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ITH a top six SPL finish, two cup semi finals, European football and a Scottish Cup final looming, the 2010/11 season has been a success for Motherwell FC. However, the club’s players and management team managed to take some time out from preparations for their final SPL game of the season against Celtic last week to help re-launch Lanarkshire’s Mental Health and Well-being information website The Mental Health site has been developed to improve access to mental health and well-being information for the residents of Lanarkshire. Motherwell manager Stuart McCall thought it a fitting moment to explain how good mental health and well being were important elements of the club’s success this season. He said: “This season at MFC we have seen that with success comes more games and higher expectation. “However, part of my role as manager has been to take steps to manage the demands placed upon the players and get the balance right between football and relaxation. “It’s also been about promoting well-being and a positive mental attitude, building their confidence and self-belief, focusing on their strengths and the things that are under their control and having goals to work towards. 207mmx69mm-2for1_v1 “As a result we’ve celebrated when things have

gone well but we’ve also learned to build on the things that don’t go well.” He continued: “We all have busy lives these days – with work, family commitments and the added pressure of the current financial pressures – and having people around that support and understand is really important. “That’s why sites like are very important as they help us recognise the signs of everyday stress and feel comfortable talking about it. “But they also offer advice, information and support to people to take action to look after their own and others mental health and wellbeing.” Motherwell FC have been at the forefront in Scottish football in promoting positive mental health messages such as signing the ‘see me’ pledge in May 2010 and displaying the website www.stepsforstress. org on the back of club shirts. Leanne Dempster, chief executive of the club, said “We want to use our profile and links to the Lanarkshire community and footballing world to increase understanding of mental health and reduce the stigma. “I hope our success story can inspire others to look after their own and others mental health and wellbeing and that they use for information and support.”





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(l-r) Lynsey Sampson, information officer North Lanarkshire Mental Health Information Service; Lynne Cruickshank, senior officer Younger Adults NLC; Stuart McCall, Motherwell FC Manager; Avril Thomson, senior health promotion officer NHS Lanarkshire; Kevin O’Neill and Dennis McLafferty, service manager Younger Adults NLC.


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EDITOR’S COMMENTS Hello again from HUB HQ, and may I thank you for picking up your latest copy of Lanarkshire’s favourite newspaper. Regular readers of the newspaper will know that in my column I normally give a brief snapshot into the business. We have successfully launched in Perth and I can report back that it is really going down a storm! We have been inundated with nothing but positive feedback from the local community. Local advertisers are also delighted as they now have a very real alternative in terms of their print media options. We have taken the same ethos that runs across our group to Perthshire, which is all about the positive and good news. The team in Perth have been working hard and something that we never noticed was that our head count for staff is

now over 20! Who would have thought that in just over two years that we would have grown from just 2 members of staff to over 20! This success is down to the local community. In my view, without your support and backing, we would not be in the position that we are today. So what next? Well, we are working on our plan as to where we open our next HUB and right now, we firmly have our plans fixed on a Falkirk HUB. We know the market and competition well in Falkirk which in our view will enable us to make an immediate impact. Our research and experience has shown us that opening up in area’s that only have a single dedicated publication is the best route forward. Falkirk fits the criteria and plans are under way for us to open the Falkirk HUB during 2011 despite widespread news

about the newspaper industry being in decline. I mentioned this previously but I feel it is very important. The HUB portfolio of titles are produced, published and printed in Scotland. We are doing our part for the local economy by switching to a local newsprinter for our group. Anyway, enough of the business chat. I need to wish Motherwell Football Club all the success in their forthcoming Scottish Cup Final against Celtic at Hampden Park on Saturday. It is great for the local community to have the club reach the final and I am sure that whatever happens, it will be a great day out for everyone who managed to get a ticket. For those who prefer to frequent the local pubs, or friends houses to cheer on the team - be safe and enjoy the day!

Motherwell FC Back Campaign Kevin O’Neill, chair of the Lanarkshire Mental Health Improvement Partnership Group, said: “We know from national surveys that around 75,000 people in Lanarkshire will have experienced stress or depression in the last two weeks. “We also know that many people want to look after their own mental health and wellbeing but it can be difficult to

know where to start. “The ‘elament’ website is the first stop shop for mental health information in Lanarkshire, from understanding mental health problems, finding self-help information and seeing what services and supports are available.” Councillor Barry McCulloch, North Lanarkshire Council’s convener of Housing and


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Social Work Services said, “I fully support this initiative and others like it, aimed at improving mental health and well-being across our communities. “In particular I would like to mention the partner agencies involved and Motherwell Football Club for driving forward such innovative projects.” Councillor Jim Handibode, chair of South Lanarkshire Council Social Work Resources Committee said, “We live in challenging times and now more than ever we need to see

our mental health and wellbeing as a precious resource. “The ‘elament’ site is there for all of us whether we are looking for information and support to overcome problems or make the most of life and I very much welcome this new development.” If you or someone you know would like to talk to someone, contact your GP. Local libraries also have healthy reading sections with lots of supportive books, DVD’s and CD’s and provide information on what is available within your community.

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t is not often that, as a local Member of Parliament, I get the chance to see some of the most pressing political issues of our time come together in a practical and positive way in the area I represent. Last week, however, I spent a very enjoyable and interesting couple of hours at British Gas’ training academy at the Hamilton Technology Park. In many ways, it was a good way to end a week in which I had been involved in the detail of policy and legislation by seeing a positive example of practical steps being taken to make the most of the opportunities that there are to create and sustain jobs as the way in which we produce and consume energy changes. In the last week in Parliament, I have taken part in debates on energy efficiency, the green deal – the UK wide scheme the government is bringing in to attempt to save energy and

reduce domestic bills – and spoke in a seminar looking at skills and apprenticeships for sustainable future employment. Frequently during the course of the recent elect ion campaign, all political parties talked about green jobs. The jobs that could be created as we try to make the shift away from how we use and produce energy, both in encouraging the promotion of renewable and alternative ways of producing the electricity we use and also in making our homes, buildings and cars more efficient, so they use less energy. From talking to many people locally, they understand the potential but sometimes are wary about how the ambitious words are translated into action. That is why it is so gratifying to see a positive example right on our doorstep – and one where the consequence is that many young people from across Scotland

are, through apprenticeships, learning new skills that will equip them for the future. The young people I met who are towards the end of the first year of their apprenticeship in Hamilton were all positive about their experiences, and having in some cases felt academic study was not for them, were proud of what they were achieving. As the country moves to smart meters – so you can see how much electricity you are using in the home in real time, and how much it is costing you – the incentive to have more efficient appliances in the home increases. There are new ideas and technology being developed all the time, and having people who are able to service and support those appliances will be important. As well as the potential benefits for everybody in Hamilton and Blantyre of being more energy efficient, there is also a positive benefit for the environment by reducing carbon emissions and thereby making a contribution to the need to tackle climate change. When this is added to the sight of young people learning skills and developing confidence in what they are doing as part of an apprenticeship it is one of those rare examples of a win win

situation. Of course, there is still much of the detail to be worked out about how the government’s proposed green deal will actually work, and how it is going to be made attractive to those people who live in the most energy inefficient properties – often as tenants rather than homeowners. There remain concerns about the way in which energy companies present their bills and the confusing range of tariffs that often end up with their customers who can least afford it paying more than they should to heat their homes and cook their meals. On those issues, I will be taking an active part in the detailed Parliamentary scrutiny of the government’s legislation with a view to trying to convince them to make improvements. In the meantime, however, we should celebrate the positive steps being taken in our area to both encourage better use of energy and create jobs for apprentices. But you don’t need to wait until a surgery to contact me – you can contact me at: Blantyre Miners Welfare Centre, 3 Calder Street Blantyre G72 0AU, phone on 01698 821380 or contact me by email at – and I will do my best to help.

