre) shows off her bronze medal with GB team mates Louisa Durnell and Shannon Jones
Beth Scoon (centre) shows off her bronze medal with GB team mates Louisa Durnell and Shannon Jones

Kirkcaldy ice and roller hockey starlet Beth Scoon has rounded off another landmark season with a World Championship bronze medal.

Competing with both the GB Senior Women and GB Junior Women in the FIRS Inline Hockey World Championships in Toulouse, France, Beth (19) returned with a bronze medal from the Junior Women’s championship while the Senior Women finished ninth place overall and picked up the FIRS World Cup trophy.

The junior women had the auspicious privilege of opening the tournament against Team Canada but the young GB girls were undaunted by the reputation of their opponents and went on to
win 2-0.

A 5-1 victory against Australia and a 7-1 success against Namibia saw GB top their qualifying group and be seeded number one overall.

GB faced Columbia in the quarter final and dispatched them comfortably 6-2 to set up a semi-final encounter with USA.

The game swung end-to-end with USA leading 1-0 early on only for GB to turn it around and lead 2-1.

USA scored late in the first period and early in the second to restore a one goal advantage and despite the best endeavours of the GB girls, they could not get past the USA netminder who stood on her head to secure the victory.

The defeat set up a return tie against Team Canada in the third/fourth place game with GB taking the spoils again, this time with an impressive 5-2 scoreline, a bronze medal and a world ranking of number three.

Beth summed up: “It was a great week with the juniors.

“We had a strong core but we had never really all played together as a team and I didn’t know what to
expect.

“We played really well and just ran out of legs against USA in the semi. If we had played them again I think we would beat them.

“I was getting a bit frustrated with the refereeing which was a bit inconsistent and we also played the juniors in a smaller rink which was not as good as the main arena where the seniors
played.”

The senior women had an exceptionally tough draw and early defeats to hosts France and Czech Republic, both of whom were inexplicably unseeded, meant GB could not qualify for the quarter
finals.

GB beat Columbia 4-3 in their last group game, then went undefeated in the play off for places defeating India (11-1), Columbia (4-3) and ultimately Australia (3-0) to claim ninth place.

“The senior tournament was fantastic and the standard of hockey was amazing,” Beth added.

“We were obviously disappointed to lose to France and Czech and miss out on the quarters but the team showed character and we went on a great run to secure ninth overall and pick up the World Cup trophy.

“This gives us world ranking of ninth which is nothing to be ashamed of. I was pleased to end up top points scorer for the GB seniors and eighth overall in the women’s tournament – not bad for a stay-at-home defenceman!”