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M1s gain vital point away to Menzieshill – Weekend Review – 16th/17th February

M1s 1-1 Grove Menzieshill 1s (C McFadden)

Clydesdale Men’s 1s lost a little ground in their bid to reach a top four spot in Men’s National Division One but took a valuable point at Dundee International Sports Centre against Grove Menzieshill 1s on Saturday.

Going into their first outdoor match of 2019, the M1s were goal difference behind Hillhead in fifth place of MNL 1.  And the last time ‘Dale and Menzieshill played, saw the Dundee side run out 4-0 winners at Titwood.

Going in to the game, the M1s were without Graham Dunlop, Ewan Fraser, Struan Walker And John Joe Lonergan in their side, whilst Menzieshill were notably missing Cameron Golden and Ben Cosgrove – who had recently represented Clydesdale for the indoor season.  The game itself was a more even contest than the previous meeting back in October.  The home side did take the lead, but defender Chris McFadden levelled the scores from a penalty corner.  Both sides pushed hard and had golden opportunities to win the game late on but neither were able to capitalise on these chances.

The result means Clydesdale remain fifth, but fall two points behind Hillhead due to their 4-0 win against Kelburne.  Clydesdale and Menzieshill contests in the league are over for another season, but the two sides will meet again in almost two weeks time in the Quarter Finals of the Scottish Cup at Titwood.

M2s 2-3 Hillhead 2s (N Fulton, B Paul); M3s 0-2 Glasgow University 2s; M5s 0-7 Helensburgh 2s

L2s 6-0 Uddingston 1s (N Harkness (3), A Hoolaghan, H Lang, R Moffett); L3s 0-2 Edinburgh University 2s; Sunday – L4s 3-1 Glasgow University 3s (A Sandhu, G Green, G Schmolke); Sunday – L6s 0-1 Dumfries 2s

For the rest of the Men’s teams, it was three defeats from three, with the unluckiest team being arguably the M2s.  Despite the M2s taking a half time lead through a Neil Fulton penalty corner at Old Anniesland and then scoring an equaliser at 2-2 from a Blair Paul penalty corner, their opponents Hillhead 2s scored the winning goal via an overtime penalty corner to win 3-2.  It was somewhat unlucky given the valiant effort and performance the M2s had shown throughout the contest which still leaves them only two points clear of bottom place in Men’s Regional Division One.  The M3s missed out on the chance to go fourth in Men’s West District Division 1A after losing 2-0 at Garscube to Glasgow University 2s.  The M5s found their day even more difficult as they lost 7-0 to Helensburgh 2s at Hermitage Academy.  Despite the heavy loss, the M5s could take positive note in that half of the represented team were junior players, including three debutants.

Clydesdale Western 2s hopes of reviving their bid to be champions of Women’s Championship Division One continued as they closed the gap on second placed Uddingston 1s to just three points following their 6-0 win at Titwood against the South Lanarkshire side.  Naomi Harkness scored a hattrick, whilst there was a goal each from Anna Hoolaghan, Heather Lang and Ruth Moffett.  The L2s have a game in hand on both Uddingston and league leaders, Edinburgh University 2s – to which they trail the student side by nine points.  Coincidentally, the L3s took on Uni 2s at Peffermill on Saturday, but there was no shock scoreline as the L3s lost 2-0.  On Sunday, the L4s are up to fifth in Women’s West District Division One following their 3-1 away win against Glasgow University 3s – goals coming from Aaliyah Sandhu, Gill Green and Georgia Schmolke.  And like the M2s, the unluckiest team of the weekend for Clydesdale Western were arguably the L6s, who narrowly lost 1-0 to Dumfries 2s at Titwood in Women’s West District Division Three.

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography

‘Dale Western lose final three despite heroic fight – Indoor Review – 16th/17th February

Saturday 16th February

Clydesdale Western 2-5 HF Lorenzoni Bra (M Steiger, M Justice)

Clydesdale Western 2-3 Partille SC (J Eadie, M Justice)

Sunday 17th February

Clydesdale Western 2-8 Gintra Strekte Uni HC (F Lonergan, B Shields)

Clydesdale Western finished their EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy involvement with three defeats over the weekend in Vienna – which unfortunately saw relegation for Scotland’s seeding to EuroHockey Indoor Club Challenge I for next season.

Having lost their opening two Pool games, which ruled out their chances of promoting Scotland’s seeding, the L1s focus turned to gaining positive results in the remaining games that followed.  Their final Pool B match against Italian side, HF Lorenzoni Bra saw ‘Dale Western lose 5-2 despite goals from Millie Steiger and Margery Justice.

