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Indoor fully underway, outdoor finished for first half – Weekend Preview – 8th/9th December

L1s 4-4 Hillhead 1s; L1s 10-0 CALA Edinburgh 1s; L1s 3-6 Dundee Wanderers 1s

Clydesdale Western 1s began the defence of the Women’s National Indoor Division One title by picking up four points in their opening fixtures at Bell’s Sports Centre, Perth.

A long day was in store for the L1s, who were on the first, the middle and the final games of day at Bell’s on Sunday.  Game 1 against Hillhead 1s finished 4-4, thanks to a late equaliser from their west end opponents.  Then in their second match, the girls got into their stride by hitting ten past CALA Edinburgh 1s without conceding.

The final game of the day was always going to be the toughest as they played last season’s finalists in Dundee Wanderers 1s.  Wanderers bounced back from going a goal down early to lead 6-2 at half time.  The L1s did pull a goal back towards the end of the second period, but the 6-3 scoreline was how it would remain till the final whistle.

M1s 7-2 Kelburne 1s; M1s 3-8 Inverleith 1s

Clydesdale Men’s 1s got their season off to a decent start in Men’s National Indoor Division One at Bell’s Sports Centre in Perth on Saturday.

The M1s were initially expected to be in for a difficult start having been drawn to play last season’s Play-Off Finalists Kelburne and Inverleith on the opening weekend of indoor.

However, the ‘Dale got off to a cracking start by beating Kelburne 7-2 in their morning match.  Their second and final game proved to be a bit tougher, when they were beaten 8-3 by champions, and most likely league favourites, Inverleith in the afternoon passback.

L2s 4-3 Granite City Wanderers 1s; L1s 7-0 Kelburne 1s

Clydesdale Western 2s got their indoor season off to a flyer by winning both games in their opening fixtures in Women’s National Indoor Division Two at Dundee International Sports Centre.

The L2s narrowly beat northern side Granite City Wanderers 4-3 in their morning game.  Then in game two, the L2s comfortably dispatched Kelburne 1s 7-0.

Saturday – L4s 1-1 Ardrossan 1s (C Stirling); L5s 3-2 Kelburne 5s (E Neary, L Halley, C Clark); L6s 1-8 Glasgow University 4s (M Reilly)

Sunday – L4s 3-2 Loch Lomond 1s (G Schmolke, C MacDonald, S Watkiss) – Women’s West District Cup

Clydesdale Western’s West District sides completed the first half to their seasons over the weekend, featuring another huge three points.  That was of the L5s, who picked up their fifth league win in their last seven league outings following their 3-2 win at home to Kelburne 3s.  Goals from Emma Neary, Lauren Halley and Catherine Clark has now sent Trish Lonergan’s side up to fifth in Women’s West District Division Two, three points behind second placed, Uddingston 2s.  The L4s missed out on the chance to go third in Women’s West District Division One after drawing 1-1 against Ardrossan 1s – Cath Stirling scored for the L4s in Saltcoats.  The L6s remain bottom of Women’s West District Division Three after they suffered a heavy 8-1 defeat to second placed Glasgow University 4s, despite Monica Reilly scoring her first ever senior goal.

On Sunday, the L4s booked a place into the Quarter Finals of the Women’s West District Cup after seeing off a stirring comeback from Loch Lomond 1s.  The L4s were 2-0 up at home, but the visitors clawed their way back into the game with two goals.  ‘Dale Western 4s had time to conjure up a third and winning goal to qualify for the next round of the cup.  Goals for the L4s came from Georgia Schmolke, Claire MacDonald and Sophie Watkiss

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography

Weekend Preview – 8th/9th December

This weekend sees both 1st XI teams in action as they play their first fixtures of the indoor season whilst the West district ladies outdoor teams draw a close to the first half of their respective seasons.

Saturday – M1s vs. Kelburne 1s (10.10am); M1s vs. Inverleith 1s (12.55pm) – Bell’s Sports Centre, Perth

Clydesdale Men’s 1s begin their Men’s National Indoor Division One season off with games against last season’s Play-Off Finalists Kelburne and champions Inverleith at Bell’s Sports Centre in Perth.

The M1s will take on the Paisley side from 10.10am before taking on Inverleith – who won last season’s Play-Off Final from 12.55pm.

Clydesdale have gained new players in their bid to have a successful season.  But it will be the same old faces at the helm of the indoor team, with Neil Mitchell coaching the M1s for another indoor season as well as Andrew Allan being indoor captain.