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udsey Bear, the cuddly star of BBC’s Children in Need made a special trip to North Lanarkshire this week to collect a cheque for £12,877.87 towards this year’s appeal. The money was raised at North Lanarkshire Council’s 15th annual Burns Supper which was this year held at the Alona Hotel at Strathclyde Park. Provost Tom Curley presented the cheque to Pudsey Bear and Fraser Falconer the Scottish coordinator for BBC Children in Need on Monday 9 May at the council headquarters in


Motherwell. Provost Curley said: “On behalf of the council, our sponsors M&Ds Scotland’s Theme Park and everyone who supported this year’s Burns Supper, I am delighted to be able to present this cheque to the Children in Need appeal which works tirelessly in helping some of the most vulnerable young people in the UK. “Our Burns supper nights are always great events and over the years more than £130,000 has been raised towards improving the lives of children who are ill, disabled or in need of care and attention.”

James McCabe, Leader of the Council, Tom Curley, Provost, Gavin Whitefield, Chief Executive, Sir Charles Gray, Chairman of the Burns Supper and Fraser Falconer, Scottish Coordinator, BBC Children in Need

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otary Club of Bothwell & Uddingston’s International Night in aid of The David Duncan Hospital in Raxaul on India’s border with Nepal raised £350. This amount will receive a matching grant from Rotary International and possibly another from a different source. The hospital, which serves possibly the poorest area of North East India, receives no government help. Following a meal of Spanish and Russian flavour Adele Neilson, classical guitar and Mikhail Pavlov, an operatic



Da Claudios owner Arthur Goff (third from left) receives the Eat Safe Award from Environmental Health Officer Drew McLean. Also pictured are: from left, Restaurant Manager Brian Smith and Chefs Sarah Durden and Ryan McCandless.


a Claudios restaurant in Brandon Street was presented with the Eat Safe Award by North Lanarkshire Council. The Eat Safe Award Scheme is run by Scottish local authorities in conjunction with the Food Standards Agency to promote excellence in food hygiene and food safety management. It recognises food businesses which achieve standards of food hygiene in excess of what is required by current legislation. The award also provides a recognisable ‘sign’ of excellence in food hygiene for the public considering where to eat out in their area. During regular inspections by the

council’s environmental health officers, Da Claudios has consistently scored highly and met all the qualifying criteria in terms of a documented food safety system, food hygiene training for staff, monitoring controls and cleaning standards. Convener of Environmental Services, Councillor Helen McKenna, said: “I would like to congratulate Arthur Goff, the owner of Da Claudios, and his staff on this excellent achievement. “The restaurant has set itself very high standards in its food hygiene procedures over many years. The Eat Safe Award is given to food businesses who demonstrate the highest level

of hygiene in all aspects of their operation, so this puts Da Claudios among the best in Scotland.” Owner of da Claudios, Arthur Goff, said: “I believe that hygiene and food safety standards are as important as the quality of food in a restaurant, so I am delighted to receive the Eat Safe Award as recognition of our commitment to maintaining the highest possible standards.” Da Claudios specialises in Italian food, with a range of other European and Mediterranean foods served too. For more information on the Eat Safe Award Scheme, go to

ddingston Community Council are trying to organise a fun day to be held at Crofthead park on Saturday 3rd September 2011, in an attempt to bring back some fun to the community. Members of the Uddingston Community Council remember the success that the old gala day used to bring to the community and would like to recreate that with the proposed fun day. The community council will however need assistance in being able to bring this event together and are asking for volunteers from all corners of the local community to get involved and make the plans a reality. Anyone interested in helping the Community Council with the plans should go along to the next meeting which will be held in Uddingston Community Centre, Bellshill Rd. on Tuesday 31st may at 7.30 pm. or contact Ann Rafferty on 01698 303295 for further details.

otary Club of Bothwell & Uddingston held a Casino Night raising about £2,000 for Yorkhill Children’s Hospital and express their thanks to all who made donations and participated. Prof. Stephen Phillips MBE then went on to speak about malaria past and present. Now mainly in the tropics, it kills 120 children every hour. Children under five and pregnant women are the most vulnerable. At one time, marshy ground in Kent and Southern England malaria was rife and Stephen said that more deaths resulted from malaria following the battle of Monte Casino during the Second World War than causalities of war. Whilst quinine and other treatments become less effective as the parasite becomes immune to their effect, many have turned to the ancient Chinese remedy, ague. The parasite enters the liver develops then attacks

baritone studying at RSAMD on a scholarship from St Petersburg, entertained an enthralled audience with music and song. Adele, from East Kilbride played Spanish and other guitar music before singing to a folk song. (A first in public). Mikhail exhibited his very powerful voice singing the dying scene from Verdi’s Don Carlos and other pieces including a Russian folk tune. Both performers received rapturous applause following each rendition and after Lindsay Robertson’s vote of thanks. red blood cells. On emergence from the blood cells causes fever before the cycle begins again. Impregnated bed nets costing as little as five pounds are effective for three years as the insects are mainly active at night. However many parents in Africa now use the nets they often don’t bother about protecting their offspring. Lindsay Robertson, in his vote of thanks mentioned that Rotary has become involved in supporting the World Health Organisation and the Bill Gates Foundations action to find a cure or a method of eradication.


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Michael McMahon

“I am delighted that the voters of Uddingston and Bellshill have given me their support which, in the context of the poor result for the Labour Party across the country, is very heartening. I have never taken the support of the local community for granted and never will. I will now play my full part in finding out why people decided to vote for the SNP rather than Labour and help to ensure the Labour Party regains it’s standing with the people of Scotland. We have to make people feel once again that Labour are still best placed to look after their needs as I and my party remain convinced that Scotland does not support the SNP’s desire for independence. I am delighted that I will be joined in that fight by Siobhan who has also been elected to Parliament. It is unfortunate that her success is not in the circumstances that either of us wanted Although she may be the youngest female in the Parliament she has good experience having previously worked for Jim Murphy when he was the Scottish Secretary and Europe Minister. For the past year she has run Labour’s Support Unit in the Scottish Parliament so she knows her way around the place already. .”



Margaret Mitchell

“I am delighted to have been re-elected to the Scottish Parliament and it is a great privilege to be able to continue to serve my constituents in Central Scotland. I would like to take this opportunity to thank all who voted for me and to assure all my constituents within Lanarkshire and the rest of Central Scotland that I will do everything within my power to work for their interests and to represent them.” The Scottish Parliamentary election saw a huge SNP vote for Alex Salmond as First Minister, not for independence . I am proud to be Scottish and British and remain more committed than ever to fight to preserve the benefits of the Union and Scotland’s place within it.”

Richard Lyle

After serving 35 years in Local Government as a Councillor it is an honour to be elected as an MSP for Central Region. I wish to thank in particular the electors in Uddingston and Bellshill Constituency for supporting me at the election it was the highest vote that the SNP has ever received in the area and this is down to the work being done in the Constituency by my fellow SNP Councillors and myself. Watching the results coming in during the night was just amazing. Many areas which had previously been Labour Strongholds fell like a pack of cards. The last few weeks have been hectic but I am looking forward to the challenge over the next 5 years to work for the people as a Regional MSP.

