Fixtures for the 2019-20 season have officially been announced as both Clydesdale Men’s 1st XI and Clydesdale Western Ladies 1st XI will start their respective campaigns off with home fixtures.
The M1s and L1s will feature in the Scottish Hockey Premiership competitions, which has been launched by Scottish Hockey in bid to raise the standard of the domestic game and close the gap between domestic and international hockey. The Men’s and Women’s Premiership are scheduled to begin on Saturday 21st September, alongside Men’s Regional and Women’s Championship leagues.
The M1s, who will have Ciaran Crawford in charge for his first full season as coach, will take on Western Wildcats. Derek Forsyth will be in the dugout for the L1s for his fifth straight season as his side will play host to Hillhead.
For both Men’s and Women’s Premiership, their will be a number of changes being made which includes the timing layout of matches. Originally, games would be two 35 minute periods, but for this season there will be four 17.5 minute periods – similar to international games apart from no stoppages for penalty corners and goals. Other changes will see an amendment to the play-off structure. While the top four playoff will be continue in the Premiership, the promotion and relegation play-off will change to a one-off match between the team that finishes ninth in the Premiership and second in National League 2. Automatic promotion for the winners of National League 2 and automatic relegation for the bottom team in the Premiership will also be in effect.
The M2s, L2s and L3s will also begin, as previously mentioned, on Saturday 21st September in Men’s Regional Division One and Women’s Championship Division One respectively. The M2s will be coached by Stuart Banford, having completed two campaigns straight previously, and are away to Kelburne 2s in their league opener. Alex Ingram will also be the new captain for the M2s. The L2s, captained by Lesley Cosh, are away to Hillhead 2s, whilst the L3s will play away to Grove Menzieshill 2s under the captaincy of Ali Cox.
The remaining six teams of Clydesdale and Clydesdale Western will represent themselves in various West District leagues. Opening fixtures for teams in the West District leagues are set to begin on Saturday 7th September. Four of our six teams will play on that date, with all four games scheduled to take place away from home. Craig Bradley will once again assume the role as M3s captain, and they have a tricky test at Auchenhowie against Western Wildcats 3s in Men’s West District Division One. The M4s are away to East Kilbride 1s in Men’s West District Division Two and the M5s, captained by Karl Richmond, will visit Eastwood High School to play Giffnock 3s in Men’s West District Division Three.
The L5s are the only West District ‘Dale Western team in action on Saturday 7th September, as they visit Argyle 1s in Women’s West District Division Two. The L4s, in Women’s West District Division One, will play their first game on Saturday 14th September at home to Glasgow Accies 1s. Despite finishing in the bottom two places of Women’s West District Division Three last season, the L6s remain in the same division following a league restructure. Their first game will be on Saturday 21st September away to Hillhead 4s.
A link to each teams fixtures can be viewed below:
|Clydesdale Men’s 1s||Clydesdale Western 1s|
|Clydesdale Men’s 2s||Clydesdale Western 2s|
|Clydesdale Men’s 3s||Clydesdale Western 3s|
|Clydesdale Men’s 4s||Clydesdale Western 4s|
|Clydesdale Men’s 5s||Clydesdale Western 5s|
|Clydesdale Western 6s|
NB: All fixtures are provisionally scheduled and may be subject to changes in the future. Please continue to check schedules on a regular basis incase of any change.
Banner photo credit: Andy Lovat