Sunday – L1s vs. Hillhead 1s (9.15am); L1s vs. CALA Edinburgh 1s (12.55pm); L1s vs. Dundee Wanderers 1s (4.35pm) – Bell’s Sports Centre, Perth

Clydesdale Western 1s will hope to defend the Women’s Indoor National Division One crown this year as they begin their season with three fixtures concluding with a tie against fellow league challengers Dundee Wanderers 1s – also at Bell’s Sports Centre in Perth on Sunday.

The girls had a terrific end to last season’s competition, winning the Women’s Play-Off Final 4-2 against Wanderers back in February.  The two sides meet again on Sunday from 4.35pm, which will be after the L1s have played Hillhead 1s (9.15am PB) and CALA Edinburgh 1s (12.55pm PB) respectively.

The L1s will know standards have to be high, not only as going into the season as champions, but also with their upcoming involvement for European indoor competition in Vienna, Austria at the start of 2019.

Saturday – L4s vs. Ardrossan 1s (2.00pm, A); L5s vs. Kelburne 3s (2.00pm, H); L6s vs. Glasgow University 4s (1.00pm, A)

Sunday – L4s vs. Loch Lomond 1s (2.00pm, H – Women’s West District Cup)

L2s vs. Granite City Wanderers 1s (10.10am); L2s vs. Kelburne 1s (12.55pm) – Dundee International Sports Centre, Dundee

Clydesdale Western 2s also start their indoor season in Women’s Indoor National Division Three with matches in Dundee against Granite City Wanderers 1s from 10.10am, before taking on Kelburne 1s from 12.55pm.  Both games are being held at Dundee International Sports Centre (DISC).

Meanwhile, Clydesdale Western’s 4s, 5s have and 6s all still have remaining outdoor matches to be completed before the end of 2018.  The L4s have a double header, starting with their league match in Women’s West District Division One against Ardrossan 1s at St Matthews Academy, 2.00pm PB.  Then on Sunday, they play in the next round of Women’s West District Cup, where they face Loch Lomond 1s at home from 2.00pm also.  The L5s play at home on Saturday against Kelburne 3s (2.00pm PB) in Women’s West District Division Two, whilst the L6s are away at Garscube to take on Glasgow University 4s (1.00pm PB) in Women’s West District Division Three.

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography

Wins for M2s indoor, M3s, L3 and L5s – Weekend Review – 1st December

M3s 2-1 Dumfries 1s (C Moulson (2))

Clydesdale Men’s 3s completed the first half of their season by beating Dumfries 1s at Titwood in Men’s West District Division 1A.

The game began well with the M3s setting the pace right from the off as they went on to dominate the opening half.  The home side took the lead through Colin Moulson, before doubling his tally in the second half as the M3s continued their pressure on Dumfries.  The home side will feel they should have killed the game having won a number of penalty corners throughout that were not converted.

So much so, that Dumfries got a goal back from a reverse stick shot with ten minutes to go.  The away side stepped up to force an equaliser and almost got it through a corner.  But the M3s held their nerve to take the three points and seal their third win in four games.  The result keeps the M3s fourth in Men’s West District Division 1A.

L3s 4-1 George Heriots FP 1s (C MacDonald, S Duncan, G Green (2))

Veteran Gill Green inspired Clydesdale Western 3s to a 4-1 win over George Heriots FP 1s at Titwood in Women’s Championship Division One.

The L3s bounced back from their defeat to George Heriots a few weeks back scoring goals through Green twice, as well as Claire MacDonald and Sharon Duncan.

The result means the L3s are clear in fourth place in Championship One and are a point behind Clydesdale Western 2s.

L5s 1-0 Argyle 1s (A Martinolli)

Clydesdale Western’s 5s continued their excellent season in Women’s West District Division Two with a hard fought win at home to Argyle 1s.

The two sides had already played each other in the opening weekend of the season, having drawn 0-0 back in September.  And unsurprisingly, it was another even contest but the L5s got the only goal of the game through youngster Alessia Martinolli to take all three points.

The win keeps the L5s in sixth in Division Two, with clear day light between themselves and seventh placed Kelburne 3s.

L6s 2-10 Hillhead 4s (R Brewer, D Martinolli)

Clydesdale Western 6s difficult season continued as they were torn apart at Upper Windyedge to Hillhead 4s.

Despite goals from Rachel Brewer and Daria Martinolli, the L6s lost out 10-2 and remain in the bottom two of Women’s West District Division Three.

M5s P-P Dumfries 2s

Clydesdale Men’s 5s visit to Dumfries 2s for their Men’s West District Division Three clash was postponed for the second time due to a waterlogged pitch.

Overnight rain left the King George V Playing Fields unplayable. The two sides will look to reschedule to play at a later date.

M2s 12-5 Falkirk & Linlithgow 2s; M2s 9-4 Watsonians 2s

Clydesdale Men’s 2s got their indoor campaign off to a magnificent start as they secured wins against Falkirk & Linlithgow 2s and Watsonians 2s in Forthbank, Stirling.

All the more impressive was that the M2s did it without a goalkeeper as there young side got their season in Men’s Indoor Regional Division One off to a flyer in game one against Falkirk & Linlithgow with a 12-5 win.  The M2s then completed their day with a second three points – a 9-4 win against Watsonians 2s.

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography

Weekend Preview – 1st December

Just a handful of outdoor games for this weekend, which will all be reported on individually as well as the start of the indoor season for the Men’s 2nd XI.

M3s vs. Dumfries 1s (12.00 noon, H)

Clydesdale Men’s 3s play their final game before the indoor break when they host Dumfries 1s from noon at Titwood in Men’s West District Division 1A.

Despite a really difficult start to the season, the M3s are finishing the first half of the season strongly having won two of their last three league games including a 6-0 demolition of GHK 1s last Saturday.  The other of the two wins came against Dumfries 1s three weeks back, with the M3s sealing a 3-1 win and will be hoping for more of the same when their opponents make the travel north to Titwood.

The M3s, captained by Craig Bradley, currently sit fourth in a division of eight teams in West District 1A.

L5s vs. Argyle 1s (1.30pm, H)

Clydesdale Western 5s will hope to finish the first of their season with a win against Arygle 1s, 1.30pm PB, to keep them mid-table in Women’s West District Division Two.

Following promotion from Division Three last season, a tough season was to be expected for the L5s.  But Trish Lonergan’s side have performed admirably in the step up in division and find themselves sixth in Division Two.  Their opponents, Argyle, sit second bottom in tenth, and are in search of some much needed points.

The two sides have already played each other in the opening weekend of the season – both played out a goalless draw back in September.

L3s vs. George Heriots FP 1s (3.00pm, H)

Clydesdale Western 3s take on George Heriots FP 1s in their final game of the first half in Women’s Championship Division One, 3.00pm PB at Titwood.

Both sides faced off two weeks back, with the away side sailing to a 2-0 win at Goldenacre.  The L3s, however, have taken four points from their following two games including a shock 1-0 win against the L2s last Sunday.

That result leaves the L3s fourth in Women’s Championship Division One, and a win will bring them a point behind the L2s.

M5s vs. Dumfries 2s (2.30pm, A)

Clydesdale Men’s 5s will be aiming for three points when they vist Dumfries 2s from 2.30pm in a bid to step away from the foot of Men’s West District Division Three.

The M5s have only won one game outright this season, with their other two wins being concessions.  A win away at King George V Playing Fields, coupled with favourable results elsewhere would take them away from the bottom of Division Three.

L6s vs. Hillhead 4s (3.30pm, A)

Clydesdale Western 6s complete the card of outdoor games for Saturday when they visit Hillhead 4s at Upper Windyedge from 3.30pm.

The L6s have picked up four points from a possible 27 in Women’s West District Division Three to leave them second bottom in tenth place.  A win here, however, could see them go as high as seventh but that is hoping results in the league will go their way.

M2s vs. Falkirk and Linlithgow 2s (12.55pm) & Watsonians 2s (4.35pm) – Forthbank

Clydesdale Men’s 2s turn their attention from outdoor to indoor hockey this Saturday when they travel to Forthbank in Men’s Indoor Regional League.

The M2s will hope to build on a third place finish from last season when they play Falkirk & Linlithgow 2s at 12.55pm and then Watsonians 2s at 4.35pm.

Photo credit: Rhona Weir

M1s hold Wildcats, L3s stun L2s – Weekend Review – 24th November

M1s 1-1 Western Wildcats 1s (S Walker)

Clydesdale Men’s 1st XI completed the first half of the season by taking a point away from Auchenhowie in their Men’s National Division One clash against league chasing Western Wildcats.

The M1s got off to a flyer in the opening exchanges of the game when forward Struan Walker pounced on a defensive error to round Wildcats goalkeeper, Gavin Sommerville and convert to give the away side the lead.  From then on, Clydesdale stepped up in a bid to grab a second but missed out despite chances from Walker and Aidan Black.

