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Hockey Schools Festival Fantastic

The 10th of October seen the second primary school hockey festival held at Tannochside Primary School organised by Uddingston Hockey club in conjunction with Uddingston Sport Hub.

This festival was even more exciting with twice as many schools taking part than last term, which saw 13 primary schools providing over 350 pupils, which saw over 40 teams competing on the day.

The tournament was to celebrate and reward the children for their hard work during class PE and after school clubs, where they have been coached field hockey following a school coaching programme put together by Uddingston Hockey Club.

This programme began in schools in January 2011 and involves the club coaching 13 primary schools, as well as 5 secondary schools. In total, there were 13 primary schools taking part in the tournament, with teams from primary 4 up to primary 7.

The programme will now move into term two October to December with the plan to continue and grow in existing and new schools throughout 2013 and 14 with the view of having a network of after school clubs averaging 25 pupils in each that would then feed into the clubs own youth section.

The morning session included Muiredge, Carmyle, St Brides, Beckford, St Paul’s and Garrowhill Primary Schools (9:30 to 11:30). The afternoon session included Chatelherault, St Mary’s, St Johns the Baptist, Bothwell, Tannochside, Aitkinhead and Hamilton College primary (12:30 to 2:30).

Over the course of the day 364 kids were involved in the games, with children showing wonderful skills, teamwork and competitive natures. We were all thankful for the rare nice weather.

The coaching and festivals wouldn’t be possible if it wasn’t for much fundraising by Uddingston Hockey Club itself, help from Uddingston Sports Hub as well as grant support from Awards for all and Communities 2014. All these funds go towards equipment, facilities, coaching and transport, and without it such events could not take place!

Following the tournament, many of the afterschool clubs have increased in numbers with many kids now having the chance to enjoy playing a sport that they had never had the chance before.

Uddingston Hockey Clubs Youth Section has also benefitted with the added interest in joining, making the coaching and organising the tournament all worthwhile. Uddingston hockey Club would like to give a big thank you to all schools involved, the teachers and helpers for their organisation and patience. Thanks also to the coaches and helpers.

Uddingston Ladies Make their Indoor Debut

Uddingston ladies took on Glasgow Accies (whites) in their first indoor league game, at paisley lagoon centre Thursday night,  under the watchful eye of their coach Laurie Mckelvie.

The team did well, showing some great potential.  A special mention was given to Hayley Platt for some great GK. 

Scoreline was Uddingston 0 - Glasgow Accies 8.  

Weekend Preview - Full Day of Hockey @holycross

This Saturday sees all gents sides at home with all games looking to serve up some exciting hockey. The day starts with the development squad facing Rottenrow at 11am. The development squad are flying high and scoring a lot of goals so this should be a cracker as the team continues to gel under the stewardship of John Platt.

 

Next the gents 1st XI hit off against Highland with a 12:30pm hit off. Highland established themselves in National 2 last season after their promotion from Division 3 and always prove a tough test. The first team are looking to extend their winning run. Captain Nairn Scobie is looking for a strong performance from all of his players and is confident Martin McIntosh can add to his already impressive tally.

 

The 3rd game of the day is Fraser Campbell's second XI who play host to Erskine Stewarts Melville with a 2pm hit off. Picking up 6 points the previous weekend has given the 2nd XI a massive boost which they are looking to maximise. Graham Beveridge is on a high after his double on Sunday and will be looking to add to this. The Second XI welcomes the return of experienced midfielder Sumit Gajree for the first time this season, his powerful running will add a new element to the second XI attack.

 

To round off the day Gordon Fraser will lead out his 4th XI against Hillhead with a 3:30pm hit off. Gordon Fraser will be looking to key player Allan McGill as he looks to take three points from this encounter. Veteran Martin Clarke is settling in well to his new position up front and alongside Barry Platt will be looking to give the Hillhead defence a headache. Gordon Fraser also welcomes new signing goalkeeper Mark Kirkwood to his side.

 

General Club Training Update ******Important*******

Wednesday training for the next two weeks (10th & 17th of October) will not be on and will resume on the 24th of October. This is due to school business and holidays. Youth training will also not be on (11th and 17th) and will return on the 25th of October.

Weekend Preview

It's busy weekend ahead for Uddingston Hockey Club with games on both Saturday and Sunday. There is no hockey on Saturday for the Gents 1st XI as they play host to Glasgow University on Sunday with the game being played at Carluke.

 

On Saturday the second XI travel to face local rivals East Kilbride and from history the fixture always looks to serve up a great clash. Captain Fraser Campbell will be looking to build on last weeks performance as his side were narrowly defeated by Dumfermline Carnegie.

 

The development squad play host to Hillhead on Saturday at Holy Cross with a 12:15 hit off. John Platt's side will be looking to get back to winning ways. Although dominating the previous weeks clash against Dumfries, they failed to get the 3 points going down 2-1. When speaking about the season so far John commented " We are looking to get back to winning ways this weekend and i really feel the development squad is starting to gel and hopefully we will turn more of the opportunities we are creating in to goals".

 

The 4th XI are away to lovely town of Lanark to face Clydeside. Its been a mixed season so far for Gordon Fraser's side as they have been scoring freely although not getting the results. This will be a tough task for the villagers 4th string as Clydeside currently sit 2nd in the league although Gordon is confident his side can look to cause an upset.

 

On Sunday both the 1st XI and Second XI sides face Glasgow University with the later facing Glasgow University 2nd XI at Garscube.

 

The gents 1st XI will be looking to continue on from last weekends emphatic 6-0 victory over Cala Edinburgh. Captain Nairn Scobie was over the moon with the performance and the result and it was also great to see a return to form for defender Andrew Baxter and an explosive start from Martin McIntosh, netting twice in his competitve debut for the villagers.

 

With a full squad at his disposal this week Nairn said " The squad has increased the intensity and volume of training  this week and with confidence running high, i want the squad to take that in to Sundays game and push for another 3 points".

 

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