TWO Dunfermline Carnegie Hockey Club players are in company with some of the globe's best after winning medals at a prestigious competition.

Lorna McLintock and Sheila Duncan travelled to Cape Town, South Africa, to represent Scotland at the Masters World Cup – and both returned home with a medal.

The competition saw over-45, over-50, over-55, over-60 and over-65 men's and women's teams compete, with Lorna playing for Scotland women's over-50s, and Sheila the over-60s, with both players helping their respective teams to make history.

Lorna and her team opened their campaign with a 3-1 win over Germany and they went on to top Pool B with victories over both the USA and Chile, sending them into a semi-final with Argentina.

Although they lost an early goal to a fast and skilful opposition, the Scots rallied and, in the closing minutes, Lorna thought she had scored her first Scotland goal from a rebound at a penalty corner, only for the umpire to blow their whistle for a penalty stroke as the ball crossed the line.

Captain Cath Stirling scored to level the match but Argentina progressed to the final by winning a penalty shoot-out.

That set Scotland up for a rematch with Germany in the third/fourth place play-off, which ended in a 2-0 win – with Lorna chosen as the coach's MVP (Most Valuable Player) – and secured a first-ever medal for the over-50s age group in masters hockey.

Sheila and the over-60s, meanwhile, progressed to the semi-finals of their competition as group winners thanks to wins over Wales (2-1), Belgium (5-0) and South Africa (4-0), and a 1-1 draw with Argentina.

A fine performance, and 3-0 victory, then followed against the Netherlands, which sent them through to the final against England, where a poor start against their strong opponents saw them lose five goals in the first 20 minutes.

Although Scotland held them at at bay until the final whistle, they couldn't find the net themselves, and settled for an excellent silver medal.

That was one of three silvers, as well as the over-50s bronze, Scotland collected, and the competition marked the first occasion that Scottish ladies' teams have reached the World Cup final.