Carnegie youth squads continue to impress

Sunday 28th October was another success story for our bands of future hockey stars with two wins at the east District U14 league in the morning against two of the better clubs in the competition followed in the afternoon by good performances in the Midland Youth Festival at Forthbank, Stirling, where we entered a team in each of the U10, U12 and U14 events.

I unfortunately have no details regarding the U14 east League in Edinburgh other than they played well and deserved their two wins.

However, in the U10 four-a-side event at Stirling I can report that we had Murren Willo, Frasier Bennett, Gregor Goody and Logan Laing, the latter who turned SIX earlier this month.

For Game 1 against Blairgowrie we borrowed a volunteer player from Kinross, Fraser, to assist us as Logan was finding the going a bit tough and needed occasional rest periods. Carnegie started brightly with our team building up a 2 goal lead but we lost our control a little towards the end of the game and it ended as a 2 – 2 draw, but never-the-less a good start.
Game 2 against Kinross ‘B’ was a little more open and bolstered by the previous result plus our Kinross player preferring to stay with us to play against his own team Carnegie ran out 4 – 0 winners with three goals coming from Fraser, much to the annoyance of the Kinross coach, who said he had not seen his player perform so well before.
Game 3 against Madras ‘B’ with our Kinross star still with us saw us again score four goals and concede only one for a deserved win but it has to be said that Logan had two magnificent stops on the line to deny the opposition a closer result.
Game 4 against Madras ‘A’ was, as expected, a little tougher and although we had to let Fraser go back to his team we were given a new volunteer, Rosalind, who turned out to be just about as good and just as the result looked as being another 2 – 2 draw up-popped our guest to grab a winner just before the final whistle sounded.
Game 5 against the hosts Stirling Wanderers ‘A’ was another end-to-end game with everyone trying really hard despite visible signs of tiredness after four games without a break but with running giving way to passing Carnegie came away with a 3 – 2 win.
The final Game 6 was a step too far however against Dundee Wanderers who had a pool of 7 players so they had less tired legs and we eventually conceded by 4 goals to 1 but to everyone’s credit none of our players gave in at any stage.

An overall record of P6 – W4 – D 1 – L1 was a very creditable performance, WELL DONE ALL.


Next on to our U12’s where our players were Hayden Griffiths, Alexander Livingston, Ewan Cameron, Murren Willo, Ryan Dempsey, Theo Wood, Zara Webb, Sarah Milne, Hannah Lowe, Maisie Munday, Heidi Cameron and goalkeeper Adelaide Almond.

The programme originally had us scheduled for seven games but due to the hard frost-affected pitch it meant only three instead of four pitches were playable so a quick re-hash meant everyone had their programme reduced by two games.
The opener against event hosts, Stirling Wanderers was handled well by our team and two goals by Ewan and none in return got us off to a good start.
Game 2 was a similar story with our team producing some impressive passing and tackling and again a 2 – 0 win, this time both goals scored by Ryan, was the result.
Game 3 was a more competitive affair and we found ourselves a goal down after only two minutes play but our players stuck with it and a goal from Maisie restored the balance before Zander was on hand to poke in the winner two minutes from time.
With one game of a break batteries were somewhat restored and an end-to-end battle with Kinross in Game 4 resulted in a 4 – 1 win for Carnegie with goals from Sarah (2), Ryan and Maisie gave Carnegie another impressive result.
Game 5 against Dundee Wanderers was a good game to watch with both teams making chances but unable to make them count and we had goalie Adelaide to thank for keeping a clean sheet with some timely tackles and clearances and a worthy 0 – 0 was the result.

Played 5 – Won 4 – Drawn 1 – Lost 0 was a superb performance by all. WELL DONE.


Finally, it was the turn of our U14’s represented by Owen McKenzie, Chris Tweddle, Callum Nelson, Olly Hobdell, Dylan Koletsas, Ryan Dempsey, Theo Wood, Zahra Kerbalai, Zara Webb, Hannah Lowe and Robyn Hewie also faced five games.
Game 1 was against Kinross and our speed and accurate passing proved to be too much for them to handle and full time sounded was reached with us enjoying a 3 – 0 win with goals from Chris and Theo (2).
Game 2 pitched us against a good Dundee Wanderers outfit but we gave as good as we got and achieved a 2 – 2 draw thanks to goals from Owen and Ryan.
Game 3 against Grove Menzieshill was even tougher than the previous game and gifting them the opener when two of our defenders collided with one another was not the start we wanted and we never fully recovered from that conceding a second from a break-away just before the final whistle.
Game 4 restored the confidence when we defeated Stirling Wanderers ‘A’ 4 – 0 thanks to goals from Chris, Owen and Dillon (2).
Game 5 against Stirling Wanderers ‘B’ should have been easy but a fine performance throughout by the Stirling ‘keeper kept them in the game and a 0 – 0 draw was the result.

Played 5 – Won 2 – Drawn 2 and Lost 1 was a good afternoons work.

It could have been better if we had managed to secure a goalkeeper for U14 especially as all the other teams had managed to do that. Our attacking play was great to see with a lot of good goal shots by our team being stopped or deflected by the opposing ‘keepers causing a degree of frustration throughout the team giving rise to everyone being tempted to push forward but that left us short-handed at the back leaving us exposed to long hit break-away’s which cost us on three occasions throughout the afternoon.


NOW on to this weekend – 4th November and it was back to Edinburgh for the U12 East District League at Mary Erskine School.

This particular week we had a lot of players not available so the majority of our players had to double up and play for BOTH teams. Fortunately our teams were not playing at the same time so it was possible to do that but that cannot be said for the coming weeks.
At the start of play Carnegie Typhoons were in second place in their group with three wins and a draw whilst Carnegie Tornados top their group with four wins from four games.

Carnegie Typhoons first game today was against Watsonians Wolves who were in third place in the league and a 4 – 1 win was enough to keep us ahead of them. William Poole and Ross Campbell were our marksmen.
Game 2 against top of the league ESM Cheetahs did not go too well for us and despite a William Poole goal we lost the game by 4 goals to 1.

Carnegie Tornados took on third placed Inverleith Salamander for their first game running out 2 – 1 winners to protect that top position. Goals by William Poole and Ross Campbell.
Game 2 was just as important against second placed Grange Pumas and despite losing the opening goal our team stuck to the task and two goals by William Poole ensured a valuable 2 – 1 win which should now put us well ahead in the league at this stage. Again Adelaide Almond played well in goals for both teams.

The performances in our different age groups demonstrates that our club youth coaching programme is paying dividends.

A BIG THANK YOU TO ALL OF OUR DEDICATED COACHES and equally importantly well done to our youths for showing so much ability.