Juniors

Silver for U16s in Glasgow

It was a busy weekend for the youth side of the club with a National Girls U16 competition on Saturday at Glasgow Green and a mixed U14s festival at Portlethen on the Sunday.

There were a few challenges placed in our way for Saturday of which the initial one was that none of our young keepers could travel. However up popped the voice of the ever keen Martha Sheal to volunteer. As it turned out she not only stood in but stood up with three shut outs in 4 games and conceding no goals from open play. Maybe Grace Morrsion and her frugal defensive outfit might have a say in that as well.

Off we set with the usual stop in Dundee to fuel up, pick up Ava Aimes and scrounge a seat on a bike or two. We got to Glasgow which was hot and humid, please believe it. First up was a young Inverleith side and the girls set about controlling the game. Eilidh Seedhouse looked to have got the girls underway but her early strike found the inside of the post and rebounded out. Would it be one of those days? Not so, these girls know how to get a result. Two goals in the first half were followed by a further three in the second for a comfortable 5-0 result.

Second up was CALA who proved a tougher nut to crack and stand in keeper Martha had to pull off a couple of fine, if unorthodox saves. Third match up was Kelso and the girls made sure of the game with a 2-0 half time lead. As the clouds began to appear the second half was played with no further addition to the score.

The final match up was to all intents and purposes the final, an undefeated GCW facing a Watsonians side who had not conceded a goal or a point. The game started with Watsonians on the front foot but with 5 minutes gone and no danger to the GCW goal the game began to swing the GCW way. Anna Lewis broke through on the left but her shot was just a little short of weight and the keeper saved. GCW were having trouble with their corner injection on the sticky clammy pitch and this meant they could not really take advantage in the first half.

The second half started and GWC went ahead. A good press on the right back allowed Ellie Lewis to win the ball and dribble into the circle and somehow get the ball beyond the keeper. Two minutes later and Watsonians were level; a low corner shot found its way home. These girls I did say earlier don’t know when to stop and went straight up the opposite end of the pitch for Ellie Lewis to score high in the net with a diving reverse stick shot. The tension mounted and the vociferous GCW support were very tense. With a minute remaining a corner was awarded against GCW and a second good strike found it’s way home to level the scores. Despite further attempts that was the way it finished. A runners up medal for the girls well earned and so close to gold.

Thanks to all the drivers, supporters and Roddy for umpiring on a very happy day.

Sunday saw a misty cloudy day for the U14s. With only three teams taking part it was split into 6 a sides for most of the event and finished with 2 eight a side matches. Oliver Macrae scored most of the GCW goals and Lackie Cargill and Heather Hunter proved a strong defensive unit. Emily Harper put on the goalie kit for the first time and brought off some fine stops.

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Good Day for U12s and U14s

Saturday the 10th June was the day our U12s got a chance to play alongside their older club members in a festival held by Ellon hockey club. With school activities weeks prevailing getting the usual numbers was thought to be a challenge but GCW had the usual teams of 11 under 14s and 8 under 12s.

The under 12s had a great competitive morning playing against Ellon and winning all of their matches. The event was notable for the latest in the Walterson family to make their debut in Alix showing mum and dad how to score and get about the pitch. The 12s also featured newcomers Molly Spedding Also making their debut for the 12s were Molly Spedding  and Thea Aitken, Thea having just dried out from Thursday evening’s match at training.

The 14s had their own debutants in Susannah Grant and Jo Sharples. The 14s played 6 matches winning four and drawing two and only conceding one goal all morning.  Their final game saw them only needing a draw to emerge victorious but Sarah Anderson decided to settle all the young nerves by netting the winner in the final game.

Thanks go to Ellon Hockey Club for organising the day which went very smoothly.

Unders 12s Squad : Emily Harper,Iona Pirie, Alex Thomson, Thea Aitken, Alix Walterson, Molly Spedding, Isla Goodbrand and Ava Aimes.

Under 14s Squad :

Jess Barr, Connie Hatfield, Amy Simmers, William Strachan, Evan Mundie, Jo Sharples,Sarah Anderson, Martha Sheal, Lucy Carton, Susannah Grant and Katie Thomson.   

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Stirling Performance

Sunday the 4th June was the first date for some Under 14 club action in Stirling to be followed next Saturday 10th June in Ellon. Most of the youngsters who travelled were experiencing their first club action outside of Aberdeen and they certainly acquitted themselves well. Saturday was the busy day with two call offs and wit ha no show on the Sunday the squad was whittled down to 10 for the 8 a side games. The good news about this was that they all got enough pitch time to go home a little tired.

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Under 12s Enjoy Primary School Qualifier

Rubislaw yesterday was the venue for the National Primary School Qualifier. Granite City Wanderers had two teams of youngsters entered ( 16 ), the only club entered among all the primary schools.

Ali Gentilucci and Sandy Keith looked after the teams and Alastair Hunter showed his umpiring skills. There were plenty of games for the youngsters some of who were playing their first ever games of hockey. I am pleased to say both our teams finished second in their group. It was also nice to see some of the school teams also with Granite City players featuring in their sides.

At the end of the day the goal was achieved as all left looking forward to the next event with smiles on their faces.

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