The home side made the M1s rue those missed chances and level the scoreline when a pass from Rhury Smith was deflected in from Fraser Calder past ‘Dale goalkeeper, Sean Mahoney.  The second half was a more open contest, with chances aplenty for both sides.  Wildcats forward Andrew McConnell was denied by Mahoney from a penalty corner, whilst Clydesdale had corner opportunities themselves, but were denied by a sturdy home defence.

The M1s had a massive opportunity to take all three points when Andy McAllan was awared a penalty flick having seen his shot illegally blocked on the line.  But sadly, Andrew Allan’s effort from the spot was saved well by Sommerville.  Credit to Allan, however, who along with his fellow defenders kept their composure towards the final knockings of what was a frantic end in both sides attempts to win the game.  Wildcats and Clydesdale could not find the winning goal as both sides settled for a point.

The result takes Clydesdale level on points with Hillhead, but remain in fifth behind their west end rivals on goal difference heading in to the indoor period.

Saturday – M3s 6-0 GHK 1s (D Sturgess (3), S Jamieson, J Berman, E Robertson); M4s 2-1 Hillhead 6s (E McLean, J Nairn); M5s 1-6 Ayr 2s (I Flynn)

L2s 3-1 Grove Menzieshill 2s (M Lawson (2), L Arnold); L3s 1-1 Edinburgh University 3s (A Winter); L4s 1-3 Troon 1s (K Forgie); L5s 0-3 Uddingston 2s; L6s 1-2 Troon 2s (R Brewer)

Sunday – L3s 1-0 L2s (H McNaught); L6s 0-2 GHK 3s

In the rest of the weekend’s games – starting with Saturday – saw the M3s record their biggest win of their season so far in their Men’s West District Division 1A contest with GHK 1s at Titwood. Sam Jamieson, David Sturgess and Jeetinder Berman all finished off flowing team moves, before Sturgess grabbed his second from a drag flick in a first half overtime corner. Sturgess went on to complete his hat trick midway through the second half before Ethan Robertson completed the scoring at 6-0 for the M3s. The M4s narrowly won 2-1 in their clash at home to Hillhead 6s in Men’s West District Division Two. Goals coming from Eddie McLean and a superb deflection from youngster Jack Nairn. The M5s has a more difficult day when they lost 6-1 in their away game against Ayr 2s in Men’s West District Division Three – Iain Flynn scoring a mere consolation.

In the ladies matches, the L2s finished Saturday’s card of home games off with a hard fought 3-1 win at home to Grove Menzieshill 2s in Women’s Championship Division One.  Martha Lawson converted an open play move from just off the penalty spot five minutes before half time.  Lucy Arnold then doubled the home side’s lead into the second half ten mins into the second half.  Grove 2s pulled one back from a penalty corner but the two goal lead was restored when Lawson reversed a rebound from a corner high into the Grove goal.  In the same league, an under strength L3s team took a point in their visit to Edinburgh University 3s.  Anna Winter’s first goal for the L3s gave her side a 1-1 draw.  The L4s, L5s and L6s all tasted home defeats in Women’s West District Division One, Two and Three respectively. The L4s lost 3-1 to Troon 1s despite a goal from Kirsty Forgie.  The L5s went down 3-0 to a strong Uddingston 2s side whilst the  L6s lost 2-1 to Troon’s 2nd XI – Rachel Brewer scoring for the L6s.

On Sunday, the L6s luck didn’t change despite an encouraging performance at home to WWD Division Three leaders, GHK 3s. The home side lost 3-0, but the result of the day followed in the match after.  The L3s fought to a deserved 1-0 win against the L2s in Women’s Championship Division One. In a competitive contest throughout, both teams had corner chances which went by in the opening half.  It was more of the same in the second half, but it was the L3s who converted a corner with ten minutes to play in the second half.  Helen Walker’s shot from the top was initially saved by L2s ‘keeper Mairi Fletcher, but the rebound was scrambled in by corner injector, Helen McNaught.  The L2s pushed forward in vain to force an equaliser and almost got it with a few minutes left on the clock as Heather Lang found space in the circle to release a shot but was closed down quickly by L3s goalkeeper, Cara McCallister.  The L3s saw out the final minutes of the contest to seal a 1-0 win – a result which has now put a serious dent in the L2s bid to be champions of Women’s Championship Division One.

Photo credit: Andy Lovat