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Player Profiles – Barry, Cara & Patrick McAllister

With ‘Pitch Up and Play’ well and truly underway, and plenty of hockey opportunities for juniors – such as the summer hockey camps which are fast approaching – we thought we would have another ‘Player Profiles’ report.

Or how about three in one?! The McAllister family – which includes Barry and his two children, Cara and Patrick – are very much established club players for Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western. ‘Player Profiles’ reporter Ally Walker met up with all three to discuss how they got into hockey and life as Clydesdale members:

When Cara McAllister’s primary school PE teacher told her that she was the worst outfield hockey player she had ever seen, she unwittingly set Cara on the path of a very successful goalkeeping career! Aged just 15, Cara has already been to EuroHockey Club Challenge I in Lille as reserve goalkeeper for Clydesdale Western 1st XI and when I spoke to her, she was just off the plane from St Aloysius College’s 1st XI hockey tour to Lisbon.

After discovering the joys of throwing herself around in a goal, Cara joined Clydesdale Western and quickly moved up through the ladies teams from the 7s to the 6s to the 5s, leapfrogging over the 4s and is now well established in the 3s. Quick to spot a talented youngster, the school put Cara forward for U14s and U16s district teams where she thrived. And last season she trained with the U18s Regional Academy, putting her firmly on the pathway for more U18s action at both district and national level.

Cara has worked her way up the teams at Clydesdale Western, especially after a superb season for the L5s in which they gained promotion to Women’s West District Division Two in the 2017-18 season. (Photo credit: Barry McAllister).

Looking back on the last season with Clydesdale Western, and putting the Euros with the L1s to the side, I asked Cara what were her highlights: “Going to penalty flicks in the Plate Quarter-Final (against GHK 1s) and winning has to be up there. But then so was beating the Clydesdale 2s!”

Cara (pictured in green for the L3s vs. L1s in the Scottish Cup back in November 2018) kept a clean sheet in a 1-0 win for the L3s over the L2s a few weeks after in Women’s Championship Division One. (Photo credit: Rhona Weir).

Another of Cara’s hockey achievements over the years has been to recruit her younger brother, Patrick, and father, Barry, into hockey at Clydesdale. Patrick and Barry now operate as a highly effective ‘Team McAllister’ in the Men’s 5s. Patrick, who is turning 12, started coming along to Friday night “Jockey” a couple of years ago and is now training with the Boys’ Performance squad as well as representing the Men’s 5s.

Patrick represented the Men’s 5th XI throughout the majority of last season as well as the club’s junior sides. (Photo credit: Mark Pugh).

Like his sister, he was invited to join in everything that was going on. For Patrick that included U12 festivals, U14 and U15s district events and then came training for the U13s national Nottingham tournament. It was the night before the bus to Nottingham when I met Patrick and he didn’t know yet that this was going to be an experience that he’ll never forget! But he was definitely looking forward to it. He said: “We’ve got some great kit for Nottingham and I’ve got friends like Andrew Cox going with me too.”

Patrick (if you can spot him slightly left of centre!) was selected as part of the “Alba an Iar” U13 squad that played in a hockey festival in Nottingham that took place a couple of days ago. (Photo credit: Ross McWilliams)

The recruitment of father, Barry has been a coup for the 5s. With 30 years of ice hockey experience behind him, Barry had hung up his skates and turned his attention to taxiing Patrick and Cara to training and games. However, he hadn’t bargained for the pincer action of Tricia Lonergan and Karl Richmond. Tricia lent him a stick and introduced him to Monday night’s ‘Pitch up and Play’ which runs throughout the summer during the off season. And when ‘Pitch Up and Play’ had finished, then Karl moved in and recruited him for the 5s.

Barry (pictured representing the Glasgow Chiefs Ice Hockey team) found himself playing Men’s Senior hockey after a successful summer at Clydesdale’s Pitch Up and Play. (Photo credit: Jane McAllister).

Barry said: “I absolutely love it! People have been really welcoming and I’m really enjoying training and playing with Patrick. Although I know only too well that it won’t be long before we’ll be going in different directions.”

So how does that ice hockey experience play out in real hockey? Cara and Patrick were quick to explain: “He can’t get used to only playing with only one side of his stick. And then he does these small nudges!”

However, I have heard from reliable sources that the big slap shot comes in very handy sometimes!

A young Patrick and a young Cara with Barry after a Glasgow Chiefs game – with each ice hockey stick considerably bigger than both of them! (Photo credit: Jane McAllister).

Main photo credit: Ally Walker

Summer Holiday Hockey Camps – Book now!

Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western Hockey Club and our friends at Clydesdale Cricket Club have a total of five camps being held over the summer holidays.

Being held at Titwood, there will be two hockey camps, two cricket camps and a very first in the club’s ‘Elite Hockey Camp’.

The dates of the camps are as follows:

1st – 5th July – Early Summer Hockey Camp (£95.00)

8th – 12th July – Early Summer Cricket Camp (£95.00)

16th – 19th July – Elite Hockey Camp (£125.00)

29th July – 2nd August – Late Summer Hockey Camp (£95.00)

5th – 9th August – Late Summer Cricket Camp (£95.00)

For more details of the hockey camps, please click here to direct you to the Junior Camps page.

Looking for a Club? New members welcome!

We would like to thank you for taking the time to look at our website. If you are interested in playing hockey for Clydesdale and Clydesdale Western Hockey Club, we would be delighted to hear from you.

We offer a wide range of hockey opportunities at Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western, regardless of ability. So if you are moving into Glasgow, if you want to come back to hockey after a break or if you are new to the game and want to give it a try, we have something to offer you.

To find out more about the club, have a read of our feature, Player Profiles to see what some of our members think of the club.

To find out more about how to join, click the ‘Joining’ tab above or click here.

Elite Summer Camp – 16th-19th July

As an addition to our two summer camps, the club will be running a third “elite” camp which aimed at a more focused hockey training.

The ‘elite camp’ is aimed at anyone who would like to work more closely with a team of coaches to learn new skills. The camp will run from 16th-19th July and costs £125.00.

The coaching team will be made up of 1st XI players from Clydesdale Western, which include internationally capped players.

The camp will include:

Specialised skills (eg: drag flicking, aerial passing)
Goalkeeping skills and techniques
Video Analysis
Individual/1 to 1 feedback
Tuition on nutrition and conditioning training

To sign up your child (or children) up for the camp, please click here.


Player Profiles – Ben Galloway

‘Player Profiles’ continues with another 1st Men’s player. But unlike the last time, the focus is on a youngster – hot prospect Ben Galloway. 2018-19 proved to be Ben’s breakthrough season in the Men’s 1st XI, and Ally Walker caught up with him to talk about the season he had, as well as a number of other aspects in Ben’s day to day life.

Just under two weeks ago, 15 year old Ben Galloway scored his first goal for the 1s against Watsonians at Peffermill Playing Fields – and it was no tap in!

When I asked him, like all strikers, he was able to tell me exactly how it happened: “I picked up the ball at the half way line, ran it past a player and into the D. I took it to the top right hand side of the D and roofed it over the keeper’s head. It was my best hockey moment so far.”

And Ben has had lots of hockey moments – from early days with Fiona McCrae and Peter ‘PJ’ Justice at Shawlands Academy indoor training, all the way through the M6s, M5s, M4s, M3s and M2s. But 2018/19 has been a big year as he stepped up from last season when he played mostly for the M3s. Ben turned out eight times for the 1st XI during the 2018-19 season and is thrilled but acknowledged the big jump: “The speed of the game is so much faster and everyone is “in the moment” all of the time. You always have to know what your next move is going to be.”

Whilst it’s a challenge, Ben credits coach Ciaran Crawford for helping him grow his confidence. “I was shocked when Ciaran first called me up to play for the 1s but knowing that Ciaran has confidence in me, helps me feel I deserve to be here.”

Ben featured eight times in total for the Men’s 1st XI during the 2018-19 season, with his debut coming in a 5-4 win away to Uddingston. (Photo credit: Rhona Weir)

Ben is currently in the Scotland U16s squad and is all set to head off to Cardiff over Easter weekend for a series of games against Wales, with further fixtures against England, Ireland and Ulster also on the programme for the summer. It’s Ben’s second year in the U16s and he enjoys both the hockey and the friendships. “I’ve got a good group of friends in the U16s. We’ve spent a lot of time together and we understand each other both on and off the pitch.”

Last year, his Clydesdale and Scotland experiences came together nicely, he said: “Struan (Walker) and I played together, probably as under 8s in the Shawlands hall, and then last summer we faced England together with our Scotland U16s shirts on!”

Ben has been in U16 setup for Scotland for a few years, and was lucky enough to represent his country at Titwood when they played Wales in the spring of 2018. (Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography)

It’s an impressive hockey CV but Ben is also a Scottish swimming champion and has just picked up a clutch of team and individual medals in the 15s age group in the Scottish Nationals. To achieve that, he’s poolside at 5.15am three mornings a week with a further three evening sessions too. He’s let off one session a week so that he can go to hockey training. Unsurprisingly, his stamina is pretty sound!

I felt exhausted just talking to him about his training in the pool and on the pitch – and there’s the small matter of National 5s coming up the track too.

Ben has shown fantastic levels of ability in his hockey, but is also an excellent swimmer having won team and individual medals in various events. (Photo credit: Ally Walker)

Ben clearly has the ability to manage both hockey and swimming at national level and finds the sports complement each other well. However, his final comment about hockey was insightful and I think expresses something that all ‘Dale players feel about the game.

“Swimming is just about how fast you can go in the pool. But hockey isn’t just about how you play, It’s about how you fit in with the team, how well you get on with your team mates.”

Ally Walker