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Player Profiles – Marnie & Skye Moulson

Next up in our Player Profiles series is a mother and daughter duo – Marnie Moulson has recently returned to hockey, which coincides with Marnie’s daughter, Skye and her start to playing senior hockey regularly for Clydesdale Western.  Ally Walker met up with the two to talk about hockey and life at Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western Hockey Club:

After 15 years in the hockey wilderness, Marnie Moulson has a hockey stick in her hand again and she’s loving it!  Coached at school by Wendy Justice, Marnie had a good start to hockey but she was also keen to thank Peter Justice and Neil Menzies for their valuable coaching input over the years.  After playing for Hillhead whilst she was at university, Marnie followed some of her West District friends to Glasgow Western Ladies (as it was previously known before the merge of Clydesdale and Glasgow Western) in 1995, where she played predominantly for the 2nd XI for eight years and included the highlight experience of playing in the European Club Championships in 2000.

Marnie warming up for Glasgow Western in the European Championships back in 2000. (Photo credit: Colin Moulson)

Over the last decade and a half, Marnie has been juggling her job as Software Engineering Director with JPMorgan Chase, travelling back and forth from the United States, being mum to Skye and her son, Ben whilst keeping fit with trail running, triathlon and open water swimming.

However, she’s back in the hockey fold and playing in midfield for the 4th XI.  And we have the rest of her family to thank for that.  Husband Colin, a former club captain with the Men’s 1st XI, came back to ‘Dale with a bang in 2017 and played with the Scotland Over 40s team in the Masters World Cup in Barcelona last summer.  That same summer saw Skye and Ben attend Clydesdale’s Hockey Camps, followed by Friday Night ‘Jockey’ and the rest is history.  Colin is now a forward with the Men’s 2nd XI, Skye plays midfield with the Ladies 6s and Ben plays wherever he’s needed for the Men’s 5s.  Marnie said, “I was spending most of my time hanging about ‘Dale watching games and dropping off and picking up.  So it didn’t take too much encouragement from the family to get me to dust off my hockey boots!”

Marnie pictured (top row, third from right) with Glasgow Western teammates many years ago, some of whom are now playing alongisde her in the L4s. (Photo credit: Colin Moulson)

Now, Marnie is an enthusiastic advocate for women’s hockey. She added, “The L4s is a brilliant mix of youth and experience, although it was a bit of a physical shock to have to keep up with the 17 year olds!  After a game it was often a case of icing everything as pretty much everything hurt!  However, I’m really enjoying the camaraderie of playing with people I’ve played with in the past as well as having the opportunity to encourage the younger players I’m getting to know.  I believe it’s incredibly important that young women enjoy and stay with competitive sport – where else do you get a chance to let off steam with 15 other women at the weekend?!”

Marnie (pictured for Glasgow Western with ex-teammate Hailey Welch) hopes young women, like her daughter Skye, stay in competitive sport. (Photo credit: Colin Moulson)

Skye is very supportive of her mum’s return to hockey, although admits that a warm up with a hot chocolate after her own game tends to win out over watching Marnie’s own game.  Skye said, “Hockey at ‘Dale is great because it’s really good to have another group of friends out of school.”   As we wound up our chat, Marnie and Skye got ready to head over to the Lagoon Leisure Centre to watch Colin and Ben playing together in the same indoor team.  Hockey certainly seems to be a family affair for the Moulson’s.  And that is as it should be – after all, it all started on the Clydesdale steps in 2000 when Colin proposed to Marnie at Fireworks night!

Photo credit: Ally Walker

Player Profiles – Bronwyn Shields

Next up in our series of Player Profiles is 17 year old Bronwyn Shields, who has clearly been on a winning streak with Clydesdale Western.  Ally Walker caught up with Bronwyn to discuss her time at Clydesdale Western and her future hopes in hockey:

2018 has possibly been the best hockey year of Bronwyn’s life.  In her first year with the Scotland Under 18 girls team, she went to the EuroHockey U18 Girls Championships II in Rakovnik, Czech Republic and returned with a gold medal. 

Bronwyn Shields had an excellent 2018 in hockey for club and country. (Photo credit: Ally Walker)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bronwyn and her fellow teammates in the Clydesdale Western 1st XI team are sitting at the top of the league and still in the Scottish Cup.  As part of the West District Under 18s side, they won the Inter-District tournament in September and her Glasgow Thunder Development team in the new Women’s Super Series in December – well, they won too!

But there’s no time for Bronwyn to kick back and enjoy the ride as she’s off to Vienna with Clydesdale Western in February for the 2019 EuroHockey Indoor Club Trophy and it won’t be long before the Scotland Under 18s training kicks in too.

Bronwyn (top row, second from left) and her Clydesdale Western teammates will compete in Euro Indoor competition in Vienna, February 2019. (Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography)

Clydesdale and Clydesdale Western are very proud of Bronwyn’s success but she was quick to thank “Team Clark” for introducing her to the beautiful game.  Bronwyn said, “Brian and David Clark started an after-school club at St Fillans Primary and I went along when I was 8.  From there I was introduced to Friday night “Jockey” and then all the hockey camps.  I remember everyone being really friendly and welcoming and I stayed and moved through the youth programme.”

Bronwyn (far right) alongside Clydesdale Western teammates following their U18 Scotland success in the summer of 2018 in Rakovnik, Czech Republic. (Photo credit: Peter Justice)

And aren’t we glad she did.  Looking to the future, Bronwyn is applying for university and setting her sights on the Scotland Senior Squad and one day to getting all the way through to the Great British hockey programme.

It certainly looks like she’s on the right track!

For more information about ‘Player Profiles’ or if you would like to nominate someone from your team or coaching session for a future interview, please contact Ally Walker via e-mail (aw.pr@ntlworld.com).

Photo credit: Andy Lovat

Player Profiles – Ruaridh Callaghan

Clydesdale and Clydesdale Western are delighted to announce the beginning of ‘Player Profiles’ – individual interviews that will then be made available to read online.

In the first of a new series of profiles, Ally Walker will interview various club members to find out information such as their time at Clydesdale and Clydesdale Western and their future aspirations in hockey.  The first interview to be carried out was with youngster Ruaridh Callaghan as Ally reports:

After just two years at Clydesdale, Ruaridh Callaghan is a key member of the Men’s 4th XI and his three goals at the recent Under 16 Inter-Districts helped to bring home a silver medal.

Ruaridh (second from left) was one of five Clydesdale boys to represent West U16s at the Inter-Districts in September 2018 at Peffermill, Edinburgh.

Now in his third year at Mearns Castle High School, Ruaridh was introduced to hockey at Kirkhill Primary by Irene Clark, mother of Clydesdale’s Steven Clark – thank you, Irene!  From there, he began Clydesdale life at Friday night “Jockey” thanks to the help of hockey chairman Donald Amour and David “Santa” Mackie.  Ruaridh then advanced quickly on to be coached by club coach Ciaran Crawford at the Boys’ Performance training sessions on a Tuesday night.

When asked about his hockey hopes and dreams, Ruaridh didn’t hesitate by saying, “I want the 4s to win the league this year. Next year, I want to trial for the Scotland U16s and ultimately, I want to progress to reach the Men’s 1s.”

All achievable, Ruaridh – go for it!

For more information about ‘Player Profiles’ or if you would like to nominate someone from your team or coaching session for a future interview, please contact Ally Walker via e-mail (aw.pr@ntlworld.com).