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Easter Camp cancellation – COVID-19 – Club Statement

Clydesdale and Clydesdale Western Hockey Club Statement – COVID-19 Cancellation of Easter Hockey Camp

Please find below information in respect of the Easter Hockey Camp from 13th April – 17th April 2020:

Following the Government’s announcement to impose stricter guidance on self-isolation and social distancing, Clydesdale and Clydesdale Western Hockey Club have taken the decision to cancel the upcoming Easter Hockey Camp which was due to take place from 13th April to 17th April 2020.

It is unfortunate that the camp will not be able to run as planned and we hope that the current situation is resolved soon and we will be in a position to run the two summer camps which are scheduled on:

29th June – 3rd July 2020 – Summer Camp 1

3rd August – 7th August – Summer Camp 2

As always please ensure you sign up online to ensure you don’t miss out.

Payment

For those who have paid for the Easter Camp in advance, we are happy to transfer your booking to the June/July camp (Summer Camp 1). If you would prefer to switch to the August camp (Summer Camp 2) or alternatively require a refund, please contact the following e-mail address: dalehockeycamps@clydesdalehockey.org.uk

Thank you for your continued support and understanding at this difficult time.

Regards,

Neil Fulton

Clydesdale Hockey Club – Camp Lead Co-ordinator

COVID-19 – Club Statement – 17th March

Tuesday 17th March 2020 – COVID-19 – Club Statement

Please find below the updated statements from each club section regarding the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

Clydesdale Cricket and Hockey Club Executive Statement

In light of the most recent update to Government advice, the Executive Committee have decided to close all Club facilities with immediate effect.

This will be reviewed along side further guidance from the Government and both Cricket and Hockey Governing Bodies.

A further update will be issued on or around Monday 30th March.

Clydesdale and Clydesdale Western Hockey Club Statement

At this stage all hockey activity has been suspended. We will continue to follow government guidance until further advice is provided and would ask everyone to do the same e.g. self quarantine as appropriate.

https://www.scottish-hockey.org.uk/news/

Clydesdale Cricket Club Statement

At this stage all cricket activity has been suspended. We will continue to follow government guidance until further advice is provided and would ask everyone to do the same e.g. self quarantine as appropriate.

http://www.cricketscotland.com/news/

Please refer to the following link for NHS advice:
https://www.nhsinform.scot/self-help-guides/self-helpguide-coronavirus-covid-19

As you are all aware, this is a fast moving situation. Please be reassured that we are following all relevant guidance and have your health and well-being at the forefront of our minds at this challenging time. We will keep you up-to-date with our response to this escalating situation through further updates as and when appropriate.

Keep well everyone and please don’t hesitate to contact us (either via e-mail or through our social media outlets) should you have any questions or wish any further clarification. 

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Regards,

Craig Madden

Clydesdale Cricket & Hockey Club – Club President

L1s hit 8 again to stay top; M1s Top 4 hopes dented – Weekend Review – 7th/8th March

Clydesdale Western 1s extended their goal difference lead at the top of the Women’s Premiership by scoring another eight goals – this time at Titwood against rock bottom Gordonians 1s on Saturday.

A double from club top goalscorer Jen Eadie and Emma McGregor were responsible for half of the goals for Derek Forsyth’s side. Julie Lonergan, Bronwyn Shields, Millie Steiger and Naomi Harkness also chipped in with a goal to keep their side on top spot in the Women’s Premiership table. Their 8-0 win – their second in a row – gives them a five goal margin ahead of Edinburgh University 1s, who won 7-0 against Hillhead 1s. Fellow title challengers Watsonians 1s and Dundee Wanderers 1s drew 1-1 against each other, whilst Western Wildcats 1s drew 2-2 with Glasgow University 1s.

The L1s hold top spot by five goals over champions Edinburgh Uni. Wildcats and Wanderers are four points behind the top two, with Watsons a further point off.

Going into the game, Forsyth was without Lexi Sabatelli, but otherwise had a full squad to call on. On paper, Clydesdale Western arguably would have been expected to beat a Gordonians side that have yet to register a point in their inaugural season in the top division. And the script was not to be changed as the home side raced into a 4-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. Shields got the scoring started with a strike from open play, before Eadie made it two from a penalty corner. McGregor and Harkness then linked up for goal three, with the latter converting. McGregor was to add to her assist with a solo run that ended with her scoring her first goal of the campaign.

The second quarter was not too dissimilar in terms of play, but the 4-0 scoreline remained up to half time. Quarter three was when the goals recommenced for the Titwood girls, with Eadie getting her second from another set piece. McGregor then got her second of the game from a short corner and Julie Lonergan did likewise to make it seven. The final quarter saw Steiger compose herself to place a finish following good build up down the right hand side.

Clydesdale 1s hopes of a top four finish in the Men’s Premiership took a major dent after drawing at Dalnacraig against lowly Dundee Wanderers 1s on Saturday.

Andy McAllan’s equaliser in the third quarter gave Ciaran Crawford’s side a share of the points when it looked like – towards the end in particular – they would go home empty handed such was the panicky finish to the contest. The M1s remain 5th in the Men’s Premiership table behind Edinburgh University 1s who beat Uddingston 1s 3-0 on the same day. However, 3rd placed Western Wildcats 1s lost 4-2 to Hillhead 1s to potentially open another spot in the top four race – Western and Uni are now both on 20 points, whilst ‘Dale and Uddy are six points further behind. Uddingston have played a game extra over their three rivals.

Clydesdale started the game well and had the better possession stats, but were caught on the break by Wanderers for the game’s opening goal. A free hit on the sideline inside the final 25 was eventually smashed into forward Bobby Ralph who deflected high past a helpless Fergus Barrows. ‘Dale responded well with a couple of chances of their own, but failed to capitalise.

In the second half, a high transfer from the M1s which saw the ball being played into the circle called McAllan into action to deflect in and level the scores. The Titwood boys were nearly in front soon after but Ben Galloway’s reversed shot flew over the bar. Ill discipline from both sides became a prominent feature towards the end, and it nearly cost the visitors who were caught on a couple of occasions leading to a notable goal-line save from Steven McKnight to help preserve a point.

The result of the weekend belonged to the M5s who took all three points away from Dumfries 2s in Men’s West District Division Three South.

On paper, Dumfries 2s were favourites given their high position in the league table and the M5s being bottom. And despite being 1-0 down, Iain Flynn scored twice to give his side the win at King George V Playing Fields.

The L4s were also victorious in Women’s West District Division One. Two goals from Zoe Monaghan and a goal each from Ann Menzies, Iona Denholm and Emma Murray gave their side a 5-3 away win against Uddingston 2s to keep themselves 3rd in the table.

Susie Allan struck a late leveller to give the L2s a share of the spoils against the L3s in Women’s Championship Division One. Rachel Whittle had given the L3s an early second half lead before Allan equalised for 1-1. The L2s remain 3rd, whilst the L3s are a position below via goal difference.

The M3s had to settle for a point too, playing out a 1-1 draw with Strathclyde University 2s. Mitchell Pritchard scored for Craig Bradley’s side, who almost won it at the end had Conor Oliver’s shot not crashed the post two minutes from time. The M3s remain 6th in Men’s West District Division One.

Sadly, it was defeats for the M2s, M4s and L5s. The M2s hopes of challenging for the title in Men’s Regional Division One took a major blow after an away 3-1 loss to Watsonians 2s. Despite, Colin Moulson deflecting in Neil Fulton’s eccentric pass in the opening minute, a penalty flick in the first half and two scrappy open play goals in the second half were Stuart Banford’s sides undoing. The M4s – despite a solid performance – were beaten 2-0 off a predictably strong Hillhead 4s side in Men’s West District Division Two. The L5s lost 3-1 at home to Glasgow Accies 2s in Women’s West District Division Two, with Helen Hood scoring for Trish Lonergan’s side.

Clydesdale Western 1s booked their place in the Semi Finals of the Women’s Scottish Plate with a thumping win at home to CALA Edinburgh 1s on Sunday.

Annabelle Ballantyne’s opening goal was the first of seven first half goals which effectively ended the contest – ‘Dale Western added two more in the second half. Amongst the goals was Emma McGregor who scored two more following her double from the previous day. Jen Eadie was also on the scoresheet, giving her 17 goals for the season.

Bronwyn Shields, Holly Steiger, Frances Lonergan, Anna Hoolaghan, and Karin Belch were the remaining five goal scorers.

The M2s and L4s also reached the Semi Finals of their respective knockout competitions with convincing wins on Sunday.

Michael Cockburn scored four in an 8-0 away win as the M2s progressed in the Scottish Men’s District Cup against Erskine Stewart’s Melville 2s. Jamie Green, Colin Moulson, Adam Docherty and Fraser Hirst grabbed a goal each for the cause.

The L4s reached the next round of the Scottish Women’s District Plate after a 4-0 away win against Livingston & West Lothian 1s. Georgia Schmolke, Ann Menzies, Wendy Justice and Ellen Murray all scored.

The Scottish Men’s Reserve Cup run for the M4s was ended with a 9-0 loss at home to an inevitably stronger Watsonians 3s team. On Monday night, the L5s lost 2-0 at home to Glasgow University 4s in Women’s West District Division Two action.

Photo credit: Andy Lovat

Weekend Preview – 7th/8th March

Clydesdale Western 1s will be aiming to – at minimum – maintain their narrow lead at the top of the Women’s Premiership going into their game against Gordonians 1s from 3.30pm at Titwood on Saturday.

An 8-0 win over Hillhead 1s saw Derek Forsyth’s side jump back to the top of the league table on goal difference after Edinburgh University 1s win over Watsonians 1s was by a single goal. The Titwood girls hold top spot with a goal difference advantage of four goals, highlighting that there is a lot to play for between now and the end of the league campaign. Watsonians loss sees them drop to fifth, which meant Western Wildcats 1s took third spot following their win against Gordonians last Saturday. Dundee Wanderers 1s are fourth after dropping two points away to GHK 1s.

The L1s are just four goals ahead of champions Edinburgh University 1s after ten games. Wildcats and Wanderers are two points off the top two, with Watsonians a further point behind.

This Saturday’s contest is a battle of top versus bottom. With the L1s involved in a league title challenge, their opponents for tomorrow are in a completely different situation, having lost all ten league games they have played in what has noticeably been a difficult first campaign in the Women’s Premiership following their promotion from Division Two last season. The Aberdonian side are still in with a shout of avoiding automatic relegation though as they sit three points behind 9th placed Glasgow University 1s, meaning they will be fighting for every possible point. ‘Dale Western ran out 6-0 winners back in late September when the two sides last played in the league.

Forsyth had the luxury of calling on a full squad last weekend and is in the same position this weekend, meaning Clydesdale Western are expected to be unchanged in terms of personnel.

Clydesdale Men’s 1s make their long awaited return to Men’s Premiership action on Saturday when they play Dundee Wanderers 1s at Dalnacraig from 2.00pm.

An agreed postponement with Western Wildcats 1s from last Saturday means the M1s have yet to play a league match in the Men’s Premiership this year. Ciaran Crawford’s side did play the Second Round of the Scottish Cup last Sunday against Grange 1s but lost 5-3 at home, despite a decent performance.

Clydesdale sit sixth in the Men’s Premiership, four points off a coveted top four Play-Off spot, with Edinburgh University 1s currently occupying fourth place. Uddingston 1s are place higher than the Titwood boys by a point, but have played a game extra in the league campaign.

For Saturday, Crawford welcomes back defender Andrew Allan to his squad having missed last weekend’s defeat to Grange in the knockout competition.

Along with both 1st XI sides, all Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western teams are in action on Saturday including the Ladies 2s who play the Ladies 3s at Titwood in Women’s Championship Division One from 5.00pm.

The L2s are just above the L3s in the league table on goal difference, but a win for either side could see them jump up to second if results around them go their way.

The M2s could be involved in a league challenge in Men’s Regional Division One if they can get the better of a strong Watsonians 2s at George Watson’s College from 2.30pm. A win could see Stuart Banford’s side move up to third in the league table.

At 3.30pm, the M3s take on Strathclyde University 2s at Millerston in their bid to keep away from the bottom half of the Men’s West District Division One. The M4s are at home in Men’s West District Division Two to Hillhead 4s from 12.30pm, whilst the M5s have the earliest of starts – an 11.15am pushback away to Dumfries 2s.

Away to Uddingston 2s in Women’s West District Division One are the L4s, who have a 1.30pm PB. From 2.00pm at Titwood are the L5s who are up against Glasgow Accies 2s in Women’s West District Division Two. And the L6s are away to Arran 1s with a 2.30pm start in Women’s West District Division Three.

Clydesdale Western 1s will hope to progress to the Semi Finals of the Women’s Scottish Plate, but will have to negotiate past CALA Edinburgh 1s on Sunday from 2.30pm.

Having seen off Edinburgh University 2s in the previous round, the L1s were given a home tie in the Quarter Finals against CALA Edinburgh, who play their league hockey in Women’s National Division Two.

Head Coach Derek Forsyth, again, will have the opportunity to call on a full squad and may rest some players that feature in Saturday’s league match.

There are three Quarter Final ties for Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western – two of which are in respective Cup competitions.

The M2s will hope to progress to the Semi Finals of the Scottish Men’s District Cup when they take on Erskine Stewart’s Melville 2s from 12.00 noon at Inverleith Playing Fields.

At the same time, the L4s will take on Livingston & West Lothian 1s away in the Scottish Women’s District Plate. At 12.30pm, the M4s are up against Watsonians 3s at Titwood in the Scottish Men’s Reserve Cup.

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography

L1s back to top spot, M1s bow out of Cup – Weekend Review – 29th February/1st March

Clydesdale Western 1s got their outdoor season back underway with a high scoring win over Hillhead 1s at Upper Windyedge that takes them back to the summit of the Women’s Premiership.

Jen Eadie kept up her current position as the club’s top goalscorer with four goals to her name. Naomi Harkness, Heather Lang, Annabelle Ballantyne and captain Frances Lonergan also got on the scoresheet in a game played in miserable conditions. More importantly though, it takes Derek Forsyth’s side back to the top of the Women’s Premiership as Edinburgh University 1s narrow 2-1 win over fellow challengers Watsonians 1s means ‘Dale Western hold a four goal advantage. Dundee Wanderers 1s lost ground in the title race having been held 1-1 at GHK 1s, whilst Western Wildcats 1s kept pace with a 4-0 home win over Gordonians 1s.

If the Women’s Premiership title has to be determined on who has the better goal difference, then Clydesdale Western – who had no major absences to their squad – went about proceedings with the best possible start. Early pressure in the first quarter saw Eadie score the first of four from a penalty corner, before doubling her tally with another set piece. Eadie wasted no time recording her hat-trick in the same period converting a rebound from close range. Ballantyne made it four not long before half time, having picked up a rebound herself to slot home.

Harkness made it five in the second half, pouncing on a goalkeeper’s save to score her eighth goal of the season. A flowing team move got goal number six, as Emma McGregor supplied Lang from the right for the simplest of finishes to also notch her eighth goal of the season in the process. Lang then assisted with a composed pass for Eadie’s final goal of the game following smooth build up down the left hand side of the pitch. Frances Lonergan completed the scoring with a short corner strike to make it 8-0.

The big scoreline victory means the L1s are now four goals clear of champions Edinburgh University in the league table going into next Saturday’s clash with rock bottom Gordonians 1s at Titwood.

A spirited performance from a depleted Clydesdale 1s side was not enough to stop them going out of the Men’s Scottish Cup at the Second Round to a Grange 1s side that ultimately proved too strong on Sunday at Titwood.

A second half goal each from Euan Lindsay, David Nairn and Chris McFadden proved futile against a Grange side who showed their clinical prowess in a cup tie that was in its second rearrangement. It means Ciaran Crawford’s side are now out of knockout competition for another season, and is the third time in four seasons the Men’s 1s have been knocked out of the Scottish Cup by the Edinburgh side.

Clydesdale were low on players for Sunday’s match as shown by a total of seven absences – Andrew Allan, Nigel Lucas, Dean Baber, Sean Mahoney, Gordon Clark, Aidan Black and Struan Walker were all unavailable. The absence of two goalkeepers meant Fergus Barrows and Nathan Evans were both included for the first time by Crawford, as were Ethan Robertson and Fraser Cowle following solid showings in the 2nd XI this season.

The game started okay from the home side’s point of view, despite two chances for Grange in the opening twenty minutes that were saved well by Barrows. But as ‘Dale started to look sharper, the away side scored first. Dan Coultas found space on the left hand side of the circle to push a pass across goal that was scrambled in by Alan Johnston. The M1s nearly levelled five minutes before half time when Andy McAllan’s pick up and pass in the circle just evaded a sliding Alastair Douglas at the back post.

A minute into the second half, Lindsay stole off the last defender to break clear, but his shot was tame and easily saved. And two minutes later, the Edinburgh side punished the miss, as a free hit in the 25 was played back before being fed into Josh McRae on the spot, who reversed past a helpless Barrows.

Both teams exchanged chances, and the home side pushed their hardest to force a goal back. But Grange made it three when a baseline positioned forward played in Jacob Tweedie who took his time to slot home. The Titwood boys grabbed one back when Lindsay deflected in a swept pass, but Grange scored two in two minutes to effectively seal the tie – Johnston deflecting in from close range and McRae reversing another to double their own respective tallies.

‘Dale 1s finished the stronger, however, when David Nairn converted from the spot having been brought down illegally in the circle by older brother James on the opposite side and McFadden drag flicked home another consolation in the final knockings of the game.

There were five wins for our Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western teams on Saturday – four of them taking place at Titwood that arguably went through all the weather elements in one day’s card of games.

Clydesdale Men’s 2s are up to fourth in Men’s Regional Division One after Ewan Fraser produced a fantastic display to help Stuart Banford’s side run out 3-0 winners against Kelburne 2s in a match played in freezing temperatures. Fraser converted from close range not long into the game, before his assist for Michael Cockburn completed a super team move to double the M2s lead. Fraser scored his second early into the second half with a reversed finish. The scoreline could have been more had it not been from a number of excellent saves from the Paisley side’s goalkeeper, who most notably denied Fraser his hat-trick having tipped a goal-bound shot onto the woodwork.

The L2s and L3s remain second and third respectively in Women’s Championship Division One following home wins. Holly Steiger was in fine form for the L2s after an assist for Lucy Bliss in the first half was followed up with the winning goal in the second half against Hillhead 2s in the final passback of the day at Titwood. Meanwhile, Helen McNaught and Rachel Whittle both scored hat-tricks as the L3s ran riot in an 8-2 win against Grove Menzieshill 2s – Gill Green and Helen Walker got a goal each to complete the scoring.

The M3s recorded a welcome win in Men’s West District Division One as their strong outfit won 5-0 against Ayr 1s. New boy Andrew Jordan scored his first two goals for the club and there was a goal each for youngsters Cameron Deans, Ruairidh Callaghan and Jamie Gambles. The M4s and M5s suffered defeats to Giffnock’s 1st and 2nd XI sides. The M4s shipped six goals against Giffnock 1s in Men’s West District Division Two at Eastwood High, whilst the M5s conceded four in their Men’s West District Division Three South clash at home to Giffnock 2s.

The L5s got the better of Giffnock Ladies 1st XI at Eastwood High with a huge 7-1 win in Women’s West District Division Two. Lauren Black scored three, whilst Sheila Lang grabbed a brace. Helen Hood and Rachel Brown were the other scorers taking Trish Lonergan’s side up a place in the league table. An L4s – with a bare eleven players – in Women’s West District Division One narrowly lost 4-3 away to Troon 1s. Marg Taylor scoring twice and Georgia Schmolke getting on the scoresheet could not stop defeat, which now sees the L4s drop a place in the league table.

The L6s welcomed three players to senior hockey for the very first time in their Women’s West District Division Three match away to Dumfries 2s. Despite losing 2-0, youngsters Laura Morton, Alice Guzik and Erin Shearer put in excellent displays of what was their first taste of senior hockey.

Photo credit: Andy Lovat