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GHK vs. Clydesdale Western – Friday Night Preview – 13th May

Clydesdale Western 1s will finally play their last game of the domestic league season when they face GHK 1s at Old Anniesland on Friday night, 7.15pm pushback, in their bid to secure European hockey for next season.

The L1s are one point behind second placed Edinburgh University 1s in the Women’s Premiership. Only a win would be needed as a draw, albeit takes the two sides level, will see the Titwood girls stay third by virtue of a goal difference deficit to Uni.

The fixture was meant to be played on the 30th April, but back-to-back weekends of Scotland Women’s fixtures meant a rescheduling was requested and subsequently granted. Scotland Women’s squads over those weekends featured ‘Dale Western’s Fiona Semple, Bronwyn Shields and Millie Steiger and all three are expected to feature in Friday night’s game.

Additionally, Head Coach Derek Forsyth has no long term absentees of note and a full squad is likely to be selected for the L1s must-win game with their west end opponents GHK.

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On – line auction and raffle for Clydesdale Western’s Eurohockey campaign will end on 28th May

To help raise funds for their European Campaign this June Clydesdale Western are running an online raffle and auction. Both will close on Saturday 28th May when we will be announcing the winners at a social night at the Club.

The team are travelling to Alanya in Turkey to compete in EuroHockey’s Club Challenge II from the 3rd to 6th June. They will be playing top club sides from Switzerland, France, Austria , Turkey and Ukraine. It is a huge commitment for the Club and the players and any support would be greatly appreciated.

Clydesdale Western On line raffle and auction

There are three collections of prices in the raffle and a variety of prizes are available, please click on the link below for more details.

https://raffall.com/clydesdalehockeyclub

The auction will interest golfers as there is a fourball at the world famous Gleneagles and another at Dalziel Park Park. To bid for these great prizes please click on the link below.

Clydesdale Western Hockey Club – GalaBid

Another option to help support the girl trip is via the Club’s Just Giving page.

Please come along to the club on the afternoon of the Saturday 28th May when the auction and raffle will conclude ands wish the girls all the best for the tournament.

M1s record highest league finish for over a decade – Weekend Review – 30th April

Clydesdale 1s registered their highest finish in the top flight of Men’s Scottish Hockey for 12 years after they secured the required point against Watsonians 1s at Titwood last Saturday.

The visitors from Edinburgh went in at half time a goal to the good from a drag flick, but skipper Andrew Allan levelled matters in the same form to complete Head Coach Ciaran Crawford’s first full season as M1s coach with a fourth placed finish in the Men’s Premiership.

Allan was an absentee from the defeat to Edinburgh University 1s the previous Wednesday, but was the most notable return to a 17-man squad. The home side started well having a decent amount of possession as well as creating a few chances. Watsonians were finding success too via the aerial ball and conjured up chances of their own, but neither side could break the deadlock in the opening quarter. The away side then won a couple of penalty corners in the second quarter and eventually scored with a powerful low flick.

Into the second half and the Titwood boys found an equaliser when Allan scored from a penalty corner. In the final quarter, Watsonians pushed hard to find a winner to take them above Clydesdale come full time, whereas Crawford’s men were happy to take the counter attack approach to protect what they had. And the tactic effectively paid off as no goals were scored by the time the full time whistle went.

The M5s completed their season with an excellent away win against Ayr 2s in Men’s West District Division Three.

Two goals from Ross Furmedge and one from Iain Flynn helped the M5s record a 3-0 win against Ayr’s 2nd XI. Meanwhile, the M5s Development lost 3-1 away to Stepps 2s. Logan Forsyth’s powerful reverse strike cancelled out a Stepps opener. But the home side grabbed a goal in both halves without reply to take all three points.

The L2s and M2s suffered losses against respective Edinburgh University sides. The L2s, at Hutchesons’ Grammar School, lost 2-1 to Edinburgh Uni 3s. Hannah MacDonald’s goal five minutes from time was merely a consolation to a two-goal lead that was initially gained by Uni 3s. The M2s signed off their Men’s Regional Division season, losing 6-0 to Edinburgh Uni 2s at Peffermill in a result that confirmed the student side’s place as league champions.

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Midweek Review & Weekend Preview – 26th/27th/30th April

Clydesdale Western 1s are a win away from qualifying for European hockey next season after coming from a goal down to take a point at home to Edinburgh University 1s in a gripping contest in the Women’s Premiership on Tuesday evening. 

In a game that produced fantastic hockey from both sides, it was Uni who took the lead in the first half with a well taken goal. But ‘Dale Western hit back in the second half when Fiona Semple tapped in at the back post. Further chances came at both ends, with the L1s coming closest after a short corner opportunity hit the post in the final knockings. But in the end, Clydesdale Western and Edinburgh Uni had to settle for a point each. The student side needed to win to clinch the final European hockey spot, whilst a win would have done the same for the Titwood girls. A draw means Derek Forsyth’s side must win their final game of the season away to GHK whereas Uni have completed their league campaign so will be hoping for an L1s slip up. 

Going into Tuesday night’s clash, Forsyth named the same squad as that who faced Watsonians 1s the previous Thursday apart from the unavailable Anna Logan. Sustained pressure from the visiting side resulted in an opening goal when a forward briefly escaped the attention of a ‘Dale Western defender to impressively deflect into the side of the net. The home side responded well and created a couple of chances with perhaps their best one coming from Emma McGregor skilful lifts that led to snapshot that went inches wide. 

Into the second half and the pattern of play was effectively set. Clydesdale Western had to take the risk going forward to force an equaliser and leave defensive areas sparse against a confidence growing counter tactic by a speedy Edinburgh University. Thankfully for Forsyth’s team, the risk paid off. McGregor’s skills and composure on the right-hand baseline was key to setting up Semple for the easiest of tap ins. Both goalkeepers were then called into action. Iona Colquhoun – given a first league outing for the L1s – was forced to produce some strong saves from penalty corner chances for Uni.

And towards the end, the Titwood girls nearly took all three points from a penalty corner of their own. Frances Lonergan’s initial blocked shot fell to Millie Steiger whose own shot took a deflection before crashing the post with goalkeeper and defence beaten. Thankfully for Clydesdale Western, the miss had no bearing on the final outcome of the match which now means a win against GHK is enough to claim second spot in the Women’s Premiership table for the 2021-22 season. 

Clydesdale 1s hopes of finishing fourth in the Men’s Premiership table will go to the wire after a 4-0 loss to Edinburgh University 1s at Peffermill on Wednesday evening. 

Two goals in each half gave the student side all three points against a Clydesdale side who were missing a few personnel including captain Andrew Allan. Ciaran Crawford’s side must avoid defeat against Watsonians 1s on Saturday to record their highest league finish in over ten years. 

As well as Allan, Jack McKenzie was also a notable absentee to a 16-man squad travelling to the capital. The first quarter passed by without notable moments but the second quarter was when Edinburgh Uni broke the deadlock. A short corner was deflected into the goal and one became two when a hit to the back post was touched in by a forward. 

The second half saw the Titwood boys look to respond quickly but their best opportunities came and went from penalty corners. The student side took advantage of those misses to score two set pieces of their own in each of the second half quarters to complete a clinical victory. 

Clydesdale 1s complete their league season with a showdown for fourth place in the Men’s Premiership at home to Watsonians 1s from 11.30am 

The Titwood boys need to avoid defeat to record their highest finish in the league for over ten years. The previous meetings between the two sides have seen both teams record away wins. Watsonians won 2-1 at Titwood before the indoor break last year, but the M1s gained a form of revenge with a 3-0 win in the second half of the outdoor season. 

Head Coach Ciaran Crawford – completing his first full season in charge of ‘Dale – is likely to welcome skipper Andrew Allan back to the side, whilst Scotland youngster Johnny Bradley is hopeful to make a return to the M1s side after being unavailable for Wednesday night’s game against Edinburgh Uni. 

Four more Clydesdale & Clydesdale Western games take place including the M2s who could have a say in the destination of the Men’s Regional Division title. 

Stuart Banford’s side clinched fourth in the Regional Division following their 4-1 win over Watsonians 2s last Sunday. The M2s are away to league leaders Edinburgh University 2s from 2.30pm in their final game of the season. A win for the student side will clinch the league title. Anything less could open the door for either Grange 2s or Western Wildcats 2s who also play each other on the same day. 

The L2s also play their final game of the league season at Hutchesons Grammar School (HGS). Donald Amour’s side host Edinburgh University 3s at 1.30pm. And in Men’s West District Division Three, the M5s and M5s Development are both away in 2.00pm pushbacks. The M5s travel to Ayr to take on Ayr 2s whilst the M5s Development are at Millerston against Stepps 2s.

Photo credit: Rob Lindblade