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Weekend Preview – 22nd September

With boys districts taking place over the September holiday weekend, there is only three teams in action and they are all ladies teams.

L1s vs. Hillhead 1s (3.30pm, A)

Clydesdale Western 1st XI will hope to keep their unbeaten start to the season going when they take on Hillhead 1s at Old Anniesland from 3.30pm.

Despite drawing their opening game of the season, the L1s have been in impressive form, winning their last three matches in all competitions.

Meanwhile, their hosts are still searching for their first league point of the season having lost all three of their opening games and will be keen to get their season off and running.

L2s vs. Watsonians 2s (3.00pm, H)

Clydesdale Western’s 2nd XI are at home to Watsonians 2s from 3.00pm in Women’s Championship Division One.

The L2s have only played one game in the league so far, having surrendered a 2-0 lead to George Heriots FP 1s to draw 2-2 three weeks ago.  ‘Dale Western 2s will be in buoyant mood from last week’s Women’s Scottish Cup tie, however, considering they almost knocked out cup holders and last season’s treble winners, Edinburgh University 1s on penalty flicks having drawn with them in normal time – but ultimately losing out 4-2 in the shoot out.

Their opponents, Watsonians 2s have won and lost a game each in Women’s Championship Division One already but will be keen to take some points back to Edinburgh.

L3s vs. Waverely Inveresk Trinity 1s (1.30pm, A)

Completing the weekend’s card of games are Clydesdale Western 3s who are the first of the three games to pushback when they play away to Waverely Inveresk Trinity 1s from 1.30pm.

The L3s have had a sensational start to their season, having won both of their opening league games in Women’s Championship Division One and are in the next round of the Women’s Scottish Cup having dumped Kelburne 1s out last weekend.

Their hosts, Waverely Inveresk Trinity 1s have played the most games in Women’s Championship Division One, but have had mixed results – winning and losing two each – and will be keen to put a consistent run of form together when the L3s make the trip over to Edinburgh.

Best of luck to our three Clydesdale Western teams this weekend!

Photo credit: Rhona Weir

Callum McLeod – Club Statement

Callum McLeod steps down as 1st XI Men’s coach – Club Statement

Callum McLeod has officially stepped down as 1st XI Men’s coach at Clydesdale Hockey Club, with Ciaran Crawford taking charge until the end of the season.

Callum took up post as 1st XI coach in the summer of 2017, and led the M1s to a 5th place finish in Men’s National Division One for the 2017-18 season.  He also took Clydesdale to the Semi-Finals of the Scottish Cup in the same season but were agonisingly beaten on running penalties by eventual cup winners, Grange.  Callum has taken a lead on the first three M1s games for 2018-19 season, winning one and drawing two.

Callum has stepped down due to personal reasons, for which the club fully understands.  The club would like to thank Callum for his excellent services during his tenure – which has seen the squad show a steady improvement – and we wish him all the best in the future.  Ciaran Crawford, who had been assisting Callum in the past two months, will now take charge of the M1s squad until the end of the season and will be supported by Team Manager, Donald Amour and 1s captain, Gordon Amour.  Ciaran’s experience in hockey is vast in both playing and coaching capacities.  Whilst playing, Ciaran has represented Clydesdale and Grove Menzieshill as well as having a year spell in the Netherlands to play for GHHC Groningen.

Ciaran Crawford (pictured receiving the Scottish Plate for Clydesdale as captain in April 2015) will take charge of Men’s 1st XI until the end of the season.

Aside from his assistance to Callum in the Men’s 1s squad, Ciaran has spells coaching for Hutchesons’ Grammar School, Clydesdale’s Outreach Programme and within Scottish Hockey’s Youth Performance setup.  The club would also like to wish the best of luck to Ciaran in his time as Clydesdale Men’s 1st XI coach.

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography

Cup wins, shocks and near shocks! – Weekend Review – 16th September

M1s 3-2 Hillhead 1s (S Walker (2), D Baber) – Men’s Scottish Cup 1st Round

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Clydesdale Men’s 1s secured a passage into the next round of the Men’s Scottish Cup after a hard fought win against Hillhead at Titwood on Sunday.

Both sides were coming off the back of a league match the day before, so tired legs during the match was to be expected.  But Clydesdale came out of the blocks fast and took an early lead.  Struan Walker found space at the top of the circle to send a front stick shot low past the Hillhead ‘keeper.  Walker then doubled his and Clydesdale’s account five minutes later.  Dean Baber slapped a pass into the circle, which took a deflection of a Hillhead stick before arriving at Walker who took a touch before sending another low shot into the visitor’s goal.  Hillhead applied pressure to force a goal back before half time, but the home side held firm.

A few minutes into the second half, however, saw Hillhead get a goal back.  A drag flick pass from the left was put past ‘Dale keeper, Sean Mahoney with a deft touch from a Hillhead forward. A couple of minutes later, Baber’s stick work beat a couple of Hillhead defenders before arriving into the circle and lifting over the ‘keeper to restore ‘Dale’s two goal lead.  The two goal lead lasted no more than ten minutes when Hillhead won a corner and sent a drag flick shot past Mahoney.  From then on, Hillhead stepped up in their efforts to force an equaliser which brought out crucial saves from Mahoney and the defence in front of him.  The M1s eventually held out for the last 15 minutes to seal a place in the 2nd round of the Men’s Scottish Cup.

L1s 4-2 GHK 1s (E McGregor (2), A Hoolaghan, G Smith) – Women’s Scottish Cup 1st Round

Clydesdale Western also sealed a place in the next round of the Women’s Scottish Cup after seeing off GHK at Titwood on a late Sunday pass back.

Much like the Men’s 1s, both sides were coming off the back of a Saturday league encounter.  In addition, Clydesdale Western picked a side without players representing the Scottish national side, so a tough game was to be expected.  But the L1s got off to a flyer as they went 3-0 up midway through the first half.  Anna Hoolaghan opened the scoring, before Emma McGregor scored two goals – all three goals finishing impressive team moves by Clydesdale Western.  GHK scored an overtime penalty corner, which gave them a glimmer of hope going into the second half.

But Clydesdale Western looked to have secured the game, when Georgia Smith capitalised on a defensive error to push the ball into an empty goal and restore the L1s three goal lead.  GHK then scored from another penalty corner not long after to cut down the lead.  The lead could have been cut further, as the away side secured a number of corners, but the home side were indebted to great saves from goalkeeper Jessica Buchanan and brave blocks from her defence.  ‘Dale Western saw the game out at 4-2, and like the M1s secured a place in the 2nd round of the Women’s Scottish Cup.

M2s 14-0 Madras College FP 1s (C Moulson (6), B Galloway (2), S Craig (2), J Berman (2), B Paul, E Robertson); M3s 3-3 Grange 5s – Grange 5s won 4-3 on PFs (C Oliver (2), B Mitchell); L2s 1-1 Edinburgh University 1s – Edinburgh University 1s won 4-2 on PFs (S Lonergan); L3s 3-1 Kelburne 1s (G Green (2), H Walker); L4s 1-11 Orkney 1s (K Stobo)

A fair amount drama ensued on Cup Sunday, with the biggest shock coming from the L3s who put out Kelburne’s 1st XI out of the Women’s Scottish Cup thanks to a 3-1 win at Glasgow Green.  Veterans Gill Green (two) and Helen Walker got the goals to send the L3s into the 2nd round of the Women’s Scottish Cup.  The L2s almost pulled off the shock of the Scottish Hockey season, but sadly lost out on penalty flicks to Women’s Scottish Cup holders, Edinburgh University 1s at Titwood.  Uni took the lead, but Sarah Lonergan grabbed an equaliser for the home side.  The L2s held firm with ‘keeper Mairi Fletcher pulling off a number of superb saves to send the tie to flicks.  But it was the holders who prevailed, winning 4-2 on PFs to join the L1s and L3s into the 2nd round of the Women’s Scottish Cup.  The M3s also lost out on PFs in the Men’s Scottish Reserve Cup at home to Grange 5s.  The M3s played out an intense 3-3 draw, which saw Conor Oliver score twice and Ben Mitchell also scoring.  The M3s lost 4-3 on flicks and will now enter the Men’s Scottish Reserve Plate.  There were two high scorelines in the final two matches, which were both early pass backs.  A young M2s side, away to Madras College FP 1s in St Andrews, sealed a place in the 2nd round of the Men’s Scottish District Cup with a 14-0 win.  Colin Moulson scored six goals as the M2s completed an excellent team performance.  Ben Galloway, Sandy Craig, Jeetinder Berman (all with two each), Blair Paul and Ethan Robertson were the M2s other goalscorers.  The L4s, who travelled to Inverness to play Orkney 1s, went out of the Women’s Scottish District Cup.  Despite going in 2-1 down at half time, Orkney produced a ruthless goalscoring peformance to run out 11-1 winners – Kirstin Stobo scored the L4s only goal.

Once again, a tremendous effort from our teams in action in Sunday cup games – well done to all!

Photo credit: Rhona Weir

Weekend Preview – 16th September

Seven teams featuring in Sunday cup games, with some mammoth ties for our Clydesdale and Clydesdale Western teams.

L1s vs. GHK 1s (5.00pm, H) – Women’s Scottish Cup 1st Round

Clydesdale Western 1st XI will be hoping to go one better than 2017-18 when they take on GHK 1s at Titwood on Sunday in the 1st Round of the Women’s Scottish Cup.

