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Fireworks Night – Saturday 2nd November

Clydesdale Cricket & Hockey Club proudly presents our Annual Family Fireworks Extravaganza on Saturday 2nd November.

We’re working hard to make this even more fun and exciting than before, with bigger ‘bangs’, more food and more fun!  All funds raised go towards improving the club facilities, so please buy your tickets ASAP and get involved in what should be a fantastic community event.

Mr. Amazing – The Magician will kick off the day from 3.00pm entertaining the kids.  There will be street food vans, we will be selling glow toys and toasting marshmallows and will have live entertainment in the clubhouse after the event, when the kids are away to bed or want to have a dance.

Please leave your cars at home and stretch your legs!

It will be a busy night so please buy your tickets in advance via our partner Ticketlight.  Please use this link to purchase your tickets.  Ticket prices are £7.50 for adults and £4.00 for kids under the age of 16.  All kids must be accompanied by an adult.

Juniors – Sunday 6th October

It was a busy day for Clydesdale’s junior hockey players on Sunday.  Our Boys U15 and Girls U16 teams played 11-a-side matches vs. Kelburne and the U10s and U14s took part in the West District Festival at Auchenhowie.

Clydesdale Western Girls U16s played away at Linwood and had a competitive game against Kelburne, despite losing 0-4 to a well organised opposition.  It was a great opportunity to get players playing against their own age group and the club will look to organise more games for girls in the near future.

Clydesdale Boys U15 team started their West District Development League season with a 3-3 draw against Kelburne’s Boys U15 at Titwood.  There was plenty of skill on display from both teams, but Kelburne found themselves 3-0 up deep into the second half – Clydesdale rallied back late to draw 3-3.  The two teams then set up for running penalties, with the Paisley side securing a 4-1 win in the shoot out.

Big thanks to Marnie and Colin Moulson for looking after the two teams, and also to Sandy Craig for umpiring.

Big thanks also to Sandy. Steffi Geary and Sarah Lonergan who were up early on Sunday at Auchenhowie with the U10s and U14s.  In total, 28 Clydesdale juniors took part in this event and enjoyed a great run out despite the rather damp conditions!

The next set of festivals are for the U8s and U12s and are on Sunday October 20th at the Glasgow National Hockey Centre, being hosted by Glasgow School of Sport.

Weekend Preview – 5th October

It’s a busy weekend as all eleven Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western teams are in action for the first time together on Saturday. There are some big clashes too, so to find out more please read below.

L1s vs. Western Wildcats 1s – 3.30pm (H)

Clydesdale Western 1s host Western Wildcats 1s at Titwood on Saturday, 3.30pm PB, in a game that will provide a stern test for both sides in their bid to be champions of the Women’s Premiership.

Both ‘Dale Western and Wildcats have two wins from their opening two games of the season and occupy the top two positions in the Women’s Premiership – the latter ahead having a one goal difference advantage.

Last season, the two teams met on the opening day of the season, drawing 2-2 at Auchenhowie before the L1s narrowly won the return fixture 2-1 at Titwood. Wildcats then stunned Clydesdale Western in the Women’s Grand Play-Off Final in April with a 2-0 win, despite finishing fourth in the league table – becoming the first side in the Men’s and Women’s competition to win the Play-Offs despite finishing as the lowest seeded team.

Notable inclusions in Derek Forsyth’s squad for the L1s include Ruth Moffett and a debut for Hannah MacDonald, who has impressed with performances in the 2nd XI.

M1s vs. Edinburgh University 1s – 2.30pm (A)

Clydesdale Men’s 1s visit Peffermill to take on Edinburgh University 1s in the Men’s Premiership for a 2.30pm PB – with both sides keen to put down a marker to be top four contenders this season.

The M1s and Uni 1s claimed their first wins of the league season last weekend, with the M1s thrashing Dundee Wanderers 7-0 at home whilst Edinburgh University claimed a 5-1 win away to Uddingston. ‘Dale 1s are a point ahead of tomorrow’s opponents going into their clash.

The previous season saw both sides claim home wins against the other. A Ewan Fraser double gave Ciaran Crawford’s side a 2-1 win in November last year, before Uni hit back in March 2019 with a 3-2 win at Peffermill – which would effectively go on to become a damaging defeat as Clydesdale missed out on a top four spot.

Scotland U21 internationalist David Nairn could make a return from a broken wrist, whilst youngster Ian King is line for a 1s debut following consistent showings in the 2nd XI.

M2s vs. Western Wildcats – 11.00am (A); M3s vs. Dumfries 1s – 12.30pm (H); M4s vs. Oban 1s – 12.10pm (A); M5s vs. Uddingston 5s – 1.30pm (H – HGS)

L2s vs. Stirling University 1s – 2.00pm (H); L3s vs. Watsonians 2s – 1.00pm (A); L4s vs. Hillhead 3s – 12.30pm (A); L5s vs. Ferguslie 1s – 12.30pm (A); L6s vs. GHK 4s – 3.00pm (H – HGS)

For the nine remaining Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western teams, most will be starting around the same time and four of the games will be at home.

The Men’s 2s will be hoping to continue their decent start to Men’s Regional Division One when they visit Auchenhowie to play Western Wildcats 2s at 11.00am. The M3s will host Dumfries 1s from 12.30pm in Men’s West District Division One, whilst the M4s will play at Hermitage Academy against Oban 1s from 12.10pm in Division Two. The M5s will take the field at Hutchesons’ Grammar School from 1.30pm in Division Three to play Uddingston 5s.

From the ladies side, the L2s will be aiming to bounce back from their 1-0 defeat to the L3s last weekend in Women’s Championship Division One. They host Stirling University 1s from 2.00pm, whilst the L3s – who incidentally have two wins from two – visit Watsonians 2s for a 1.00pm PB. The L4s and L5s pushback at the same time (12.30pm) in Women’s West District Division One and Two respectively. The L4s are at Jordanhill School to play Hillhead 3s, whilst the L5s are away to Ferguslie 1s. The L6s are on at Hutchesons’ Grammar School after the M5s from 3.00pm to play GHK 4s in Women’s West District Division Three.

Photo credit: Andy Lovat

M1s & L1s claim big wins – Weekend Review – 28th September

M1s 7-0 Dundee Wanderers 1s (A Allan (3), S Walker (3), A Douglas)

Match sponsor – Les Ingram-Brown

Clydesdale Men’s 1s recorded their first win of the Men’s Premiership season with a thumping victory over Dundee Wanderers at Titwood.

Having drawn from a winning position against Western Wildcats 1s the previous weekend, Head Coach Ciaran Crawford and his squad were keen to put things right with the visit of Wanderers – who incidentally were playing their first game of the season.

Clydesdale were delighted to have Michael Cox & Alfie Gill join the M1s as their team mascots on Saturday. Here they both are with the squad before the Wanderers clash. (Photo credit: Spencer Cox).

And Clydesdale duly delivered with an emphatic second half goalscoring display, adding a further five goals to a 2-0 half time scoreline. The main catalysts being forward Struan Walker and defender Andrew Allan, who both claimed hat-tricks on the day. There was also a first Clydesdale goal for new arrival Ali Douglas to cap off a great days work.

Walker started the scoring with a reverse stick shot, before Allan added a drag flicked penalty corner to give the M1s a comfortable lead at the break. Walker and Allan then doubled their respective tallies after halftime before Douglas deflected in an Antony Small swept pass for goal number five. Allan completed his hat-trick, again, with a drag flick before selflessly setting up Walker for his treble from another penalty corner. ‘Dale completed the game with a clean sheet to bargain, capping off an energetic and sound performance to give them four points from a possible six in the 2019-20 campaign.

L1s 6-0 Gordonians 1s (H Lang (2), L Sabatelli (2), N Harkness, L Paul)

Clydesdale Western 1s kept up their fine start to the Women’s Premiership season with a comfortable win at newly promoted Gordonians 1s.

Having seen off Hillhead with a fair amount of ease last Saturday, the L1s had the potentially unknown against a new Women’s Premiership side in Gordonians 1s – who play their hockey in Aberdeen.

But ‘Dale Western shook off any long travel concerns and mystery surrounding the opposition with a strong display, registering six goals – four of which came in the first quarter – and leaving the field with a clean sheet too. There were two goals each for forwards Heather Lang and Lexi Sabatelli, whilst Naomi Harkness and Laura Paul also added to the L1s scoreline.

The 6-0 win, alongside the opening day win against Hillhead, sets Clydesdale Western up nicely for the visit of Play-Off champions Western Wildcats for this coming Saturday.

L3s 1-0 L2s (H Walker)

Clydesdale Western 3s claimed a huge win against Clydesdale Western 2s in an early passback at Titwood in Women’s Championship Division One.

Both sides went in to the game having won their opening games of the season the weekend before. But the L3s scored an early goal, a Helen Walker short corner being inadvertently deflected in. The L2s pushed hard for an equaliser for the majority of the game, but the L3s experience showed as they held firm, whilst also having chances of their own to further stretch their lead.

The result sees the L3s make it two wins from two, whilst the L2s – who finished as runners up to Edinburgh University 2s last season – will be aiming to bounce back from this early setback to their season.

M2s 3-3 Watsonians 2s (D Henderson, I King, A Docherty)

Clydesdale Men’s 2nd XI rallied back from a two goal deficit to take a share of the points against an experienced Watsonians 2s side at Titwood in Men’s Regional Division One.

Having claimed a big win against Kelburne seven days before, the M2s started well and took a deserved lead when David Henderson reversed in from close range. But errors in defence and a clinical Watsonians 2s forward line, saw the visitors score three unanswered goals. But just before the half time whistle, Adam Docherty collected a loose ball in front of goal before squaring for Ian King to tap in.

Docherty then scored the M2s third ten minutes in to the second half with a composed finish – doubling his tally for the season – which was the cue for an immensely open encounter. Both sides were guilty of unforced errors and missing guilt edged chances, but ultimately neither could score the seventh goal of the game – arguably the fairest outcome as both teams maintained their unbeaten starts to the league season.

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography

Weekend Preview – 28th September

With this weekend being the September weekend holiday’s, there are no fixtures for those in the West District leagues. However, there are still four more fixtures on Saturday, with three of them taking place at home.

M1s vs. Dundee Wanderers 1s – 3.30pm (H)

Match sponsor – Les Ingram-Brown

Clydesdale Men’s 1s will hope to pick up their first win of the season when they welcome Dundee Wanderers 1s for a 3.30pm pushback in the Scottish Men’s Premiership.

The M1s missed out on the chance to collect maximum points last weekend, surrendering a 2-0 lead to draw 2-2 against Western Wildcats 1s. Dundee Wanderers 1s, who gained promotion from Men’s National Division Two last season, will be taking to the field for their first fixture of the 2019-20 season.

In terms of personnel, Clydesdale welcome back Sam Hayes and youngster Ben Galloway to Ciaran Crawford’s charges. The M1s and Wanderers last meeting in competitive hockey was back in April 2018, with the former sealing a late 5-4 win at Titwood.

L2s vs. L3s – 12.30pm (H)

Clydesdale Western 2s and 3s face off in their second respective game of the Women’s Championship Division One season from 12.30pm.

Both sides will be keen to build on their opening day wins last weekend. The L2s won 3-0 away at Hillhead 2s, whilst the L3s sealed a 4-1 win in a tricky visit to Grove Menzieshill 2s.

There is likely to be strong squads available in terms of numbers and personnel for both sides despite it being a September holiday weekend, as Clydesdale Western’s West District teams are not in action this weekend.

The previous two meetings saw both sides take a win in each fixture. In November 2018, the L3s stunned the L2s as a Helen McNaught goal was enough to seal a 1-0 win. But in March 2019, the L2s would exact their revenge with a 2-0 scoreline thanks to a goal each from Rhona McGregor and Naomi Harkness.

M2s vs. Watsonians 2s – 2.00pm (H)

Clydesdale Men’s 2s will hope to build on their impressive opening day win last weekend in Men’s Regional Division One when they host Watsonians 2s from 2.00pm.

Seven different goalscorers gave the M2s a 7-2 win last Saturday against Kelburne 2s, whilst Watsonians 2s secured a narrow 2-1 win at home to Western Wildcats 2s.

There will be the usual chop and change for Head Coach Stuart Banford in Saturday’s team, but Phil Kirkby and David Henderson are notable returns to the M2s squad. Clydesdale and Watsonians 2s sides did play out two cracking games last season. The Edinburgh side took a 3-2 win at Titwood back in October 2018, before both teams played out a 2-2 draw in the return fixture six months later.

L1s vs. Gordonians 1s – 1.30pm (A)

Clydesdale Western 1s travel north to face Gordonians 1s in the Scottish Women’s Premiership at Countesswells from 1.30pm.

‘Dale Western 1s got their season off to a routine start, sealing a 5-1 win at home in a late passback against Hillhead 1s last Saturday. On the same day, Gordonians – who hail from Aberdeen – lost 5-0 to last season’s Women’s Play-Off champions Western Wildcats 1s.

Gordonians promoted from Women’s National Division Two last season for the first time in their history, meaning its unlikely that two sides have ever played a league match against each other. They did, however, face off in the Women’s Scottish Cup back in October 2016, with Clydesdale Western 1s sealing a comfortable 5-0 win.

Team news sees one notable inclusion to the L1s squad. Scotland internationalist Jen Eadie returns from injury to Derek Forsyth’s squad.

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography