Feeling Champion

The final weekend of the Women’s National League 3 was to take place in the coaching Hall at Bells Sports Centre in Perth. This was to be either the “Theatre of Dreams” for the GCW Ladies 1s or “the Hall of Hell”. The glad news is was to be the former and the Ladies 1s won their second National League 3 title to earn their place back in Division 2.

The first game of the day would set the tone as the girls took on an ever improving Uddingston side. The girls showed their experience in edging into a 1-0 lead through Katy Smith but by half time a comfortable 4-1 lead was established. The second half saw a composed and controlled GCW game see the game out 6-2.

The remaining two games of the day were against Stirling Wanderers who had turned up with a full squad of twelve players for the first time this season. The first game was a bit more difficult than expected as the girls knew a win of any kind would leave them needing a point in their final game. The girls stuttered to a 3-1 lead at half time largely due to some concentration issues. The final score was to be a 4-1 win for GCW but the second half was a much better performance and Stirling had to thank a fine goalkeeping performance to keep the score so low. The final game of the day was again facing Stiling and this came around quicker as Uddingston scratched their game against Perthshire which gave the Perth side a 10-0 win.

The final game however saw the best of the now confident GCW girls. Some fine play in the first phase of the game saw them stretch to an early 4-0 lead. The game was all but over and the trophy won by half time but the GCW side powered away to eventually win 15-2. At one stage in the second half the whole GCW squad were 18 and under. The only 18 year old on the pitch being Abby Miller who broke away from her 9 day celebration of her 18th birthday to play.

 

Well deserved winners and the culmination of 3 years work getting ever closer and the title just about makes up for losing out on goal difference the previous year.

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Indoor for Thrills

The National League Women set off for Bells this coming Sunday with excitement. Some 9 years previous the Ladies 1s won their way out of WNL3 in a tense weekend at Dundee University. This Sunday the girls have 3 games to gain six points to guarantee their second National 3 Indoor title. If this squad requires any good omens they can start by looking at their personnel. Shiona Brough is teh only player who survives from that day in a playing capacity but on the sidelines then was a 13 year old Emily Watson so there is experience to call on. That side went on to win National 2 and feature for two seasons in National 1 so let's hope they see this as a start of success and not just a conclusion of an indoor season.

The side features many youngsters getting their first taste of end of season excitement, an invaluable experience and one worth having. Sadly missing Eilidh Seedhouse this weekend because f other commitments her team mates will be aiming high and shooting low.

Team : L Clyne, C Athawes, S Brough, E Watson, J Barr, J Tait, K Watson,K Smith, A Miller,E Campbell. 

 

 

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2018 Indoor Dream

The first competitive matches for the Ladies 1s in 2018 were to prove crucial in their aim of winning National Indoor League 3. A return to Dundee University brought back memories of the ladies first ever National Indoor title some 10 years previous.

The first game up was a must win match against league leaders Perthshire Ladies. The two previous encounters this season had been edged out by the Perth side so a win was essential to any title hopes. A squad of eleven girls travelled mixing youth and experience in an attempt to make up for previous scores.

The game started as the two previous encounters with GCW pressing hard and creating chances. Similar to both the previous games GCW took the lead when Katy Smith forced home a shot. Unlike previous matches however the GCW short corner defence held firm with Ciara Athawes bringing off two fine early saves with her gloves. The girls took confidence from this and scored twice more before halftime to go in with a comfortable 3-0 lead. Perthshire scored five minutes into the second half to give them hope but the GCW girls were never to be denied and eventually ran out 5-2 victors.

The second match up was the first time the girls had faced Stirling Wanderers this season. The Stirling side had only 6 players due to an injury in their first game and the GCW  bench proved too strong. 10 minutes into the game GCW were 2-0 up but stuttering, a change to a kicking back did the trick and the side became a more free flowing unit and ran out 11-2 victors on the day. To top the day off Perthshire also lost to Uddingson 3-2 in their second match.

The league now sits with GCW top on goal difference with three matches to play, Perthshire have two further matches to play so a solid Sunday this weekend is required for a happy end to the season and a deserved title win.

 Whilst their elders were winning in the National League GCW also had 14 youngsters out at the U12s at Cults Academy. The youngsters performed well under the tutelage or Esther Walterson, Alastair Hunter and Stacey Ashowrth thanks to all three for their help.

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