Future Looks Bright

Saturday saw the girls 2s continue their campaign against Grammar in the Indoor District lLeague. The game finished 5-3 to Grammar (the less said about the quality the better). There were debuts for Katy Thomson and Ava Airnes to add to other youngsters Jess and Eleanor Barr, Heather Hunter and Kassidy Mathers.

Sunday was the day for the U12s at the Gordon Centre and a very sound GCW side proved invicible with 4 wins. Winning is not the issue at thsi level but the attention to detail and high stck skills shown, the youngsters can be very proud of themselves. Led by coaches Esther Walterson and Fay Bruce they improved as the day went on. We are not sure if thsi was good coach input or the marshmallows supplied between games. 

 

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Hatfield Settles It

A New Year brought an energised GCW Ladies 1s to their first National Indoor Weekend of the decade. Two debutants (Eleanor Barr and Connie Hatfield) in the squad also enforced the “new” attitude to the squad. 11 Players travelled and all were used on a consistent rolling basis irrespective of form.

The first game up was Edinburgh who the girls drew 4-4 with on day one. This turned out to be another tight game. In the early stages it was nip and tuck and it was a question of who would  force a lead. As it turned out in 5 minutes it was Edinburgh through a lucky deflection or two. GCW tried to force it back but a counter by Edinburgh met with another deflection wrong footing the defence and it was 2-0 Edinburgh. There was a nervousness about the GCW side and a bit of familiarisation with the constant rotation. However this began to clear and suddenly the game swung. A long ball from the back found Eildih Seedhouse who spun the keeper and netted. This was soon followed by a replica but this time from Jess Barr. 2-2 and it looked set for an even first half but a piece of indecisive defending allowed Edinburgh to take the lead just before half time.

The second half was a ding dong affair 2-3 soon was 3-3, then 3-4, then 4-4 until finally Edinburgh netted the final goal to win out 5-4. A tight and enjoyable game to blow the New Year cobwebs away.

Game 2 was against Inverleith, the first game finished 3-3, and the girls were determined to get a positive result to go home with. A game dominated by GCW was 0-0 at half time. The game was still 0-0 at the end of the third quarter. The nerves were beginning to jangle a bit at this point as Inverleith won their first corners of the game. Then Jess Barr spun the keeper and was brought down for a penalty flick, a solid flick was well saved by the keeper. Was this to be a 0-0 result ?.

With three minutes left the ball was switched to Jen Tait on the left she looked up and saw Connie Hatfield heading to the back post. A disguised sweep across the defence looked just out of Connie’s reach but she reached forward to get a stick on it and score the decisive goal and the crowd and GCW bench were up in delight. The final two minutes saw a newly invigorated GCW side push for more and a corner switch to Heather Curry was netted with a minute to play to make everything seem easier than it actually was. Possible improvements might be shooting off the ground as several shots were defended well on the line by the Inverleith defence. Fourth in the table is a good way to start the decade.

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Ladies Move Up

Whilst most of you were Xmas shopping the Ladies Indoor section had a total of 7 games to get players for.  A bit of a challenge but one that the girls stepped up to.

On Sunday the GCW 1s travelled to Perth in Women’s National League 2 to take on Western and Bon Accord before they could think of mince pies. The first game was against Clydesdale Western. This was a game the girls had high hopes for and started well scoring in the 8th minute from Jess Barr. Despite always pressing the girls never got a crucial second and did not look themselves in the tackle. Thanks to the efforts of Jen Smith in goal the game entered the final 5 minutes still 1-0 to GCW. However a counter found a simple ball across the circle and a Clydesdale player on hand to finish it off to level the game up. A few nervy moments but the game finished in a 1-1 draw.

The second game of the day was a derby match against Bon Accord. The GCW girls always looked the better side and pressed throughout. They led 1-0 and 2-1but a dogged Bon accord side had the game level at 2-2 going into the final 5 minutes of the match. GCW had missed quite a few good chances and the umpires were less than kind when Heather Curry scored for it to be ruled out a s a hit. However a strong press and Heather one the ball on the left and managed this time to place the ball beyond the keeper with one hand to win the game 3-2. The result of the first half of the season is the girls are in fourth ready for the big January push.

North District Indoor got underway on Saturday at the Gordon Centre. The ladies 2s( minus a keeper) took on Aberdeen Ladies first and were coasting at 5-1 but a late comeback saw the girls eventually win out 6-4. Heather Hunter and Eleanor Barr made their debuts in this game and looked vey settled. Game two was a bit of a scrappy affair against Ellon but the 2s indoor strength eventually told out as they went on to win 6-3. All of the goals shared between the Barr sisters.

Sunday and the completely new 3s were out for three games headed by coach Fay Bruce. All at sea at the beginning but the youngsters grew through the day with 1-5, 2-3 and 6-2 their scores.

 

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GCW Girls Moving on Up

This last weekend had the GCW Ladies 1s finally get their outstanding match against league leaders Uddingston underway. This was the final match of the first half of the outdoor season and the weather was it’s wet best. Given the unusual timing GCW had a reasonably strong squad but the league leaders had not dropped a point all season so the task was tough.

The game started evenly with the wet pitch preventing fast movement and running with the ball. In fact it was easier to sustain pitch position in the attacking areas than it was to get the ball out of the defensive area. As the half progressed GCW had a couple of corners without any positive result but Uddingston got stronger as the half progressed and probably edged the half on play. It has to be said though that GCW defended doggedly at this point and getting into half time level was a very encouraging sign.

The second half saw Uddingston start strong but GCW began to take more control of the game and play much more of it in the attacking third. 10 minutes into the second half and GCW got the breakthrough their pressure deserved when Nicole Duffin moved left on the 23 yard area to fire a slightly lifted ball into the circle. The essential poacher Jess Barr led back and got the faintest of touches to deflect home.

The GCW girls were not satisfied with defending a lead however and continued to press. When they did lose the ball the ever reliable Shiona Littlejohn had her defence well marshalled and “new “ left defender Fay Bruce had her best ever game in a GCW shirt. Half way through the half and a corner was slipped left and fired at goal and this time the touch was from Lisa Clyne for GCW to find themselves 2-0 up.

Despite conceding a goal with ten minutes left there were few troublesome moments and some sound game play in the opposition half to produce very few nervous minutes.

A good all round team performance with GCW edging it “literally”.

On the same day the 2s managed to edge past a Grammar side winning 3-1. The result of the day is that both sides are third in their respective divisions.

Sunday saw indoor start and GCW travelled to Dundee to take on Inverleith 2s and the newly relegated CALA side. The Inverleith game saw a scrappy first half with GCW leading 3-0. Despite the lead and playing better in the second period some indifferent defensive work and inconclusive finishing meant Inverleith pulled the game back to make it a 3-3 draw. Game two would be the harder of the two games but it turned into a cracking indoor game of hockey with the lead constantly changing. It was Inverleith who went into the fourth period 4-3 up but GCW came back and drew the game 4-4 and were pressing for the winner at the end. The Edinburgh side found it very difficult to contain the GCW side throughout especially with Heather Curry being in outstanding indoor form.

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