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L4s through to Cup Semis, vital wins for L2s & M3s – Weekend Review – 9th/10th February

L3s 2-2 Watsonians 2s (A Sherwood, C Stirling)

Clydesdale Western 3s dropped a place in Women’s Championship Division One following a hard fought draw at home to Watsonians 2s.

The L3s would have been hoping to maintain their status as dark horses in Championship One following positive results against Uddingston 1s and ‘Dale Western’s 2s at the turn of the year.  But they missed out on the opportunity to remain third in the league after goals from Alice Sherwood and Catherine Stirling gave the L3s a 2-2 draw at Titwood against Watsonians 2s.

The L3s do remain five points clear in fourth place of their Edinburgh opponents after Saturday’s draw.

M3s 3-2 Hillhead 3s (I King, J Berman, C Moulson)

Dougie Mann produced a number of superb saves as Clydesdale Men’s 3s survived a barnstorming second half from Hillhead 3s to take all three points at Titwood in Men’s West District Division 1A.

Mann produced over a handful of crucial blocks and stops – most notably from  a reverse stick shot by Hillhead’s Alan Meikle midway through the second half – as ‘Dale 3s held on to a 3-2 lead to keep them fifth in West 1A.

Hillhead did take the lead early on after a pass was made to unmarked forward to tap in at the back post.  But the home side hit back to devastating effect when Ian King slapped home a loose ball in the D.  King was involved in goal two as an effective press featuring Steven Clark and Ethan Robertson saw the latter square the ball for Jeetinder Berman to tap in.  Berman was then involved in the third, as the forward was awarded a penalty flick when he was adjudged to have been fouled whilst in the act of shooting.  Colin Moulson stepped up and scored, despite the Hillhead ‘keeper getting a touch to it, to give the M3s a 3-1 lead at half time.

Hillhead 3s, to their credit, stepped up and deservedly forced a goal back a when a ball was looped up for their forward to volley low in to the goal.  Either side of that second Hillhead goal saw numerous chances that were thwarted crucially by Mann as ‘Dale Men’s 3s held on to take all three points.

L2s 5-1 George Heriots FP 1s (N Harkness (2), J Lonergan, T Mansbridge, L Arnold)

Clydesdale Western 2s restarted their season in Women’s Championship Division One with a comprehensive victory against George Heriots FP 1s at Goldenacre.

The L2s hopes of being champions come the end of the season were dealt a huge blow following their 1-0 defeat to the L3s back in November.

But in their first game of 2019, and under the new captaincy of Lesley Cosh, they won 5-1 against George Heriots FP 1s with two goals coming from Naomi Harkness and a goal each from Julie Lonergan, Tia Mansbridge and Lucy Arnold.  The L2s remain in third, nine points behind league leaders Edinburgh University 2s whilst having a game in hand.

L4s 1-0 Glasgow University 3s – Women’s West District Cup Quarter Final – C Stirling

Clydesdale Western 4s qualified for the Semi Finals of the Women’s West District Cup following their Quarter Final victory over Glasgow University 3s on Sunday.

The two sides have a considerable gap in Women’s West District Division One, with the L4s sitting in sixth, four places above rock bottom GU 3s.

But the gap was unrecognisable as the L4s fought hard to win by a single goal from Catherine Stirling.  The 1-0 win sees the L4s qualify for the Semi Finals of the West District Cup where they will play away to Glasgow Accies in a fortnights time.

Photo credit: Mark Pugh

Weekend Preview – 9th/10th February

Our penultimate weekend of hockey before all Clydesdale and Clydesdale Western teams return to league action.

Saturday 9th February

L3s vs. Watsonians 2s (1.30pm, H)

Clydesdale Western 3s have the opportunity to strengthen their grip on fourth place in Women’s Championship Division One when they host Watsonians 2s from 1.30pm.

The L3s return to action with a home game and could potentially open up an eight point lead on their Edinburgh opponents.  ‘Dale Western 3s played Watsonians 2s back in November but lost 3-2 at Tipperlinn.

M3s vs. Hillhead 3s (3.00pm, H)

Clydesdale Men’s 3s take on Hillhead 3s from 3.00pm at Titwood in Men’s West District Division 1A.

The M3s finished the first half of the season better than they started, with their last result being a 6-0 home win against GHK 1s.  A win here could take the M3s up to fourth in 1A if results around them also go their way.  The last time the two sides met, however, saw a 2-1 at Old Anniesland for Hillhead 3s.

L2s vs. George Heriots FP 1s (12.30pm, A)

Clydesdale Western 2s will hope to reignite their Women’s Championship Division One title ambitions when visit Goldenacre to play George Heriots FP 1s at 12.30pm.

The L2s finished the first half of the season with a damaging 1-0 loss to the L3s, leaving them six points behind Edinburgh University and Uddingston who occupy the top two spots of Championship One.

The last meeting saw the Edinburgh side claw back a 2-0 deficit to draw 2-2 in the opening fixture of the season back in September.

Sunday 10th February

L4s vs. Glasgow University 3s (Women’s West District Cup Quarter Final, 1.00pm, A)

Clydesdale Western 4s turn their attention to the Women’s West District Cup Quarter Finals when they play Glasgow University 4s at Garscube, 1.00pm PB.

A win here could see the L4s qualify for the Semi Finals of the competition.  The two sides are in the same league, with the L4s sitting four places above the student side in sixth.  The L4s have already played GU 3s in Women’s West District Division One, with ‘Dale Western 4s securing a 2-1 win.

Photo credit: Rhona Weir

Charles Hutchison

Clydesdale and Clydesdale Western Hockey Club are sad to note the passing of Clydesdale member and ex-player Charles Hutchison. Chas, as he was more affectionately known, played as a goalkeeper for Clydesdale during 1980s and 90s and played social games with colleagues at the BBC.

Chas, who always played with an infectious smile and was a gentleman off the pitch, will be fondly remembered and missed by all those that knew him.  We would like to send our condolences to Chas’ family and friends at this time.

Details of Chas’ funeral are listed below:

Wednesday 20th February, 3pm, Linn Crematorium (413 Lainshaw Drive, Glasgow, G45 9SP)

L1s fall to clinical Wanderers in Indoor Final – Weekend Review – 2nd February

L1s 2-7 Dundee Wanderers – Women’s Grand Indoor Play-Off Final – Bell’s Sports Centre, Perth

Clydesdale Western 1st XI’s hopes of back-to-back indoor titles ended in defeat after they fell to a strong and clinical Dundee Wanderers display at Bell’s Sports Centre.

‘Dale Western were hoping to repeat their success in the Women’s Grand Indoor Play-Off Final back in 2018, when they won 4-2 against the same opponents.  But Wanderers were determined to avoid any disappointment this time round and they duly obliged as they got off to a flyer, scoring twice inside the first ten minutes.  The first saw a first time deflection from Ruth Blaikie, receiving a pass from a defensively positioned team mate.  It was then 2-0 when Charlotte Watson showed close skills in the circle before finding space to send a shot past ‘Dale Western goalkeeper, Jessica Buchanan.  The L1s kept in the game after, but on the stroke of half-time, Wanderers were awarded a penalty flick, which was converted by Watson again for 3-0.

Frances Lonergan & her ‘Dale Western teammates gave it everything despite a blistering first half from Dundee Wanderers. (Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography)

The Titwood side did their best to step up to force a goal back in the second half.  But their opponents scored the fourth goal of the game, winning possession on the halfway line, before a pass set Wanderers’ Heather Elder in to round Buchanan and slot home.  ‘Dale Western decided to go with six outfield players to press two to the ball and did eventually pull a goal back.  A move down the right saw the ball squared across goal for Millie Steiger to tap in at the back post.  Unfortunately, Steiger’s goal had an adverse affect, as Dundee Wanderers would effectively go on to end the contest by scoring the next three goals in four second half minutes to take an unassailable 7-1 lead.  With no goalkeeper for the L1s during play, Wanderers won a penalty corner which was converted high for 1-5 by Emily Dark.  The Dundee side then won another flick for goal number six, converted again by Watson despite Buchanan returning to the goals for the set piece.  Ellie Watson then added Wanderers seventh goal from another corner. 

‘Dale Western’s Bronwyn Shields attempting to find a way through with a powerful run during the second half. (Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography)

Clydesdale Western grabbed a consolation two minutes from time when Steiger combined with Heather Howie to score her and her team’s second goal of the game.  But that was how the game finished, as Dundee Wanderers claimed the Indoor Championship and sealed their place in European competition for 2020.

M5s 0-3 Helensburgh 3s

M3s P-P Uddingston 2s; M4s P-P Giffnock 2s; L4s P-P Glasgow University 3s; L5s P-P Garnock 1s; L6s P-P Dumfries 2s

Clydesdale Men’s 5s away to defeat to Helensburgh 3s was the only outdoor game that played over the weekend.

There was a total of six scheduled matches that were due to take place, but the M3s, M4s, L4s, L5s and L6s games were called off due to the recent low temperatures making a number of pitches unplayable.  The M5s, however, did manage to play in their Men’s West District Division Three match with Helensburgh 3s, but succumbed to a 3-0 defeat.

Despite the result, the club are immensely proud of Clydesdale Western 1st XI Indoor Squad for the efforts they put in throughout the whole season.  Many thanks to all who represented, and extra thanks to coaches Wendy and Peter Justice for their commitment and dedication during the season.  The L1s still have European competition in less than two weeks time in Vienna, so best of luck again to ‘Dale Western!  The girls are also hosting a Ceilidh on Saturday 9th February at Carmichael Hall – tickets (which cost £20.00 for adults, £10.00 for U18s and FREE for U14s attending with an adult) can be bought from behind the bar or from your relevant team captains.

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography

Crunch time for L1s in Indoor Finale – Weekend Preview – 2nd February

Our ‘Weekend Preview’ will take focus on Clydesdale Western 1s in their huge clash this Saturday as well as six outdoor games taking place.

L1s vs. Dundee Wanderers 1s – Women’s Grand Indoor Play-Off Final – 3.00pm – Bell’s Sports Centre, Perth

Clydesdale Western will contest the Women’s Grand Indoor Play-Off Final against Dundee Wanderers from 3.00pm as part of Scottish Hockey’s Indoor Gala Day at Bell’s Sports Centre.

The L1s made the Final after their running penalties victory over Watsonians in the previous round almost two weeks ago.  The girls have no injury concerns ahead of Saturday’s match, with all twelve players that have been used in recent weeks expected to feature.  In that squad of twelve contains a number of Scotland representatives at senior and junior level in both outdoor and indoor.

‘Dale Western are bidding to claim back-to-back indoor championships after their 4-2 win against Wanderers in last season’s Final back in February 2018.  This year’s Final will be one of seven games that will be held at Bell’s for Scottish Hockey’s Indoor Gala Day, with free entry to everyone that attends.

M3s vs. Uddingston 2s (12.00 noon, H); M4s vs. Giffnock 2s (3.00pm, A); M5s vs. Helensburgh 3s (2.00pm, A)

L4s vs. Glasgow University 3s (1.00pm, A); L5s vs. Garnock 1s (3.00pm, H); L6s vs. Dumfries 2s (1.30pm, H)

Three games take place on Saturday at Titwood, starting with the Men’s 3s against Uddingston 2s from 12.00 noon.

The M3s return for their first outdoor game of 2019 against an Uddy 2s side that are top of Men’s West District Division 1A.  The M3s, meanwhile, are fifth but could jump a place with a win in this challenging contest.  After the M3s, the L6s take on Dumfries 2s from 1.30pm in Women’s West District Division Three.  The L6s are hoping to stop a barren seven game losing streak, which has left them rock bottom and five points adrift of safety.  The L5s will hope to return to winning ways in Women’s West District Division Two.  The L5s have lost their last two league games, leaving their promotion chances less than hopeful.  A win against Garnock 1s (3.00pm PB), could see them rise three places in the league to third.

The other half of the outdoor fixtures card take place away, with the L4s starting at 1.00pm in Women’s West District Division One against the league’s bottom side, Glasgow University 3s at Garscube.  A win for the L4s could see them jump up two places into fourth.  The M4s, in Men’s West District Division Two, could go up a place into sixth with a win in their league match against Giffnock 2s from 3.00pm.  The M5s are away in Men’s West District Division Three to take on Helensburgh 3s at Hermitage Academy from 2.00pm.

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography