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Clydesdale Western 0-1 Edinburgh University – L1s narrowly lose Europe Play-Off Final

EuroHockey Club Challenge I – Edinburgh

Promotion Play-Off Final

Clydesdale Western 0-1 Edinburgh University

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.

Clydesdale Western squad for EuroHockey Club Challenge I – Edinburgh 2018 (Photo credit: Susie Gillman)

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!

Photo credit: Andy Lovat

Clydesdale Western vs. Edinburgh University – Monday 21st May – Match Preview

EuroHockey Club Challenge I – Edinburgh

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.

This will be the fourth time the two sides have met this season.  Following their two league games, in which both sides won their respective home games, ‘Dale Western and Uni also met in the Women’s National Play-Off Final eight days before Monday’s meeting – Edinburgh Uni were the winners that day after the Final entered running penalties.

The result of the Final will see the winner promote Scotland’s highest seeding for European competition next season a division up from Club Challenge I – which would be EuroHockey Club Trophy.

The girls will need as much of your support for Monday’s crucial game, so if you’re free, please do your utmost to attend!

Photo credit: Andy Lovat

Clydesdale Western 0-0 CUS Pisa – ‘Dale Western through to Promotion Play-Off Final

EuroHockey Club Challenge I – Edinburgh

Clydesdale Western 0-0 CUS Pisa

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!

Photo credit: Andy Lovat

Clydesdale Western vs. CUS Pisa – Match Preview – Sunday 20th May

EuroHockey Club Challenge I – Edinburgh

Clydesdale Western vs. CUS Pisa – 12.15pm PB – Peffermill, Edinburgh

Clydesdale Western play their final Pool match of EuroHockey Club Challenge I on Sunday against Italian seeds, CUS Pisa at Peffermill, 12.15pm PB.

A win and a loss in their first two games means that Clydesdale Western and the rest of Pool B in Club Challenge I have it all to play for in the third and final Matchday.

Clydesdale Western are currently 3rd in their pool.  The picture for ‘Dale Western is most likely to be clearer after the first match on Sunday between Braxgata HC and Gintra Strekte Uni HC.  If Braxgata win, then the girls only require a draw from their game against CUS Pisa to qualify for the Promotion Play Off game.  If Braxgata and Gintra both draw, then only a win will be enough for the girls.  A win for Gintra would probably be the worst case scenario for the L1s – it would mean the ‘Dale Western would have to win and win by a colossal amount of goals.

Whatever happens, the girls will need as much of your support for their final game in Pool B of EuroHockey Club Challenge I.  So please do your utmost to attend!

Photo credit: Andy Lovat

Clydesdale Western 0-4 Braxgata HC – ‘Dale Western lose Game 2 of Club Challenge I

EuroHockey Club Challenge I – Edinburgh

Clydesdale Western 0-4 Braxgata HC

Clydesdale Western lost in Matchday 2 of EuroHockey Club Challenge I at Peffermill yesterday as they were caught out by Braxgata HC’s blistering first quarter.

The girls who were buoyant mood before the game, following their win against Gintra Strekte Uni HC in their opening game the previous day, simply had no answer to their Belgian counterparts performance in the opening 15 mins of the contest.

After five minutes, in fact, ‘Dale Western were 3-0 down and conceded their fourth just before the end of the first quarter.  All four goals came from open play, with Braxgata scoring their first high into the net following a move down the right hand-side.  The next three goals that followed afterwards were tap ins at the back post.

Despite a disappointing start, the girls regrouped for the final three quarters and tried to force a way back in to the game through a couple of chances, most notably for Lexi Sabatelli.  Braxgata, however, almost stretched their lead as well but were kept at bay with saves from ‘keeper Jessica Buchanan.  And the 4-0 scoreline was how it was to remain as the girls now drop to 3rd in the table at Club Challenge I.

Their next game is on Sunday against Italian side, CUS Pisa, 12.15pm PB at Peffermill.

Unlucky on the result, girls.  Bring on Sunday, in which the club will be cheering you on!

Photo credit: Mark Pugh