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M1s up and running; L1s claim two more wins – Weekend Review – 11th/12th December

Clydesdale 1s recorded a first win of their Men’s Indoor National Two campaign this season before claiming a further two victories at The Peak, Stirling on Saturday.

Following on from a draw and loss last weekend, the M1s beat Western Wildcats 2s 3-0 in their first game of day. Another six points were added by the end of the afternoon with wins over Monarch 1s (5-2) and Falkirk & Linlithgow 1s (8-3). Meanwhile, the M2s were in Men’s Indoor Regional action at Dundee International Sports Centre (DISC), but endured a tough start in the morning, succumbing to a 10-1 defeat to Erskine Stewart’s Melville 1s. Alex Ingram’s side bounced back emphatically however with big wins against Kelburne 2s (16-2) and Stirling Wanderers 1s (9-2).

Clydesdale Western 1s claimed another two results to make it it four wins from their opening four games in Women’s Indoor National One on Sunday at Bell’s Sports Centre, Perth. The L1s beat Hillhead 1s 7-2 before a comprehensive 5-0 win against Western Wildcats 1s. In Women’s Indoor National Two on Sunday at DISC, the L2s suffered losses either side of their only win of the day. The L2s were beaten 4-1 by Granite City Wanderers 1s and 2-1 by Aberdeen Bon Accord 1s but picked up three points with a 7-2 win against Dundee Wanderers 2s.

The M5s Development produced a superb performance in a comfortable 3-0 win against Ayr 2s on Saturday at a wet Titwood.

Two goals from veteran Spencer Cox and a single goal from Andrew Cox gave the home side a welcome three points in their Men’s West District Division Three campaign.

The M5s Development started with an effective defensive press from the front line which regularly retained possession and created plenty of chances. One was eventually taken when Spencer Cox opened the scoring in the first half.

The second half produced more of the same which enabled two more goals to seal the points – a second from Spencer Cox and a goal from Spencer’s son, Andrew. Whilst it was older statesman Spencer Cox who grabbed the goalscoring headlines, it did not take away how strong the team performance with notable individual displays coming from youngsters Tristan Robin, Myles Macaulay and Reuben Clark.

The M5s were narrowly beaten away to Hillhead 7s on Saturday in Men’s West District Division Three.

Goals from Florent Saint-Ledger and Iain Flynn were not enough to stop ‘Dale 5s losing to a Hillhead 7s side who took the lead within the opening minutes of the contest.

Despite that setback, the M5s regrouped well to regain some control in the match before equalising. Saint Ledger was the final outfield player to touch the ball in a penalty circle melee which ended when Hillhead’s goalkeeper appeared to unwittingly back-heel the ball into his own goal. But the away side produced an error of their own making not long after when a loss of possession from their own defensive hit out sent a home side forward clear for a one-on-one before duly converting. The first half would finish level when Flynn struck home a penalty corner.

Into the second period, Clydesdale 5s continued to display more attacking endeavour whilst Hillhead 7s were showing threats of scoring from counter attacks. And one such counter attack with five minutes to go gave the Jordanhill side a 3-2 lead before closing out to clinch all three points.

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Weekend Preview – 11th/12th December

Three of our four Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western national indoor indoor teams will be involved in triple header games this weekend.

On Saturday, both the Men’s teams will play three games each. The M1s will hope to pick up their first win of the season in Men’s Indoor National Two when they face Western Wildcats 2s (10.10am), Monarch 1s (1.50pm) and Falkirk & Linlithgow 1s (4.35pm) at The Peak, Stirling. The M2s, who travel to Dundee International Sports Centre (DISC), are involved in Men’s Indoor Regional fixtures against Erskine Stewart’s Melville 1s (9.15am), Kelburne 2s (12.00 noon) and Stirling Wanderers 1s (1.50pm)

The ladies then take to the indoor court on Sunday. The L1s will hope to build from their excellent start when they make the journey to Bell’s Sports Centre, Perth to play Hillhead 1s (12.00 noon) and Western Wildcats 1s (3.40pm). Meanwhile, the L2s, like the M1s and M2s, have three game involvements at DISC starting with Granite City Wanderers 1s (9.15am) before taking on Dundee Wanderers 2s (11.05am) and Aberdeen Bon Accord 1s (3.40pm).

The M5s and M5s Development are in outdoor action in Men’s West District Division Three on Saturday.

The first outdoor passback of the day features the M5s who travel west to play Hillhead 7s from 12.30pm. Then at Titwood from 1.30pm, the M5s Development play Ayr 2s.

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L1s start Indoor title defence with two wins – Weekend Review – 4th/5th December

Clydesdale Western 1s began the defence of their Women’s Indoor National League title with two wins on the opening day of the indoor season at Bell’s Sports Centre, Perth on Sunday.

The L1s started off their indoor campaign with a 4-1 win over Dundee Wanderers 1s before narrowly seeing off Inverleith 1s 2-1 in their final game of the day.

Meanwhile, Clydesdale 1s endured a difficult opening in Men’s Indoor National Division Two at The Peak, Stirling on Saturday. The M1s were beaten 8-4 by Dunfermline Carnegie 1s before being held 3-3 late on to Hillhead 1s.

Both 2s teams had a new look about them but managed to record one win from their two games this weekend. The M2s comfortably won 10-3 against Grange 2s, but went down 9-8 to Granite City Wanderers 1s at Bell’s Coaching Hall, Perth. The L2s, on Sunday at Dundee International Sports Centre, Dundee collected four points from a possible six by beating Grange EL 1s 5-3 and drawing with Uddingston 1s 4-4.

All three outdoor games taking place on Saturday ended in defeat for Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western teams.

The M5s lost their Men’s West District Division Three encounter with Dumfries 2s at cold and rain-soaked Titwood. The home side were four goals down by the half time whistle but Donald Amour grabbed a goal back in overtime, following up Frank Hirst’s short corner strike with a sweet backhand finish. The M5s then halved the lead when Ross Furmedge tapped in a well-driven cross. Unfortunately for Clydesdale 5s, their opponents scored a fifth goal fifteen minutes from time to seal all three points.

The M5s Development, also in Men’s West District Division Three, went down 4-1 away to Hillhead 7s – Andrew Cox scoring a consolation goal. Isla Wheeler was on the scoresheet for the L5s who were involved in a late passback at Glasgow National Hockey Centre against Stepps 1s in Women’s West District Division Two, but also lost out 4-1.

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Weekend Preview – 4th/5th December

This weekend sees the long awaited return of Indoor National League hockey, whilst there are another three outdoor games scheduled.

Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western will be entering two teams respectively for the 2021-22 campaign. The L1s will be aiming to retain the Women’s Indoor National One league title, whereas the M1s will be hoping to return to the Men’s top division at the first time of asking following their relegation back in February 2020. The L2s and M2s will also be involved in league competitions this season.

‘Dale Western 1s will once again be coached by club legend and Olympic bronze medallist Wendy Justice in Women’s Indoor National One. Justice – who will have husband Peter as assistant coach – is likely to have available the majority of those who won the indoor league title against Dundee Wanderers 1s nearly two years ago as well as those who have been part of an invincible start to the outdoor season so far. The L2s will be representing the club a division below the 1s in Women’s Indoor National Two.

‘Dale 1s will also return to the indoor court and will be itching to make a swift return to Men’s Indoor National One following their relegation after a Play-Off shoot out defeat to Watsonians 1s. This season, another club legend and ex-M1s captain Ali Bleach will be leading the Titwood boys for the indoor league challenge. The M2s, captained by Alex Ingram, will be part of the Men’s Regional Indoor Division this season.

On Saturday, the M1s start their Division Two schedule at The Peak, Stirling against Dunfermline Carnegie 1s (10.00am) and Hillhead 1s (1.40pm). The M2s take on Grange 2s (12.45pm) and Granite City Wanderers 1s (3.30pm) – both games taking place at Bell’s Sports Centre Coaching Hall, Perth.

Then on Sunday, the L1s will be in the Main Hall at Bell’s to face Dundee Wanderers 1s (11.05am) and Inverleith 1s (2.45pm). Dundee International Sports Centre, Dundee is where the L2s start their league season against Grange EL 1s (11.50am) and Uddingston 1s (2.35pm).

The M5s, M5s Development and L5s are all involved in rescheduled outdoor games. In Men’s West District Division Three, the M5s are at home to Dumfries 2s from 1.30pm and the M5s Development are away to play Hillhead 7s – 3.30pm pushback. The L5s complete the card of outdoor games with a 4.15pm start, facing Stepps 1s.

Photo credit: Duncolm Sports Photography