The L1s were knocked out at this stage last season, losing out on penalty flicks to Western Wildcats.  And although the girls went on to secure silverware in the form of the Scottish Plate, they will be keen to go as far as possible in the Scottish Cup.

‘Dale Western have already played GHK this season in the league in a 3-1 win away at Old Anniesland.

M1s vs. Hillhead 1s (3.30pm, H) – Men’s Scottish Cup 1st Round

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Clydesdale Men’s 1s face Hillhead in the 1st Round of the Men’s Scottish Cup as they will hope to at least go one further than their efforts from last season.

Last season, the M1s were agonisingly knocked out of the Scottish Cup on penalty flicks at the Semi-Final stage to eventual cup winners Grange.  But their efforts from last season have made the M1s determined to try and reach the Final for this season.  Their opponents are Hillhead, who similarly to the girls, have already played in league competition last week – the scoreline being 1-1 that day.

M2s vs. Madras College FP 1s (12.00 noon, A); M3s vs. Grange 5s (12.30pm, H); L2s vs. Edinburgh University 1s (2.00pm, H); L3s vs. Kelburne 1s (2.00pm, A); L4s vs. Orkney 1s (12.30pm, A)

There are five other cup ties involving our Clydesdale and Clydesdale Western teams.  But the hardest tie will no doubt be for the L2s, who host a Women’s Scottish Cup tie to cup holders, Edinburgh University 1s from 2.00pm.  The L3s also face 1st XI opposition in Kelburne in the same competition – a 2.00pm PB at Glasgow Green.  The M3s have a home tie in the Scottish Reserve Cup against Grange 5s from 12.30pm.  The two biggest journeys will be for the L4s and M2s.  The L4s take the long trip to Inverness to face Orkney 1s from 12.30pm, whilst the M2s are visiting St Andrews to take on Madras College FP 1s (12.00 noon PB).

Best of luck to all of our teams – especially to those making the long journeys!

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography

M1s battle to secure point, L1s hit five past Grange EL – Weekend Review – 15th September

Clydesdale Western 1s 5-0 Grange EL 1s (Z Mason (2), A Logan, E McGregor, N Harkness)

Clydesdale Western 1st XI recorded their second win of the league season after putting five second half goals past Grange EL at Titwood.

After a goalless first half, ‘Dale Western hit with devastating effect, as youngster Zara Mason scored two goals.  Anna Logan, Emma McGregor and Naomi Harkness were the other goalscorers as the home side sailed to a comprehensive victory.

The L1s have now picked up seven points from a possible nine after three games.

Clydesdale 1s 1-1 Grange 1s (S Walker)

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Struan Walker’s reverse stick goal seven minutes from time earned his Clydesdale side a hard earned point against champions Grange at Titwood on Saturday.

In a contest that was not short of intensity and hard work, both teams went in goalless at half time despite having chances to open the scoring.  It was the away side who struck in a matter of second half seconds when a Grange forward squeezed a shot past Clydesdale debutant goalkeeper Sean Mahoney.  From then on, it was Grange who stepped up their efforts with some fast flowing attacking play but ultimately could not find a second goal.

Clydesdale held strong with a number of crucial interceptions, tackles and blocks and were rewarded for their defensive effort when David Clark and Struan Walker combined to create ‘Dale’s equaliser – the latter finding space on his reverse side to send an unerring shot into the bottom corner.

A frantic finish to the game ensued, but no team could find an eventual winner.  Both sides are still unbeaten in the league season after two games – Clydesdale have drawn both of their opening games.

M2s 0-4 Grange 3s; M3s 1-2 Hillhead 3s (A Bleach); M4s 1-0 Irvine 1s (R Bradley); L2s P-P Grove Menzieshill 2s; L3s 6-0 Edinburgh University 3s (H McNaught (3), G Green (3)); L5s 0-5 Ardrossan 1s – West District Cup

In the rest of Saturday’s games, the M2s fell to a 4-0 defeat to Grange 3s in the day’s first passback at Titwood.  Falling a goal behind at half time, proceedings failed to improve for the home side, as their Edinburgh opponents capitalised to score another three and take all three points.  The M3s suffered a similar fate, but went down to Hillhead 3s 2-1 at Old Anniesland – Ali Bleach scoring the away side’s only goal from a penalty corner.  The M4s picked up their first win of the season away to Irvine thanks to captain Russell Bradley scoring the game’s only goal.  In the ladies results, Helen McNaught and Gill Green both scored hattricks as the L3s ran out 6-0 winners at home to Edinburgh University 3s.  The L5s were sadly knocked out of the Women’s West District Cup after losing to a strong Ardrossan side 5-0 at Hutchesons’ Grammar School.

Plenty of games on tomorrow, so please do your best to get to ‘Dale and cheer on our guys and girls!

Photo credit: Andy Lovat