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Weekend Preview – 18th/19th/20th January

With our Men’s 1st and 2nd teams off indoor duty for another weekend, the spotlight is on our Ladies 1st and 2nd indoor teams. There are also a number of outdoor Women’s West District games.

On Sunday at Bell’s Sports Centre, Clydesdale Western 1st XI will play two of their three crossover matches, holding a 100% record in Pool B of Women’s National Indoor Division One.

Six wins and a loss saw Wendy Justice’s side finish 2nd after the classification round of league matches. The league has now been split into two and ‘Dale Western 1s will be in Pool B, where they face Inverleith 1s, Hillhead 1s and Grove Menzieshill 1s. All three fixtures against the respective sides ended in wins for the L1s, meaning they already have nine points to their name before the start of play on Sunday.

Clydesdale Western open the day’s proceeding against 2nd placed Inverleith 1s from 11.05am. A win coupled with a Grove Menzieshill failure to beat Hillhead in Pool B’s other opening game will guarantee a Semi Final Play-Off spot for the Titwood girls. The L1s second game of the day will be against Hillhead 1s from 3.40pm.

Meanwhile, Clydesdale Western 2s will be aiming to steer clear of relegation trouble in Women’s National Indoor Division Two after their two games at Dundee International Sports Centre on Sunday.

‘Dale Western 2s are currently second from bottom in the table, and their games on Sunday at DISC are two tricky tests. A late start of 1.50pm sees the L2s play CALA Edinburgh 1s, who are currently 2nd in the league table and eyeing promotion to WNIL 1.

The L2s second game is the final game of the day in WNIL 2 against Dundee Wanderers 2s, who are a place below CALA on a virtue of less goals scored in the league campaign so far.

Five games take place for Clydesdale Western teams in the Women’s West District leagues, with two teams having double headers.

On Saturday, the L6s are on first away to Strathclyde University 2s from 12.30pm. The L6s will be hoping to build on a hardworking performance last weekend that got them a deserved point in Women’s West District Division Three against current league leaders Greenock Morton 1s.

The L4s have two games this weekend. On Saturday from 2.00pm, they are at Upper Windyedge to face Glasgow Accies 1s, before a trip to Garscube on Sunday sees them play Glasgow University 3s, 1.00pm PB. Marg Taylor’s side are currently 2nd in Women’s West District Division One, three points behind league leaders and last season’s champions Rottenrow 1s.

There is a double header for the L5s too, but between Sunday afternoon and Monday evening. Trish Lonergan will take her side to face Kelburne 3s at Glasgow Green from noon on Sunday. Then on Monday evening, Titwood will be host for the L5s against Stewarton Garnock 1s, 7.30pm start. ‘Dale Western 5s are hoping to stop a rot of four straight losses in Women’s West District Division Two, which seen them drop to 9th in the league table.

The M4s are the first Clydesdale Men’s team back for outdoor competition in 2020 as they travel to Linwood to play Anchor 1s from 2.00pm.

The first half of the Men’s West District Division Two season has proven to be quite tough for the M4s. With only a win and a draw to their name from nine games, they sit 11th in the league table.

It has been somewhat unfortunate, with a number of good performances that have yet to turn into results, but a good result on Saturday will hopefully be a turning point for the Men’s 4s.

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography

Player Profiles – Rhona McGregor

With 2020 underway, and the outdoor season about to make a return, we have another ‘Player Profiles’ interview ready.

Rhona McGregor joined back at the start of the 2018-19 season, and has regularly featured in Clydesdale Western’s 2nd XI. With the challenge of juggling work and hockey, reporter Ally Walker managed to meet with Rhona to discuss how her time at Clydesdale has been:

After finishing her medical degree at Dundee University, where she played for the Uni and for Grove Menzieshill, 25 year old Rhona McGregor has found her hockey home at Clydesdale.

Rhona was a member of Grove Menzieshill in Dundee before her medical career brought her to Glasgow – which is where she found Clydesdale. (Photo credit: Rhona McGregor).

Encouraged by the enthusiastic recruiting of Lesley Cosh and Nicky Wilson, Rhona joined the 2s last year and has been enjoying not just the hockey, but the social side of ‘Dale too. She said: “Most of the 2s are in their 20s, with professional jobs to juggle with training and it makes a nice change to be surrounded by people who are, mostly, not medics. (Susie Allan and Karin Belch will know what I mean!)”

