Preparations well in hand for hockey club’s 100th

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The preparations for Stepps Hockey Club’s 100 years’ celebrations are just about complete.

On August 24 the club will host hockey matches at University of Strathclyde’s playing fields at Millerston.

The youth section will take part in a number of show games in the morning from 10 a.m.

This will be followed by the ladies’ section highlighting their new-found skills as they enter their second season of competition.

Following this there will be a Stepps XI versus Stepps Veterans match – there will be some well known faces from the past appearing in this game which is sure to be pretty competitive! At 2.45pm Stepps 1st XI will take on a Scottish Select XI which will be a fitting end to the playing events.

Refreshments will be available throughout the day and the club looks forward to seeing as many spectators as possible throughout the day.

Following on from the day’s events the centenary dinner will take place in the Grand Central Hotel in Glasgow and is open to all current and ex-members and indeed anyone who would like to attend. Already over 160 tickets have been sold and guests are literally arriving from all over the world to attend including Mike Carle travelling back from New Zealand, Ronnie Neilson from Ontario, Derek Grant from Texas, Iain Davies from New York and Tom McCowan from Spain.

There are guest speakers who will toast the club and the club is grateful to all those who have helped in supporting the event. Sponsorship for the event has come from Argyle Consulting Ltd., George Leslie Ltd., AG Barr and Tunnocks.

There are still tickets available – if anyone wishes to attend the dinner or wants to be involved in the other events please contact Alastair McCall on ab.mccall@btinternet.com or David Norris on fantastic_mrfox@hotmail.co.uk. Alternatively if you know anyone in the Hockey Club please get in touch with them.

The club, which over the years has seen a number of players from the Cumbernauld area taking to the pitch, has has had a successful past, winning the Scottish Cup twice in the 70s as well as the Scottish District Cup – reaching the final of the Scottish Reserve Cup in the 80s and winning the Scottish Plate in the 2000s.

The club plays its home games at University of Strathclyde and trains on Stepps Primary Astroturf pitch.

The club currently has three men’s elevens and for the first time in over 40 years has established a ladies’ XI who are thoroughly enjoying their first year of competition.

The men’s first XI play in Scottish National League Division Two, seconds compete in the Scottish Regional League and the thirds play in West District League.

The ladies team also compete in the West District League. There is a really healthy junior section with over 60 youngsters attending training sessions and playing in a development XI each week.

For further details please go on line on at http://www.stepps-hockey.co.uk/ and on Facebook