Clydesdale and Clydesdale Western would like to congratulate the Scotland Under 18 Girls squad following their 2-1 win against Russia which clinched EuroHockey U18 Girls Championship II in Rakovnik, Czech Republic.
The U18 Girls squad featured four of Clydesdale Western’s 1st XI players in Margery Justice, Lexi Sabatelli, Jessica Buchanan and Bronwyn Shields.
The club are absolutely delighted and proud of the efforts put in by all four of Clydesdale Western’s players who represented the Scotland Under 18 Girls squad.
Earlier this week, Scottish Hockey announced the selected squad for the Scotland Senior Women’s team who take on Ireland in the Celtic Series at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre.
Scotland will play Ireland in three games, with the first game starting on Thursday 31st May at 7.00pm, before the final two being played on Saturday 2nd June at 3.00pm and Sunday 3rd June at 11.00am.
The squad features six Clydesdale Western players – including Frances Lonergan and Lexi Sabatelli, who are both set to receive their first ever senior caps. Heather Howie, Jen Eadie, Lucy Lanigan and Millie Brown are the other four players that make up Clydesdale Western’s selected six players.
A full list of the Scotland squad to play Ireland in the Celtic Series can be found here. Tickets for the game can be bought via Ticketmaster.
The club would like to congratulate all six Clydesdale Western players on their selection and we also wish them the best of luck, especially to Frances and Lexi in their first ever games for the Scotland Women’s Senior team.
Clydesdale Western missed out on promoting one of Scotland’s European seeding as they narrowly lost to Scottish league rivals, Edinburgh University at Peffermill in the final game of EuroHockey Club Challenge I on Monday afternoon.
With both Scottish teams facing each other in the Promotion Play-Off Final following their respective top two finishes in the Pool stage, it was already guaranteed that the winner of the tie would promote one of Scotland’s seedings for next season to the competition above Club Challenge I – the EuroHockey Club Trophy.
In the contest itself it was hosts the of Club Challenge I, Edinburgh Uni, who had the better chances in the first quarter but their goalkeeper was called into action in the second quarter as Clydesdale Western were kept at bay from scoring. A goalless first half time then saw a cagey opening to the third quarter before Jen Eadie had a chance to score from open play but was denied. Then some last ditch defending from ‘Dale Western twice halted Uni from executing a clear shot at goal. However, a defensive error from the L1s gave Uni player-coach, Samantha Judge a shot at goal to which she successfully dispatched low in to the bottom corner. Clydesdale Western then threw everything into finding an equaliser in the fourth quarter – defender Frances Lonergan came closest with a penalty corner strike which went just wide. Despite their best efforts, the L1s could not find a way past Edinburgh University when the full time whistle went.
Despite the result, the club are extremely proud of the efforts that the Clydesdale Western squad and coaching staff have put in the last four days.
Congratulations to Edinburgh University on their win today. Many thanks as well to Edinburgh University for the hard work they have put in as a club during the hosting of Club Challenge I. And last but not least, to all of our supporters who went through to Edinburgh for the four games Clydesdale Western played – we really appreciate the time you gave up to support our girls!
Clydesdale Western vs. Edinburgh University – Promotion Play-Off Final – 3.15pm PB – Peffermill, Edinburgh
Following their draw with CUS Pisa on Sunday, Clydesdale Western have qualified for the Promotion Play-Off round of EuroHockey Club Challenge I, where they will face Scottish league rivals, Edinburgh University on Monday, 3.15pm PB at Peffermill, Edinburgh.
Yesterday’s draw meant that Clydesdale Western finished 2nd in Pool B of Club Challenge I to seal a Play-Off Final place. In Pool A, opponents Edinburgh University got the draw they needed to finish top of their Pool which meant the two sides will face each other in Monday’s Play-Off Final.
Clydesdale Western finished 2nd in Pool B of EuroHockey Club Challenge I to qualify for a Promotion Play-Off place despite a goalless draw against CUS Pisa at Peffermill on Sunday.
Throughout the entire match, both sides had chances to score goals, but were kept at bay following a combination of good goalkeeping and, unfortunately, a lack of composure in front of goal. There were chances for Clydesdale Western for Lexi Sabatelli, Emma McGregor and Millie Brown as well as penalty corner opportunities. Jessica Buchanan was called in to action for ‘Dale Western after making a key save in the 3rd quarter to also keep the Italians at bay.
However, the goalless draw means that Clydesdale Western finished 2nd in Pool B of Club Challenge I. Braxgata HC’s 6-3 win over Gintra Strekte Uni HC earlier in the day meant the girls only required a draw to finish 2nd and qualify for a Promotion Play-Off Final spot on Monday. ‘Dale Western will face Scottish league rivals, Edinburgh University on Monday from 3.15pm at Peffermill.
If you’re free on Monday, please go through to Edinburgh to support our girls in what we’re sure will be an excellent contest – good luck girls!