Rhona (top row, fifth from left) also played for Dundee University as a student, and was teammate of fellow Clydesdale Western player Karin Belch (to Rhona’s right). (Photo credit: Rhona McGregor).

Rhona is no slacker though when it comes to competition. Previously a sprinter, she was a hair breadth’s away from breaking the 4×100 metres Scottish record as a school girl. And she’s still looking to push herself, having hung up her spikes and committed to hockey. She told me that’s another reason she was drawn to ‘Dale. “The fact that the 2s are in the Championship League was really important to me as that means we get to play a high level of hockey each week, yet the team understands if shift patterns mean I sometimes can’t get to all the training sessions.”

Rhona (bottom row, second from the right) took part in this summer’s Clydesdale Mixed Festival back in July 2019. (Photo credit: Susie Allan).

After a bit of a rocky start for the 2s at the beginning of the year, Rhona is optimistic for this season, with numbers increasing at training sessions and coaches working the team on different skills. She said: “We’re grateful to Nicky Wilson for coaching us last year and to Lesley Cosh helping to coach this year and also for the sessions where Paddy Lonergan put us through our paces. This year Donald Amour is coaching us at weekends – having him on the sidelines is making a really big difference, letting Nicky and Lesley get on with the game. And now Fran Lonergan from the 1s is coaching us on Wednesday evenings. It’s typical of the club that people just step up to help – another reason to like the ‘Dale!”

In fact, Rhona was liking Titwood so much, she recruited her “other half” Ben Wilson, who started this season in defence for the Men’s 1st XI. And yes, he comes to her games sometimes and provides some tips afterwards.

After a successful 2018-19, Rhona recruited partner Ben Wilson (pictured for Clydesdale in a pre-season friendly) to join for the following season. Ben is a regular fixture in the Men’s 1st XI. (Photo credit: Rhona Weir).

Maybe Ben, you can provide Rhona and the 2s with some advice on how to beat those pesky 3s – the Ladies 3s have won two of the last three matches against the Ladies 2s since Rhona’s arrival!

Banner photo credit: Ally Walker

Women’s WD return, L1s place 2nd, M2s run riot – Weekend Review – 11th/12th January

Clydesdale Western 1st XI completed their first round of games in Women’s National Indoor Division One with two wins at Dundee International Sports Centre on Sunday.

The L1s opened up their card of games at DISC with a 5-0 win against Watsonians 1s. All the scoring was done in the second half as Jen Eadie and Millie Steiger grabbed two goals each, whilst Margery Justice scored the other.

The same three players collected another two goals each in ‘Dale Western’s second game in a 9-1 win against Edinburgh University 1s. With Dundee Wanderers having won all of their games on Sunday as well, Clydesdale Western 1s finished 2nd in the league table after the first round of indoor matches.

The league will now be split into two Pools, with points collected against opposition in your respective Pool being carried over. The L1s will not be in the same Pool as Dundee Wanderers, having finished 2nd and 1st respectively. This will mean the Titwood girls will have nine points to their name and thus take top spot in their Pool before the next round of matches in Women’s National Indoor Division One.

Clydesdale Men’s 2s scored a sensational 41 goals to win all three games played at Perth College on Saturday, taking them to the top of Men’s Regional Indoor Division One.

Despite having made the trip to Perth without a goalkeeper, the Men’s 2s won 7-2 against Inverleith 3s in the day’s opening game. Game two saw the M2s win by the same margin but in an 11-6 scoreline.

And in the day’s final game, ‘Dale 2s managed to score five more than what they had recorded in their first two games – winning 23-5 against Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland 1s. There were goals aplenty for every member of Clydesdale Men’s 2s in the final game, but Christopher Richmond scored the most having collected nine goals to his name.

The M2s are now top with two games remaining, but having played two games more than three teams below.

Clydesdale Western 6s picked up arguably the result of the weekend from the returning West District representing teams after a hard fought draw against Women’s West District Division Three league leaders Greenock Morton 1s in absolutely treacherous conditions.

On a rainy and bitterly windy Saturday at Titwood, the L6s put in a gutsy and hardworking performance to hold Greenock Morton 1s to a 0-0 draw. The point takes ‘Dale Western 6s a place up into 8th in Women’s West District Division Three.

In the game immediately after, the L4s lost small ground on league leaders and champions Rottenrow 1s in Women’s West District Division One after a 1-1 draw with Ardrossan 1s.

