Men's 4's remain unbeaten

Pro-Life Fitness Kelburne 4's.  1
Rottenrow                                   0
Kelburne 4's maintained their strong start to the season with a magnificent team performance against a young, fast, skilful Rottenrow squad.
Rottenrow pressed hard from the outset and put the Kelburne midfield and defence under all sorts of pressure but without much outcome and some good saves from the stand in Kelburne keeper, Jack O'Connell 
Kelburne back four defended well but just couldn't get the ball out and up to their two strikers. Turnover ball from all over the pitch gave the Rottenrow midfield plenty of opportunity to get early ball up to their 3 strikers
A couple of Rottenrow short corners were well defended and lead to a nil nil half time score
Second half saw Rottenrow press and attack more down Kelburnes right side but although lots of action in and around the circle they failed to create many goal scoring opportunities. 
Stand in keeper Jack O,Connell had 3 vital saves keeping the team in the game and setting up quick counter attacks and it was from one of these that saw a Kelburne striker "stick" tackled inside the circle by 2 Rottenrow defenders Penalty stroke and Andrew Wilkie stepped up to convert low into keepers right hand corner. 
A more composed performance for the final 20 minutes saw Kelburne hold out for the win. 

Attention Parents!: Junior Indoor Training

Dear Parent,


Junior indoor training sessions are scheduled to start on Tuesday 7th October, with sessions running between 6pm and 8pm.


Last year we were pretty much faced with an exceptionally high number of kids, in a tight area, making training sessions both unproductive and more importantly from a safety point of view, unmanageable.

In order to plan ahead we are canvasing the parents to find out the range and number of players who wish to attend these sessions.


Please Note: That any players wishing to be considered for selection to the Kelburne Junior U14, U12 and U10 indoor teams for the west district competitions will have to attend indoor training.


Depending upon numbers, sessions may only be run every two weeks for each category we decide to offer, but first we have to gauge the numbers, so we would be most grateful if you could reply by doing the following;


Send and an email to;

Subject to state: junior indoor training (with any of the below as appropriate)


i.e. if your child is a boy 8 or under simply put junior indoor training m 08 in the subject box


F 08      female 8 or under

F 10      female 9-10

F 12      female 11-12

F 14      female 13-14


M 08     male 8 or under

M 10     male 9-10

M 12     male 11-12

M 14     male 13-14


The email body text to be blank with no comments or explanations please as we won?t have time to respond.
(it?s for survey results only an a quick count of who we have to cater for).


If the coaches consider the category your child is initially placed in proves to be too difficult or not challenging enough then they may be moved to another group at the behest of the coaches.




Details of arrangements for indoor training will be posted on the web site on Sunday 5th October.


Thank you for your assistance.


Kind regards


Steve Bain
Kelburne Hockey Club
Youth Convenor
Mob: 07837 798360 Home: 0141 849 6182 email:

Notice to all Junior Parents

As a result of the recent changes across many areas of operation at theclub, in particular, changes across the Juniors section, a parents meeting was held on Friday 12th September, to provide advice and discussion on the many aspects of the changes being made.  While the meeting was very positive, we are aware that a number of parents were unable to attend and as such we have provided a summary of the presentation and discussion which took place.  We also include links to the documents which were presented on the night and which will be useful to all parents.

Within the summary note you will also find a clear and concise statement, on behalf of the management committee, from the newly appointed Youth Convener, Steve Bain on the reasons for change and the way ahead.

We hope that you will find this to be both informative and useful.  Please also note, with regard to the request for volunteers for the youth committee, from the meeting,18 parents have signed the form expressing an interest in joining the committee.  If anyone who was not in attendance would also like to be included, please send an email stating as such, to Steve Bain at with Youth Committee in the subject box.  The first meeting is currently planned for the first week in October, a confirmation date will be emailed out to those parents expressing an interest in joining the committee.

Please find below links to the various documents:

  1. Notes and summary of the parents meeting on the Friday 12th September
  2. Organisation structure
  3. Youth Pathway
  4. Training Arrangements
  5. Safe in Care Form 2014
  6. Hockey Junior Application Form
  7. Match Fees & Payment / Bank mandate
  8. Youth Convenor Roles and Responsibilities

For items 5,6 & 7 above, all forms and payments should be put into a single envelope and marked for the attention of ?Raymond Nelson ? Hockey Treasurer?, which can be handed in at the bar.

Raymond will deal with the payments and registration on the club database and forward the Safe in care forms to Steve Bain, Youth Convenor.

Over the past two Saturdays, those attending the junior hockey sessions may have noticed that a number of new coaches have been in attendance; there are a number of reasons for this:

  • To allow these coaches to have a look at the players who are attending the sessions.
  • To allow these coaches to form an opinion of the current level of ability spread across the numbers in attendance.
  • To allow the senior and youth coaching staff to carry out an assessment of the current level of coaching being carried out and decide on ?why, what, when and how? changes are to be implemented.

There are a number of initiatives planned for the youngsters but we need to carry out a full analysis of how best to implement these. The target for the coaching staff meeting is towards the end of next week and hopefully by Saturday 11th October we will be in a position to further present these plans.

Finally, there has been some talk of Kelburne junior?s Saturday morning training sessions moving away from Whitehaugh to Prolife in Paisley. For clarification; Prolife are sponsors of some of the mens and womens senior teams.  As part of the arrangement they have offered the use of their astro pitches to the junior section.  It may be that the club will take up this offer once the weather begins to deteriorate in the winter time, over a period when the grass pitches may be proving difficult to play on.  However, this would be deemed to be a temporary measure if it proves beneficial to the players.  There is no plan to move junior hockey away from Whitehuagh on a permanent basis.

We hope that this information and the documents attached will provide you with both, what you need and an indication of the level of effort and commitment the club are showing towards all round improvement across the club.  There is a lot of work to be done and we hope you will support the various initiatives.



Men's 2's in comfortable win

Thomsons Cycles Kelburne 2's 7
Rottenrow                                    1

Thomsons Cycles Kelburne 2s opened their home league campaign against newly promoted league winners Rottenrow 1s, a side that hadn't lost in the league since they were created 5 years ago. The Paisley side started quickly, pushing Rottenrow deep into their own 25, creating a chance within seconds of the pushback, with the Glasgow side scrambling the ball clear,  possession was retrieved on the left by Connor Bain who passed to marauding centre back Fraser Scott who fired the ball into the D for Gordon Menzies to touch past the helpless goalkeeper, 1-0 after 3 minutes.

A further 10 minutes had elapsed when Kelburne doubled their lead; Jack McKenzie calmly lifting the ball over the diving goalkeeper, after being found by Fraser Hutchison as he ran along the right baseline. 60seconds later, a mirror image of that move from the left saw McKenzie double his tally. 3-0.

Kelburne continued their high tempo pressing game and forced a number of short corners, from one of these a quick thinking Scott slammed home his first goal of the season. Hutchison's straight strike charged down and Scott smashed the ball beyond the stationary 'keeper. 4-0

John Gerard Shepherd was next to notch. Pressure from Andrew Duff on the halfway line forced the Rottenrow player to turn back into trouble, veteran Menzies was able to steal the ball and exchange passes with onrushing Duff, before shooting at goal, despite having his initial shot blocked Menzies retained sufficient presence of mind to provide JG with an easy chance from 3 yards. 5-0.

Just before the end of the half explosive forward McKenzie was able to complete his hat-trick. Gathering Michael Nichol's pass in his stride before running from the halfway line, using the runs of team mates as diversions, before rounding the goalkeeper. 6-0

Despite the halftime team talk asking for more of the same, and with only small tweaks to the tactics, Kelburne were unable to maintain the high level of intensity that they had set.

A running game developed and the former student side were allowed to fight their way back into the game, and were able to score a consolation. Slow set up play, and poor reactions resulted in the Paisley defence being out numbered and powerless to prevent Fergus Barrows being beaten. 6-1.

Kelburne restored their 6 goal lead. After being awarded a short corner Adam McInnis fed Duff, who was able to hit back post for Andrew Bremner to deflect home. 7-1. Shortly after, Kelburne could've added to their lead, but a forward was unable to control a bouncing pass, and was tackled by the post...

A great first half, was let down an inferior second half performance. Still Thomsons Cycles Kelburne 2s know that they're capable of playing to a very high level, and the challenge is to extend their purple patch for longer periods of their next game against local rivals Clydesdale at Glasgow Green on the 4th of October.


Men's 3's back to winning ways.

Pro-Life Fitness Kelburne 3's 7
Glasgow Accies                       0
After last weeks 2-4 mauling on the sands of Medinah Motherwell Astro at the hands of an experienced but physical team, it was back to the drawing board for Pro-Life Fitness Kelburne 3s on a similar slow sandy pitch at Linwood ON-X against Glasgow Accies.
The late hot summer afternoon on a bone-dry sand-dressed pitch didn't help anyone and the game was not expected to be of high quality, however in the end this proved not to be the case for the young Pro-life Fitness Kelburne 3s squad who set about their challenge to return to victory with relish.
With the experienced backbone of Robbie, Ralph, Fowler and Anderson holding the centre line, this allowed the younger players to flourish and demonstrate their undoubted skills. The first half started very slowly for the 3s, with Accies gaining the upper-hand in exchanges which resulted in an illegal stop on the line by Gordon Robbie - up stepped the spritely young Accies forward who then sqaundered the opportunity by slipping it past Dougie McEwans left-hand post. An early luck escape....!
However after 10 mins, the Pro-life Fitness Kelburne 3s pressure started to tell on the Accies when a Fowler through pass went to young Luke Hortin for a 1on1 with the keeper for a first-time shot which the keeper saved but he was still on hand to follow through on the re-bound and smash an unbeatable shot in to the net for a 1-0 lead. And just 5 minutes later came the 2nd, from a great inside left run by Fraser Bone ending with a cute cut-back to an on-fire Horton who threaded in another unstoppable shot while on the run. And after 20 mins, the game was more or less sealed with a goal from the mercurial forward Billy Anderson from a great 3-way move down the right by Mort, Morton and Hortin, ending with a cool square pass from Calum Mort to Anderson who slotted home past a beaten keeper after his first high-net bound effort was saved by the keeper.
With the game more or less over after 20 mins, the 3s then descended in to a period of poor play, slowing the ball down and running too much with it rather than using their norml incisive quick passing game. Half-time came at 3-0 and severe talking to by Captain Anderson demanded more effort, structure and quick play for the second half start.
After the break these demands were met with a quick-start goal which started another goal-rush. A smart move around the circle with a pass and save by the goalie at the back-post with Ross Wallace on-hand to snap up the re-bound and slot it home with his reverse stick for an un-assailable 4-0 lead. This was followed quickly by a Fowler-Anderson move, with the formers slide-rule pass a setting up Anderson to cooly slot the goal home from a very tight angle for a 5-0 lead.
The game then started to get a bit niggly as the hungry Pro-Life Fitness Kelburne team pushed for more goals and the Accies grew more exasperated, and eventually the 6th came which marked a glorious hat-trick for Hortin. Another slick move around the circle and cut-back for him to slap it home and his day was compete. But more was to come. A drive down the right-hand side of the pitch by Ryan Edgar was looking good until he inexplicably cut inside and left himself exposed, however a great recovery to reach the ball first and reverse-stick across goal was met by Adam Morton to grab only his 2nd senior goal for the Club, slapping it home from close range and making it a runaway 7-0 for the yellows....
Overall a very solid and committed performance by all the young players in the squad with the oldies propping up the rear-guard with ease, however the MoM award has to go to Luke Hortin with a brilliant hat-trick on the day. With injuries and wedding and University trips now complete, the return of Neil McIntyre, Stuart Robin and Mark Connor is certainly going to give the Selectors some headaches in the next fortnight - no doubt a combination of match fitness and training form will go a long way to deciding how the next Squad for 4 Oct against Uddingston will be made up.

4's Maintain Unbeaten Start

Pro-Life Fitness Kelburne 4's 4
Irvine                                         1
Saltcoats 20/09/14
1100 start

Poor first half from both teams playing hit and run hockey. Very little from open play. Irvine relied on the big hit out to their two pacy forwards but they ran into a solid Kelburne back four and created little if any scoring opportunities. Kelburne did score a goal in the first half, courtesy of Shaun Malone, who created some space at top of circle before driving in and scoring from a good reverse stick shot.

Second half saw Kelburne play a passing game resulting in Irvine being pinned in their own half for long periods.  Pressure led to more penalty corners and it was new player Thomas McIntosh who converted from a James Curry pass. Goal number three came from a good passing move down right side leading to a cross into goal converted by Thomas McIntosh again 3 nil and cruising when Irvine were awarded a dubious penalty corner. Despite a great save from the Kelburne keeper Irvine followed up and scored from the rebound
Kelburne pressed hard for the rest of the game and the fourth goal eventually came from another set play, this time converted by Willie Allan. Final Score Kelburne 4-1 Irvine 1.New guys McIntosh and John Candlin both played well but man of match goes to young Shaun Malone for his excellent all round play and goal.

Mens 1s come through in Aberdeen

The game started well with Kelburne in control of the game with a fewearly chances which the Gordonians keeper dealt with well. After excellent work down the left side and into the circle by Adam Bain, Chris Nelson and Douglas Simpson the ball fell to Jonathan Christie who pounced on the loose ball to fire a upright reverse stick shot into the net for a very well taken first goal. The 'Burne then seemed to settle down and began to find a lot more space and passes into midfield.

The second goal followed shortly after with good work from Ross Mcintyre and Douglas Simpson into the circle who found Lee Morton who passed to Miles Goldie who had the simplest of tap-ins. From the restart of the goal Gordonians began to assert the physical dominance on the game with a few strong challenges coming in. This led to some frustration in the Paisley ranks and several silly yellow cards for back-chat and other offences led to them being down to 10 men for at least 20 minutes of the second half.

Despite this Kelburne seemed to get their act together and were to able to score the third goal. That finally came when Mark Ralph scored a trademark drag-flick high into the net to make it 3-0. Even with 10 men Kelburne still seemed in control but two good fast counter-attacks led to Gordonians making the scoreline a lot closer than the game might have suggested.

Coach Ralph commented that he was "Happy that we came away with the 3 points and that no-one was injured going into the next couple of weeks in preparation for the EHL in Barcelona."

Join the new Forum!

The club and its teams used to organise themselves via an online forum. Unfortunately, it had to be replaced so we're now launching a new one. The club's forum has always been a great way for club members to communicate and organise in private. There's always a lot to keep up with and it makes that easier for everyone.

Signing up is very easy but a Google account is a prerequisite. A lot people will have these already but for the ones that don't, creating one is quite easy. So, to join the new forum....

Step 1

You need to have a Google account to join the Kelburne forum. Do you already have a Google account? If you have a Gmail address or an Android phone (Samsung, HTC, Motorola etc) you'll have one already so skip to Step 2 below and use your existing details.

If you don't have either of these then it's easy to create a new Google account - please note that having a Google account doesn't mean you have to use their Gmail system - you can continue using whatever email address (Hotmail, Yahoo, AOL etc) you already have. The Google account only acts as login credentials. If you need to create a Google account go here, fill in the form and then go to Step 2:

Step 2

Visit the link below:

Click on 'Apply for Membership' and then pick a name that you want to be known as. Your request will then be processed and you'll receive an email notification.

If you have any difficulties please contact:

5's suffer setback.

Prolife Fitness Kelburne 5's    1
Giffnock,                                   4
Saturday 13th September 2014
Kelburne welcomed Giffnock to Glasgow Green for the Division 2 match. Kelburne took the pushback but Giffnock were first out of the blocks and caught Kelburne cold scoring within the first 2 minutes. Kelburne hit back and earned a long corner soon after but could not gain any advantage. Stand in goalkeeper Jak O'Connell was called into action when he saved from a Giffnock shot after 16 minutes. This resulted in a short corner which Giffnock took full advantage of, scoring their second goal. Young Niall Taylor managed to get a shot away after 30 minutes but it did not trouble the keeper. Giffnock finished the half on the attack and O'Connell stood up well to save.

HT Kelburne 5s 0-2 Giffnock

Giffnock started the second half but it was Kelburne who would score from a short corner. Connor Cusack injected and veteran Alan Bryce stopped and fired home. Game on and Kelburne pushed forward but could not find the equaliser. Giffnock penalised Kelburne and again scored from a short corner after 11 minutes. This energised Giffnock and as Kelburne ran out of steam Giffnock scored their 4th goal of the match, again from a short corner in the 17th minute. This was the last real action of the match.

FT Kelburne 5s 1-4 Giffnock

Ladies 1's lose season opener

Kelburne Ladies      1
Dundee Wanderers 3
Kelburne Ladies played Dundee Wanderers for their first league match this year, on Saturday the 13th.
The team lost a respectable 3-1, although this was disappointing for all team members, we were happy with our first performance.
Wanderers scored two penalty corners and a flick, showing that their open play could not get past our defence and keeper, Lauren Grant. Our goal, on the other hand, was an excellent display of skill from Chloe Hardie, who then layed the ball off to Molly Godfrey, with an excellent finish, the game then ended 3-1.
Overall Kelburne's performance was admirable and we worked together as a team on the pitch.

Ladies 3's in winning start

Pro-Life Fitness Kelburne Ladies 3's 6
Rottenrow Bluesox                              2
On Saturday 6 September Kelburne Ladies III played Rottenrow Bluesox at Glasgow Green in the first match of the season.  Kelburne won 6-2.


Goals were scored by Anna McIntosh, Kerri McGinnity and four by Jen Owen.


Well done to everyone who played especially to Joy Fraser and Nea Craig (our new young goalkeeper) who made their debut.  This was a fantastic start to the 2014-15 season.
Pro-Life Fitness Kelburne Ladies 3's 6    
Ayr                                                         0

On Saturday 13th of September Kelburne Ladies III played Ayr II at OnX, Linwood.  Kelburne won 6-0.  Kelburne had a full pool of players available to play. 


In the first half goals were scored by Laura Aitken, Katie Brogan and two by Lucy Bliss both of which were well set up by Jen Owen.  The half time score of 4-0 reflected Kelburne?s strong attacking play and great defence.


In the second half, Kelburne continued to pressurise Ayr.  This pressure was rewarded with penalty corners, resulting in two goals for Jen Owen. 


Thanks to Eilidh Flemming for goal keeping.  She had little to do thoughout the match demonstrating the strength of Kelburne?s defence.


Well done to everyone who played but especially to Rosemary McClaren, Amy Hislop, Rachel Bannatyne and Lucy Bliss who made their debut. 

Men's 3's in shock defeat.

Pro-Life Fitness Kelburne 3's 2
Motherwell                               4
After a solid opening day victory at home last week, the young Kelburne 3's travelled to Motherwell to try and keep the good start going.
A good starting period, where we had nearly all the possession in dangerous areas, several chances and short corners all went begging - and frustration started to creep in.
A physical and scrappy Motherwell started to get some break away moves and one of these resulted in a short corner which they converted, although this was quickly followed by a disallowed short corner goal from Kelburne which disheartened them somewhat but they ended the first half on a positive note with more pressure and ball possession.
Half-Time 1-0 for the home team.
In response in the second half, JG Shepherd coolly took the ball on a mazy dribble from the 22 mtr line and slotted a nice slide-rule shot under the oncoming goalkeeper to square the match at 1-1.   Kelburne kept on attacking and pushing up the pitch in waves which resulted in a second goal to go 2-1 up and well deserved at that point. A well worked interchange of passes between Adam McInnes, Sheperd and Fraser Scott, resulting in the latter slipping a pass-come shot which nicked the goalkeeper pads and arm and slipped in to the net. They all count.....!
Kelburne kept attacking in waves but in the end, left themselves exposed at the back to the unorthodox but effective direct line of play from Motherwell. This resulted in their equaliser quite soon afterwards to take the game to 2-2 with about 20 minutes to go.
Short Corners kept coming for Kelburne and various options were used and thwarted by solid defensive work or squandered with loose play around the top of the D. And it was to be from one of our failed corners that the Motherwell 3rd goal came - another breakaway up the park with some direct thrashing forward of the ball to a forward who lobbed the ball feebly in to the net. Now 3-2 down and 10 minutes to go and more Kelburne waves and more ball possession. Then another breakdown and direct smash through the middle to the forward to make it 4-2 with 5 minutes left.
Despite all the pressure, Kelburne couldn't score as time petered away for the team  to make any in-roads back to score parity.
Decent possession and some nice play did not produce the goods today, but we must build on the performance and keep playing the right way against teams who block and stop at every opportunity. A better performance than the score suggests - so more of the same this week against - but a bit more clinical in the last 25 being the order of the day.

Winning Start Continues for Men's 4's

Pro-Life Fitness Kelburne 4's 3
Uddingston 3's                        0
Glasgow Green Hockey Centre
Saturday 13th September 2014
The Men's 4th team entertained Uddingston as they looked to build on the positive result in last weeks opening fixture.A scrappy first half performance provided little in the way of creative hockey.
Kelburne made most of the goal scoring opportunities, mainly from penalty corners, and it was from this set play that Ewan Carmichael scored to give the team a one goal advantage going into half time.
Second half saw Kelburne press more and play better attacking hockey. Strong play down the right side of pitch, leading to two more goals. James Currie's quick thinking, from free hits into the top of circle followed by slick 1 - 2,s and goal scoring opportunities resulted . Connor Cusack and John Fergusson scoring respectively.
Kelburne finished the game strongly, retaining possession and limiting Uddingston to the long ball out.
A great result overall for the team.

Bromac Kelburne Men's 1st XI ? Game Preview vs Dundee Wanderers

Bromac Kelburne Men's 1st XI ? Game Preview vs Dundee Wanderers and Kit Launch

New Playing Kit

Bromac Kelburne Men's 1stXI will looking at the part in their brand new playing kit thanks to Gilmour Sports and Stanno. The playing kit will feature the branding of the new main sponsor Bromac Ltd and Glynhill Hotel. The Glynhill Hotel which is based in Renfrew have been long time supporters of Kelburne Hockey Club, we are delighted to have them back on board with Kelburne this season.All the guys in the team are loving the new kit and will definitely help the team play to their best, as the saying goes if ?Look good, feel good, play good?. A lot credit has to go to 1st XI player Adam Bain who has done a lot of great work to ensure that the team has top quality kit.

The team wouldn't be where they are now without the fantastic support of our partners such as Bromac Ltd, Glynhill Hotel and Gilmour Sports. Kelburne and the Men's 1st XI can't be more grateful.  

@BromacLtd     @GlynhillHotel     @GilmourSports

Game vs Dundee Wanderers 3pm - Glasgow Green

Saturdays game will see the team play their first home fixture of the season against Dundee Wanderers, push back 3pm @ Glasgow Green. The team will be looking to carry on their form from last weeks convincing 11-0 win over new comers Watsonians. Striking quintet of Lee Morton, Jon Christie, Jack McKenzie and Dougie Simpson will be looking to recreate their goal scoring prowess of last week where they notched up an impressive 8 goals between them.

The game vs Wanderers will also see the long awaited return of Iain Scholefield. After 3 years years of plying his trade in Belgium and Holland. It will be great to finally see Iain back in Kelburne's colours, to aid the teams for the push for the 11th title and EHL.

Kelburne will be looking for their second win of the season however the Dundee teams will always give up a good fight. It's important that the players turn up from the start to maintain their good start to their season.  

Let's get as many people down to Glasgow Green @ 3pm and turn the place yellow! Then after get back to club for a great evening at the Racenight which starts at 7pm

Men's 4's complete winning weekend

Pro-Life Fitness Kelburne 4's 4
Glasgow Accies                       2
Kelburne 4's visited Glasgow Academy to take on the Accies 1's in the first game of the new season.
The game was a fairly even affair for the first ten minutes with both teams playing some decent hockey but with little attacking outcome. Kelburne settled and began to pin the Accies into their own half leaving them with the long ball out as their main method of play. The pressure told and Kelburne scored the opening goal, from a short corner, James Currie striking from the top of the circle. The resulting pressure from Kelburne led to two more quick scores, 3-0 going into half time.
However a poor pass out from defence was intercepted by an Accies midfielder who drove into the circle and scored an excellent goal from an acute angle.
HT Pro-Life Fitness Kelburne 3-1 Glasgow Accies
The second half saw both teams tire and the play became more individual rather than teamwork. Kelburne scored a quick goal to go 4-1 up before conceding a penalty corner to  Accies who took full advantage to score their second goal of the game. No more goals despite several "missed" opportunities for Kelburne
FT Pro-Life Fitness Kelburne 4 Glasgow Accies 2
A great start to the season and a good performance from the Kelburne team

Men's 3's kick off with a Win

Pro-Life Fitness Kelburne 3's 3
Helensburgh                            0
The first game of the season brought  Helensburgh to Glasgow Green to take on Kelburne 3s.

The game begun and both teams were off to positives starts although Kelburne were the dominant force receiving a few short corners in the first 15 minutes that broke down and proved to be no real danger for the opposition. Pressure was still being applied but in the final third play was constantly breaking down, eventually the ball broke for Luke Hortin around the penalty spot and he struck the ball with power forcing the Helensburgh keeper to make a good save, the ball then rebounded to a composed Billy Anderson who calmly slotted the ball into the bottom left hand corner of the goal. Giving Kelburne the lead.

The goal lifted the games intensity, although the story was much the same with short corners not being converted and Kelburne lacking composure in the final third . There was the occasional dangerous break from a fast Helensburgh attack with Douglas McEwan having to keep alert making a few vital saves. Kelburne went into half time with a goal advantage even though they knew the game was not yet done and would have to up their game to come out with 3 points.

HT: Pro-Life Fitness Kelburne 3s 1-0 Helensburgh

The second half continued to be dominated by Kelburne and finally a successful short corner was converted with David Fowler finishing past the hard worked Helensburgh keeper. Kelburne were now noticeably the more comfortable team and with a more relaxed and composed second half Kelburne 3s put the game to bed after Adam Morton played a delicate cut back for Billy Anderson to get his second of the game. Helensburgh finished with a chance although Douglas McEwan never looked like he would be beaten. A comfortable opening victory for Kelburne 3s and with the countless short corners the team should have scored more than just their three goals.

FT: Pro-Life Fitness Kelburne 3s 3-0 Helensburgh


Men's 1's in Dominant Form

Bromac Kelburne 11
Watsonians           0
Watsonians were the hosts for Bromac Kelburne on Saturday 6th September at a sun-drenched Peffermill for the opening game of the season. Bromac Kelburne were keen for a good performance to send out a clear warning to their rivals that they would be relentless in their pursuit for an 11th straight league title under the new management team of Mark Ralph, Craig Walker and Colin Bryce.
New summer signing Douglas Simpson was also handed his competitive debut in the famous yellow shirt. After a delayed start it was the hosts who started the better as Kelburne were slow to establish their domination on the game with passes going awry. It wasn't long before Kelburne went through the gears and cut through the Watsonians defence on a regular basis. A ferocious reverse stick shot from Lee Morton proved too powerful for the hosts' keeper who could only parry the ball into his own goal. Kelburne continued to dominate the 1st half and they went in to the interval 6-0 to the good after further goals from Morton, debutant Simpson, Jack McKenzie and two trademark drag flicks from player-coach Mark Ralph.
The 2nd half produced another dominant display from Bromac Kelburne with Ralph completing his hat-trick when he sent another drag flick crashing into the roof of the Watsonians goal. Hat-tricks from Morton and Simpson on his league debut with a goal from Jonathan Christie completing a resounding 11-0 win.
Bromac Kelburne will be pleased on a patient and clinical performance whilst also keeping a clean sheet under the guidance of keeper Andrew Wilkie.
Next week sees "the Burne" play host to Dundee based side Wanderers where they will be hoping to continue their winning start to the season, with the push back at 3pm at Glasgow Green  

Men's 2's in Battling Win

Thomsons Cycles Kelburne 2
Uddingston                            1

Thomsons  Cycles Kelburne 2nd XI began their league title defence with an away fixture to newly promoted Uddingston 2nd XI at Holycross High in Hamilton. A quintuplet of absences, along with the presence of former players Jason and Josh Cairns ensured that this game would not be as straightforward as it first appeared.

Kelburne started the game slowly, and Uddingston were able to create a couple of half chances. midway through the half it looked that momentum had turned as Kelburne were able to push the host into their half and created one very good chance. Great pressure from Andrew Duff allowed Craig Walker to steal the ball and play Steven" SAM" McKinnon through on goal, unfortunately the forward was caught in two minds and deflected just wide of goal. From another attack Kelburne conceded possession cheaply and the long arial ball out of defence allowed former player Cairns to run unmarked into the circle, where he had time and space to shoot past the helpless Fergus Barrows in goals. Uddingston 1 - 0 Thomsons Cycles Kelburne.

Having taken the surprise lead Uddingston were content to sit back and try to use the long arial ball from defence to hit on the break, and invite Kelburne forward. Kelburne were able to force a number of half chances and short corners,  from one of these set pieces new team member Adam McKinnes drag flick was only half stopped, and Ewan Carmichael was able to force home the rebound. 1 - 1. The final five minutes of the half was spent with Uddingston deep in their own half defending resolutely.

The half time team talk took advantage of 1st XI coach Walkers presence and reiterated the need for better communication, ball retention, and how to better deal with the long lifted pass. The second half was much better as Kelburne kept the ball for long periods, moving their hosts about and creating space for Ross McIntyre, in particular, to take advantage and create small half chances  for the  forward line of Duff, SAM, and youngster Ross Wallace. From one of these moves Kelburne took the lead. Having had the ball on the right wing it was fed to Connor Bain at right back, Fraser Scott at Centre back, before being transferred to Left back Harry Godfrey. He played the ball to McKinney and then onto SAM who found Duff on the left wing with a slide-rule pass. The young forward collected the ball on the baseline and ran front stick across the D creating space before rocketing a shot past the wrong footed 'keeper. 1 - 2.

At this point Kelburne were happy to soak up pressure and hit on the counterattack. Any Uddy breaks were easily dealt with by centre backs Scott and Fraser Hutchison. One set piece attempt from Udddingston was superbly saved by Barrows diving to his left. SAM did have a half chance when his quick turn and snapshot went narrowly past the post.

Overall it was a good fighting performance, from the defending champions, with areas of improvement identified and will be worked on in training before the next game.

Thomsons Cycles Kelburne next game is against Rottenrow at Glasgow Green on Saturday 20th September with a 13.30 push back.


5's Kick off Season with win

Pro-Life Fitness Kelburne 5's 3
HIllhead 5's                               0

Kelburne got their season started by taking the push back to get the match underway. The first few exchanges indicated that this could be an evenly matched game with neither team creating clear cut goal scoring opportunities. The mighty Kelburne soon got into their stride and were making advances forward through the midfield duo of Dick Donaldson and Willie Allan with the young forwards, Thomas and Fraser Whiting, testing the Hillhead keeper. At the other end the defenders had to look sharp to break down the Hillhead attack and protect stand in keeper Jak O'Connell.
On the thirteen minute mark a move starting from defence found Connor Sutherland, making his debut, at the back post and he was able to slot the ball low past the diving keeper. Just after the restart Niall Taylor came on and was quickly involved in setting up the next attack with a lovely pass across the D which Donladson flicked just past the post. On the twenty three minute mark Taylor came off to allow Craig Speirs to get his first taste of senior hockey and immediately he linked well with Rory Anderson who brought out a great save from the keeper. For the next few minutes it was Hillhead who were on the attack but it was from such an attack that Kelburne scored their second goal when Allan won the ball on his own twenty five meter line and went on his world famous solo run into the opponents D. He passed to Speirs who calmly steadied himself before hitting the backboard. The first short corner of the match went to Hillhead on the stroke of half time but they failed to trouble the goal.

Pro-Life Fitness Kelburne 5's  2 ? 0  Hillhead 5's  

The second half started and again was an open, even contest with the first chance falling to Kelburne through a short corner. Alan Bryce?s effort just sailed past the post. Hillhead quickly started the game and moved the ball to the Kelburne D where they won a short corner but again failed to convert. The defence quickly had the ball back in play and it was Taylor?s turn to come close to scoring when his shot hit the side of the post. Over the next few minutes both teams created openings but no clear cut chances until Bryce struck a low powerful shot from a short corner which had their keeper pulling off a great save low at the post. With only five minutes left to play it looked like there would be no more goals in this game, cue Willie Allan to fire in a quick shot as soon as he entered the D which caught the Hillhead defence napping. The clock counted down with no further attempts at goal from either team.


Final score
Pro-Life Fitness Kelburne  5's 3 ? 0  Hillhead 5's  

An excellent start to the season and it was hard to believe that six players were making their Kelburne senior debut today. They all looked composed on the pitch and did not fear the taller older opposition. Next week is a home game against Giffnock with push back of 12 o'clock at Glasgow Green.

Sponsorship Announcement - Pro-Life Fitness Centre

Sponsorship Announcement - Pro-Life Fitness Centre

KelburneHockey Club are pleased to announce the new sponsorship deal with Pro-Life Fitness Centre. They will be supporting the Men's 3,4 & 5th XI and the Ladies 2nd & 3rd XI squads. Pro-life have been long time supporters of the club and it's fantastic that they again want to be part of the club. As part of the partnership Pro-Life will be providing warm up t-shirts for each team and all club members will receive preferential rates at the gym.

Fitness is an essential part of hockey and being a member at Pro-Life will ensure that you are in tip top condition the whole season. The experts at Pro-Life will help you tailor your programme to suit your needs to develop your speed, power, nutrition and your general well being. This partnership will help the club grow and aid individuals to reach their potential. 

The supported team are made up of mixture of youth and experience and are vital in developing the club. This partnership will give them the support that the teams need to flourish. 

Please contact Pro-Life directly and say that your a member of Kelburne Hockey Club. 

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