John Wilson

May I take this opportunity to thank all those who voted for me in Coatbridge and Chryston and the SNP in the recent Scottish Parliament elections. I will continue to work hard for those throughout Central Scotland to represent their best interests in the Scottish Parliament. The 2011 elections were a great step forward for the people of Scotland and for Scotland’s party - the SNP will strive to deliver the best for all of Scotland. I wish all those involved in the publication of the Hub newspaper continued success, just like the SNP, which has grasped a positive agenda for the coming years ahead. I look forward to working with constituents throughout communities which the Hub serves throughout Lanarkshire. "I am absolutely delighted with the result. We worked very hard and ran a very positive campaigned based on what I believe are the key issues facing Airdrie & Shotts and how we can work towards addressing them.

Alex Neil

“It was a fabulous result here in Airdrie & Shotts for the SNP but also across Scotland as now have a working majority in the Scottish Parliament. I would like to thank everyone who put their faith in me and voted SNP on the 5th May.” “My job now is to work hard for the people of Airdrie & Shotts which I will do regardless of whether they voted for me or not. I am currently working on setting up a constituency office which I hope will be operational very soon.”

Siobhan McMahon

“I am delighted to have been elected to serve Central Scotland in Parliament. It is however, a bittersweet moment for me under the circumstances of the results as it is unfortunate they did not go the way that we had wanted.” “For me, though, this is where the hard work starts as it is the first time that we have had list MSPs in this area which will undoubtedly have a different dynamic to it for the Labour party. I fully intend to work tirelessly day and night to represent the residents of Central Scotland over the next 5 years.”

Christina McKelvie

“Now the real work begins of representing the people of Hamilton, Larkhall and Stonehouse in Scotland’s Parliament. They have paid me the enormous privilege of electing me as their MSP and I will not let them down. “I am looking for suitable office accommodation in just now and hope to be open for business very shortly. In the meantime, constituents can still contact me at Parliament or at my old office.”


amilton College P7 children have just returned from their residential trip to Aigas Field Centre near Beauly in the Highlands. The children spent a fantastic week studying the history, geography and natural history of the region. A new initiative introduced this year has enabled the children to take part in activities which will result in each pupil achieving their John Muir Award. The fantastic weather brought out the wildlife and the children were thrilled to spot golden eagles, red kites,

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osprey, bottle nose dolphins and pine martens to name but a few! The challenging walks and a visit to Dunrobin Castle proved to be highlights. P7 pupils said: ‘Aigas was one of the best experiences of my life and I will never forget it. I encouraged people as much as I could and we all helped each other.’, ‘I have so many fantastic experiences that I never want to forget.’ ‘I was excited to be at Aigas, happy to be with my friends, sad to leave and amazed at how good the trip was. It’s probably the, most exciting thing I have ever done in my life!’

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iss Galaxy Scotland and Miss Galaxy Teen Scotland visit Dogs Trust Glasgow. Rescue dogs at Dogs Trust Glasgow Rehoming Centre enjoyed a special treat on Monday when they were visited by glamorous beauty queensSarah Pitt the current Miss Galaxy Scotland and Robyn Ferguson- Miss Teen Galaxy Scotland. The girls swapped the catwalk for the dogwalk as they spent the afternoon getting to know the adorable residents of the centres new Puppy Palace. Sarah and Robyn were lucky enough to be greeted by a litter of eight week old Terrier cross terrier puppies. The pups were brought to the centre when

their owner could sadly no longer afford to keep them and passed them to Dogs Trust to find loving homes. Dogs Trust Glasgow Rehoming Centre Manager, Philip McCarlie-Davis, comments:“We were delighted to welcome two beauty queens to add some regal charm to the Puppy Palace. The palace which opened last week has already seen its first success story, just a week after being bought to the centre these lucky puppies have gone from paupers to princes in the palace and have all found loving homes. We have plenty more gorgeous girls and boys of all shapes and sizes desperate to find the loving

homes they deserve.” Sarah Pitt comments:“I love dogs and was absolutely smitten with the puppies in the palace. Part of my role as Miss Galaxy Scotland is to be a goodwill ambassador and I hope that my visit will help raise awareness of all the good work done by Dogs Trust staff and help find homes for all the dogs we met today.” If you are interested in rehoming a dog please visit the Rehoming Centre at 315 Hamilton Road, Uddingston, Glasgow, G71 7SL or please call directlty on 0141 773 5130. More information can be found at rehoming

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ddingston Grammar Pupils Emma McFayden and Alice Dorran have recently been fundraising for Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research. The girls who are in their 2nd year at the school decided to raise some funds for the Leukaemia and Lymphoma Research; the only UK charity solely dedicated to the research of blood cancers including Leukaemia, Lymphoma. To date, for the charity the girls have collected money from a door step collection in their

neighbourhood and a two day sponsored silence in school. Other fundraising including a 18k (11.1 miles) sponsored walk and bake sales which raised a total of £236.20. The girls chose the charity because they are the only UK charity that raises money for beating blood cancer in children and adults. On Wednesday 18th May, Catriona Tait from the charity visited the school from Edinburgh to receive the cheque. She told The HUB; “Emma

and Alice have done a fantastic job in their fundraising for leukaemia and lymphoma research. The money they have raised will help fund vital research into all blood cancers.” Mr McKay, head teacher at the school said; “We are all very proud of the work Emma and Alice have done to support such an important charity. They really have made a difference.” If you would like to help the girls with their fundraising, visit their Just Giving page www.

he concentration of NHS Lanarkshire’s headquarters to Kirklands Hospital in Bothwell is now well underway. Last week most staff working in corporate departments at the former HQ at Beckford Street, Strathclyde Hospital and Cleland Hospital were relocated. Next month the demolition of the remaining buildings at the Motherwell site on Airbles Road, which were used for corporate services functions, will begin. No patient services are being moved and the Dalziel Centre Day Hospice and Lymphoedema Service at Strathclyde Hospital site, and the older people’s complex needs inpatient service at Cleland Hospital, will remain. Ian Ross, NHS Lanarkshire director of Strategic Implementation, Performance and Planning, said: “The relocation of staff to our new headquarters at Kirklands Hospital, Bothwell is now almost complete. “On behalf of the board I would like to thank all staff

NHS Lanarkshire’s headquarters involved in the transfers which went very smoothly and had minimal impact on our corporate functions.” Ian continued: “Our corporate departments were previously divided across a number of sites such as Beckford Street, Strathclyde, Cleland and in the acute hospitals. “This resulted in a considerable amount of travel across the sites to attend meetings, work groups and for communications with colleagues. In addition the duplication and use of equipment across the sites was inefficient. “The centralisation of headquarters functions will enable the rationalisation of the estate in accordance with NHS Lanarkshire’s Property

Strategy. “We expect to achieve significant revenue savings of over £2m within the first five years of the centralisation through improved working practices and redesign of service provision. “We also expect significant capital receipts from the sale of the vacant sites at Strathclyde and Cleland. “In the meantime the accommodation at Beckford Street will continue to be utilised.” The relocation of staff in non-clinical areas, the Dalziel Centre and Lymphoedema Service, in Strathclyde Hospital will be completed by 25 May. There will be security on site throughout the demolition process.