Aaliyah Sandhu was the L4s goalscorer, but an even contest in exactly the same weather conditions as the L6s meant Marg Taylor’s side had to settle for a point. ‘Dale Western 4s are three points behind Rottenrow in the league table.

On Sunday, the L5s losing streak in the league extended to four games after losing at home to Argyle 1s in Women’s West District Division Two.

With the weather having improved from the day before, the L5s lost 3-1 to Argyle 1s to remain 9th in the league table. Rachel Brown was the home side’s sole goalscorer, which was her sixth goal of the 2019-20 season.

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography

Weekend Preview – 11th/12th January

Our first ‘Weekend Preview’ of 2020 sees Clydesdale Western 1s indoor team finish their first round of matches. Our three Clydesdale Western West District representative teams are also back in outdoor action.

Clydesdale Western 1st XI will complete their first round of classified matches in Women’s National Indoor Division One on Sunday at Dundee International Sports Centre.

At 11.05am, the L1s will take on Watsonians 1s before completing their day of hockey against Edinburgh University 1s (2.45pm PB). ‘Dale Western 1s are currently second in the league table, having won four out of their opening five games.

After the Sunday’s games, WNIL 1 will be split into crossover groups, as points against opposition in a team’s respective group will be carried over.

On Saturday, Clydesdale Men’s 2s have their another triple header in Men’s Regional Indoor Division One at Perth College UHI.

The M2s took two out of three wins in last weekend’s trio of games which took them up to second in the league table, holding nine from a possible fifteen points. ‘Dale 2s begin their schedule from 10.25am against Inverleith 3s. At 1.10pm, the next opposition will be Stirling Wanderers 1s before playing the final game of the day from 4.50pm against Chest Heart & Stroke Scotland 1s.

Clydesdale Western 4s, 5s and 6s all return from the winter break to host games in the Women’s West District leagues this weekend.

Having had an excellent first half to the season, the L4s will be looking to bounce back from what happened in their final game before the outdoor break – a 6-0 defeat to league champions Rottenrow 1s. The loss saw Rottenrow move a point above Marg Taylor’s side in Women’s West District Division One. The L4s will aim to keep pace at the top end of the table when they host Ardrossan 1s from 3.00pm.

The game before sees a youthful L6s team play at Titwood from 1.30pm against Greenock Morton 1s. Scorelines for the Ladies 6s have certainly been a massive improvement from previous seasons. But they have not had much luck in claiming points – three up till now, having lost a handful of games by a goal or two. The task at hand against Greenock Morton may be even trickier as the visitors head into the game top of Women’s West District Division Three, whilst the L6s are ninth.

On Sunday, the L5s are at home to Argyle 1s from 1.00pm in Women’s West District Division Two. Trish Lonergan’s side had an excellent start to the league campaign, having collected eleven from a possible eighteen points to begin with. But towards the break point of outdoor hockey, availability became lower and now the L5s are on a three game losing streak, which has seen them drop to eighth in the league table. A win on Sunday, however, could see ‘Dale Western 5s move up above Sunday’s opponents.

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography

Double defeat for M1s, Unbeaten treble for L2s – Weekend Review – 21st/22nd December

Clydesdale Men’s 1s lost both games on Saturday at Bell’s Sports Centre which completed the opening round of fixtures in Men’s National Indoor Division One.

The M1s were heavily beaten in their opening game 12-4 by last season’s MNIL 1 runners up, Grove Menzieshill 1s. Struan Walker scored a consolation hattrick, whilst skipper Gordon Amour also found the net. In game two, Clydesdale narrowly lost out 6-5 to newly promoted Dunfermline Carneige 1s.

The end of the Carnegie contest meant all seven opening games have taken place for all MNIL 1 teams, and awaiting will be confirmation of fixtures for the crossover round of matches. The crossover will also see the league of eight split into two leagues of four depending on the final positions after all seven games have been played by each team.

Once decided, the points each team has taken against those in their respective pool will be carried forward going into the crossover games.

Clydesdale Western 2s picked up an invaluable five points in their triple header of Women’s National Indoor Division Two games at Bell’s on Sunday.

The L2s drew their opening game 1-1 with Granite City Wanderers 1s, before claiming their second win of the indoor season against Inverleith 2s with a 4-3 scoreline.

‘Dale Western 2s did miss out on the chance to go fourth after playing out a 2-2 draw with Grove Menzieshill 2s in the day’s final game.

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography