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Weekend Preview – 21st/22nd September

We’re all set to go as the M1s, M2s, M5s, L1s, L2s, L3s & L6s get their league season underway. They will be joining the other four Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western teams who have already got their season underway. To find out more about this weekend’s games, please read our ‘Weekend Preview’ below.

M1s vs. Western Wildcats 1s – 4.00pm (H)

Clydesdale Men’s 1s begin their Men’s Premiership campaign on Saturday with a 4.00pm pushback at home to fierce rivals Western Wildcats.

The M1s will take on Wildcats in the newly branded Men’s Premiership as designed by Scottish Hockey. The branding is part of a wider initiative to bring the club game closer to the international game. One aspect of this campaign is a change in timing regulations – with four 17 and a half minute quarters now in force as opposed to two 35 minute periods.

There have been notable changes for the Men’s 1st XI going in to game one of the league season. Head Coach Ciaran Crawford will be without forward and a homegrown ‘Dale player in Patrick Lonergan, who has moved to Manchester. Incoming arrivals sees the return of Nigel Lucas from Edinburgh University, having represented ‘Dale in the first half of the 2017-18 season.

In addition to Lucas, the M1s also welcome defender Ben Wilson from Grove Menzieshill and Ali Douglas from Highland. Wilson was involved in Menzieshill’s EHL campaign in April of this year, whilst Douglas has had summer involvement with the Scotland U16 Boys squad. All three are expected to feature in tomorrow’s game as the M1s have near enough a full squad available.

In last season’s meetings, the M1s bounced back from a 2-0 home defeat in November, to take a point in a 1-1 draw a few weeks later at Auchenhowie. Wildcats went on to finish third in the table, whilst the M1s missed out on a top four Play-Off spot – a target that is keen to be achieved by Clydesdale Men’s 1s this season.

L1s vs. Hillhead 1s – 5.30pm (H)

Clydesdale Western 1st XI will hope to go one better this time round in the season as their Women’s Premiership campaign begins with a home fixture against Hillhead from 5.30pm.

Last season, the L1s missed out on both the league title and the Play-Off Final – losing 2-0 to Western Wildcats at Glasgow Green in April. Like the Men’s Premiership, the Women’s Premiership will be ‘like for like’ in their approach, meaning all games will be timed in quarters.

The L1s have had some ins and outs during the summer. Out sees Millie Brown, Ali Eadie and Georgie Smith leave Clydesdale Western, whilst Heather Howie has transferred to Dundee Wanderers due to work commitments. Incoming sees the return of Holly Steiger, who having completed her studies up north also achieved promotion to the Women’s Premiership with previous club Gordonians as captain. This season also sees the return of Ali Howie, who returns from a serious knee injury suffered at the end of the 2017-18 season. Howie has since called time on her Scotland career, but is in line for her first competitive game this Saturday in over 18 months.

Continuing our concentration on Saturday’s game, the L1s will be without Jen Eadie, who is injured, whilst Emma McGregor is unavailable. Youngster Annabel Ballantyne is in line for her ‘Dale Western 1s league debut after a successful involvement in last season’s EuroHockey Club Challenge I.

M2s vs. Kelburne 2s – 1.30pm (A); M4s vs. Kelburne 5s – 1.00pm (H); M5 vs. Kelburne 6s – 11.30am (H)

L2s vs. Hillhead 2s – 3.30pm (A); L3s vs. Grove Menzieshill 2s – 1.00pm (A); L5s vs. East Kilbride 1s – 2.30pm (H); L6s vs. Hillhead 4s – 12.30pm (A)

Sunday – Women’s West District Cup Round One – L4s vs. Kelburne 3s – 2.00pm (H); L5s vs. Glasgow Accies 2s – 2.30pm (A)

Another nine games this weekend for our Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western teams. Our Men’s teams will simply be involved against Kelburne, whilst there are cup matches for the L4s & L5s on Sunday.

The M2s get their season in Men’s Regional Division One underway with an away fixture to Kelburne 2s from 1.30pm. The M2s had, by their standards from the previous season, a disappointing 2018-19 finishing second bottom of the league. With the addition of three M1s players, the M2s will hopefully be stronger along with extra experience gained in the younger players. The M4s will be aiming to pick up their first points of the season when they host Kelburne 5s from 1.00pm in Men’s West District Division Two. Before that game, the M5s will start their Men’s West District Division Three campaign off at home to Kelburne 6s from 11.30am.

The L2s and L3s begin another season in Women’s Championship Division One, whilst the L6s also get underway. The L2s are away at Upper Windyedge from 3.30pm to play newly promoted Hillhead 2s, whilst the L3s visit Dundee to play Grove Menzieshill 2s from 1.00pm. Similarly to the Men’s 2s, both the L2s & L3s will hopefully benefit from new arrivals not only to the L1s squad but to their own respective squads with new and returning faces aplenty.

The L6s are away in Women’s West District Three to play Hillhead 4s (12.30pm), whilst the L5s in the Division above are at home to East Kilbride 1s from 2.30pm. The L5s are then in action the following day in the First Round of the Women’s West District Cup away to Glasgow Accies 2s from 2.30pm. The L4s are at home in same competition to play Kelburne 3s from 2.00pm.

Photo credit: Rhona Weir

L4s win opener, M3s & M4s suffer losses – Weekend Review – 14th September

L4s 2-1 Glasgow Accies 1s (S McConnell, C Stirling)

A goal each from Shona McConnell and Cath Stirling gave Clydesdale Western 4s a win in their first game of the Women’s West District Division One campaign at home to Glasgow Accies 1s.

McConnell and Stirling gave the L4s a 2-0 lead at half time, before Accies pulled a goal back towards the end of the second half.  Despite this goal, the home side saw out the victory in their opening game of the season.

It was the away side who started the brighter, with chances coming from penalty corners although L4s goalkeeper Laura Fyfe was up to the task of saving anything on target.  The L4s eventually settled, with Emma Murray, Catherine Clark, Zoe Monaghan and Ann Menzies becoming a larger influence on the game.  McConnell would start the scoring from open play, before Stirling deflected a Lorna Blair penalty corner high into the net.

The second half was a better start from the L4s, who were close to building on their two-goal lead via Stirling, Iona Denholm and Claire McKaig.  Equally, there were excellent defensive efforts from ‘Dale Western 4s midway through the second period from Kirstin McArthur, Patricia Lonergan and Aisha Rasul.  However, the home side’s defence were eventually breached when Accies 1s scored from open play with less than ten minutes remaining.  Piling on the pressure, Accies 1s did their utmost to force an equaliser, but a solid defensive shape through hardwork saw Clydesdale Western 4s over the line.

M3s 1-3 Uddingston 3s (R Harris)

Clydesdale Men’s 3s lost their second game in a row in Men’s West District Division One, going down 3-1 away to Uddingston 3s – despite an M3s debut goal from Rory Harris.

The latest result for the M3s follows last weekend’s defeat to Western Wildcats 3s, meaning Craig Bradley’s side will have a wait to collect their first points of the season.

It was a disappointing start for the M3s, who conceded a sloppy deflected goal from an Uddingston 3s penalty corner.  But an excellent press saw the away side pick possession from an Uddy defensive hit out. Harris intercepting the ball before slotting a tidy finish low into the right corner.  But the home side retained their lead before half time to lead 2-1 at the break.

Uddingston then doubled their lead into the second half, deflecting in another penalty corner.  Clydesdale 3s did their best to step up to force a goal back and had a few chances, most notably from Mitchell Pritchard who put in another decent performance for the M3s.  Harris, again, had another set of chances, but was unable to take them despite, similarly to Pritchard, having a decent game on debut.  The home side saw out the game to seal three points, and at times could have walked away with a bigger scoreline had it not been for some crucial saves from M3s ‘keeper Dougie Mann.

M4s 2-13 Kelburne 4s (L Forsyth, A Cox)

Clydesdale Men’s 4s had a simply forgettable day after suffering a very heavy defeat to a strong Kelburne 4s side at Linwood.

Despite a goal from Logan Forsyth and Andrew Cox, the M4s struggled to contain a Kelburne 4s side featuring ex-Scotland international Chris Nelson.  Not helping matters further saw the M4s without the services of Martin Slater who was taken off following a serious looking head injury very early on.

In total, the Paisley side managed to score thirteen goals, despite an excellent finish from Forsyth, who smashed it forehand into the bottom left corner.  Forsyth was on hand for goal two, winning a penalty flick, which was expertly converted by another youngster in Andrew Cox.

The 13-2 defeat means the M4s, like the M3s, lost their second league game in a row in Men’s West District Division Two.

Photo credit: Rhona Weir

Weekend Preview – 14th September

Three teams are in action this weekend – which coincidentally will be the final weekend before all eleven Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western teams take to the field on the same weekend.

As well as this, the club will be hosting the ‘Clydesdale Beach Party’ – details for this are at the end of the ‘Weekend Preview’.

M3s vs. Uddingston 3s – 3.00pm (A)

Clydesdale Men’s 3s will hope to pick up their first points of the season when they visit Uddingston 3s for a 3.00pm pushback in Men’s West District Division One.

The M3s were arguably unfortunate to have gone home empty handed last week after their narrow 0-1 loss to Western Wildcats 3s – especially after a top performance from makeshift goalkeeper Matthew Lonergan.

There were a number of notable absentees from last weekend who now return to action including M3s captain Craig Bradley, veteran Ali Bleach and goalkeeper Dougie Mann. It will predictably be a tough game against an Uddingston 3s side which are expected to be similar to the M3s, with a blend of youth and experience in their squad.

M4s vs. Kelburne 4s – 2.00pm (A)

Clydesdale Men’s 4s play Kelburne 4s at Linwood, 2.00pm pushback, with an aim to bounce back from a difficult opening start last weekend.

Coinciding with the M3s, the M4s were also missing a number of notable faces in their 1-5 defeat to East Kilbride last Saturday. This included the call of a recognisable goalkeeper, with the M4s playing eleven outfield.

No such problems for Saturday, as ‘keeper Graham Bryson returns to action, whilst Donald Amour is one of six adults looking to guide a number of young prospects through what will no doubt be an entertaining tussle with Kelburne 4s in Men’s West District Division Two.

L4s vs. Glasgow Accies 1s – 4.00pm (H)

Clydesdale Western 4s are in action for the first time this season in Women’s West District Division One, hosting Glasgow Accies for a 4.00pm pushback.

The L4s will once again be led by Marg Taylor who, along with a number of hockey veteran acquaintances, will look to lead through the latest crop of talented and upcoming ‘Dale Western youngsters.

Last season, the L4s finished 3rd in Women’s West District Division One, taking 26 points in the process. Whilst Glasgow Accies 1s, their opponents on Saturday, ended a place higher with a gap of eleven points in their favour.

The two sides also met in last season’s Scottish Women’s District Plate Final in May at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre – Cath Stirling scored both goals in a 2-0 win for Clydesdale Western 4s.

CLYDESDALE BEACH PARTY – KICK START THE SEASON BY SAYING GOODBYE TO THE SUMMER!

After the completion of games on Saturday, the club would like ALL members to do their best to attend the club’s first social of the season – the Clydesdale Beach Party!

To say goodbye to the summer (if you call it that!), the M2s and L5s are organising a night for all to enjoy. 7.00pm start, and do your best to come in as much beach wear as possible. Hawaiian shirts, shorts, sunglasses, hats…you name it!

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography

L5s leave it late as Lorna lashes winner – Weekend Review – 7th September

L5s 1-0 Argyle 1s (L Blair)

Clydesdale Western 5s got their league campaign off to a winning start thanks to a late winner from the returning Lorna Blair away to Argyle 1s.

A strong L5s squad had the majority of play throughout their Women’s West District Division Two clash, but were struggling to find the killer instinct to take maximum points. Such was their domination, that the L5s goalkeeper was becoming a mere spectator to her teammates continuous attacking attempts.

But just as it looked like Trish Lonergan’s side would leave with just a point, Blair – playing her first game in well over three years – struck a late penalty corner two minutes from time to give the away side a lead, which not long after turned into a deserved three points.

M3s 0-1 Western Wildcats 3s

Clydesdale Men’s 3s narrowly lost by a single goal margin in an entertaining contest against Western Wildcats 3s at Auchenhowie.

With many players missing, including a recognised goalkeeper, the M3s put in a top shift, especially with Matthew Lonergan playing as a makeshift goalkeeper and youngster Andrew Cox acquitting himself well on his 3s debut.

It was the M3s who started the stronger side, causing the home side some initial problems with penetrating runs down the right from Ruairidh Callaghan and Anish Amin – a recent return following his completion of studies. Both teams did have chances in the opening period, but both failed to convert any of them.

Ten minutes into the second period, Wildcats 3s opened the scoring, having put the ball in at the third attempt of asking after Lonergan’s great double save were in vain to keep a clean sheet. The M3s stepped up their intention to force a goal but were unable to score any of the chances they conjured up after the home side’s goal. And this was how it would finish, as the M3s began their Men’s West District Division One campaign with a loss.

M4s 1-5 East Kilbride 1s (M Macaulay)

A goalkeeper-less Clydesdale Men’s 4s side suffered an opening day defeat in Men’s West District Division Two to East Kilbride at Duncanrig High School.

Similarly to the M3s, the M4s were unable to call on a number of players due to various unavailability including the services of a regular ‘keeper. Despite that, the ‘Dale 4s had a mix of youth and experience which will likely be the norm throughout the course of the season.

The M4s, without a goalkeeper, conceded five simple goals after a nearly an hour of hard fought play. And having put in a decent persevering performance, the away side got a consolation goal from young M4s debutant Myles Macaulay with 16 minutes remaining. The home side did, however, see out the remainder of the game to leave the M4s empty handed.

Weekend Preview – 7th September

As previously mentioned, there are still a couple of more weeks to go before our 1s, 2s and Ladies 3s teams are in league action. But we have another six Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western teams in West District league competitions, with three of those six playing their league openers tomorrow.

M3s vs. Western Wildcats 3s – 12.00 noon (A)

Clydesdale Men’s 3s begin a new edition of Men’s West District Division One when they visit Auchenhowie to take on Western Wildcats 3s from 12.00 noon.

After a split division last season due to a late change in league structure, there were two West District One divisions – Division 1A and 1B. For this season, following the recovery of Men’s Regional Division Two, the top division of the Men’s West District league will now consist of 10 teams, who will play each other home and away.

From last season’s results and final placing, it was a case of a great recovery after what was a considerably difficult start to the season for the M3s. Craig Bradley remains in captaincy charge for the 2019-20 season and will continue to mix selection with a blend of younger players, such as Ruairidh Callaghan who made considerable impressions last season, and the older experienced heads from the likes of Peter Justice and Ali Bleach who have over 50 years experience of the sport between them.

The M3s and Wildcats 3s have not played each other since the back of 2017-18 season, having not played each other last season as each team were placed in the opposite split of Men’s West District Division One.

M4s vs. East Kilbride 1s – 12.00 noon (A)

Clydesdale Men’s 4s will start their campaign in Men’s West District Division Two with an away fixture at Duncanrig High School against East Kilbride 1s, 12.00 noon start.

The M4s will play two more games in comparison to the M3s, as their league consists of 11 teams, playing each other home and away. But something that was similar to the M3s was how the M4s got on last season. A difficult start brought a consistent finish, to leave the M4s safely in mid table of Division Two.

The M4s will have their regular experienced players, such as Martin Slater and Ian Hall, who will continue to share their significant hockey knowledge to guide our regular intake of younger players throughout the course of the 2019-20 season.

L5s vs. Argyle 1s – 2.00pm (A)

Clydesdale Western 5s begin their second season in Women’s West District Division Two away to Argyle 1s from 2.00pm.

After securing promotion from Women’s West District Division Three in 2017-18, you would have been forgiven for thinking that Trish Lonergan’s side would have endured a difficult season up a division. But the 2018-19 season turned out to be an excellent effort from the L5s, who finished 5th (out of eleven teams) after taking 31 points.

If the L5s can turn out a consistent team as they did last season, they will no doubt have the potential to continue their rise. Trish Lonergan, who will continue her role as captain, will aim to bring through the next batch of potential youths. Keeping with the theme of the teams that play in West District leagues, the L5s will have, alongside the younger players, a host of senior players including the return of ex-Scotland internationalist Lorna Blair (née Dobbie).

Blair has been out of action for a number of years due to injury and work commitments, but her return for the 2019-20 season will no doubt be a boost to Lonergan’s side in their bid to compete in Women’s West District Division Two.

The L5s and Argyle 1s ironically locked horns at a similar stage of last season, drawing 0-0 at the start of September 2018. The L5s won the return match 1-0 later on in the season.

Photo credit: Mark Pugh