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he plans for this year’s Annual Bellshill Street Fair are in the final stages and it has been confirmed that newly elected MSP Richard Lyle will be officially opening the fair on Saturday 28th May at 11.00am. As with last year, the fair will span the whole weekend where M&D Leisure in conjunction within the Showman’s Guild will have fairground rides along the Main Street as well as in Tesco’s car park next to the Main Street/Emmajay Road. On the Saturday stalls will be erected for the local charities and various groups to allow them to raise much need funds for themselves. At present there are approximately 30 stalls taken up and at the end of April this allocation will be closed. Stalls this year have been taken up by many local charities and will be open from approximately 10am and should start to pack up about between 3.30 and 4pm, with the fairground rides closing at 9.00pm. On the Sunday again the community council have some very talented young ladies to coming along to entertain everyone on the Main Street. This event will start from 1.00pm. Whilst on the Monday Strathclyde Fire Service will be on Main Street with some equipment to allow the young members of the public to see what the fire service are there for and it is hoped that the Army recruitment team will also be present. Duncan McLeod secretary of the Community Council said; “The Community Council are very pleased to be able to continue to bring this event annually to Bellshill and hope that the members of the public will come out and support them.” Duncan has invited a number of guests along to the official opening where local councillors, MSPs, and members of the community council will be at the official opening.



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avenscraig Sports Centre was Highly Commended in the Community Benefit category for the creation of new sports facilities in the heart of the former industrial site, giving the local community access to state of the art leisure facilities. Architects Populous designed the building on behalf of North Lanarkshire Council, SportScotland and Ravenscraig Ltd. The judges agreed that full credit was to be given to the team involved in delivering such a fantastic and well received facility by the sports community, not least on the sheer scale of the project. Laura Johnstone, head judge of the RICS Scotland Awards, commented: “The quality of the entries to the RICS Scotland Awards this year was particularly high, giving us much to consider. The exceptional development and refurbishment projects in Glasgow alone aptly demonstrate this, and it was great to be able to commend Ravenscraig Sports Centre.” Jim McCabe, Leader of North Lanarkshire Council, said: “This award is highly deserved. Ravenscraig isn’t just architecturally stunning but it’s also become a highly valued sporting resource by people living in North Lanarkshire and Central Scotland.

“In just a few months since opening, it boasts a thriving gymnastics club with hundreds of members, and each week more than 1,000 children take part in football and our athletes are going from strength to strength due to the first class sports facilities available. “The facility has staged well over 100 events since opening, including judo, karate, athletics badminton gymnastics, handball, football, conferences and even a charity fun run in the football hall and even hosted a sell out performance of the National Danish Performance Teams World Gymnastics Tour. “Almost every SPL team has used the indoor football pitch – which came in really handy during last winter’s bad weather. It’s been used by rugby teams, including the Glasgow Warriors and Scotland U19 teams, hosted athletics events and Badminton championships.” John Barrow, Senior Principal at Populous said when hearing the news: “We made a determined effort to make reference to the history of the site through the architectural language of this new facility, designed to serve the whole community from elite to amateur athletes and school classes; we are

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akes and 5k’s don’t naturally go hand in hand, but consulting staff at Amey’s Eurocentral office in Motherwell are willing to do almost anything to raise money for a good cause. That’s why 19 self-named ‘Amey Angels’ are not only gearing up for this year’s 5k Race for Life in aid of Cancer Research UK they are also holding a baking competition to help raise extra funds (even if it is detrimental to their training regime). The baking competition took part earlier this week and helped the Angels raise an additional £190 towards current fundraising total of £1600, which will be match funded by Amey through the Amey Foundation initiative. When Amey’s Angels are more comfortable in stilettos than in trainers, running 5k is no small feat, so training has been intense. They have even been taking time out of their hectic working days to sprint around Amey’s Eurocentral office in Motherwell.

Race for Life is the largest women-only fundraising event in the UK and since 1994, women of all ages and fitness levels across the UK have come together at these inspiring events to walk, jog or run to help beat cancer. Since Race for Life began an incredible 5.4 million participants across the UK have raised over £362 million to fund the work of over 4,000 researchers, doctors and nurses dedicated to helping more people beat cancer. Gordon Allan, associate director at Eurocentral said, “It’s great to see the Amey Foundation initiative being utilised by the team to help such a worthwhile cause. It enables Amey employees to raise more money for their charity and make a difference to the lives of others.” Sandra Prentice, from Bothwell has worked for Amey since 2008 as a concessionary fare survey facilitator. She has been leading the ‘Angels’ and explains why raising money for Cancer Research is so important: “In late November last year, my brother was diagnosed with

terminal lung cancer. One week later, the cancer had spread to his brain. “ “I was and still am devastated by this. My brother (Tom) asked me to be brave and support him and then asked if I would run in the race for life. I immediately said ‘yes’ and decided to ask my work colleagues if they would like to help me. “ “I have been overwhelmed at the support I have had from everyone at Eurocentral. I am hugely grateful to the whole team for their support, which has been invaluable to me during this very difficult time. I have also had a great deal of support from local businesses in Bothwell and Uddingston.” “Nineteen girls including myself will run in the race. We have set up a just giving account and called ourselves Amey Angels. Cancer has touched many people’s lives and with the support of my colleagues we can potentially raise a lot of money to help fund life saving research and get one step closer to finding a cure for cancer.”

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said: “The new facility is looking first class – it demonstrates our commitment to providing quality affordable golf for all.” The refurbishments include a bright new café bistro overlooking the golf course, open to all, refurbished changing room facilities and reception area. There’s also a state-of-the-art indoor golf simulator with 36 of the world’s top courses to choose from. The 330yard driving range has been refitted to include new vibration dampening floor coverings and the old golf balls have been replaced with new

ones. Plans are also being progressed for course and driving range improvements and the installation of a junior practice course which will help extend golf development programmes and coaching with qualified PGA coaches. This project is being funded by North Lanarkshire Leisure, North Lanarkshire Council, SportScotland, the Royal and Ancient and Viridor. This compliments the new 'Gated Entrance Feature' which was opened earlier this year.

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s we move ever closed to ‘summer’ and our planned beach holidays, we all start to become more self conscious. So it is no surprise really that most of us start to look at our fitness regimes in more depth to try and shed a few pounds or tone up. Whilst most of us will never achieve the ‘baywatch’ look, we can of course add more exercise to our schedules to ensure that we look our best. We are surrounding by images that constantly projects and image of ideal weight. The principals of the components of physical fitness should be turned towards fat loss for good health rather than the obsession over total weight. Fat control can be efficiently done with a commitment to regular structured exercise that will develop the components of physical fitness. Of the components of physical fitness, Cardiorespiratory endurance is the corner stone to complete health and the

fitness gateway to improving your other fitness levels. Cardiorespiratory endurance is defined as the ability of the heart to get oxygen rich blood to the required working muscles. It is the physical ability to maintain a steady pace of exercise without reaching an high level of fatigue and tiredness. The composition of cardiovascular endurance also includes the capacity that the body and heart have of removing CO2 from the muscles and expel via the lungs. The typical example of the physical activity and sports that relate to cardio and vascular endurance are jogging, swimming, cycling, walking and aerobics. On a daily practical level cardio endurance is the capacity to physically tackle the physical tasks of our daily lives. Going up the stairs for over 6 floors requires endurance, it allows you to tackle the endless activities required to mange family life as your are able to maintain a lower heart rate while still maintaining a high level of body cell oxygenation. As much as Cardiorespiratory endurance is illustrated by the ability to repeat a mind level physical effort for an extensive period of time, muscular strength is measured by the maximum amount of strength, or weight that a muscle or muscle group can lift and exert in a single effort. Of the components of physical

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A greater amount of muscle mass, even at rest consumes a great amount of calories. By increasing your muscle mass you in effect increase your bodies capacity to burn calories and reduce of lower your body fat ratio. It is for this reason that other than allowing you to be more physically resistant in your daily lives, muscle is essential to weight loss and should be a part of your routine when dieting. Another benefit of physical muscular strength is that strength exercise puts effort on your tendons and bones, when done properly it will maintain your bone structure and avoid decalcification. It is for this reason that space shuttle astronauts endure a vigorous exercise program when in space. Another of the components of physical activity is body composition. Understanding your body composition and how it relates to your overall fitness level is essential. Though more of a con-


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Aries (21 March - 20 April)

You are in a mind-set of giving advice and not of one to listen, I would suggest that you take heed of the advice you would give to others as this is the answers to your own problems, those around you may say things that fill in the missing blanks of what is going on around you at this time.

Taurus (21 April - 21 May)

The harvest moon on the 17th May is a great time for you as an earth sign, you will be drawn into nature, if you follow your instinct and take that walk you will let go of all the negatives of the past and embrace a fresh start as this is indeed time for your new year to begin and a new way of thinking.

Gemini (22 May - 21 June)

The sun enters your sign on the 22nd of May and we are just going into a new moon phase and a new you, you seem to have released some of the demons from your past and a lighter much happier Gemini is surfacing. Time to blow away the cobwebs and start again.

Cancer (22 June - 23 July)

Being so perfect is so exhausting trying to do everything yourself and not allowing others to help is futile. You cannot continue in this manner, you are not perfect admit it; Time now to change your way of thinking, time out is needed!

Leo (24 July - 23 Aug)

A time of new- adventures, new interest’s which may seem daunting at first, but it is putting you in the centre stage and before you know it you are playing the starring role and loving every minute of it. Change is good.

Virgo (24 Aug - 23 Sept)

The new moon on the 17th May gives you a chance to re-evaluate your life; you are deciding what and who should stay and who should go. This is a good thing as you are decluttering for the rest of the years; some of you may hear from an old flame, resist the power of temptation by exploitation??

Libra (24 Sept - 23 Oct)

Mercury has been direct from the 23rd of April which helps you clarify communications around you, however, you seem to have taken on an air of authority on how you deal with people, a word of caution…. Pride comes before a fall, oh wee gentle Libra where art thou!

Scorpio (24 Oct - 22 Nov)

As with all projects it takes time for them to come to fruition, just ask a farmer, your money situation will improve but it takes time and nurturing, i would also suggest you make a budget for the rest of the year and stick to it.

Sagittarius (23 Nov - 21 Dec)

You have at last come to a place of peace and life is ticking along smoothly. You are a very friendly and chatty sign and because you are feeling so relaxed you may let slip one or two things that you should keep to yourself, be careful of who you tell your secrets to!

Capricorn (22 Dec - 20 Jan)

There seems to be a storm brewing as you feel a surge of emotions ready to surge forward and erupt like a volcano…. No, no, she has suppressed it again, you know it would be good for you to blow of all that steam as suppressing your feeling will make you ill, try to let go, scream if only a little.

Aquarius (21 Jan - 19 Feb)

After a few difficult weeks so seem to have turned a corner and you can see the sun shine once more. This is a great time for organising as Saturn the plant of structure puts order into both love and life. Make the most of this period and spend time in activities you enjoy.

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If you are unaware of what Twitter is, it is a website which simply asks the question “What are you doing?” You can then update it with your movements as often as you please. There is a word for someone who wants to know your movements all the time. And that word is “Stalker”. Therefore folks I implore you, do not go on this site and follow lives of celebrities. Your own life is far more important. And please don’t set up your own Twitter site. It will only disappoint you when nobody cares what you’re doing.


Just before the last edition of Q’s Views was published, it was announced that Lada would be manufacturing cars once more. Had the news got to me before The Hub went to print, I would have had an absolute field day. If you don’t remember Ladas or simply haven’t heard of them, let me explain. The Lada Riva was a Russian built car of the 1980’s, and could be

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compared to iconic cars of that era such as the Golf GTi or Ford Escort XR3i. Yes, compared to such iconic cars it was an absolute shed. Whilst the GTi or XR3i could go from 0-60mph in 10 seconds, the Lada could manage 0-10mph in 60 seconds. If you remember this car, you’ll remember how bad it was, and that jakies would often get alongside Lada drivers at traffic lights and shout abuse at them. What you may not know is that the owner of a Lada dealership got wise to this, and drove around in a Lada Riva with a Cosworth engine hidden underneath the bonnet. The jakies would get alongside him and dish out abuse, only to be astonished when the lights turned to green and a car wth 1960’s technology beat them in a drag race. The very next day they’d get themselves down to his dealership to enquire about trading in their pimped up rides for what they thought was an affordable Russian supercar.

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Motoring maintenance – Ask the expert The importance of maintaining your vehicle properly and having it serviced regularly should not be underestimated. Here, Alan McLellan, experienced Master Technician at W Livingstone Ltd – voted best garage in Scotland by industry regulator Motor Codes – answers some common questions.


hy is it important to have my vehicle serviced? Obviously, the most important reason for regular servicing and maintenance is to ensure the safety of those travelling in the car. It’s only by proper inspection that a technician can determine whether everything from brakes to airbags are in good condition and working as they should. However, having a vehicle serviced regularly – in line with the manufacturer’s recommendations – also makes financial sense. For example, something seemingly as simple as maintaining the right grade of oil and changing it before it loses its lubricating and protective qualities will ensure minimum engine wear and extend the life of the vehicle. Careful maintenance can also have a significant impact on fuel economy and tyre life and indentify potential problems before they become expensive repairs. My car is due its MoT test. Why is this necessary? MoT testing is a legal requirement and ensures all vehicles are roadworthy and fit for the road. These tests can only be carried out in licensed test centres and conducted

by fully-trained and qualified testers. During a test, these technicians will carry out a thorough multipoint inspection of the mechanics, electronics and bodywork of the car. They will also ensure that the car is not emitting more greenhouse gases than are legally allowed. I’ve seen adverts offering Air Conditioning services. Do I need mine serviced? Just like any other part of your vehicle, air conditioning and climate control systems need to be looked after if they are to perform properly and to prevent the build-up of all manner of fungal and bacterial contamination. A specialist air-con service will flush out the system to get rid of any nasties that may have built up, check all the parts, and replenish the gas. Be sure only to have your air-con serviced at a reputable garage as only individuals with a specific refrigerant handling qualification are qualified to carry out this work. My Son suffers from hay fever and a friend, who also suffers, said she has a pollen filter in her car that really helps her in the summer. Will my car have one?

Many cars now come with a pollen filter. Certainly, almost all the cars in the SEAT range have them fitted. As part of the servicing schedule, this filter should be changed regularly to maximise its efficiency. Your filter might just need replacing, give us a call and we’ll book you in! I’ve been told my cambelt needs to be replaced. Why? Most cars are fitted with a cambelt (also known as a timing belt) which controls the timing of the engine’s valves. This is a wearable part and should be checked, adjusted and changed as a car gets older and covers more miles. Most manufacturers specify when these checks and replacements should be carried out. If a cambelt breaks, it can cause substantial damage to the engine and could lead to repairs costing thousands of pounds. My garage says it will only use manufacturer recommended parts, but I think I can get cheaper parts elsewhere. What should I do? When arranging your repair, make sure that you know what you are being quoted for. Ask the Garage is they planning to fit original manufacturerapproved parts. These parts may

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ethos of the Garage. It’s also worth looking for a garage which is a member of a regulatory body such as Motor Codes or the Scottish Motor Trade Association. These bodies operate a code of conduct and also offer car owners excellent protection if things go wrong.


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<<< RUGBY Villagers Push League Champions All The way

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Hamilton 3 Hutchison Vale 2 H

amilton welcomed Hutchison Vale to the John Cumming Stadium in Carluke for this SWPL match. Manager Kevin Murphy said after the match, “I am delighted to pick up another three points today as we had to dig deep today against a hard working and well organised team. We didn’t play as well in the second half as we had in the first but showed great mental strength to come back and retake the lead each time they equalised” This was a game where Hamilton were expected to take all three points but were made to work very hard for their victory against the newly promoted visitors. Hamilton started quickly and could have scored two or three from good crosses that went

unconverted. On 26 minutes the pressure finally paid off, a good move through the middle of the Visitors defence allowed Ashley McDonald the space to cut the ball back from the bye line for Helen Templeton to slide it home to put Hamilton one up. Against the run of play Hutchison Vale equalised taking advantage of a poor pass out of defence by Hamilton, a terrific strike by Russell from just outside the box gave the keeper no chance. Hamilton re-took the lead on 36 minutes when a good corner from Sarah Crilly spun off Templeton into the path of Toni Mason who fired home from close range. Hamilton fell out of the game at the start of the second half and found it hard to create too


many chances, the visitors grew in confidence and equalised again on 68 minutes when a cross from a corner was allowed to go over everyone and end up in the back of the net. The home team were galvanised by this and with only ten minutes remaining McDonald burst into the box and was bundled over, the referee pointed to the spot. Captain Lynsey Hogg stepped up and stroked home Hamilton’s winning goal. Manager Kevin Murphy summed the day up “The two home wins in a row have allowed us to close the gap on the teams above us and we will try to keep this momentum going in order to improve our League position in the coming weeks”.


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Uddingston host Ellon Bowling Club in Scottish Inter County Top Ten

Uddingston Bowling Club Gents Shaw Cup Round One Winners:

J Barclay,J Galt,J Ballie by 15 shots

Shaw Cup Round Two Winners:

J O Neill & D French by 15 shots

Scottish Inter County Top Ten

Uddingston Bowling Club Gents Section won their opening tie by four nil versus Ellon Bowling Club from Buchan.

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The Final Pairs are J Smith & W Waddell versus H McConnell & J Robinson

Gents Seniors Josh Winters Triples Winners:

D Duncan,J Clark J Galbraith (skip) Runners Up: I Johnston,J Breslin,B Miller(skip)

Belmactic Holiday Mixed Game Winners: E Rhinds, W Waddell and B Macguiness Runners Up: J Fleming, I Johnston and E Thomson



unnock Uddingston entertained Heriots at Bothwell Castle Policies in their first home fixture in the SNC Premier League. A day of sunshine and showers was forecast as Ricky Bawa lost the toss and was put into bat first. Opening batsmen, Greg Watson and Paul Hoffmann never looked entirely comfortable against the visitors'

oing into Saturday's West Division One fixture both sides had 2 games left to play, both against each other. The severe winter weather had resulted in both Uddingston and Strathendrick scheduled to face each other on the final 2 Saturday's of the season. The other fact known to all before kick-off was that Strathendrick's 7 point lead at the top of the table left them just needing a victory from this match to secure the league title, and make the final game of the season redundant. As it was, the Villagers pushed Strathendrick all the way, making them work hard for their 14-3 victory. At the end of the match the Villagers could look back and be proud of their season. Having won the Division Two title this time last year the Villagers came into Division One looking to consolidate their position and develop their play. Had it not been for a terrible run of injuries before Christmas this could have been a much better season but Captain Iain Beresford can be rightly pleased with a job well done and a respectable mid table finish. As for Strathendrick, they were rightly crowned

opening attack which was led by Scotland seamer Weeraratana and in the 8th over Hoffmann was bowled for 14 out of a total of 27. Next man in, Alecx Day, this seasons overseas amateur, wasted no time in making his intentions clear. In the first full over he received, he stroked four majestic boundaries and perished while attempting another off the last ball of the over having added 16 to his sides

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score of 48 in the 10th over. Greg Watson, who had patiently survived the opening attack, was now joined at the crease by Ras and the pair took the score to 99 before Watson was out for a valuable 33 in the 20th over. At this point Ras was joined by Callum McLeod but with the score on 106 Ras was dismissed for 16. At 106 for 4 and the top order batsmen back in the pavilion, it was not the ideal

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champions on Saturday having shown themselves to be the better team throughout the season, and the league title should be some consolation for their earlier Regional Bowl Final defeat at Murrayfield. The game itself was played at pace, with neither side making it easy for the other. The Villagers were taking on 'Endrick in the forwards and out wide some excellent defending was stopping the home side from breaking through. The only score of the first half came as a result of missed tackles as 'Endrick drove into the Villagers' 22. As the ruck formed quick recycling saw the ball moved through the hands to Willie Kay who darted over the line to score. Bruce Duncan added the conversion for 7-0. The Villagers had their opportunities in the opening period but too often lost control at the vital moment, allowing the home side to clear their lines. The second half opened with the front runner for 'bizarre try' of the season. Good pressure had taken the Strathendrick forwards towards the Uddingston try line. With the ball ready to be moved hooker Stuart Forsyth burst through, looking for the short Played 17 17 18 18 18 18 17 18 17 18

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situation for any batsman making his home debut but Callum McLeod, playing what Ricky Bawa, Paul Hoffmann and the visiting coach Steve Knob later described as one of the finest innings seen on any ground, rose to the occasion and carried his bat to a chanceless 114 as he guided Uddingston to a final score of 268 for 6. His innings included 4 sixes and 9 fours and was noteworthy for the calm way the young former Warwickshire all rounder set about rebuilding the Villagers' innings. In the last 10 runs of the innings McLeod and David Bill accelerated and added 106 vital runs with David Bill contributing 28 from 25 balls received. For this match Bawa had to manage without the bowling services of Paul Hoffmann ( injured shoulder ) and Gavin Bradley (on holiday ). It then fell to Callum McLeod to open the attack partnered by Bawa himself. The captain showed no sign of his winter layoff and after 5 overs he had removed the four top

pass. As he tried to gather, the ball rebounded off his arms and chest and spiralled up and over the Uddingston defence. Ever alert, Forsyth ran through, collected the ball and crashed over under the posts. With the referee advising that the ball had touched neither the ground or another player the try was awarded. Duncan again slotted the conversion for 14-0. The game continued to be played at a frenetic pace and the Villagers pulled the score back to 14-3 with a successful penalty on 55 minutes. John Kinnoch slotting the ball over after 'Endrick had been penalised for a high tackle. The Villagers best chance of the game came halfway through the second period. Defending deep in their own 22 Tom Hughes latched onto a loose pass and set off on the long run to the opposite try line. Not normally outpaced over such a distance Hughes looked to have the line at his mercy but had not counted on the pace of the home defence and was finally halted 5 metres from the line. This was an excellent game to end the season and as the party started in Fintry the Villagers knew that had shown themselves worthy opponents. Diff. 395 305 134 110 -74 -66 46 -181 -340 -329

Bonus 13 11 14 11 9 5 9 6 3 5

Points 77 71 60 55 43 39 35 25 15 8

order batsmen and conceded a mere 12 runs. With their score on 45 for 4 after 10 overs an Uddingston win looked inevitable, however, Ewan McIntyre, who had been dropped off Ricky Bawa earlier, Ross and Weeraratana gradually got Heriots back into the game as they they upped the scoring rate and took their side to 186 for 6 with 10 overs left in their innings. In a vain attempt to dislodge McIntyre and his partners Bawa used no fewer than 7 different bowlers. It was only when Ras was brought on at the Castle end that he achieved the breakthrough when the professional clean bowled the stubborn Ross for a gallant 46 while Alecx Day, in his first over at the pavilion end, had Gavin McIntyre caught by Callum McLeod for 59 to put Heriots on 190 for 7. Two more wickets fell as Heriots continued to press for victory but failed by a narrow margin of 22 runs when the innings closed with the score on 246 for 9.

