Clydesdale Western ready for second go at EuroHockey Club Challenge I

Clydesdale Western 1st XI are all set to go for their second season in EuroHockey Club Challenge I, with their first game taking place on Friday when they visit Lille, France.

Almost twelve months previous, ‘Dale Western narrowly missed out on promotion to EuroHockey Club Trophy after a late 1-0 loss to last season’s Club Challenge I hosts and fellow Women’s National Division One rivals Edinburgh University. The L1s will be aiming to right some wrongs when they head to Lille, with their first game taking place on Friday 19th April.

Clydesdale Western go into Pool A of Club Challenge I, where they will play HC Rotweiss Wittengen of Switzerland in their opening game from 1.30pm. Less than 24 hours later, the L1s will take on SK Slavia Prague (Czech Republic), before finishing off Pool A on the 21st April against Lithunian side, Gintra Strekte Uni HC – both of which are 12.15pm pushbacks.

The Clydesdale Western squad will be led by Head Coach Derek Forsyth, whilst Alexandra Wilson – last season’s captain for EuroHockey Club Challenge I – will be in the dugout as Team Manager. Amongst Forsyth’s squad includes eight Scotland capped players and many more youth capped at international level.

Millie Steiger (pictured left) and captain Frances Lonergan (pictured right) are two of the eight capped Scotland players at Senior level that will be part of the EuroHockey Club Challenge I squad. (Photo credit: Andy Lovat)

Frances Lonergan will continue captaincy duty for a squad that features two players who have yet to play this season for the 1st XI. Young goalkeeper Cara McAllister has been drafted in as understudy to regular number one Jessica Buchanan.

Goalkeeper Cara McAllister (pictured in the L1s vs. L3s Scottish Cup tie), will be involved but expected to be understudy to Jessica Buchanan. (Photo credit: Rhona Weir)

And with the absence of Heather Howie (broken arm) and Millie Brown (university commitments), Forsyth has also selected forward Annabel Ballantyne following good performances in the 2nd XI this season.

Clydesdale Western squad for EuroHockey Club Challenge I: Jessica Buchanan (goalkeeper), Cara McAllister (goalkeeper), Frances Lonergan (captain), Julie Lonergan, Anna Logan, Karin Belch, Anna Hoolaghan, Laura Mann, Bronwyn Shields, Alison Eadie, Jennifer Eadie, Millie Steiger, Georgia Smith, Lexi Sabatelli, Emma McGregor, Heather Lang, Naomi Harkness, Annabel Ballantyne

Clydesdale Western coaching staff for EuroHockey Club Challenge I: Derek Forsyth (Head Coach), Alexandra Wilson (Team Manager), Lauren Thurley (physiotherapist), Euan Brown (video analyst)

The club would like to wish the very best of luck to Clydesdale Western 1st XI in their European conquest this week. The club will post updates on our website and social media outlets with results and match reports for the L1s in EuroHockey Club Challenge I.

Photo credit: Ali Howie