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Junior Hockey Programme for 2019-20 Announced

Clydesdale and Clydesdale Western Hockey Club are delighted to announce the 2019-20 programme of hockey that is available for juniors.

The club will once again host over a range of sessions available for boys and girls, starting from as young as 5 years old. Below is a list of what the club has to offer, the information regarding each session. All of the sessions apart from one listed below will be held at Clydesdale’s main grounds (Official address: Clydesdale Cricket Club, 22 Beaton Road, Pollokshields, Glasgow G41 4LA).

Friday night – Junior Hockey – “Jockey” – 5.00pm-9.00pm

The club’s main junior coaching night. Friday night Junior Hockey sessions, or “Jockey” as it’s more affectionately known as, caters for boys and girls for all abilities. There are four one hour sessions, and as the hours go on, the older the age group gets. “Jockey” will start back on Friday 23rd August. For more information on dates please click here.

Sunday morning – Junior Hockey Festivals – Variable times

If such interest from Friday night is generated with your child(ren), you can also sign them up to participate for Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western at Junior Hockey Festivals on Sunday mornings. Festivals are held at clubs around the Glasgow/West region, and take place every four weeks between U10s & U14s to U8s & U12s. For information on when each festival is, where it will be held, please click here.

Thursday night – Indoor @ Shawlands Academy – 5.30pm-7.30pm

The club also holds a “satellite club” indoor session, which is held at the sports hall at Shawlands Academy. The session is ran weekly by club veteran Ali Bleach and is a “pay as you go” class. With it being “pay as you go”, there is no requirement for sign up, but each class costs £3.00 per child. The session consists of two hourly classes, starting from 5.30pm. Indoor @ Shawlands Academy will begin on Thursday 22nd August. For more information about the session, please click here.

Tuesday night – Boys Performance – 5.00pm-6.15pm

Every Tuesday night, the club hosts a Boys Performance session which is led by club coach, Ciaran Crawford. The sessions are designed for a higher intensity level and aimed at skill development and game understanding. To attend this class, boys need to be 10 years old or above. They are welcome to attend the first session as “taster” before registering. The first Boys Performance session will be Tuesday 27th August. For more information about this session, please click here.

Monday night – Women’s Club Training – 6.30pm-8.00pm

Ladies club training is held every Monday night, from 6.30pm, with the first session beginning on Monday 19th August. To attend this session, girls need to be in S1 and above. If available and interested, your child(ren) may be asked to represent one of Clydesdale Western six teams that play regular league fixtures, usually on Saturday’s. The club will also be hosting a ‘Trial Day’ for all females S1 and above. This is to determine which player is eligible to play for specific teams at Clydesdale Western based around their ability and their availability. The ‘Trial Day’ will be on Sunday 25th August from 2.00pm – 5.00pm. For more information about this session, please click here.

Wednesday night – Men’s Club Training – 8.00pm-9.30pm

Likewise with the ladies, the men run a Men’s Club Training session, which will take place every Wednesday night. Much like Women’s Club Training, boys would ideally need to be aged 11 and above. As well as this, if interested, those who attend Men’s Club Training can be selected for games on Saturday. Clydesdale Men run five teams competing in league and cup competitions throughout the season. The first session will start on Wednesday 28th August. Information for this session can be found here.

Please note – the club is unable to offer a junior session on Wednesday’s at this time. There are opportunities to play on the Friday session, Thursday indoor at Shawlands Academy and the Tuesday performance session for Boys.

Registration/Registration Renewal

Existing members will be sent a registration request from clydesdale.clubbuzz.co.uk – please complete this and renewal details that will be forwarded to you. For new members, please complete the application on the side of this page (or below if you’re viewing this page through mobile) under the name ‘Membership Request’. Once completed, you will receive an e-mail notification.

If you have any questions or queries, please do not hesitate to contact us. You can either e-mail us through juniorhockey@clydesdalehockey.org.uk or personal message us on our Facebook, Instagram or Twitter pages – we are under the name ‘Clydesdale Hockey Club’.

‘Dale & ‘Dale Western teams to feature in Glasgow Generations Cup – 16th-18th August

Teams from Clydesdale and Clydesdale Western will take part in the 2019 Western Lettings Glasgow Generations Cup, which will be held at Old Anniesland this weekend.

Clydesdale Men’s 1s, Men’s 2s, Clydesdale Western Ladies 1s and a mixed U15 team will play against clubs predominantly from the west of Scotland as part of pre-season preparations for the 2019-20 season. The clubs alongside Clydesdale and Clydesdale Western that will feature are Hillhead as hosts, Western Wildcats, Kelburne and Uddingston. Perthshire and Watsonians will also feature but only in the Over 35s competition, where Clydesdale will not be fielding a team.

The competition, which was designed last season for Men’s 1st XI teams as a pilot idea, sees games being played for a total of 30 minutes one way (25 minutes for the U15s) – meaning there will be no half time interval. A win is worth four points, whilst a draw will give both sides two points. The team that collects the most points from their four games will be declared the winner of their respective competition in the Western Lettings Glasgow Generations Cup.

On Friday, the U15 Mixed tournament will take place, with Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western’s first game starting at 7.00pm against Western Wildcats. The U15s will then play another three games straight after, before having the final round of matches off.

The U15 mixed schedule with games taking place on either the water-based astro or the sand-based astro.

On Saturday, both 1s and 2s Men’s sides will feature in the Elite & Regional competition with potential appearances from new boys Ben Wilson and Ali Douglas. Nigel Lucas may also feature following his return to Clydesdale. Ciaran Crawford will be Head Coach of the 1s side, whilst Stuart Banford will be in charge of the 2s. The 2s first game will start at 10.30am on the sand-based pitch against Kelburne 2s, whilst the 1s will take on Kelburne 1s from 11.10am on the water-based pitch.

The Men’s 1s & 2s (Elite & Regional) schedules for Saturday. Men’s 1s games will be on the water-based pitch, the Men’s 2s will be on the sand-based pitch.

Then on Sunday, Clydesdale Western will take part in the Women’s Elite tournament, with their first game being at 11.10am against Kelburne 1s. The L1s will be without Head Coach Derek Forsyth due to his involvement with the Scotland Men’s team at EuroHockey Championship I in Antwerp, Belgium. Player wise, ‘Dale Western will be without the services of Heather Howie, as work commitments means she will be transferring to a club north of the country. Jen Eadie and Millie Steiger may also sit out following their promotion triumph with the Scotland Women’s team at EuroHockey Championship II last weekend. Ali Howie, on the other hand, could feature for the first time in nearly 18 months. Ali – who recently retired from the Scotland Women’s team with 93 caps to her name – had been sidelined long-term following a broken kneecap that was sustained towards the end of 2017-18 season, but is now back to training.

Sunday will see the Women’s Elite tournament take place, with Clydesdale Western starting their first game at 11.10am on the water-based pitch.

The club would like to wish all four Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western teams the very best of luck the in the Western Lettings Glasgow Generations Cup.

Player Profiles – Barry, Cara & Patrick McAllister

With ‘Pitch Up and Play’ well and truly underway, and plenty of hockey opportunities for juniors – such as the summer hockey camps which are fast approaching – we thought we would have another ‘Player Profiles’ report.

Or how about three in one?! The McAllister family – which includes Barry and his two children, Cara and Patrick – are very much established club players for Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western. ‘Player Profiles’ reporter Ally Walker met up with all three to discuss how they got into hockey and life as Clydesdale members:

When Cara McAllister’s primary school PE teacher told her that she was the worst outfield hockey player she had ever seen, she unwittingly set Cara on the path of a very successful goalkeeping career! Aged just 15, Cara has already been to EuroHockey Club Challenge I in Lille as reserve goalkeeper for Clydesdale Western 1st XI and when I spoke to her, she was just off the plane from St Aloysius College’s 1st XI hockey tour to Lisbon.

After discovering the joys of throwing herself around in a goal, Cara joined Clydesdale Western and quickly moved up through the ladies teams from the 7s to the 6s to the 5s, leapfrogging over the 4s and is now well established in the 3s. Quick to spot a talented youngster, the school put Cara forward for U14s and U16s district teams where she thrived. And last season she trained with the U18s Regional Academy, putting her firmly on the pathway for more U18s action at both district and national level.

Cara has worked her way up the teams at Clydesdale Western, especially after a superb season for the L5s in which they gained promotion to Women’s West District Division Two in the 2017-18 season. (Photo credit: Barry McAllister).

Looking back on the last season with Clydesdale Western, and putting the Euros with the L1s to the side, I asked Cara what were her highlights: “Going to penalty flicks in the Plate Quarter-Final (against GHK 1s) and winning has to be up there. But then so was beating the Clydesdale 2s!”

Cara (pictured in green for the L3s vs. L1s in the Scottish Cup back in November 2018) kept a clean sheet in a 1-0 win for the L3s over the L2s a few weeks after in Women’s Championship Division One. (Photo credit: Rhona Weir).

Another of Cara’s hockey achievements over the years has been to recruit her younger brother, Patrick, and father, Barry, into hockey at Clydesdale. Patrick and Barry now operate as a highly effective ‘Team McAllister’ in the Men’s 5s. Patrick, who is turning 12, started coming along to Friday night “Jockey” a couple of years ago and is now training with the Boys’ Performance squad as well as representing the Men’s 5s.

Patrick represented the Men’s 5th XI throughout the majority of last season as well as the club’s junior sides. (Photo credit: Mark Pugh).

Like his sister, he was invited to join in everything that was going on. For Patrick that included U12 festivals, U14 and U15s district events and then came training for the U13s national Nottingham tournament. It was the night before the bus to Nottingham when I met Patrick and he didn’t know yet that this was going to be an experience that he’ll never forget! But he was definitely looking forward to it. He said: “We’ve got some great kit for Nottingham and I’ve got friends like Andrew Cox going with me too.”

Patrick (if you can spot him slightly left of centre!) was selected as part of the “Alba an Iar” U13 squad that played in a hockey festival in Nottingham that took place a couple of days ago. (Photo credit: Ross McWilliams)

The recruitment of father, Barry has been a coup for the 5s. With 30 years of ice hockey experience behind him, Barry had hung up his skates and turned his attention to taxiing Patrick and Cara to training and games. However, he hadn’t bargained for the pincer action of Tricia Lonergan and Karl Richmond. Tricia lent him a stick and introduced him to Monday night’s ‘Pitch up and Play’ which runs throughout the summer during the off season. And when ‘Pitch Up and Play’ had finished, then Karl moved in and recruited him for the 5s.

Barry (pictured representing the Glasgow Chiefs Ice Hockey team) found himself playing Men’s Senior hockey after a successful summer at Clydesdale’s Pitch Up and Play. (Photo credit: Jane McAllister).

Barry said: “I absolutely love it! People have been really welcoming and I’m really enjoying training and playing with Patrick. Although I know only too well that it won’t be long before we’ll be going in different directions.”

So how does that ice hockey experience play out in real hockey? Cara and Patrick were quick to explain: “He can’t get used to only playing with only one side of his stick. And then he does these small nudges!”

However, I have heard from reliable sources that the big slap shot comes in very handy sometimes!

A young Patrick and a young Cara with Barry after a Glasgow Chiefs game – with each ice hockey stick considerably bigger than both of them! (Photo credit: Jane McAllister).

Main photo credit: Ally Walker

‘A’ Team knocked out to strong Hillhead – Men’s West District Cup Review – 25th May

Men’s West District Cup Semi Final

Clydesdale ‘A’ 1-4 Hillhead (E Robertson)

Clydesdale Men’s ‘A’ hopes of winning the inaugural Men’s West District Cup were ended after losing out to a strong Hillhead performance at Titwood in an early passback.

Despite a strong start, the ‘A’ team found themselves 2-0 down by ten minutes after a penalty corner conversion and a simple close range finish past ‘Dale goalkeeper Ally Torrance. Torrance pulled off a string of crucial saves but was helpless when Hillhead added a third ten minutes before half time from another corner. Clydesdale ‘A’ found a way back into the match just before half time when youngster Ethan Robertson kept up his recent run of scoring form – pushing in an upright reverse push shot to set up an intriguing second half.

It was a decent effort from the Clydesdale team, who were missing the services of six regular players – including captain Craig Bradley and veteran Ali Bleach. Torrance continued to keep ‘Dale in the game as Hillhead, led brilliantly by their own veteran Alan Meikle, pushed hard for a game killing fourth goal. And they duly succeeded with less than ten minutes to go as another penalty corner was scored. The away side went on to see out the remaining minutes to seal a place in the Final.

Despite the loss, the club are immensely proud of the effort the ‘A’ team, which included a host of youngsters, put into the Men’s West District Cup campaign. We would also like to congratulate Hillhead on their win and wish them the best of luck for the Final.

Photo credit: Mark Pugh

Men’s West District Cup Semi Final Preview – 25th May

Saturday 25th May – Men’s West District Cup Semi Final

Clydesdale ‘A’ vs. Hillhead (11.00am, H)

Clydesdale ‘A’ will know they are in for a tough Semi Final clash in the Men’s West District Cup when they play Hillhead on Saturday at Titwood from 11.00am.

The ‘Dale ‘A’ team led by Craig Bradley secured an ‘against all odds’ result when they negotiated past a strong Rottenrow side at Glasgow Green the previous weekend. Their case to make the Final of the Cup will not be helped this weekend as they face arguably an even more difficult task in the form of Hillhead in the Semi Final stages.

The squad for Saturday’s clash does see the return of many that missed the Quarter Final. 15 players were unavailable for the Rottenrow tie, but a proportion of that number will return for the Semi Final tie which will pushback at 11.00am on Saturday.

Meanwhile, despite mentioning the possibility in last weekend’s ‘Review’, Clydesdale ‘B’ will not have any more games to play following their Plate exit to Western Wildcats.

Once again, the club would like to wish the best of luck to Clydesdale ‘A’ in their attempts to reach the Final of the Men’s West District Cup. A support would be very much appreciated, so if you have the chance pop down to Titwood to cheer on our ‘A’ team!

Photo credit: Rhona Weir