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Bellshill Reports by George Mills



Blantyre Victoria 0 Thorniewood United 1 By Stuart Clelland horniewood moved to the top of the Stagecoach Central District 1st Division with a deserved win at Castle Park Blantyre thanks to well taken Chris Queen goal. Recording their sixth win in a row coupled with an impressive third consecutive clean sheet, it was the visiting Thorniewood who started brightly and were rewarded in the 8th minute when a Jamie Brophy cross on the right found Queen who steered a shot just under the bar from 8 yards. 'Wood' should have increased the lead in 19 minutes when a neat Stephen Mullen back heel set up Des Bradshaw who disappointingly shot into the side netting from a good position. Thorniewood again came close in 42 minutes when a

a low shot before being cleared by 'Wood'. Replacement keeper McGraw had to look lively in 80 minutes tipping a Queen 20 yarder over. From the resultant corner Queen’s attempt was cleared off the line with McGraw beaten. Number two should have come in 85 minutes when Fauld’s released Mullen but the normally reliable striker opted to lob when rounding the keeper would have been the better option. Mullen's luck was again out in the 89th minute when heading off the crossbar after being found with a fine Martin Devlin cross. The safety valve second goal just wouldn't come for Thorniewood in a satisfactory display against a resurgent Blantyre side who are clearly rebuilding for next season.

Brain Wharton throw found Darren Miller but his cross from the left was volleyed wide by Mullen again when in a good position. ht 0-1 Thorniewood started the second half with a purpose, and a great Barry McGowan pass finding Mullen who fired a decent 20 yard effort just over. A minute later 'Vics' keeper Murray did well saving a Queen shot at the foot of his post. Thorniewood now well on top again came close moments later but Bradshaw lost control at a vital moment as 'Wood' looked to get a killer second. Blantyre fresh from two draws and a win from their previous three league matches were proving stuffy opponents and had a chance themselves in 69 minutes when substitute Cassidy hit the post with

Kilwinning Rangers 2 Bellshill Athletic 1

Bellshill Athletic 0 Hurlford United 2 break level. At the start of the second half Selkirk broke free on the right but took one touch too many and Hurlford cleared the danger. Bellshill were awarded a free-kick 20 yards from goal when Lawless fouled Dingwall but Dolan’s attempt struck the wall and another chance went begging. Soon after Connelly broke free and sent the ball across the six yard area but Selkirk failed to react and keeper Markey cleared the danger. Hurlford sensed the game was there for the taking and began to push forward in numbers as the Bellshill defence struggled to keep the game scoreless. In the 83rd minute

Benburb 0 Bellshill Athletic 0 (Benburb win 5-3 on Penalties)


ellshill manager Gerry Creaney made four changes to the starting lineup which lost to Hurlford United at the weekend. Donnelly, Brady and Selkirk were dropped to the substitutes bench and were replaced by Calder, Shearer and Connelly. Bryan Dingwall suffered an injury before the game and was replaced by Cavanagh. Bellshill started brightly and Benburb defender Wright was forced to head a 4th minute Flynn cross behind for a corner before Cavanagh headed another Flynn cross over the bar. Former Bellshill striker Asanti went near for the hosts with a close range effort which Calder pushed behind

for a corner. Benburb wingers Clark and McKenzie were getting behind the Bellshill defence with ease and only poor finishing from the Benburb strikers kept the scoresheet blank at the end of the first 45 minutes. Bellshill stepped up the pace as the second half got underway and a Cairney shot in the 47th minute just went beyond the far post with home keeper Quinn beaten. 3 minutes later Connelly sent Flynn clear but keeper Quinn pushed his shot onto the bar and Cavanagh knocked the rebound past the post. Benburb midfielder McInnes missed the target from 10 yards after breaking clear in the 63rd minute and Calder

JUNIOR LEAGUE TABLES Super League First Division Pos Team






1 Clydebank F.C. 2 Glenafton Athletic F.C. 3 Ashfield F.C. 4 Girvan F.C 5 Whitletts Victoria F.C. 6 Shotts Bon Accord F.C. 7 Hurlford United F.C. 8 Renfrew F.C. 9 East Kilbride Thistle F.C. 10 Cumbernauld United F.C. 11 Bellshill Athletic F.C. 12 Kilwinning Rangers F.C. 13 Vale of Clyde F.C. 14 Annbank United F.C.

25 26 23 23 25 24 24 24 24 24 26 23 26 25

15 12 13 11 10 9 9 10 9 9 8 9 6 4

6 7 3 5 8 9 6 3 5 4 6 3 5 4

4 7 7 7 7 6 9 11 10 11 12 11 15 17

48 41 60 50 37 36 40 31 28 48 48 35 42 25

Central District First Div Pos Team






23 32 39 31 34 33 43 43 31 47 58 46 52 57

1 Kilsyth Rangers F.C. 2 Thorniewood United F.C. 3 St. Anthony’s F.C. 4 Neilston Juniors F.C. 5 Cambuslang Rangers F.C. 6 Glasgow Perthshire F.C. 7 Vale of Leven F.C. 8 Dunipace F.C. 9 Greenock Juniors F.C. 10 Shettleston F.C. 11 Port Glasgow F.C. 12 Johnstone Burgh F.C. 13 Blantyre Victoria F.C.

23 23 24 23 24 24 22 24 22 22 22 24 23

14 14 12 12 10 9 7 7 7 8 7 7 2

6 5 5 5 4 6 8 8 7 2 5 4 3

3 4 7 6 10 9 7 9 8 12 10 13 18

47 48 46 37 51 31 41 26 43 32 33 30 23

51 43 42 38 38 36 33 33 32 31 30 30 23 16

rozier and Dingwall had early efforts on target for Bellshill before Rangers striker Brown broke clear to shoot wide from 10 yards. Murray came to Bellshills rescue with a timely tackle on McGowan as the winger powered forward and Bennett headed a Brown effort clear as the home side piled the pressure on the toiling Bellshill defence. Rangers went ahead after 16 minutes when McLaren gathered a poorly taken Dolan free-kick and sent Lewis through on the right. Lewis sent a cross into the box which Mitchell fired in from close range. This setback stirred the visitors into action and Crozier went close following a corner from the right before home keeper Wilson did well to turn a Cairney shot behind. Selkirk had a goal disallowed for offside in the 39th minute and both Crozier and Flynn had headers blocked in a goalmouth scramble before Balding cleared another Flynn effort off the line. At halftime Bellshill sent on strikers Connelly and McKenna to replace Selkirk and Crozier and the move almost paid off straight away when they had strong appeals for a penalty waved away by referee McMillan after McCready appeared to handle the ball in the box. Connelly and Dingwall then both

saved from McKenzie 4 minutes later when a Dolan slip allowed him to break clear. Both teams continued to create chances but the wet and windy conditions favoured the defenders and the game remained scoreless at the end of a drab and dreary 90 minutes, meaning the outcome of the game would be decided on penalties. Benburb’s Tinney, Waddell and McKenzie all converted their penalties, as did Bellshill’s Dolan, Crozier and Selkirk. Lavery then beat Calder to put the home side ahead before Ryan Connelly stepped up to take Bellshill’s 4th kick and blasted the ball straight at goalkeeper Quinn who saved easily. Benburb defender Gillan hammered his penalty high and hard past Calder to hand Benburb a home semi-final tie against Shotts Bon Accord.

A GD Pts

25 9 21 19 3 3 -3 -12 -3 1 -10 -11 -10 -32


Hurlford’s pressure paid off when substitute Sinclair rose unchallenged to head Stevenson’s cross into the net. One minute later Sinclair doubled his and Hurlford’s tally with a close range strike after being sent clear by Black. Bellshill were reduced to 10 men in the dying stages when defender Stevie Bennett received his second yellow card in the 88th minute and he was joined by team-mate Nikki Cairney shortly after, following an off the ball incident with Hurlford defender McKinnon. In the last action of the game Sinclair had a chance to complete to his hat-trick but fired wide from 6 yards.

spurned chances for the equaliser after failing to hit the target from inside the penalty area. The home side doubled their lead in the 64th minute when McKenna played the ball straight to Rangers man McReady who found Mitchell in space on the right. Mitchell rounded Donnelly before crossing for Michael Fulton to knock the ball into the empty net. Six minutes later Donnelly pulled Michael Fulton down as he broke clear and Fulton stepped up to take the resulting penalty, only to have it well saved by the Bellshill keeper. This break shook Bellshill into action and the Rangers defence were under constant pressure for the first time in the match. Dingwall had an 86th minute goal chalked off for offside before sending Connelly through to beat the advancing keeper and set up a tense finish in stoppage time. McAuliffe picked out Connelly with a defence splitting pass in the dying moments but home keeper Wilson rushed off his line to block Connelly’s shot in what proved to be the last action of the game.



ellshill pushed forward in the early stages of the game, United keeper Markey saved an early Cairney attempt before Selkirk fired his shot wide from close range. The visitors rode the early storm and should have went ahead after 14 minutes when home keeper Donnelly failed to hold a Nimmo drive and Cunningham knocked the ball wide from 8 yards. Bryan Dingwall had a shot blocked by McKinnon and followed up to knock the rebound over the bar. In the 40th minute a tame pass-back by Brady gifted Hurlford the opportunity to go ahead but Black shot straight at Donnelly and the teams went into the

A GD Pts

23 30 33 26 41 42 38 35 39 35 46 40 60

24 18 13 11 10 -11 3 -9 4 -3 -13 -10 -37

48 47 41 41 34 33 29 29 28 26 26 25 9

Central District Second Div Pos Team



Pld W





GD Pts

1 Yoker Athletic F.C.

22 15

3 4

60 25 35


2 Larkhall Thistle F.C.

22 14

2 6

60 34 26


3 Benburb F.C.

22 12

5 5

45 32 13


4 St. Roch’s F.C.

22 12

2 8

58 45 13


5 Stonehouse Violet F.C.

22 11

2 9

58 47 11


6 Maryhill F.C.



4 9

32 40 -8


7 Carluke Rovers F.C.



3 10

49 54 -5


8 Wishaw Juniors F.C.



1 12

36 53 -17 28

9 Lesmahagow Juniors F.C.



0 13

45 46 -1

10 Royal Albert F.C.



5 11

27 41 -14 23

11 Forth Wanderers F.C.



5 12

25 53 -28 20

12 Newmains United F.C.



4 15

36 61 -25 13


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Strathclyde parkrun

Colin Bain first past the post at event 57 seconds recording 20:56 in the n his 2nd appearance, process. Rosie HEPTONSTALL, Colin BAIN (SM35-39) of of Greens Health & Fitness RC Calderglen Harriers won for placed third in a time of 23:44. the 1st time in a time of 18:11. In today's Age Graded Frank HURLEY (VM55competition, Frank HURLEY 59) representing Ronhill recorded a performance of Cambuslang Harriers took 85.69% second by 13 seconds recording In the points competition 18:24. Luke MCILVENNA, of William REID has a lead of Motherwell AC placed third in a 44 points over second placed time of 18:33. Tom HALLIDAY. Pauline In her 2nd appearance, HENDERSON leads Janice Louise BEVERIDGE of Dundee CLARK by 51 in the ladies Hawkhill Harriers won in a competition. time of 19:46 for the 2nd time. This week there were 23 first Louise BEVERIDGE beat Julie timers and 42 runners recorded BEVERIDGE representing PBs Calderglen Harriers by 70


Mighty Mullen trying to force his way through on goal

Thorniewood United 1 Johnstone Burgh 1 T

horniewood ended their penultimate 2010/11 league campaign with a frustrating draw against Johnstone Burgh. The draw whilst not ideal for Thorniewood as they search for the league title did however, relegate their opponents in the process. Burgh's Johnstone broke into the 'Wood' box in the opening minute before firing a decent effort just over to signal the visitor’s intent. Thorniewood looked to have taken the lead in 7 minutes but keeper Doherty somehow

managed to scoop a Stephen Mullen effort off the line following a throw on the right by Brian Wharton. In a decent match it was the visitors who came close in the 24th minute when Loughlin's superb 30 yard effort forced Stephen Mather into a class save tipping over. 'Wood' defender Stephen Low did well under pressure to head clear from the corner kick. Moments later a great chance fell to Chris Queen but the strikers shot on the turn from seven yards sailed narrowly just over the bar.

Thorniewood again came close in 31 minutes when a ferocious Wharton free kick was deflected wide for a corner. ht 0-0 In the second period and it was Thorniewood who were caught napping at the start of the second half when Smith opened the scoring in 46 minutes. A cross from the left wasn't dealt with allowing the Burgh forward time and space to slot home. Thorniewood managed to respond immediately and within 30 seconds Queen had levelled after latching onto a

Mullen pass and blasting home a quality strike from just inside the area. Manager Johnny Fallon threw caution to the wind in an attempt to win the match and in a grandstand finish Thorniewood created and missed several guilt edged chances in a valiant effort. If they had won they would have retained top slot but the point still keeps them in the title race. A win in their last match could be enough to see the Viewpark side lift the league title – if other results go their way.


Here are the full results for Strathclyde event 57, 14/05/2011: Pos 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10

Athlete Colin BAIN Frank HURLEY Luke MCILVENNA Alistair COX Derek T MARTIN Daniel QUEEN Neil GREEN James TRAINOR Anthony QUINN Keith REDPATH

Sex M M M M M M M M M M

Time 18:11 18:24 18:33 18:40 18:53 18:55 19:04 19:10 19:40 19:44

Grading 73.97% 85.69% 71.07% 69.64% 73.35% 81.94% 73.25% 67.30% 77.46% 79.90%

Category SM35-39 VM55-59 JM15-19 SM30-34 VM40-44 VM55-59 VM40-44 SM25-29 VM50-54 VM55-59

Club Calderglen Harriers Ronhill Cambuslang Harriers

Motherwell AC Unattached Kirkintilloch Olympians Dumfries RC Calderglen Harriers Unattached Cartha Harriers Unattached

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