That result meant the Titwood side finished bottom of Pool B and would play bottom of Pool A, which were Partille SC of Sweden.  And despite another encouraging performance, the girls luck did not change and saw them lose 3-2.  Despite falling a goal behind, a goal from Jen Eadie saw them level before Justice added her sixth goal of the competition to give Clydesdale Western a lead for the first time in EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy.  Their Swedish opponents came back strongly to score two goals and despite ‘Dale Western going six outfield at the end, Partille held out to take the win.

This meant Sunday’s game against Gintra Strekte Uni HC, from Lithuania, had to see a Clydesdale Western coupled with other favourable results.  Gintra proved to be a difficult task as the Lithuanian side recorded an 8-2 win despite a goal each coming from Frances Lonergan and Bronwyn Shields.  Their defeat on Sunday meant relegation for Scotland’s seeding in European indoor competition to Club Challenge I for next season.

Despite the results, the club would like to congratulate the Clydesdale Western Indoor squad for their achievements from last year that sealed qualification to take part in this year’s EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy campaign.  Additionally, the club would like to thank all of the players for the commitment and representation they showed throughout the past twelve months, in competition and in training.  Many thanks to coaches Wendy and Peter Justice for their hard work behind the scenes and to all our supporters who travelled to Vienna to support Clydesdale Western.

Photo credit: Julie Lonergan

Clydesdale Western suffer double defeat in Vienna – Indoor Review – 15th February

Clydesdale Western 3-5 HAHK Mladost (M Justice (3))

Clydesdale Western 2-4 SK Slavia Prague (S Gillman, M Justice)

Clydesdale Western went down in their opening two Pool games of EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy in Vienna despite two hardworking performances.

In their first game of the day, ‘Dale Western took on Croatian side, HAHK Mladost but fell behind after three minutes.  Margery Justice got the L1s back on level terms through a penalty corner and that was how it remained going in at the break.  But the Titwood side were caught early again, this time in the second half before Mladost added another three goals to give them a 5-1 lead.  Despite Justice completing her hattrick – with another from a corner and a penalty flick – the girls ran out of time to complete a four goal comeback.

Clydesdale Western before action in EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy in Vienna, Austria. (Photo credit: Julie Lonergan).

Clydesdale Western played their second game of the day against SK Slavia Prague, from Czech Republic.  And despite another encouraging performance, the girls lost again by a two goal margin with the scoreline finishing 4-2 to Slavia Prague.  The L1s conceded their first goal quicker than they did against Mladost, inside the opening minute of the match.  ‘Dale Western foraged a quick equaliser in open play through Susie Gillman, but they could not hold out to half time as they conceded a second goal to the Czech side.  Slavia Prague added a third not long into the second period, but a penalty corner from Justice again gave Clydesdale Western a way back in.  Slavia Prague went on to score a fourth late on, however, to give them the necessary breathing space all the way to full time.

Despite both results, Clydesdale Western collected a bonus point in both games having only lost both games by two goal margins.  A win in Pool games of EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy sees an award of five points, a draw gives two and a loss by less than three goals gains a point.

The current table in Pool B of EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy after two games. (Photo credit: eurohockey.org)

The results mean that Clydesdale Western will miss out on a Promotional Play-Off chance, and will now need to play in the Relegation Play-Offs to avoid the drop for Scotland’s seeding in European indoor hockey.  The L1s will play their final game against HF Lorenzoni Bra at 11.20am (10.20am GMT), before playing crossover games against opposition from Pool A on Saturday.

Photo credit: Julie Lonergan

Weekend Preview – 16th/17th February

With our Men’s 1s playing this weekend, that is nearly all of our teams back to outdoor action.  Clydesdale Western 1s have been given dispensation to postpone their scheduled outdoor league game due to their involvement at EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy.

M1s vs. Grove Menzieshill 1s (4.00pm, A)

Clydesdale Men’s 1st XI return to Men’s National Division One with a tricky away fixture to Grove Menzieshill at Dundee International Sports Centre.

The M1s are sitting goal difference behind Hillhead in fifth place in their bid to reach a top four spot come the end of the season.  Their opponents, Menzieshill, are five points off top spot in third and will be looking to bounce back from defeat in their last outdoor game to maintain their push for the league title.  The last time the two sides met in the league, it was Clydesdale who were top of the league and unbeaten – but their Dundonian opponents stormed to a 4-0 victory at Titwood.

For Clydesdale, no injury concerns for Ciaran Crawford regarding selection.  And Crawford has been boosted by the return of forward and last season’s captain, Patrick Lonergan to his plans.  Lonergan had missed the first half of the season having been abroad for his studies.

M2s vs. Hillhead 2s (3.00pm, A); M3s vs. Glasgow University 2s (2.30pm, A); M5s vs. Helensburgh 2s (12.15pm, A)

L2s vs. Uddingston 1s (2.30pm, H); L3s vs. Edinburgh University 2s (2.30pm, A); L4s vs. Glasgow University 3s (Sunday – 3.00pm, A); L6s vs. Dumfries 2s (Sunday – 2.30pm, H)

Seven other games take place over the weekend, with three men’s games all being played away on Saturday.  The M2s have another difficult task in their bid to avoid the drop in Men’s Regional Division One, when they take on Hillhead 2s at Old Anniesland from 3.00pm.  Their opponents are sitting second in the league and had beaten the M2s 4-1 in the corresponding fixture back in September.  The M3s will look to build on their recent run of form in Men’s West District Division 1A when they play Glasgow University 2s at Garscube, 2.30pm PB.  A win for the M3s – who lost 2-1 to GU 2s back in September – could see them go above their opponents into fourth place.  The M5s have the earliest passback out of all the eight games this weekend with a 12.15pm PB at Hermitage Academy against Helensburgh 2s.

For Clydesdale Western, the L2s host Uddingston 1s in a crunch match in Women’s Championship Division One from 2.30pm.  The L2s are playing catch up with Uddy 1s and league leaders, Edinburgh University 2s, but a win here could close the gap on tomorrow’s opponents to three points, as well as having a game in hand.  The L2s lost 2-1 in the season’s first meeting in early October.  The L2s will be hopeful of a few favours in their bid to be champions come the end of the season.  And as much as they will look to catch Uddingston 1s, they will also need Edinburgh University 2s to drop points too.  That favour could come in the form of the L3s who visit Peffermill to play Uni 2s from 2.30pm.  The experienced L3s do have a knack of upsetting the odds – having beaten Uni 2s last season and the L2s this season – and will be hopeful of coming up with something similar on Saturday.  Two games in the Women’s West District leagues are on Sunday, with the L4s visiting Glasgow University 3s from 3.00pm.  A win in their Women’s West District Division One fixture could see the L4s jump up to fourth in the league.  The L6s are at Titwood in Women’s West District Division Three against Dumfries 2s from 2.30pm.

Photo credit: Andy Lovat

Clydesdale Western set for Vienna Voyage – EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy 2019

Clydesdale Western’s 1st XI Indoor team have arrived in Vienna, Austria to take part in the EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy, with their opening fixtures for the tournament taking place on Friday.

The girls will be hoping for positive results in their three Pool matches.  After their Pool matches, they will then play crossover matches against opposition from the other Pool, but this will be dependent on where ‘Dale Western are placed after their opening three matches.

Clydesdale Western secured qualification to EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy following their Women’s Grand Indoor Play-Off Final victory over Dundee Wanderers in January 2018. (Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography).

The L1s are in Pool B and will play their first game at 11.20am (10.20am GMT) on Friday (15th February) against Croatian side, HAHK Mladost before playing the final game of Friday’s schedule against SK Slavia Prague of the Czech Republic.  ‘Dale Western will then play their third and final Pool game the following day at 11.20am (10.20am GMT) again against HF Lorenzoni Bra from Italy.  Their opponents in the crossover games could be any two of Pool A sides, Gintra Strekte Uni HC (Lithuania), Bowdon Hightown (England) or Austrian hosts, SV Arminen.  For more information on how to keep updated on results and league standings during EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy, please click the following link.

Clydesdale Western have arrived in Vienna ready for EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy. (Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography).

Clydesdale Western have picked nearly the same squad that represented in Scottish Hockey’s Indoor GALA Finals against Dundee Wanderers almost two weeks ago.  The only person who will not be involved is goalkeeper Jessica Buchanan, who suffered concussion during the defeat to Wanderers.  Buchanan has travelled to Vienna, but has been ruled out of involvement for ‘Dale Western in the EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy.  Taking her place in goals will be Head Coach, Wendy Justice, which means Team Manager, Peter Justice will assume responsibilities from the sideline during play.

Wendy Justice has played in goals before for ‘Dale Western, when she produced a stunning performance to help beat Edinburgh University in last season’s Play-Off Semi Final.

The squad itself, features a further eleven players, all of which have represented or still continue to represent Clydesdale Western from their school years.

Clydesdale Western squad for EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy: Wendy Justice (Goalkeeper), Frances Lonergan (co-captain), Laura Mann (co-captain), Millie Steiger, Holly Steiger, Jennifer Eadie, Alison Eadie, Margery Justice, Kayleigh Justice, Bronwyn Shields, Susie Gillman, Heather Howie

Clydesdale Western coaching staff for EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy: Wendy Justice (Head Coach/Player), Peter Justice (Team Manager/Assistant Coach)

The club would like to wish the very best of luck to Clydesdale Western during their involvement in the EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy.

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography