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Easter Camp cancellation – COVID-19 – Club Statement

Clydesdale and Clydesdale Western Hockey Club Statement – COVID-19 Cancellation of Easter Hockey Camp

Please find below information in respect of the Easter Hockey Camp from 13th April – 17th April 2020:

Following the Government’s announcement to impose stricter guidance on self-isolation and social distancing, Clydesdale and Clydesdale Western Hockey Club have taken the decision to cancel the upcoming Easter Hockey Camp which was due to take place from 13th April to 17th April 2020.

It is unfortunate that the camp will not be able to run as planned and we hope that the current situation is resolved soon and we will be in a position to run the two summer camps which are scheduled on:

29th June – 3rd July 2020 – Summer Camp 1

3rd August – 7th August – Summer Camp 2

As always please ensure you sign up online to ensure you don’t miss out.

Payment

For those who have paid for the Easter Camp in advance, we are happy to transfer your booking to the June/July camp (Summer Camp 1). If you would prefer to switch to the August camp (Summer Camp 2) or alternatively require a refund, please contact the following e-mail address: dalehockeycamps@clydesdalehockey.org.uk

Thank you for your continued support and understanding at this difficult time.

Regards,

Neil Fulton

Clydesdale Hockey Club – Camp Lead Co-ordinator

COVID-19 – Club Statement – 17th March

Tuesday 17th March 2020 – COVID-19 – Club Statement

Please find below the updated statements from each club section regarding the ongoing COVID-19 situation.

Clydesdale Cricket and Hockey Club Executive Statement

In light of the most recent update to Government advice, the Executive Committee have decided to close all Club facilities with immediate effect.

This will be reviewed along side further guidance from the Government and both Cricket and Hockey Governing Bodies.

A further update will be issued on or around Monday 30th March.

Clydesdale and Clydesdale Western Hockey Club Statement

At this stage all hockey activity has been suspended. We will continue to follow government guidance until further advice is provided and would ask everyone to do the same e.g. self quarantine as appropriate.

https://www.scottish-hockey.org.uk/news/

Clydesdale Cricket Club Statement

At this stage all cricket activity has been suspended. We will continue to follow government guidance until further advice is provided and would ask everyone to do the same e.g. self quarantine as appropriate.

http://www.cricketscotland.com/news/

Please refer to the following link for NHS advice:
https://www.nhsinform.scot/self-help-guides/self-helpguide-coronavirus-covid-19

As you are all aware, this is a fast moving situation. Please be reassured that we are following all relevant guidance and have your health and well-being at the forefront of our minds at this challenging time. We will keep you up-to-date with our response to this escalating situation through further updates as and when appropriate.

Keep well everyone and please don’t hesitate to contact us (either via e-mail or through our social media outlets) should you have any questions or wish any further clarification. 

Thank you for your continued support and understanding.

Regards,

Craig Madden

Clydesdale Cricket & Hockey Club – Club President

L1s hit 8 again to stay top; M1s Top 4 hopes dented – Weekend Review – 7th/8th March

Clydesdale Western 1s extended their goal difference lead at the top of the Women’s Premiership by scoring another eight goals – this time at Titwood against rock bottom Gordonians 1s on Saturday.

A double from club top goalscorer Jen Eadie and Emma McGregor were responsible for half of the goals for Derek Forsyth’s side. Julie Lonergan, Bronwyn Shields, Millie Steiger and Naomi Harkness also chipped in with a goal to keep their side on top spot in the Women’s Premiership table. Their 8-0 win – their second in a row – gives them a five goal margin ahead of Edinburgh University 1s, who won 7-0 against Hillhead 1s. Fellow title challengers Watsonians 1s and Dundee Wanderers 1s drew 1-1 against each other, whilst Western Wildcats 1s drew 2-2 with Glasgow University 1s.

The L1s hold top spot by five goals over champions Edinburgh Uni. Wildcats and Wanderers are four points behind the top two, with Watsons a further point off.

Going into the game, Forsyth was without Lexi Sabatelli, but otherwise had a full squad to call on. On paper, Clydesdale Western arguably would have been expected to beat a Gordonians side that have yet to register a point in their inaugural season in the top division. And the script was not to be changed as the home side raced into a 4-0 lead by the end of the first quarter. Shields got the scoring started with a strike from open play, before Eadie made it two from a penalty corner. McGregor and Harkness then linked up for goal three, with the latter converting. McGregor was to add to her assist with a solo run that ended with her scoring her first goal of the campaign.

The second quarter was not too dissimilar in terms of play, but the 4-0 scoreline remained up to half time. Quarter three was when the goals recommenced for the Titwood girls, with Eadie getting her second from another set piece. McGregor then got her second of the game from a short corner and Julie Lonergan did likewise to make it seven. The final quarter saw Steiger compose herself to place a finish following good build up down the right hand side.

Clydesdale 1s hopes of a top four finish in the Men’s Premiership took a major dent after drawing at Dalnacraig against lowly Dundee Wanderers 1s on Saturday.

Andy McAllan’s equaliser in the third quarter gave Ciaran Crawford’s side a share of the points when it looked like – towards the end in particular – they would go home empty handed such was the panicky finish to the contest. The M1s remain 5th in the Men’s Premiership table behind Edinburgh University 1s who beat Uddingston 1s 3-0 on the same day. However, 3rd placed Western Wildcats 1s lost 4-2 to Hillhead 1s to potentially open another spot in the top four race – Western and Uni are now both on 20 points, whilst ‘Dale and Uddy are six points further behind. Uddingston have played a game extra over their three rivals.

Clydesdale started the game well and had the better possession stats, but were caught on the break by Wanderers for the game’s opening goal. A free hit on the sideline inside the final 25 was eventually smashed into forward Bobby Ralph who deflected high past a helpless Fergus Barrows. ‘Dale responded well with a couple of chances of their own, but failed to capitalise.

In the second half, a high transfer from the M1s which saw the ball being played into the circle called McAllan into action to deflect in and level the scores. The Titwood boys were nearly in front soon after but Ben Galloway’s reversed shot flew over the bar. Ill discipline from both sides became a prominent feature towards the end, and it nearly cost the visitors who were caught on a couple of occasions leading to a notable goal-line save from Steven McKnight to help preserve a point.

The result of the weekend belonged to the M5s who took all three points away from Dumfries 2s in Men’s West District Division Three South.

On paper, Dumfries 2s were favourites given their high position in the league table and the M5s being bottom. And despite being 1-0 down, Iain Flynn scored twice to give his side the win at King George V Playing Fields.

The L4s were also victorious in Women’s West District Division One. Two goals from Zoe Monaghan and a goal each from Ann Menzies, Iona Denholm and Emma Murray gave their side a 5-3 away win against Uddingston 2s to keep themselves 3rd in the table.

Susie Allan struck a late leveller to give the L2s a share of the spoils against the L3s in Women’s Championship Division One. Rachel Whittle had given the L3s an early second half lead before Allan equalised for 1-1. The L2s remain 3rd, whilst the L3s are a position below via goal difference.

The M3s had to settle for a point too, playing out a 1-1 draw with Strathclyde University 2s. Mitchell Pritchard scored for Craig Bradley’s side, who almost won it at the end had Conor Oliver’s shot not crashed the post two minutes from time. The M3s remain 6th in Men’s West District Division One.

Sadly, it was defeats for the M2s, M4s and L5s. The M2s hopes of challenging for the title in Men’s Regional Division One took a major blow after an away 3-1 loss to Watsonians 2s. Despite, Colin Moulson deflecting in Neil Fulton’s eccentric pass in the opening minute, a penalty flick in the first half and two scrappy open play goals in the second half were Stuart Banford’s sides undoing. The M4s – despite a solid performance – were beaten 2-0 off a predictably strong Hillhead 4s side in Men’s West District Division Two. The L5s lost 3-1 at home to Glasgow Accies 2s in Women’s West District Division Two, with Helen Hood scoring for Trish Lonergan’s side.

Clydesdale Western 1s booked their place in the Semi Finals of the Women’s Scottish Plate with a thumping win at home to CALA Edinburgh 1s on Sunday.

Annabelle Ballantyne’s opening goal was the first of seven first half goals which effectively ended the contest – ‘Dale Western added two more in the second half. Amongst the goals was Emma McGregor who scored two more following her double from the previous day. Jen Eadie was also on the scoresheet, giving her 17 goals for the season.

Bronwyn Shields, Holly Steiger, Frances Lonergan, Anna Hoolaghan, and Karin Belch were the remaining five goal scorers.

The M2s and L4s also reached the Semi Finals of their respective knockout competitions with convincing wins on Sunday.

Michael Cockburn scored four in an 8-0 away win as the M2s progressed in the Scottish Men’s District Cup against Erskine Stewart’s Melville 2s. Jamie Green, Colin Moulson, Adam Docherty and Fraser Hirst grabbed a goal each for the cause.

The L4s reached the next round of the Scottish Women’s District Plate after a 4-0 away win against Livingston & West Lothian 1s. Georgia Schmolke, Ann Menzies, Wendy Justice and Ellen Murray all scored.

The Scottish Men’s Reserve Cup run for the M4s was ended with a 9-0 loss at home to an inevitably stronger Watsonians 3s team. On Monday night, the L5s lost 2-0 at home to Glasgow University 4s in Women’s West District Division Two action.

Photo credit: Andy Lovat

L1s back to top spot, M1s bow out of Cup – Weekend Review – 29th February/1st March

Clydesdale Western 1s got their outdoor season back underway with a high scoring win over Hillhead 1s at Upper Windyedge that takes them back to the summit of the Women’s Premiership.

Jen Eadie kept up her current position as the club’s top goalscorer with four goals to her name. Naomi Harkness, Heather Lang, Annabelle Ballantyne and captain Frances Lonergan also got on the scoresheet in a game played in miserable conditions. More importantly though, it takes Derek Forsyth’s side back to the top of the Women’s Premiership as Edinburgh University 1s narrow 2-1 win over fellow challengers Watsonians 1s means ‘Dale Western hold a four goal advantage. Dundee Wanderers 1s lost ground in the title race having been held 1-1 at GHK 1s, whilst Western Wildcats 1s kept pace with a 4-0 home win over Gordonians 1s.

If the Women’s Premiership title has to be determined on who has the better goal difference, then Clydesdale Western – who had no major absences to their squad – went about proceedings with the best possible start. Early pressure in the first quarter saw Eadie score the first of four from a penalty corner, before doubling her tally with another set piece. Eadie wasted no time recording her hat-trick in the same period converting a rebound from close range. Ballantyne made it four not long before half time, having picked up a rebound herself to slot home.

Harkness made it five in the second half, pouncing on a goalkeeper’s save to score her eighth goal of the season. A flowing team move got goal number six, as Emma McGregor supplied Lang from the right for the simplest of finishes to also notch her eighth goal of the season in the process. Lang then assisted with a composed pass for Eadie’s final goal of the game following smooth build up down the left hand side of the pitch. Frances Lonergan completed the scoring with a short corner strike to make it 8-0.

The big scoreline victory means the L1s are now four goals clear of champions Edinburgh University in the league table going into next Saturday’s clash with rock bottom Gordonians 1s at Titwood.

A spirited performance from a depleted Clydesdale 1s side was not enough to stop them going out of the Men’s Scottish Cup at the Second Round to a Grange 1s side that ultimately proved too strong on Sunday at Titwood.

A second half goal each from Euan Lindsay, David Nairn and Chris McFadden proved futile against a Grange side who showed their clinical prowess in a cup tie that was in its second rearrangement. It means Ciaran Crawford’s side are now out of knockout competition for another season, and is the third time in four seasons the Men’s 1s have been knocked out of the Scottish Cup by the Edinburgh side.

Clydesdale were low on players for Sunday’s match as shown by a total of seven absences – Andrew Allan, Nigel Lucas, Dean Baber, Sean Mahoney, Gordon Clark, Aidan Black and Struan Walker were all unavailable. The absence of two goalkeepers meant Fergus Barrows and Nathan Evans were both included for the first time by Crawford, as were Ethan Robertson and Fraser Cowle following solid showings in the 2nd XI this season.

The game started okay from the home side’s point of view, despite two chances for Grange in the opening twenty minutes that were saved well by Barrows. But as ‘Dale started to look sharper, the away side scored first. Dan Coultas found space on the left hand side of the circle to push a pass across goal that was scrambled in by Alan Johnston. The M1s nearly levelled five minutes before half time when Andy McAllan’s pick up and pass in the circle just evaded a sliding Alastair Douglas at the back post.

A minute into the second half, Lindsay stole off the last defender to break clear, but his shot was tame and easily saved. And two minutes later, the Edinburgh side punished the miss, as a free hit in the 25 was played back before being fed into Josh McRae on the spot, who reversed past a helpless Barrows.

Both teams exchanged chances, and the home side pushed their hardest to force a goal back. But Grange made it three when a baseline positioned forward played in Jacob Tweedie who took his time to slot home. The Titwood boys grabbed one back when Lindsay deflected in a swept pass, but Grange scored two in two minutes to effectively seal the tie – Johnston deflecting in from close range and McRae reversing another to double their own respective tallies.

‘Dale 1s finished the stronger, however, when David Nairn converted from the spot having been brought down illegally in the circle by older brother James on the opposite side and McFadden drag flicked home another consolation in the final knockings of the game.

There were five wins for our Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western teams on Saturday – four of them taking place at Titwood that arguably went through all the weather elements in one day’s card of games.

Clydesdale Men’s 2s are up to fourth in Men’s Regional Division One after Ewan Fraser produced a fantastic display to help Stuart Banford’s side run out 3-0 winners against Kelburne 2s in a match played in freezing temperatures. Fraser converted from close range not long into the game, before his assist for Michael Cockburn completed a super team move to double the M2s lead. Fraser scored his second early into the second half with a reversed finish. The scoreline could have been more had it not been from a number of excellent saves from the Paisley side’s goalkeeper, who most notably denied Fraser his hat-trick having tipped a goal-bound shot onto the woodwork.

The L2s and L3s remain second and third respectively in Women’s Championship Division One following home wins. Holly Steiger was in fine form for the L2s after an assist for Lucy Bliss in the first half was followed up with the winning goal in the second half against Hillhead 2s in the final passback of the day at Titwood. Meanwhile, Helen McNaught and Rachel Whittle both scored hat-tricks as the L3s ran riot in an 8-2 win against Grove Menzieshill 2s – Gill Green and Helen Walker got a goal each to complete the scoring.

The M3s recorded a welcome win in Men’s West District Division One as their strong outfit won 5-0 against Ayr 1s. New boy Andrew Jordan scored his first two goals for the club and there was a goal each for youngsters Cameron Deans, Ruairidh Callaghan and Jamie Gambles. The M4s and M5s suffered defeats to Giffnock’s 1st and 2nd XI sides. The M4s shipped six goals against Giffnock 1s in Men’s West District Division Two at Eastwood High, whilst the M5s conceded four in their Men’s West District Division Three South clash at home to Giffnock 2s.

The L5s got the better of Giffnock Ladies 1st XI at Eastwood High with a huge 7-1 win in Women’s West District Division Two. Lauren Black scored three, whilst Sheila Lang grabbed a brace. Helen Hood and Rachel Brown were the other scorers taking Trish Lonergan’s side up a place in the league table. An L4s – with a bare eleven players – in Women’s West District Division One narrowly lost 4-3 away to Troon 1s. Marg Taylor scoring twice and Georgia Schmolke getting on the scoresheet could not stop defeat, which now sees the L4s drop a place in the league table.

The L6s welcomed three players to senior hockey for the very first time in their Women’s West District Division Three match away to Dumfries 2s. Despite losing 2-0, youngsters Laura Morton, Alice Guzik and Erin Shearer put in excellent displays of what was their first taste of senior hockey.

Photo credit: Andy Lovat

Millie magic sends L1s to Indoor triumph – GALA Day Review – 9th february

(Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography)

Clydesdale Western 1s confirmed their place as Women’s Indoor National Division One champions after Millie Steiger’s last gasp winner saw off Dundee Wanderers 1s in a pulsating and dramatic Women’s Grand Play-Off Final at Bell’s Sports Centre on Sunday.

Millie Steiger got on the end of a sublime solo run and pass from Jen Eadie with no more than 30 seconds on the clock remaining to settle a thoroughly entertaining contest that looked to be heading to running penalties. Dundee Wanderers produced a stirring fightback to pull themselves level before half time after going 2-0 down in the opening quarter, with a goal each coming from Margery Justice and Holly Steiger that gave ‘Dale Western the best of starts to the game. The drama would continue in the fourth quarter when Wanderers missed a flick that was awarded following a miraculous, yet unavoidably illegal, goal-line save from L1s skipper Frances Lonergan. The game could have gone either way, but the defining moment of the game saw Millie Steiger lift home after collecting Eadie’s pass to seal the win for their side right at the death, ending what was a great advertisement of women’s indoor domestic hockey.

Both Clydesdale Western & Dundee Wanderers produced great spells of hockey during Sunday’s Women’s Grand Indoor Play-Off Final. (Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography).

With the majority of the squad being the same personnel from the past two seasons, the question before the start of the game was going to be which Clydesdale Western side would turn up – the one that produced a gutsy display to win the 2018 title, or the one that were overpowered by Wanderers the following year? With the way Sunday’s Final began, it would be the former as it took less than a minute for the Titwood girls to score the game’s opening goal. Julie Lonergan played a pass to Kayleigh Justice, who in turn squared the ball for sister Margery to send a powerful shot low into the corner.

Margery Justice (right) is congratulated by Bronwyn Shields following the game’s opening goal. (Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography).

The L1s first quarter dominance continued when Margery Justice stole possession from Wanderers and produced a splitting pass through the middle of the court that saw Holly Steiger deflect in and double their side’s lead.

Holly Steiger (second from left) leads the celebrations after making it 2-0 to Clydesdale Western in the first quarter. (Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography).

But Wanderers showed their fighting spirit to respond twice in the second quarter. Vikki Bunce’s powerful run from left to right ended with the veteran sending a shot low past Jessica Buchanan before Amy Snell scored an almost carbon copy goal to level before the break. The game ebbed this way and that, as Wanderers pushed hard to take the lead for the first time in the contest, whilst ‘Dale Western produced some slick and polished hockey throughout the court, especially within their own half, but lacked composure in Dundee Wanderers circle to regain the lead.

Laura Paul scanning her options in the Dundee Wanderers penalty circle. (Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography).

With no goals in the third quarter, the final ten minutes saw a Wanderers forward find herself one on one with Buchanan, before rounding ‘Dale Western’s number one and lifting a shot towards the goal. Frances Lonergan produced a stunning goal line save with her reverse stick to save the shot, but in doing so appeared to put an extra point of contact on the ground – such was her momentum – and resulted in the award of a penalty flick. The flick, however, was put wide and the contest remained level until the final 30 seconds, when Eadie collected possession in her own circle, ran the length of the court before squaring the ball to a grateful Millie Steiger who lifted low to seal the indoor crown.

Millie Steiger (right) embraces Jen Eadie following a superb assist starting from her team’s penalty circle. (Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography).

Following a long and hardworking season, the win sees Clydesdale Western claim the top prize of Women’s Indoor in Scottish Hockey for the first time since 2018, and will be Scotland’s club representative in next year’s European indoor competition.

Frances Lonergan (centre) and Laura Paul (right) receive the Women’s Indoor National Division One prize from Scottish Hockey. (Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography.)
(Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography)

Clydesdale Men’s 1s were relegated to Men’s National Indoor Division Two after agonisingly losing on running penalties to Watsonians 1s in the Men’s Indoor National Division Promotion/Relegation Play-Off on Sunday at Bell’s Sports Centre.

The M1s found themselves 2-0 down, but rallied through Struan Walker’s hat-trick to take the lead. Watsonians briefly equalised, before Ben Galloway added a fourth for ‘Dale. The Edinburgh side responded even quicker than the first equaliser, to send the tie to running penalties before sealing a 2-1 in the shootout. The loss means Clydesdale will play their indoor league hockey a division lower for next season, with Watsonians taking their place.

It was a fairly even start, but Watsons took the lead when Fraser Sands’ penalty corner attempt crept over the line, despite the best defensive intentions from the Titwood boys. Chris McFadden had short corner chances either side of the game’s opening goal, but neither were taken. And the pressure was beginning to show as Sands added a deserved second for his side from another penalty corner.

Both sides exchanged chances until Struan Walker grabbed his first goal of the game with a powerful drag flick short corner before half time. Walker then showed the composure to level the score into the third quarter with a measured flick past the Watsons goal-line defender before completing his hat-trick by rounding the goalkeeper and lifting into the goal to give his side the lead for the first time in the game. Clydesdale switched off not long after, as a pass across the goal saw Dave Patterson convert from close range at the back post.

The M1s regained the lead from Ben Galloway’s smart finish, but Sands completed his hat-trick no longer than a minute after to level the scores once more, and that was how it would remain up to the final whistle.

The running penalty contest saw both sides score their first, before Watsonians missed their second. David Nairn’s attempt was illegal stopped by the Watsons goalkeeper resulting in a penalty flick award, but the flick was missed. The Edinburgh side retook the lead before Clydesdale missed their final attempt, confirming their relegation to MNIL 2.

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography