Wanderers On The Move

As you may know Elliott and Lisa have set us all a chalenge duirng lockdown to keep us moving and motivate us on the days we feel “Lockdown Lazy”. The challenge was to surpass the mileage that would have been covered by our men and women’s first teams in away games to the end of the season. The target was therefore 4577kms.

 

Below is a message and update on the current situation and we have included some pictures of our younger ones settin geth pace.

 

Good Morning Everyone!

 Just a wee update for those not on the club social media.

 As of midnight on the 13th of May after 10 days we have completed an amazing 2,982.23km!! Leaving us just 1,594.77km to go.

 A massive thank you to everyone taking part in the challenge and to all those that have donated so far.

 Remember if you wish to donate you can do so via the below link and all money will go to NHS Grampian.

 https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/granite-city-wanderers-hockey-club


Well done everyone!! 

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5s Get First Win of the Season

This weekend saw the three ladies teams who were playing all winning by the odd goal.The pride of place this weekend though goes to the ladies 5s. Kevin Goodbrand has been working away with his young squad with little success until the last few games. A draw two weeks ago was a start but this wekend saw the girls achieve their first win of the season.The opposition was Aberdeen Uni 4s who claimed victory in the first meeting this season. The game was even until about the final quarter when the belief and energy of the 5s came to the fore. The goal was a fine piece of individual skill by Becky Sinclair down the right and a nutmeg of the keeper to finish it off. Thanks also goes to Jen Tait who umpired and jen Smith who supervised.

Saturday had the ladies 1s at home but with a slightly depleted squad due to games going on in Edinburgh. The game was dominated by the ladies and in the first 20 minutes it looked like it might be a rout with the St Andrews defence being given no respite. It was a Jen Tait goal that put the ladies 1-0 with a nifty piece of stickwork around the keeper. Sadly that was the end of the scoring as St Andrews improved in the second half and GCW missed a few chances.

On Saturday the 2s also had a narrow win deservedly beating Aberdeen Ladies 2-1. The winning strike came from Eva Sheal. 

 

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Welcome Back Outdoor

The National Outdoor leagues started back in earnest this weekend with the GCW girls taking on Grange in Aberdeen. The away game saw a tough match in which GCW ran out 1-0 winners.

The game started slowly for GCW who managed to take their own push back all the way back to their left back to allow Grange to get on the front foot. Nothing ensued from this attack and the girls soon began to get in their rhythm The GCW pressing was spot on for most of the first half and forced a well drilled Grange side to give the ball away under pressure several times in the first half. There were early corners which were not really executed well by GCW and allowed the away defence to clear their lines. The pattern of play was well evident for most of the half but 20 minutes in and a lone foray forward by Grange forced a long corner and from this the ball found its way into the circle and then beyond the GCW keeper and despite an effort to recover by Fay Bruce the ball trundled over the line for Grange to take the lead.

Although taken aback by this event GCW just kept going and eventually got an equaliser 7 minutes before half time when Jen Tait forced herself into the circle on the right hand side and fired a shot goalwards.The problem was it was going straight at the keeper, our usual problem. Jess Barr however also was between keeper and striker, she stopped eth ball with her back to goal and spun and shot beyond the keeper to level the match up.

That was the end of the scoring with GCW continually pressing in the second half and the Grange keeper performing extremely well. One such shot saw Eilidh Seedhouse pick the ball up on the 22 yard line go directly into the circle and fire what looked a perfect backhand shot but somehow the keeper just got enough on it to touch it round the post.

Despite late efforts by GCW the game finished 1-1 a solid performance against a top four team that should have resulted in a win on the balance of play but the Grange defence and keeper deserve credit for holding out strongly.

Friday night saw a game for the 3s against Aberdeen Uni 3s. The young GCW side dominated throughout but scoring again proved a bit of an issue with several scrambled clearances by the students. On this occasion however Esther’s charges went 1-0 up ten minutes into the second half when a ball in on the right rebounded out to Elle Clow who took two efforts to sweep the ball home for what was a deserved winner. They were joy to watch as a young side passing the ball well tackling strongly and proving powerful against their older opponents.

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Silver Medal for North at Indoor U18s

North District competed in the Inter District U18 tournament on Saturday featuring 8 Granite City girls. The whole squad competed well and controlled a significant portion of all of their games to eventually end up with three wins from four and the silver medal.

First game up of four was West. The girls got off to a good start when half way through the first half a penalty corner was fired in by Kassidy Mathers of the inside of the post to Jen Tait who forced it home. In the second period North got the comfort they needed when Katy Thomson received the ball in the circle and to her surprise passed around the keeper.

The second game up was East, never easy and when North were 2-0 in ten minutes and a jess Barr goal was chalked off things looked glum. However the girls fought back and Ailsa Phimster forced home a goal. Now it was on and the keeper Amber Deady was removed to add extra fire power but the girls could not get the equaliser and with 10 seconds left a broken passage  of play saw East edge their third.

Third game up was Midlands and the North took an early lead and then got a second before sealing victory with two late goals to win out 4-1.Sorry scorers I cannot remember them all.

Final game of the day was to win the silver medal and be in with a shout of the gold. An early first half goal from Kassidy Mathers was followed by a Jess Barr finish and late on when South had removed their keeper Ailsa Phimster finished the game off 3-0 to North.

It is a rare event when North comes away with a medal but all from the most junior in age to the captain played their part in an excellent tournament for North.

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