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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

Depleted ‘A’ team roar into West District Semis – Men’s West District Cup Review – 18th May

Men’s West District Cup Quarter Final

Clydesdale ‘A’ 2-1 Rottenrow (E Robertson, I King)

Men’s West District Plate Quarter Final

Clydesdale ‘B’ 0-5 Western Wildcats

Clydesdale Men’s ‘A’ booked a place in the Semi Finals of the Men’s West District Cup after a superb away win against Rottenrow.

A total of fifteen players were unavailable to represent the ‘A’ team on Saturday. But the 12-man squad – which included eight U18 players – saw off the challenge of Rottenrow to seal a 2-1 win at Glasgow Green. A goal each from Ethan Robertson and Ian King ensured the ‘Dale ‘A’ side will play in the Semi Finals of the competition on Saturday (25th May).

Clydesdale ‘B’ were knocked out of the Plate competition. Despite a competitive effort, the ‘B’ team lost 5-0 to a strong Western Wildcats performance at Auchenhowie. ‘Dale ‘B’ will most likely play a ‘crossover’ match on Saturday, but can no longer win the Plate.

Photo credit: Rhona Weir

Men’s West District Cup & Plate Preview – 18th May

Saturday 18th May

Men’s West District Cup Quarter Final

Clydesdale ‘A’ vs. Rottenrow (2.30pm, A)

Men’s West District Plate Quarter Final

Clydesdale ‘B’ vs. Western Wildcats (11.00am, A)

This weekend is the Quarter Finals of the Men’s West District Cup and Plate with some very testing ties for our Clydesdale teams.

Clydesdale ‘A’ are in the next round of the cup following their flicks win against Helensburgh last Saturday. They will have an even tougher assignment when they play Rottenrow at Glasgow Green from 2.30pm.

The ‘B’ side are in the Plate competition following a heavy 11-0 loss to Kelburne. And their hopes of securing silverware do not get any easier when they visit Auchenhowie to play Western Wildcats from 11.00am.

Best of luck to both Clydesdale teams in the West District Cup and Plate for Saturday!

Photo credit: Donald Amour