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L1s seal Gala Day place, M1s likely to miss out – Weekend Review – 19th/20th January

Saturday 19th January

M1s 8-6 Kelburne 1s; M1s 4-6 Grange 1s – Bell’s Sports Centre, Perth

Clydesdale Men’s 1s hopes of reaching the Semi Finals of Men’s National Indoor Division One Grand Play-Offs are all but over despite securing their league status for next season on Saturday at Bell’s Sports Centre, Perth.

With so much to play for, the M1s had the opportunity to effectively secure their stay in MNIL 1 for next season in their first crossover match.  A win against Kelburne would have given them a six point advantage as well as a superior goal difference over their opponents with two crossover games remaining.  And they duly succeeded with an 8-6 win in the contest.  This was despite being 3-2 down at half time, as the ‘Dale scored six times in the second half to seal the three points.  Struan Walker was at his devastating best after he notched a hat-trick in the match.

Clydesdale needed to secure another win, this time against Grange to put themselves in second place of their crossover group.  But the M1s lost 6-4 to the Edinburgh side, despite goals twice coming from Walker and a single goal each for Chris McFadden and Dean Baber.  Grange have now opened a three point lead in second place, with Clydesdale’s only hopes of securing second place being a win against Grove Menzieshill coupled with a Kelburne win over Grange.

The M1s safety in MNIL 1 was officially confirmed after Menzieshill’s 11-2 win over Kelburne.

L6s 2-8 GHK 4s (R Brown, C McKaig)

Clydesdale Western 6s remain four points away from safety in Women’s West District Division Three after suffering defeat to GHK 4s at Old Anniesland.

The L6s were powerless to stop the west end side in their win despite goals for ‘Dale Western 6s coming from Rachel Brown and Claire McKaig.  The L6s remain bottom of WWD 3 having suffered their sixth defeat in a row this season.

Sunday 20th January

L1s 5-1 CALA Edinburgh 1s; L1s 2-2 Watsonians 1s (L1s won 2-1 on running pens) – Bell’s Sports Centre, Perth

Clydesdale Western 1s booked a place in the Women’s Grand Indoor Play-Off Final after a tense running penalties victory over Watsonians at Bell’s on Sunday.

The L1s were 1-0 up in the Semi Final through Kayleigh Justice, but the Edinburgh side hit back with two goals.  ‘Dale Western equalised through Justice again and that was how the contest finished after 40 minutes.  The running penalties were deadlocked at 1-1 going into sudden death, with Margery Justice scoring the L1s goal.  And she was to be the hero of the day when she converted her sudden death attempt to put Clydesdale Western through to the Final at Watsonians expense.

‘Dale Western will face Dundee Wanderers in the Play-Off Final of Women’s National Indoor Division One on Saturday 2nd February as part of Scottish Hockey’s Indoor Gala Day at Bell’s.

Earlier in the day, the L1s completed their crossover games by beating CALA Edinburgh 5-1.

L2s 1-4 Inverleith 1s (9.15am); L2s 2-6 Granite City Wanderers 1s (12.55pm) – Dundee International Sports Centre (DISC), Dundee

Clydesdale Western 2s lost their first two crossover games in Women’s National Indoor Division Two on Sunday at DISC.

The L2s went down 4-1 and 6-2 to Inverleith and Granite City Wanderers respectively.  The results mean the L2s drop to third in their crossover group.  Their hopes of reaching the Semi-Finals of the Promotion Play-Offs are still intact – this will require a win against Kelburne alongside an Inverleith win against Granite City Wanderers next Sunday.  ‘Dale Western 2s can not promote from WNIL 2, however, as the league they are in is as high as they are allowed to play in.

L5s 0-2 Kelburne 3s

Clydesdale Western 5s missed out on the chance to go second in Women’s West District Division Two after defeat to Kelburne 3s at Glasgow Green.

The L5s were heading into the game on the back of three straight wins and five from their last seven league games.  But they were helpless in stopping their Paisley opponents scoring two unanswered goals as they left Glasgow National Hockey Centre emptied handed.

The result leaves ‘Dale Western 5s two points off second place, but having played a game or two extra than their opponents around them.

Well done again to Clydesdale Western 1st XI for securing a place in the Grand Indoor Play-Off Final.  Quick mention as well to Craig Bradley, Russell Bradley and Karl Richmond for their efforts on Saturday. The 3s, 4s and 5s captains organised an inter-club round robin tournament for over 40 players last Saturday. Excellent hockey was played by all which saw many stay behind after for drinks and pizza – well done!

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography

Weekend Preview – 19th/20th January

Crunch time for both M1s and L1s indoor teams who feature in our ‘Weekend Preview’.

Saturday 19th January

M1s vs. Kelburne 1s (10.10am); M1s vs. Grange 1s (12.55pm) – Bell’s Sports Centre, Perth

Clydesdale Men’s 1s start their round of crossover games in Men’s National Indoor Division One at Bell’s Sports Centre, Perth.

Following a draw and a win last Saturday, ‘Dale finished fifth in MNIL 1 to place themselves in a crossover group with league leaders, Grove Menzieshill 1s.  Their other opposition are Kelburne 1s, who the M1s play in their first game of the day from 10.10am, and Grange 1s, their second and final game of the day from 12.55pm.

The unpredictability of the crossover games means Clydesdale could qualify for a Semi-Final place in Indoor’s Grand Finals if they pick up a series of positive results from their next three games.  On the flip side, however, results going against ‘Dale could also see them drop into a Relegation Play-Off place.

The M1s have three points in their name going into the crossover games.  Points achieved against opposition from your respective group in the initial league season gets carried into the crossover pool.  The three points achieved were against Kelburne 1s back in the start of December following a 9-2 win.  But the following weekend, the boys were humbled 9-5 by their other opponents for tomorrow, Grange 1s.

L6s vs. GHK 4s (2.00pm, A)

Clydesdale Western 6s play away at Old Anniesland to GHK 4s in Women’s West District Division Three from 2.00pm.

The L6s are having a difficult time of it in the league.  They only have four points to their name from twelve games, and are four points adrift of safety.

The L6s were given an 8-1 hammering for the second time to Glasgow University 4s last week.  This could be their best hopes of picking up points in Saturday’s clash given their opposition, GHK 4s, are just above the L6s by two points in the league table.

Despite the results, Rachel Brewer’s side are mainly made up of young girls who are consistently improving their game each week and will be keen to turn their season around to avoid the dreaded drop.

Sunday 20th January

L1s vs. CALA Edinburgh 1s (10.55am); L1s vs. Watsonians 1s (1.15pm) – Bell’s Sports Centre, Perth

Clydesdale Western 1s will book a place at Scottish Hockey’s Indoor Gala Day if they can beat Watsonians in their Play-Off Semi Final meeting in Women’s National Indoor Division One on Sunday.

The L1s booked their Semi Final place following wins in their crossover group against Grove Menzieshill 1s and Edinburgh University 1s.  The girls took spot following results elsewhere and will play second in the other crossover group – which incidentally was Watsonians 1s.

‘Dale Western will first have to complete formalities in the crossover group by playing CALA Edinburgh 1s from 10.55am at Bell’s Sports Centre.  The L1s will then take on Watsonians 1s from 1.15pm in their bid to regain last season’s indoor title.  The two sides met in the league games, which saw Clydesdale Western prevail to a 4-1 win back at the start of January.

The winner of the Semi Final will then qualify for Scottish Hockey’s Indoor Gala Day on Saturday 2nd February at Bell’s Sports Centre.

L2s vs. Inverleith 1s (9.15am); L2s vs. Granite City Wanderers 1s (12.55pm) – Dundee International Sports Centre (DISC), Dundee

Clydesdale Western 2s will start their crossover group in Women’s National Indoor Division Two at DISC on Sunday.

The L2s will face Inverleith 1s from 9.15am, before taking on Granite City Wanderers at 12.55pm.  The L2s already have six points to their name, so a win against either Inverleith or Granite City Wanderers 1s will most likely assure them of a Semi Final place in the Grand Play-Offs in WNIL 2.

‘Dale Western 2s can not promote from WNIL 2, however, as the league they are in is as high as they are allowed to play in.

L5s vs. Kelburne 3s (1.30pm, A)

Clydesdale Western 5s will hope a win against Kelburne 3s at Glasgow Green on Sunday can lift them into the promotion spots in Women’s West District Division Two.

The L5s have had a superb run of form of late.  Five wins from their last seven league games – including currently three wins in a row – have taken the L5s up to third in the league, only goal difference behind Uddingston 2s.

Trish Lonergan’s side, who were impressive in their win against Giffnock 1s last week, will be reliant on results elsewhere in order to go second by the end of their game against Kelburne 3s, which starts at 1.15pm.

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography

L1s qualify for Indoor Semis, M1s bounce back at DISC – 12th/13th January – Weekend Review

Saturday 12th January

M1s 3-3 Dundee Wanderers 1s; M1s 7-4 Dunfermline Carnegie 1s – Dundee International Sports Centre (DISC), Dundee

Clydesdale Men’s 1s bounced back from a testing start to Men’s National Indoor Division One for the season by taking four out of a possible six points in their two games at DISC last Saturday.

The M1s had only picked up three points, but had lost four from their first five games going into their clashes with Dundee Wanderers 1s and Dunfermline Carnegie 1s.  The boys duly responded with a hard fought display against Wanderers to take a point in a 3-3 draw.  But the Titwood side were ultimately left thinking what could have been after fighting back from a 2-0 deficit to lead 3-2 until the final minute of the contest.  Goals from Struan Walker, Chris McFadden and Gordon Amour looked set to give ‘Dale all three points until Wanderers equalised in a barnstorming finish which could have seen both sides win the contest after the sixth goal of the match.

The second game of the day was more conclusive when the M1s beat Dunfermline Carnegie 1s 7-4.  Walker scored two as did Ciaran Crawford, whilst there was a goal each from McFadden, Dean Baber and David Nairn.  The results mean Clydesdale finished fifth in MNIL 1 after the first round of games going into the crossover groups.  The opposition for the crossover groups are to be confirmed in due course.

M2s 0-3 Uddingston 2s; M2s 10-9 Dunfermline Carnegie 2s – Forthbank Performance Sports Centre, Stirling

Clydesdale Men’s 2s hopes of promoting from Men’s Regional Indoor Division One are all but over after falling to a defeat in the first of two games last Saturday at Forthbank.

The M2s going into last Saturday’s games realistically needed to win all of their games up to the end of the season in order to promote.  But the boys fell to a 3-0 defeat against Uddingston 2s in their first game on Saturday.  The M2s did recover, however, by claiming a narrow 10-9 win over Dunfermline Carnegie 2s.  All the more impressive given the M2s have played the whole indoor season without a goalkeeper.

‘Dale 2s now have one more weekend to finish the season on the 26th January with a triple header against Grange 2s, Western Wildcats 2s and Hillhead 2s.

M5s 0-0 Dumfries 2s; L5s 5-2 Giffnock 1s (E Murray, Z Monaghan, A Lonergan, L Halley, K Meikle)

Clydesdale Western 5s jumped up to third in Women’s West District Division Two following their 5-2 home win against Giffnock 1s at Titwood.  The L5s fell behind to a Giffnock penalty corner, but a fantastic team peformance saw Trish Lonergan’s side comeback in style.  Emma Murray – arguably the player of the match – got the L5s back on level terms after smashing in an equaliser from a counter attack to bring the home team level at half time.  From then on ‘Dale Western 5s took over in a near one sided second period which saw goals from various combinations.  Youngster Rachel Brown assisted another youngster in Zoe Monaghan who gave the L5s a 2-1 lead, before Annie Lonergan tucked home a third.  Annie Lonergan was involved in goal four after exchanging passes with Lauren Halley, which saw the latter sweep in to make it 4-1.  Katrina Meikle then placed a fifth to seal the win even despite Giffnock scoring a second goal a few minutes from time.

Clydesdale Men’s 5s battled to a point in their re-arranged fixture away to Dumfries 2s.  Despite having no goalkeeper, the M5s kept the home side at bay for the full 70 minutes but could not forage a goal as both sides played out a 0-0 draw.  The M5s remain tenth in Men’s West District Division Three on ten points.

Sunday 13th January

L1s 6-2 Grove Menzieshill 1s; L2s 4-2 Edinburgh University 1s – Bell’s Sports Centre, Perth

Clydesdale Western 1st XI secured wins in their first two crossover games at Bell’s Sports Centre in Women’s National Indoor Division One to seal a place in the Indoor Grand Play-Off Semi-Finals.

The L1s went into a group featuring Grove Menzieshill 1s, Edinburgh University 1s and CALA Edinburgh 1s knowing two wins in their first two games would have clinched a final four place.  And they did not disappoint as they put Menzieshill 1s to the sword with a 6-2 victory.  Kayleigh Justice was in goalscoring form, collecting four to her name whilst sister Margery and Millie Steiger scored a goal each.

The L1s then fought back from a goal down to Edinburgh University 1s to win 4-2.  Margery Justice got a goal again as did Laura Mann and Susie Gillman in the first half.  Steiger made sure of the win in the second half, despite ‘Dale Western conceding a second.

Clydesdale Western will play CALA Edinburgh 1s in their final crossover game before contesting the Semi-Final – opposition to be confirmed in due course.

L2s 3-1 Bon Accord 1s; L2s 3-6 Dundee Wanderers 2s; L2s 1-8 Inverleith 1s – DISC, Dundee

Clydesdale Western 2s had a mixed day in their triple bill in Women’s National Indoor Division Two at DISC.

The L2s started well, securing a 3-1 win against Bon Accord 1s to give them their third win in the league.  But they matched that number in defeats as ‘Dale Western 2s lost their next two games on the day.  The girls went down 6-3 to Dundee Wanderers 2s before suffering an 8-1 loss to Inverleith 1s.  The L2s are now fourth in WNIL 2 with ten points.

L6s 1-8 Glasgow University 4s (A Sturgess)

Clydesdale Western 6s hopes of staying in Women’s West District Division Three have become more challenging after a home hammering to Glasgow University 4s.

The L6s were unable to stop a powerful attacking performance from a GU side pushing for promotion to Division Two.  The L6s conceded eight goals but got one in consolation through Anne Sturgess.  Results around the L6s have also gone against them, leaving them four points adrift of safety from relegation.

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography

Weekend Preview – 12th/13th January

Our second ‘Weekend Preview’ of 2019 sees us welcome back our outdoor teams to action.  All four national league indoor teams are also in action over the weekend.

Saturday 12th January

M1s vs. Dundee Wanderers 1s (10.10am); M1s vs. Dunfermline Carnegie 1s (2.45pm) – Dundee International Sports Centre (DISC), Dundee

Clydesdale Men’s 1s return to indoor action with two games in Men’s National Indoor Division One at DISC.

The M1s have had a difficult start in MNIL 1, having lost four games from five – the other being a win against Kelburne – to leave them seventh in the eight team league.

The boys have two more games before the league is split into crossover groups, so a big emphasis will be pushed into collecting as many points from Saturday’s games.  First up is Dundee Wanderers 1s from 10.10am, before taking on Dunfermline Carnegie 1s at 2.45pm.  Wanderers are sitting above ‘Dale in sixth courtesy of goal difference, whilst Carnegie are a point ahead of the other two respective sides in fifth place.

M2s vs. Uddingston 2s (12.55pm); M2s vs. Dunfermline Carnegie 2s (4.35pm) – Forthbank Performance Sports Centre, Stirling

Clydesdale Men’s 2s will hope to collect another six points at Forthbank Sports Centre on Saturday in their bid to promote from Men’s Regional Indoor Division One.

The M2s have picked up maximum points from five of their six games and a point from the other against fellow promotion candidates, Glasgow University 1s.  The M2s, who sit third in the twelve team league, will take on Uddingston 2s from 12.55pm before playing the final game of the day against Dunfermline Carnegie 2s at 4.35pm.

M5s vs. Dumfries 2s (2.30pm, A); L5s vs. Giffnock 1s (2.30pm, H)

Clydesdale Men’s 5s return to outdoor action on Saturday when they played their re-arranged fixture against Dumfries 2s.  The M5s, in Men’s West District Division Three, are sitting tenth in a twelve team league and are in need of some points to reach a respectable mid-table finish.  Karl Richmond’s side will be playing away to Dumfries 2s (2.30pm PB) having already re-arranged the fixture for a third time this season – the other two occasions were called off due to a waterlogged pitch.

Clydesdale Western 5s play their first outdoor fixture of 2019 at home to Giffnock 1s from 2.30pm.  Despite a difficult start following promotion to Women’s West District Division Two, the L5s have picked up thirteen from a possible eighteen points to lift themselves into fifth place in the league.  Trish Lonergan’s side are now three points off a promotion place going into Saturday’s game with the league’s bottom side, Giffnock 1s.

Sunday 13th January

L1s vs. Grove Menzieshill 1s (11.05am); L1s vs. Edinburgh University (3.40pm) – Bell’s Sports Centre, Perth

Clydesdale Western 1s play their first crossover games in Women’s National Indoor Division One at Bell’s Sports Centre on Sunday.

The L1s are in a pool with Grove Menzieshill 1s, Edinburgh University 1s and CALA Edinburgh 1s, carrying over the points they earned against the respective teams from the first round of games during the season.  Having picked up three points against all three teams earlier, the girls give themselves a great chance of making the Grand Play-Off Semi-Finals.

However, they will need to make sure they finish top two of their pool and they open with fixtures against Grove Menzieshill 1s from 11.05am, before taking on Edinburgh University 1s, 3.40pm PB.

L2s vs. Bon Accord 1s (11.30am); L2s vs. Dundee Wanderers 2s (2.15pm); L2s vs. Inverleith 1s (5.00pm) – DISC, Dundee

Clydesdale Western 2s have a triple header of games on Sunday at DISC in Women’s National Indoor Division Two.

The L2s take on Bon Accord 1s from 11.30am before facing Dundee Wanderers 2s at 2.15pm.  ‘Dale Western 2s then finish the final game of the day at 5.00pm against Inverleith 2s.  The L2s are currently third in the eight team league.

L6s vs. Glasgow University 4s (2.00pm, H)

Clydesdale Western 6s also recommence their Women’s West District Division Three season at home to Glasgow University 4s.

The L6s are badly in need of points, sitting bottom of the league and two points adrift of safety going into their outdoor league match against promotion chasing Glasgow Uni 4s on Sunday.

Photo credit: Rhona Weir

Double indoor wins for L1s & M2s – Weekend Review – 5th/6th January

M2s 13-0 Dundee Wanderers 3s; M2s 8-5 Stirling Wanderers 1s – Dundee International Sports Centre, Dundee

Clydesdale Men’s 2s returned to indoor action in 2019 by securing two wins at Dundee International Sports Centre (DISC) on Saturday to keep on course for promotion from Men’s Regional Indoor Division One.

The M2s got off to a flyer when they dispatched Dundee Wanderers 3s by thirteen goals.  Going with six outfield players, the M2s found plenty of goalscorers in their side including youngster Christopher Richmond who begun the scoring spree right from the off.

The M2s made it two wins from two for the day when they saw off Stirling Wanderers.  Despite being at 5-5 midway through the second period, a close range finish from Sam Hayes propelled the boys forward to score another two unanswered goals to secure the three points.  The M2s sit third in Regional One, three points and a game in hand away from table toppers, Glasgow University 1s.

L1s 4-3 Grove Menzieshill 1s; L1s 4-1 Watsonians 1s – Dundee International Sports Centre, Dundee

Double wins for Clydesdale Western 1s ensured a second placed finish following the conclusion of round one in Women’s National Indoor Division One at DISC on Sunday.

The L1s followed up a 4-3 win over Grove Menzieshill 1s by comfortably seeing off Watsonians 1s 4-1 in their second game of the day.  The results mean the girls sit second in WNIL 1 going into next weekend’s crossover matches, three points behind league leaders, Dundee Wanderers 1s.

‘Dale Western 1s will be in a crossover group featuring Menzieshill, Edinburgh University and CALA Edinburgh.  Matches against these opposition will begin next Sunday at Bell’s Sports Centre, Perth.

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography