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eople from all across the wee county will be gathering to light up the sky for a popular Alva school girl who died on Sunday. Horse lover Louise Imrie, 14, from Tillicoultry, died suddenly on Sunday night and her death has sparked a mass remembrance event in her name. “Light up the sky for Louise” was set up as a Facebook page on Sunday by Logan Smith and almost 450 people have signed up to attend the special tribute. The event for the talented show jumper will take place on Monday, November 28 in Cochrane Park, Alva at 8pm and it is hoped as many people as possible will show up to pay their respects to Louise. The page states: “Please, not even a whole hour, say your goodbyes, wish her good-luck and
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touching tribute by Alva Academy head teacher, John Meney. He said: “Louise Imrie was a popular pupil and a pleasure to teach. The whole school has been shocked and upset by her sudden death. “She loved being around horses and had a real talent for show jumping where she won many medals. The school recognised her achievements in show jumping by awarding her full colours last year. “Louise was enthusiastic and determined in everything she did. Louise’s family are in our thoughts at this very difficult time.” The school guidance team have made themselves available to pupils, along with members of the Council’s psychological service, offering support to any pupils who need it.
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kitten was cruelly abandoned in his carrier in an Alloa park. A six-month-old male cat was found by a member of the public in West End Park on Monday, November 14. The kind local then handed him into the police station. The tabby and white cat, who has been named George, is now being cared for by the Scottish SPCA at their Edinburgh and Lothians Animal Rescue and Rehoming Centre. The animal charity are appealing for information on how the kitten came to be abandoned in the park. Animal Rescue Officer Jenny Hamilton said, “This poor little guy was left in his carrier with some toys inside but no food or water. “We can’t be sure how long he had been there and we’re just glad he was found and is safe now. “This was a very cruel thing to do. There is no excuse to abandon any animal and the person who did this couldn’t have been sure whoever found George would have
helped him. “If anyone can help us identify the person responsible for dumping George we would urge them to contact us as soon as possible.” Abandoning an animal is an offence that carries stiff penalties including up to six months in prison and a £5,000 fine. Anyone found guilty of doing so can also expect to be banned from keeping animals for a fixed period or life. The charity have also been appealing for animal lovers to donate tinned meat to the centre where George is currently being looked after. Staff at the centre in Balerno have already cared for over 1,000 animals this year, with almost half of those being cats and dogs. Centre Manager Diane Stewart is now asking kind people to donate to help the centre cope with the demand. She said, “We’re going through a lot of food at the moment as we’re caring for such a large number of cats and dogs, and we’re very
News Brief An Alloa author will be launching his book at Alloa Library this weekend. George Stewart,65 will launch his book ‘Latterday Pioneers – A view from Scotland’ at the library on November 26 from 11am until 1pm. He will be there to meet local people who can buy a copy of the book if they wish. The book looks at the impact that Scottish people have had on the growth of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, and the customs and individuality of the Scottish Nation from the 1800’s to the present day.
short on tinned meat. “Food donations from members of the public have really fallen lately. In the thirteen years I’ve worked here at the centre it’s never been this low. Donations can be handed in to our centre at Balerno daily between 10am and 4pm. Anyone with information relating to the abandonment of George is asked to contact our Animal Helpline on 03000 999 999. Donations can be handed in to our centre at Balerno daily between 10am and 4pm.
CENTRAL SCOTLAND POLICE CHIEF INSPECTOR RETIRES Clackmannanshire Provost, Derek Stewart this week made a special presentation to Police Chief Inspector Bob Hutchison, wishing him well on his retirement from the force.
Tickets for a conference of experts celebrating the remarkable £12 million refurbishment of Stirling Castle’s Royal Palace are now available at reduced price for this weekend’s event. The conference, at the University of Stirling on Saturday and Sunday, is being addressed by specialists directly involved with the project, which recently returned the Royal Palace to its sumptuous former appearance from the 1540s. Tickets for the conference, titled “Rebirth of the Palace”, have been reduced to £80 (from £120) for an adult, and £70 (from £96) for concessions, Historic Scotland members and students. Delegates who have already bought tickets have been refunded the difference. A copy of the conference programme can be downloaded from the official Historic Scotland Stirling Castle website, at www. stirlingcastle.gov.uk.
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Clackmannanshire and the surrounding areas and paintings, prints and photographs of the River Forth. There will also be a wide selection of Scottish landscapes, seascapes, wildlife, animal, floral and figurative works, along with a variety of beautiful handmade jewellery, handmade cards and handmade Christmas cards. All work is by Local Artists who are all members of Central Arts Association. Admission to the exhibition is free. “The Gallery” is open Monday to
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lackmannanshire Scouts will be getting into the Christmas spirit and will once again be delivering Christmas post in the area. The Scouts will be delivering in Alva, Dollar, Muckhart, Kincardine, Menstrie, Tullibody, Tillicoultry and Coalsnaughton. All points of sale for stamps will display a prominent poster and each purchaser will be given a wee flyer to remind them of the areas covered. Unfortunately deliveries in Alloa, Clackmannan, Sauchie and Fishcross will not be possible this year. John Spruce, District Commissioner, said: “Last year was a great success and we thank all our hundreds of supporters who used the service. The stamps are only 25p each and there are no complicated size restrictions, all cards are the same price. The last date for posting is 5pm on Friday 16 December.”
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ordon Brown paid a visit father and grandfather were to Stirling University to both avid fans. The MP was give an interview to a talent- also there in 2006 to present ed film student. the club with their first trophy The former PM spoke of in 67 years when they won the his family and his affinity with Third Division. Cowdenbeath Football Club in Ross (25), from Glenrothes, the short documentary When said the former Prime Minister The Sun Shines, created by went “out of his way” to take student Ross Cunningham. part in the film. He said: “It The emotive film focuses on was a privilege to interview him Central Park, Cowdenbeath’s as a year before he had been stadium, and relates it to the the leader of the country. He is memories and bonds that someone I have seen on televicome with being a devoted sion many times, so it was a bit football fan. surreal him agreeing to be in The MP is amongst several my film. inter view “It was a ees who Cowdenbeath Football Club great expediscuss rience and has a long and proud tradition their perGordon was in the town and in the hearts of sonal ties its fans, amongst whom were my really down with the to earth father and grandfather. stadium and enthuand how siastic. He Central Park links to their past. was very at home talking about The film also carries the theme the ground and what it means that a football ground is viewed to his family. The future of the by many of its fans as a place stadium is uncertain and Gorof worship. don feels that the most imporDespite being a Raith Rovers tant thing is that for fans the fan, Gordon Brown, whose con- heart of the club remains.” stituency covers Cowdenbeath, Gordon Brown said: “I was says the ground has played a very pleased to be able to take special part in his life as his part in Ross’s film. I think it’s
very much to Ross’s credit that he chose this topic for his film and I would like to wish him much success in the future. “Cowdenbeath Football Club has a long and proud tradition in the town and in the hearts of its fans, amongst whom were my father and grandfather. I have been MP for Cowdenbeath since 1983 and it was an especially proud moment for me in 2006 to be able to present the Club with the trophy for becoming Third Division Champions.” The making of the film was an emotional experience for Ross as another of the interviewees, his 84-year-old grandfather Ross Birrell, describes how the stadium links him to the memory of his son who died 11 years ago. Ross’s uncle Ashley, also a devoted Blue Brazil fan, had his ashes scattered on the park and the filming was the first time his grandad had returned to the stadium. The first viewing of the documentary moved his grandparents to tears. “They were sad to relive my uncle’s death but also happy
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Ross Cunningham with former PM Gordon Brown that their son will be forever immortalised in a film about the football club that he loved,” said Ross. “At the end of the film it is my uncle’s scarf that is blowing in the wind. “I tied it to a part of the terracing at the spot where he used to stand when watching Cowdenbeath play.” Ross will graduate with a Masters in Film Studies on November 25 during a ceremony
at Stirling Albert Halls. The 25 year-old has set up his own video production company and has praised the education he received at Stirling. He said: “Stirling is a wonderful environment to learn in. The staff were very encouraging. I couldn’t imagine getting a better experience anywhere else. My degree has given me the qualifications and skills I need to run my own business.”
The Wee County’s MSP is urging local charities to apply for the Bank of Scotland Foundation’s Small Grants Programme. Clackmannanshire and Dunblane MSP Keith Brown is highlighting the fact that the first tranche of funding for 2012 is now open and charities have until Monday January 16 to send in their applications. Applications are accepted up to and including £20,000 for the Small Grants Programme and grants are awarded for one year only. Since the Foundation was formed, over 200 charities supporting communities across Scotland have shared just over £1 million of funding through its Small Grants and Matched Giving programmes. Mr Brown said: “I would encourage local organisations and charities to consider making a submission to the Bank of Scotland Foundation. “I know in 2011 over £48,000 was given to charities in Mid Scotland and Fife. “Therefore, a grant of up to £20,000 is an ideal opportunity for charities to obtain much needed funding to allow them to continue or even expand their organisation.” “Full details and an application form can be downloaded from the website at www.bankofscotlandfoundation.org as well as information on their Matched Giving Scheme.”
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his weekend an underpass will be turned into a canvas for graffiti artists to showcase their skills. The scheme, run by Clackmannanshire Council’s Youth Services Graffiti Art Project will take place on the weekend of November 26 and 27. The underpass on the route 76 cycle network, situated on the outskirts of Tullibody will provide the canvas for groups and individual artists to showcase their techniques, skills and finished work. Councillor George Matchett, portfolio holder for Inclusion, said: “We invited local artists of all ages, styles and techniques to submit design ideas and the eight most innovative and original have each been allocated a 3m by 3m space at the underpass. “The showcase weekend will give the local community a chance
to see these skilled artists at work, creating family friendly images that will brighten the local environment. So often, graffiti blights building and structures, is a source of annoyance and can even make people feel unsafe, but this art project is designed to show that young people’s creativity can be a real asset to our communities.” The new project follows the success of the Council’s ‘History in Graffiti’ public art project, introduced to help young people tackle vandalism and which saw the transformation of the Greygoran underpass in Sauchie with images depicting Gartmorn Dam, the Ochil Hills, and old pit shaft, Alloa Tower, the glass works and an old style coal train carriage. The artists will be working between 10am and 4pm on November 26 and 27.
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he Wee County’s Bruce Springsteen tribute band found a fan in football ace Ally McCoist. Local band The Rising, Scotland’s top Springsteen tribute act, spent the afternoon with the Rangers Manager after he missed one of their gigs. The group’s vocalist Irene Lawrie, had found out Ally was a huge Springsteen fan so invited him along to their gig at Glasgow Ferry on October 24. The former Scotland star was unable to make the gig because of a prior engagement but invited the whole band to discuss the Boss at Murray Park on Friday, November 18. Irene said: “He was keen to meet up with the band and we subsequently accepted his kind invitation for a chat about the Boss and have a few promotional pictures taken. “Ally explained he had seen Springsteen live no less than eight or nine times and we share the fact that our first time seeing the Boss was in 1985 at St James Park Newcastle. “Ally could not have made us more welcome and looks forward to hearing us play live in the near future, a set which would have to contain his favourite track The River.” The Rising have been taking Scotland by storm in recent months. They are made up of a group of friends and family who share a great love of Springsteen and the E Street
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News Brief Hillwalking Club The Stirling Hillwalking Club walk on November 27 will be Beinn Tharsuinn and Ben Chaorach from Glen Fruin. 626m ascent, 10km distance. OS map 56, grid ref 295886. Phone 01506 418568 for further details. Information about Stirling Hillwalking club is available on the website at http://www. stirlinghillwalkingclub.org.uk/
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oung parents were recognised for their achievements at an awards ceremony organised by Clackmannanshire Council. 16 young parents aged 16 to 24 from Clackmannanshire were recognised for their personal milestone achievements during the ceremony. The presentations came on the first anniversary of the Clackmannanshire Young Parents Project, a
pilot partnership initiative designed to improve the life chances of young parents and their children by helping to ensure that their immediate needs are addressed and that appropriate services are available to them to maintain stability at a very vulnerable time in their lives. The project also helps them prepare for employment, education or training when the time is right for them.
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At the ceremony, recognition was given to young parents whose achievements have included entering employment, training and education, accessing childcare provision for the first time, and, in one case, accessing funding for a possible new business venture. Councillor Janet Cadenhead, who holds the Regeneration portfolio, said: “Teenagers who become parents are
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and economic difficulties than young people who are not parents and the consequences are often that the parents and their children may be exposed to greater social deprivation and disadvantage. “Most of the youngsters need help to focus on their future and improve their prospects and it is rewarding to see them enjoying increased
confidence and selfesteem, improved parenting skills, debt reduction, and something that should never be underestimated - improved happiness and contentment.” Partnership working has been paramount to the success of the project, with various support service ensuring early intervention to enhance the health, social, educational and future employability of the young parents.
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lackmannanshire businesses have been urged to put cold weather contingency plans into place as the winter months approach. Tansport Minister and MSP for Clackmannanshire and Dunblane has encouraged employers to learn from the experience of previous harsh winters and put plans in place to ensure their businesses can continue to run as smoothly as possible in the event of severe weather. Mr Brown said: “With winter fast approaching, businesses need to start thinking about what they can do to make sure they’re ready for severe weather and all of the challenges it can bring. “It is important that individual businesses work with their employees to put in place winter contingency plans specific to their business that allow them to maintain productivity if the police advise that it is unsafe to travel. “The Scottish Government has launched a Ready for Winter? campaign to make everyone across Scotland aware of the importance of planning ahead for the colder months. This includes advice for businesses on the Ready Scotland website and a business continuity toolkit. Taking action now will help make Scotland better
prepared.” A set of clear and concise messages to warn of severe weather ahead are to be given to motorists this winter. Written by the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPOS) and Transport Scotland, the messages will give specific travel advice based on the predicted weather conditions. Road users will in the most extreme conditions be advised to ‘Avoid Road Travel’ and warned that any attempt to use certain routes may result in delays of several hours. Down the scale will be advice such as Winter Weather : Plan Ahead where there is a chance of disruption and preparations should be made. The Ready for Winter? Campaign is backed by the federation of Small Businesses (Scotland) and Scottish Chambers of Commerce. Colin Borland, the Federation of Small Businesses (FSB) head of external affairs in Scotland, said: “This is the right time for Scottish small business owners and managers to start thinking about how they could mitigate the impact if conditions like last year’s strike again. “Simple things like examining if or how some staff could work from home or making sure that more
Friday 25.11.11 than one employee knows relevant passwords and alarm codes can keep things going, even when you’re short-staffed. The FSB knows that any disruption isn’t good news, but we also know how innovative and hard-working Scottish small businesses are. “Public bodies tell us that they’ve put into place better systems and process to deal with adverse weather, we would encourage small businesses to use this window of opportunity to do the same.” Liz Cameron, Chief Executive of Scottish Chambers of Commerce, said: “Over the past couple of years, many Scottish businesses have been faced with serious operating challenges as a result of the disruption caused by severe and prolonged winter weather. As we enter another winter period, it is vital to plan ahead to ensure that our businesses are well prepared in the event of similar extreme weather this winter. “Now is the time to think about the effects that such things as staff being unable to get to work, road closures, reduced rail services and airport disruption may have on your business and what preparation needs to be made to ensure that productivity is maintained, whatever the weather.” For information on how you can plan ahead for your business this winter, and a free business continuity toolkit, see the My Business section at www. readyscotland.org/
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he Inner Wheel were delighted to hear stories of a career in the drinks industry. At this month’s meeting President Jessie Stuart welcomed Graham Kerr President of the Rotary Club of Alloa. Graham spoke of his career in the drinks industry and his involvement with Scottish Rugby.
President Jessie thanked Graham for his interesting talk and hoped that the close working relationship between Rotary and Inner Wheel would continue in the future. At the group’s recent Bingo Tea the sum of £638 was raised for local charities. Their sincere thanks to all those who supported this event.
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lackmannanshire Council’s Housing Support team has been praised after successfully passing an inspection. The team underwent a quality of performance assessment, which began unannounced at the end of August. It was undertaken by Social Care and Social Work Improvement Scotland (SCSWIS), who graded aspects of the team’s service to people who require assistance to set up and maintain their own tenancies. The team’s Quality of Care and Support was deemed excellent and their Quality of Management and Leadership was rated very good. The council service also received praise for involving service users, bringing together people who were currently homeless and others who had previously been homeless in order to look at how their experiences could inform practices. Councillor Eddie Carrick, holder of the Sustainability portfolio, commented: “We are obviously delighted to be rated
so highly, although we will still continue to strive for continuous improvement. We will continue to develop leadership values throughout the team, develop the involvement of people using the service in staff recruitment, develop networks and the skills and knowledge of team members, and also continue our consultation process evaluating the tools used to encourage service user feedback.” The Inspector concluded that the service continued to support homeless people using an approach dedicated to supporting people improve all areas of their life and enabling them to succeed in maintaining their tenancy. The views of individual service users towards the support they received highlighted the positive effect the service was having in enabling and supporting them to manage day-to-day tasks, including budgeting and accessing health professionals, leading to improvements in their health and wellbeing.
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ee County residents will be able to celebrate St Andrew’s Day this year by getting fit for free. To celebrate St Andrew’s Day there will be free access to the sports and leisure facilities in the area’s three secondary schools. Alloa Library will also be hosting some Scottish-themed children’s events. These events coincide with the Scottish Government’s Visit for Free promotion and take place over the weekend of November 26 and 27. The sports and leisure facilities at Alloa, Lornshill and Alva Academies will be open to the public on Sunday November 27 from noon until 5pm. There will be free gym
inductions and sessions as well as free taster sessions in a wide range of activities including urban rebounding, pilates, yoga, badminton, basketball and table tennis. These sports and gym sessions will be available on a first come first served basis and under 12s must be accompanied by an adult. Meanwhile, Alloa Library will be hosting a day of St Andrew’s Day themes events on Saturday November 26. Activities will include giant board games. And there will be a chance to design a tartan and colour in a Nessie and a Hamish the Haggis at the art and crafts table. Library staff will also be doing Scottish storytelling from 10.30am to 11am.
The fun starts at 9.30am and runs until 3pm and all library events are suitable for under 12s. In addition, there will be no charge for any book requests on Saturday November 26. Depute Leader Councillor Bobby McGill said: “I’m delighted that we are taking part in the national St Andrew’s Day Visit for Free programme. This is a chance to showcase some of the best of what Clackmannanshire has to offer while celebrating our national day. During the winter months, our fantastic sport and leisure facilities and our libraries are particularly welcoming places to be.” Full details of all these activities can be found online at www.clacksweb.org.uk
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wo Forth Valley College lecturers have turned the tables and have been learning instead of teaching on new courses. Eian Allardice, a Computing Lecturer, got to grips with nail design whilst Beauty Lecturer Naomi Nettleton gained an insight in to the world of building and upgrading PCs. The two courses ‘Glam Nails’ and ‘Building or Upgrading your PC’ will start on November 24 and run for four weeks on a Thursday evening at the College’s new state-of-the-art campus in Alloa Town Centre. Glam nails will provide skills in nail care and design just in time for the party season. And the new computing course will go beyond basic IT skills to enable learners to build or
upgrade PC systems avoiding the need to get experts involved. Forth Valley College is keen that these courses will be the first of many to be introduced to the campus. The new facility will aim to offer a wide range of provision which meets the needs of the local area and with this in mind,
Naomi and Eian stepped up to get a taster of these two very different courses. Naomi said: “The ‘Glam Nails’ course is perfect for those who want to look their best and get their nails in shape for all their Christmas nights out. It provides the basic skills to add a bit of sparkle to your look, plus
you’ll also be able to work your magic on family and friends. “It was interesting to find out what the computing course involves and I think it would offer some really useful skills.” Eian said: “The ‘Building or Upgrading a PC’ course is ideal for those interested in how computers really work and will provide basic skills in putting a computer together at home. Anyone can do it; it’s a course for total beginners. Learners who are able to fix their own PCs may also be able to save money. “My nail care taster was an experience!” Anyone interested in these courses, should call 0845 634 4444 or email info@ forthvalley.ac.uk
Shelter launch ‘No Room at the Inn’ A
homeless charity has revealed that thousands of children will spend Christmas Day in unsuitable temporary accommodation and most will still be there by Easter. Scotland’s leading housing and homelessness charity, Shelter launched its ‘No Room at the Inn’ campaign on November 21 to raise awareness of the scandal. Graeme Brown, Director of Shelter Scotland, said: “Too many children are stuck in temporary accommodation for too long and too often in dangerous circumstances. In Scotland, 60 children are made homeless every day – 22,000 last year. 5,800 will spend this Christmas in B&Bs or temporary
flats. “It is a scandal that children are becoming ill because their family is forced to accept temporary accommodation that is damp and dangerous. “It is a badge of shame for our nation that children who spend time in temporary accommodation fall behind at school, are more likely to contract respiratory conditions like chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and are less likely to go into further and higher education simply because they spent too long in temporary housing.” The charity published voluntary guidance on standards in temporary
accommodation that it wants the Scottish Government to make a statutory requirement. It is asking members of the public to sign up to an online petition at www.shelter.org.uk/ noroom or to sign a giant Christmas card at one of its four campaign days in across Scotland. The card and online petition will then be presented to Ministers at Holyrood. Temporary accommodation is currently offered by local authorities to people who have made a homelessness application and have nowhere else to stay. They are entitled to stay in the temporary accommodation provided until suitable permanent accommodation is found.
13 weecounty International award for Wee County business News Brief Friday 25.11.11
top Alloa based company has received a prestigious international business award for its innovative products. Omega Diagnostics was presented with the award at the Scottish Council for Development and Industry Award Dinner on Friday, November 18. They were given the ‘Brodies LLP International Award for Innovation in Product or Service Development’ which was presented to Andrew Shepherd, Chief Executive of Omega by the Rt Hon Alex Salmond MSP, First Minister of Scotland. They were recognised as a market leader in developing and producing in-vitro diagnostic test kits used in hospitals around the world to diagnose a whole range of diseases and infections. The SCDI awards ceremony was attended by 700 senior leaders from business and civic Scotland. Unitied Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan delivered the keynote speech at the prestigious event.
Omega Chief Exec, Andrew Shepherd with First Minister, Alex Salmond Andrew Shepherd said: “We are very pleased to receive the ‘Brodies LLP International Award for Innovation in Product or Service Development’. Ever since the company was formed in 1987 we have concentrated on export markets for our clinical diagnostic products with
nearly 90% of our business being export derived. “With the global market for our products being driven by the emerging markets such as Brazil, Russia, India and China, we are now delivering on a strategy to enhance our growth in these key markets. We have recently
established a subsidiary operation in India where we expect to see major growth in the years ahead and export growth continuing into the future.” Omega Diagnostics specialises in the diagnosis of infectious diseases, particularly Syphilis, TB and Dengue Fever amongst
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others. The company revealed in a trading update their turnover for the six months to September 30 2011, is expected to reach £5.3million. They will release interim results on November 25. SCDI chief executive Lesley Sawers said: “In (this) economic climate we must look outwards (and) build on our world-renowned Scottish brand.” Other winners during the ceremony included Sir Ian Wood who received the President’s Award from the member funded Scottish Council for Development and Industry, Optima Solutions of Aberdeen received the Deliotte International Award for People Development while the BP Award for Outstanding International Achievement in the oil and gas industry went to qedi. Voith Hydro Wavegen won the Accenture Award for Outstanding International Achievement in Green Entergy and Gentech International won the Royal Bank of Scotland Award Best International Business.
Gordon Banks, MP for Ochil and South Perthshire has congratulated SAFE – Strathearn Art for Experience, who are based in Dollar on their recent £10,000 Awards for All grant. SAFE will offer a twice weekly programme of arts and crafts activities for adults with mental health issues. The project aims to provide access to the therapeutic benefits of social, recreational and arts activities. The grant will fund sessional workers, venue hire and materials. This project meets the Awards for All outcome of “people and communities are healthier.” Gordon Banks MP said; “The therapeutic benefits of social, recreational and arts activities are widely acknowledged, and I’m sure that SAFE will organise a programme of activities that will build on this in the most effective ways possible.” “Projects like this one can help those with mental health issues feel a greater connectedness with others and reduce the feelings of isolation which can result in a more positive outlook on life. Congratulations to SAFE on their award; I wish them every success in their good work.”
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Sauchie Rainbows enjoy a PJ party Rainbows in Sauchie last week we held a sponsored PJ night to raise money for Children in need. The girls wore their PJ’s to Rainbows and iced pudsey biscuits raising a great total of £40. Many thanks to the girls and their family for all the help. The money has been sent off to the BBC appeal to help make a difference.
MasterChef finalist to cook in Wee County
he Wee County will be able to sample Fairtrade fare as part of a special St Andrew’s Day event. MasterChef finalist Fi Bird has joined forces with the African Kitchen and the Clackmannanshire Fairtrade group to bring an alternative St Andrew’s Day event to Alloa. A local Fairtrade steering group was set up in June 2011 with the support of the Council and the Co-operative. Fairtrade Clacks is trying to make Clackmannanshire a Fairtrade Zone and this event is part of their campaign. Baxter’s restaurant in Mill Street, Alloa, will host an African cooking demonstration using Fairtrade ingredients on Wednesday November 30 from 7pm. The demonstration will be provided by Glasgow-based African restaurant, Calabash, and MasterChef finalist and author of Kids’ Kitchen, Fi Bird. This two hour event will provide lots of useful tips and recipes, with cooking demonstrations, tastings, quiz, information and inspiration on what you can do to further Scotland’s bid to become a Fair Trade Nation. Councillor Eddie Carrick, Sustainability Portfolio Holder, said: “Fairtrade provides a better deal for producers in developing countries, creating opportunities for farmers and workers to improve their lives, their communities and to protect their environment. “The Council declared its support for Fairtrade in its Sustainability and Climate
Change Strategy and is committed to supporting this grassroots campaign to work towards achieving Fairtrade Zone status. “This St Andrew’s Day event is a great way to raise awareness about Fairtrade and the range of fairly traded products that are available, and to encourage more people to buy more fair trade products more often.” Event organiser John Lamond, said: “Fairtrade products give you, the consumer, the chance to make a difference. “Your selection of Fairtrade products in your weekly shopping means that a portion of the cost which you pay goes directly towards helping disadvantaged workers in developing countries instead of into the profits of multinational companies. “In the past 23 years, because ordinary people have made that choice, the Fairtrade campaign is now in the mainstream, with over 3,000 products bearing the Fairtrade mark and multinational companies are having to offer a Fairtrade alternative. “Because of this small change which you the consumers have made, the worldwide spend on Fairtrade certified products is now in excess of £3bn. This directly benefits over 9 million people - farmers, workers and their families in 58 developing countries.” Entry is free, but you have to book. To book a place, contact The Co-operative Membership on 0141 304 5582
Stirling Castle location for art show A
new art exhibition is taking place at Stirling Castle and shows work inspired by the iconic landmark. Iona Leishman’s, the artist in residence’s colourful mix of real and imagined subject material stretches to around 80 canvases, many inspired by the dramatic physical outlines and sheer power of the castle’s crag-top location. Her portfolio also conjures historical moments inspired by the Royal court at Stirling, where the machinations of kings and queens ultimately forged the political legacy of modern Scotland. The potential of this rich source material has allowed Iona to develop a huge body of work that has attracted interest from thousands of castle visitors. Her talents have also helped schools and community groups develop their own creativity and skills. The project reflects Historic Scotland’s aim to make imaginative use of the nation’s built heritage through an extensive and varied educational
programme. Iona (48), originally from Perth, has used her broad range of styles to appeal to a wide range of tastes and ages. “As well as the celebration of the built heritage and history,” she explained, “I’ve create a third category, crossing point, which forms a bridge between the castle and imagination.” Based in a workshop in the Nether Bailey, an outlying building previously adapted as a powder magazine, Iona has produced paintings that range from lush naturalistic impressions of the castle to dreamy washes of colour haunted by ethereal figures. “Capturing the castle has been fairly straightforward,” she said. “I’ve painted at different times day, to capture the contrasts as the light moves around the castle. But when I’m painting figures, I’m trying to bring something out from inside, using impressions I’ve gained of the castle and what I know of its history.” The show is free to all
visitors at Stirling Castle, and can be found in Exhibition Room within the Nether Bailey complex, between the central castle buildings and the western ramparts. All paintings are for sale, listed in the catalogue. A special series of greetings cards and prints based on a selection of Iona’s work is available in the castle gift shop and at the Clan and Craft shop on the esplanade. Iona’s residency has proved so successful that Historic Scotland is now preparing to expand the programme to include other sites.
“This has been an exceptionally productive project, well received not only by visitors and education groups but also by our staff ,” said Historic Scotland’s Head of Learning Services, Sue Mitchell. “Interest, both internally and externally, in what Iona has achieved has stimulated an expansion of the artist in residence scheme, and work is now underway to create new programmes at Huntingtower Castle near Perth and Jedburgh Abbey in the Scottish Borders.” Full details of these new residencies will be announced soon.
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What’s on in your weecounty The Senior Citizens’ : Christmas party will be held on Wednesday 7th December 2011 at 2.00 pm. Tickets will be handed out on Friday 25th November at 9.30 am in Clackmannan CAP on a first come first served basis – maximum 2 per person. All OAPs are welcome.
Alloa Park Primary Nursery Class Christmas Fayre will take place on Thursday 8th December from 9.30 am to 12 noon then from 1 pm to 3 pm. Everyone welcome to come along and help us raise funds for our nursery Christmas events. Patons Bowling Section: End of season dance and prize giving will be held on Saturday 26 November. Tickets from secretary Jim Wallace. The band will be Sweet Sensation. Sunday night dance: Old time, modern and sequence dance will be held in Alloa Town Hall from now until April 15 2011 from 7pm for 7.30pm until 10.30pm. Admission is £5. On December 18 J Kawalskie will be providing the music. Bring your own refreshments.
Alva Pensioners’ Association: The next dance will be on Saturday 26 November with Raymond Carse. Tickets for the dinner /concerts on Saturday 7 and 14 January will be on sale at Parklands on Monday 12 and Tuesday 13 December from 1.30pm to 3.30pm. £5. Members only. Age Concern:Whist and dominoes were held on Thursday 17 November 2011. The winner of the dominoes was Miss J Memmott, consolation went to Mrs J Drummond. The ladies whist was won by Mrs M Gillespie, consolation Mrs A McGuire. The winner of the gents prize was Mr I McLachlan, consolation Mr G Burt. The next meeting will be held on Thursday 1 December in Alva Parish Church Hall, Alva. This will be the last in the current session.
Coalsnaughton Coalsnaughton Burns Club: Cash bingo every Monday in the lounge. Contact 01259 750517. Eyes down at 8.15pm, finished by 9.45pm. Coalsnaughton Primary: Christmas Fayre takes place from 5 - 7pm on Thursday 1st December. Ticket prices are 50p for adults and 20p for children with refreshments provided. There will be a variety of stalls - home baking, Christmas Crafts, tombolas, raffles etc and opportunities for children to visit Santa in his grotto.
Dollar Dollar Museum: The Museum shop has a great range of exclusive items which would make ideal Christmas gifts. Besides Christmas cards there are fridge magnets, coasters, key rings, mugs, tea towels and notepads. All are designed especially for Dollar Museum. The 2012 calendar has 12 colour photographs of local views and comes in a DVD-size box which, when open, sits on a desk or table. All these items can be sent easily by post. The Museum is open at weekends until Christmas - Saturdays 11 - 1 and 2 - 4.30 and Sundays 2 - 4.30. Entry is free and there is still time to see this year’s exhibition on Farming.
Put on comfortable footwear, dress for the weather and enjoy. Short, safe walks open to everyone. For more information contact Jane on 01259 290316 or 07825 052677. Come on your own or bring a friend.
Kincardine Scottish Country Dance Class: The classes take place in the hall each Wednesday from 8pm to 9.30pm for a 10 week session before Christmas. Go along and give it a try. Kincardine History Group: The group meets again on Wednesday, 30th November at 7pm in the Community Centre. We welcome back Ken Gray whose topic will be “The Road to the Shrine of St.James, Santiago de Compostela.” As usual, visitors will be welcome.
Menstrie Fishcross Wee County Walkers: Why not join in the free walks led by Wee County Walkers? Become fitter as you enjoy and easy interesting walk. No need to book. Meet us in the car park beside Cats’ Protection just before 2pm on Tuesday. Back in time to meet the children coming out of school. Walks are suitable for all ages and abilities. Find out about local history as we walk.
Carers: Do you help to look after someone? Free Carer Information sessions start on Thursday 3 November in Menstrie Parish Church Hall at 1.30pm – 3.30pm. First session “Caring and Stress”. Either phone Ian on 07824 381280 for more information, or just come along. All carers welcome. Menstrie Parish Church: Christmas Fayre will be held on Saturday 26 November in the church hall from 10am until 1pm. There will be a variety of
stalls including, cake, candy and teas, floral art, jewellery, candles, children’s stall, face painting, produce, books and there will be a santa attending from 11am until 12noon.
The Kirk Session will meet at 10.50 a.m. The Men’s Fellowship meets on Monday at 2 p.m. when David Murray of SASRA will be the speaker.
Tillicoultry Muckhart Muckhart Quilters: The group meet on the first Tuesday of each month in the Coronation Hall from 7pm to 9pm. Contact Mavis 781473 or Sue 743226.
Sauchie Sauchie and Fishcross U F Church: Last Sunday, Rev Graham Brown spoke on “Coping with Weariness”. Peter Todd read part of 2 Corinthians chapter 4. The theme at the Evening Service was “Why we Have the Ten Commandments”. Anne Cairns also contributed ministry in song. On Wednesday, the Women’s Christian Fellowship meets at 7.30 p.m. when the speaker will be James McKenzie of Stirling Street Pastors. The Women’s Association meets on Thursday at 2.15 p.m. The Bible Study and Prayer Meeting follows at 7 p.m. and the Choir Practice at 8.10 p.m. The Friday Club for Kids (Leo Club) meets from 6 until 7.30 p.m. Services on Sunday are as usual at 11 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. Kites Group (for children) and crèche meet at 11 a.m. The Morning Service will be a Preparatory Service for Communion.
Clackmannan and Kinross Bowling Association: A prize bingo tea will be held in air of Funds for Clackmannan and Kinross Bowling Association Senior Section will be held in Tillicoultry Bowling Club on Tuesday, November 29 at 7.30pm. All welcome, please bring your own cup.
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Congratulations to pupils in Schaw House who have won this weekâ€™s Inter-House competition and gain 15 points for the House. Erskine were in second place gaining 10 points with Bruce in third place gaining 5 House points. 4B2 topped the table for Excellent citizenship this week. Well done to all.
All S4 pupil received a folio of certificates related to the Employability unit which has been completed in English over the last eight weeks in a special celebration assembly on Monday of this week. Several employers who had provided work experience placements also attended and we are grateful to them and to all other employers involved for their support. The range of placements covered was huge with nurseries, schools, garages, shops, hairdressers, labs, gardening companies, volunteer agencies and
Clackmannanshire Council only a few of the areas in which our students participated. The Tuesday lunchtime homework club, run by Mrs Jefferson, continues to go from strength to strength with at least 15 pupils brining lunch and homework to Room 24 each week.
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There are still a few places left on the excursion to see Scotland take on France at Murrayfield on Sunday 26th February. Interested pupils should make payment to Miss Ramsay as soon as possible.
Please note that the school will be closed to pupils on Thursday 24th and Friday 25th November while staff take part in In-Service Training. The school is also likely to be closed to pupils on Wednesday 30th November due to industrial action. A Groupcall has been sent out to alert parents and a letter will be given to all pupils on Monday of next week to confirm this.
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keeping the Alva pool open for members of the community. Simon Kindlen, spokesman for the group said: â€œAt our most recent meeting we discussed the project and came to the conclusion that itâ€™s about more than the pool. â€œItâ€™s also to do with the health of a community and the wealth of a community and creating jobs. â€œIt is a fallacy that you canâ€™t make
money from a pool. â€œIt will be a cultural community hub as well.â€? OLE had previously written a letter to Clackmannanshire council informing them that the report submitted today would be an â€˜interim business planâ€™. Time constraints meant they could not produce a full report. Within the letter, signed by Jenny Paterson, the group state the interim
business plan will: â€œSummarise research to date and include financial modelling to show what scenario will be sustainable and provide health and community benefit. â€œThe second stage will be to engage a team of consultants to undertake in depth research and business planning on behalf of the group. â€œOchil Leisure Enterprises are currently exploring a number of options
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There is still time left to volunteer as a prelim invigilator. As we approach prelim time, we are looking for Parent Volunteers to help with the invigilation of exams within the school. No experience is required and, even if you can only spare a half-day, we would be grateful for your support.
Adelle turner - winner of the S1-S3 talent show Please call the School Office to register your availability.
Our S1 Parentsâ€™ Evening will take place on Monday 28th November from 4.00 â€“ 6.30 p.m We look forward to seeing a large number of parents on that evening.
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lackmannan primary pupils welcomed their grannies and grandpas to the school this week to hear their musical entertainment. Grannies, Grandpas and local senior citizens were invited to visit the school on Wednesday, November 23 for a special display of Scots poems, songs, highland dancing and
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Fun filled Christmas cracker O ne of the nation’s most talented theatre directors has written a new fun filled Christmas show, Sergeant Cracker’s Christmas Quest, which will make its debut at Carnegie Hall, in Dunfermline. The play sees lovable old Sergeant Cracker and his best pal Flora the Christmas fairy, together with their bauble choir all looking forward to celebrating Christmas as they always have done. But this year they find a new decoration under the tree - a brand new all singing, all dancing fairy named Tiffany. She is joined by the evil ‘Aye’ Pod and the race to the top of the tree is on. As well as the rollicking adventure story there are deeper themes running
through the show. The clash of old and new; tradition and modernity; the real meaning of Christmas and the acceptance of getting old. Sergeant Cracker’s writer and director Jonathan Stone said: “And I hope with Sergeant Cracker we will produce a Christmas classic for this generation. I came up with the idea of a group of Christmas decorations in a race to see who could get to the top of a giant Christmas tree and the story and characters flowed from there.” I really want the show to make you laugh, make you cry and make you think, whilst you are having a great night out too.” Check out www.onfife. com<http://www.onfife.com> for further details.
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entertainment weecounty The Wee County is pleased to have the infamous ‘Q, from Airdrie’ writing for the Entertainment Pages, to give you all some comic relief. As a regular contributor to the Glasgow Metro newspaper, and a regular in the comedy scene in Glasgow and Edinburgh, Q has given the Wee County an exclusive column, which we are sure will have you wanting for more in the next edition of the Wee County!
refusal to allow the home nations to wear poppies on their football shirt.
see this boy has been given the heave-ho from X-Factor for drug misuse and wild partying? I’m surprised that being rubbish wasn’t a factor in his departure. Indeed, given that he was allowed on to our screens in the first place, I wonder if he was the only person involved with the show taking illegal substances?
s a man who isn’t the biggest fan of the Royal Family, I have four words to say that you may never read again in Q’s Views- well done Prince William. Yes, you took the shine off my wedding with your own and made the month of April chaotic as a result, but you were 110% right when you protested to FIFA over the
Some people think that FIFA is more corrupt than the mafia and is a law unto itself, but one letter from Prince William and they back down immediately. If only we’d had the presence of mind to get him to write to FIFA after the Scotland vs Czech Republic debacle- we might have made the play-offs! Maybe we should get him to write to those nit-wits who seem to think they’re making a point by burning poppies. Personally, they remind me of the loud and annoying kid at school who did nasty things to boost his own ego and get attention. With that in mind, can I propose that the next time they say or do anything, we just ignore them so as they get fed up and give us peace (something millions of men died to ensure in World War 2)?
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n our last edition of Q’s Views, I expressed hope that if John Terry is found guilty of racially abusing Anton Ferdinand that he goes to jail. I expected some of his fans to come out and support him, with something along the lines of “We don’t believe he’s a racist”. Instead, their support consisted of chanting “Anton Ferdinandyou know what you are”. If any of those fans are reading this just now- we certainly know what you are.
his man has suggested that disgruntled civil servants should strike for just 15-minutes. Yes Francis, the whole point of striking is to get noticed. Via your suggestion, it would be impossible to differentiate between people who are striking or simply skiving.
his week’s Q’s Views has been a bit more ranty than usual. What can I say; I’ve been under a lot of stress lately, and there have been a lot of nutters in the press. Therefore, if you feel under pressure and don’t have a newspaper column to take it out on innocent people, let me recommend this useful stress busting technique. 1) Drive your car to a beautiful, quiet, and most of all- secluded location. 2) Step out of your car into your secluded surroundings and take in the natural beauty all around you. 3) Look all around you to ensure nobody is nearby. 4) Take a deep breath. 5) Scream “ARRRGGGGHHHHHHH!!!!!!” as loudly as you can 6) Drive home It works, I’m telling you.
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sk 100 people which room in the house they think harbours the most germs and most would probably say the bathroom. But they’d be wrong. One scientific experiment showed the least contaminated place in the house was the toilet seat, and concluded that most people would be safer making a sandwich on top of the toilet bowl than in the kitchen. Yes, it is actually a household kitchen which is the most dangerous when it comes to nasty little bacteria, and it can be a mini war zone when it comes to battling the micro bugs to keep yourself and your family free from infection and illness. They lurk everywhere: down drains, in sinks and waste bins, on work surfaces and cutting boards, in the fridge, in the oven, on the floor, and on cleaning cloths, sponges, tea towels and hand towels. A single bacteria cell can multiply into more than 8 million cells in less than 24 hours and the number of bacteria it takes to make people sick can range from as few as 10 up to millions. And we all know how unpleasant tummy bugs can be. But it only takes a few simple precautions to keep the kitchen squeaky clean and your family safe.
One good idea is to have a selection of cheerful rubber gloves for cleaning the surfaces and doing other household chores. Colourcoding is a good idea so the ones you wear for washing the floor or cleaning windows are never the same as the ones you use for the
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finger nails if you have them!) from germs and smells too. The pungent pong of onions, garlic, fish and raw meat can be tricky to get rid of, so wearing gloves to handle them is
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his light but fragrant curry cooks in just 25 minutes and the king prawns make a delicious change from the usual chicken. The onion and pepper are minced for texture, but chop very finely if you don’t have a food processor. Serves 4. INGREDIENTS 1tspn oil 80g onion, minced 80g red pepper, minced 1 clove garlic, minced 1 tsp ground cumin 1 tsp ground coriander 1/2 tsp curry powder 125ml coconut milk 1 tsp sugar 1/4 tsp red chilli flakes, crushed 450g king prawns, peeled and deveined 1 tbsp cornflour 1 tbsp water fresh coriander, chopped
METHOD 1. In a large non-stick pan, heat the oil and fry the onions, pepper and garlic over a moderate heat until soft. 2. Add the cumin, dried coriander and curry powder and fry for another minute. 3. Pour in the coconut milk, sugar and chilli flakes. Stir to combine then bring to the boil, before reducing the heat and simmering on a low heat for 2 minutes.
4. Add the prawns and turn up the heat to medium. Cook for approximately 5 minutes, until the prawns are done. 5. In a mug or small bowl, mix together the cornflour and water, then stir into the curry. Cook for approximately 2 minutes until the curry sauce thickens. 6. Finally, add the fresh coriander and stir through, then serve on a bed of white rice.
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ullibody Wrestling Club travelled to wigan last weekend to take part in the 34th Aspull international wrestling tournament. The event held in Robin Park Sports Centre played host to almost two hundred wrestlers and twenty six teams. After a gruelling day of Wrestling Tullibody wrestlers amassed a total of thirteen podium places including Seven Golds three Silver and three Bronze. In the Female 55kg category Chelsea Murphy took Gold after moving down a weight group to defeat Romanian
Julia Russo and the current British Champion Bobby Cardwell. In the Juniors Category Mark Sheehan took Gold at 60kg, Stuart Black silver at 96kg and Ewan Maddox took gold at 120kg. Corey Keatings won Gold in the 50kg Juniors moving up an age group from cadets in which he also won Gold. This put Tullibody wrestling club in first place in the junior team competition with a total of 39 points. In the Schoolboys Category Brian Harper and Kyle Davies competed at 53kg
with Brian winning the Gold without losing a point and Kyle finishing in 3rd. Brian then went on to win gold in the 54kg cadet category and ended the day being presented with the best schoolboy wrestler of the day. In the Pre Schoolboys category Robbie Davies won Bronze at 32kg.In the Minis Ben McQuire took silver at 24kg, Robbie Duddy won Bronze at 44kg and Christopher Gibson was unlucky to finish just outside the medals in fourth place. Euan Gibson won Silver in the mini minis category at
23kg and with Ewan Maddox finishing in fourth place in th 120kg seniors this took Tullibody into fourth in the overall team competition with
135 points, the highest ever scored by the club. Springburn Wrestler Martin King also travelled with the club and finished second in
the senior 66kg group. The club would like to thank NO MESSIN! Network Rail and Sportsmatch for the support over the year.
Good wins for Central C entral Athletic Club’s Cross Country teams came up trumps as they dominated the team races at the East of Scotland Cross Country League at Livingston. Both Senior Men and Women won their respective team stakes with the Senior Men taking first and second individuals places. Down the age groups the Under 11, Under 13 and the Under 15 Girls team all featured at the top of the leader board. The final race of the day, the Senior Mens race over three 3.2 kilometre laps saw Ross Houston and Alex Hendry wear
down their opposition on the first two laps to build a substantial lead. Ross pushed on through the final lap to win convincingly in 31min 40secs with Alex ensuring second (32.08). Michael Wright ran strongly throughout (eighth, 33.31) with Lewis Millar (ninth, 33.34), Matthew Sutherland (tenth, 33.39) and Scott Green finishing as third Under 20 and 14th overall, 34.00, the first six counters for the Club. It was good to see Scott McDonald back racing, and finishing 25th, 35.19. Will Hensman came home 58th (37.49), Chris McHardy (65th, 38.11), Richard Coombs was Central’s first Master home in 81st (39.23), David Eckersley (84th, 39.41), Jonathan Barlow (88th; 40.00), Liam McCabe, Roger Greenaway, Alan Gall, Cameron Campbell and Team
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Manager John Millar rounded off Central’s challenge. Central’s Men won the match but still have some work to do to catch Corstorphine AAC in the final League event at Broxburn on 14th January. Kerry MacPhee won her debut race for the Club at the first match in Stirling, but this time had her work cut out against young Keira Murray from Lasswade and former Commonwealth Games representative Gillian Palmer and after a tussle with both had to settle for third in 23min 57secs over the 6.4 kilometre course. Jenny Emsley had another fighting race taking seventh in 24.57. Third counting place was eventually taken by Hazel Dean as she came through the pack to finish 17th in 27.26 just pipping Karen Glover who was second junior with her 18th place in 27.28. Claire Brisbane completed the ladies team as she finished well up the
Kerry PacPhee and Gillian Palmer large women’s field in 43rd place in 30.27. The Women took their second match win to maintain their title lead. The Womens race was held with the Under 17 Men over a 6.4 kilometre course and here it was Conor Kerr who caught the eye in fifth (23.07) with Sam Fraser running strongly for 13th (25.20). THE COMBINED UNDER 15 GIRLS/UNDER 17 LADIES RACE, over 3.5 kilometres, was another strong race for Central as the Girls achieved third team place. Eilidh MacCorquodale lost a shoe in the sprint finish to drop back from the second place she had worked hard for, but third was another good result with her time of 13.27. Emily Greenan was 13th with another good run in 14.01 with Roisin Bonnuchi third counter in 23rd place in 14.50. Shannon Macfarlane (34th in 15.34), Amy McCabe (35th in 16.16) and Beth Gallagher (37th in 16.33) put in
Ross Houston and Alex Hendry
fine runs to complete the team performance. THE UNDER 15 BOYS also performed well with Aiden Cameron coming through strongly in eleventh (12.45); Kieran Potter 18th, 13.16; Cameron Harris (21st, 13.36), Stuart McKinney (28th, 14.17), Gary MacFarlane (29th, 14.18) and Gordon Beattie (37th, 16.33) THE UNDER 13 GIRLS RACE featured a trio of top performances as Catriona Laing (7th in 9.58) won the personal battle with Kate Gallagher (8th in 10.00), strongly supported by Eilidh Russell in 13th place and 10.20. They had to settle for second place in the team stakes behind a strong Edinburgh team. THE UNDER 13 BOYS tackled the same 2.5 kilometre course with Matthew Crawford recording a fine third place (9.05) ahead of a strong run from Anthony Quinn (17th, 9.30).
THE UNDER 11S RACE was first off over a mile and featured another top team performance. Heather Scott (second in 6.06) and Jenny Wells (fourth in the same time) featured at the front of the race throughout with tight finishes the order of the day. Skye Henderson (14th in 7.04) and Sian Scott Angell (18th in 7.12) completed the set of great runs to bring the team home in first place on the day, and left them in second place for the season to date, just 5 points off the lead. IN THE UNDER 11 BOYS RACE it was Thomas Hanson who led home his team-mates in 14th (6.33) with Comhnall Ferguson doing well in 23rd (6.57) a few strides ahead of Matthew McGarva (27th, 6.59). Elsewhere Alison McDonald tackled the prestigious Leeds Abby Dash 10K Road Race coming home eleventh in 37min 14secs.
Good turn out for club championship event
WEEK 9 RESULTS
C.Stewart/J.Ure 2 D.Dowell/G.Ross 3
A LEAGUE:Locker Room B 4 Oakwood A 5 Crown B 4 Inn 5 Locker Room A 8 Oakwood C 1 Crown A 4 Allanbridge 5 Alva Golf Club 4 Peppes 5
The remaining ties have been given an extension with the finals in the Oakwood Lounge now scheduled for Fri 20th January.
he Forth Valley Orienteers (FVO) club championships were held on Saturday, 20th November 2011 at North Third, near Stirling. Over 50 club members turned out to compete on the newly mapped area. In the Men’s Open class, Will Hensman triumphed winning not only a very fine trophy but also the pleasure of being able to organise next year’s event. Ross McLellan and Adam Hunter came in 2nd and 3rd places respectively. Veteran, Hazel Dean beat off youth in the form of Abi Longhurst to win the Women’s Open trophy. Grace Molloy had an excellent run to finish first Junior Girl, with Eloise Lardet coming in 2nd place. In the Junior Boys category, Benjamin Parkinson took first place in a very close race. Alasdair Kitchin was just beaten into 2nd place. A new junior race was held this year on a yellow course as there were so many younger club members taking part. Peter Molloy rocketed round the course in a superfast time to take the win. Emily and Zoe Nicholson finished in 2nd and 3rd place on this course. A huge well done to all juniors for taking part and completing the course.
The biggest class of the day was the Veteran Men and was very closely contested. Jason Inman just sneaked the win ahead of Fraser Purves and Martin Dean. Rona Molloy demonstrated why her children were doing so well in the junior classes, to take first place in the Veteran Women’s class. Cathy Tilbrook and Josie Stansfield had to settle for 2nd and 3rd places. Gareth Bryan Jones had an excellent run to win the Men’s Super Veteran class with Val Finch winning the Women’s Super Veteran race. The day was rounded off with an excellent annual club dinner and award ceremony where all the prizes were handed out. The next event on FVO’s calendar is the 2011 Scottish Score Championships which takes place on Sunday 27th November at Stirling University and Hermitage Woods. This is a great event for all abilities, with starts available any time between 12 noon and 2 pm. Why not come and give it a try and have an afternoon exploring the university grounds. Look up on our website for further details www.fvo. org.uk .
WEEK 3 OUTSTANDING GAME:Inn 3 Locker Room A 6 B LEAGUE:County 5 Cairn A 4 Oakwood D 6 Oakwood B 3 Crosskeys 0 Rileys 9 Gartmorn 2 Upstairs 7 Cairn B v Hammies (no score)
County Doubles Last 32 Results
B.Snaddon/P.Smith 2 D.Ross/B. Corkhill 3 K.Pajor/B. Smith 2 E.Richardson/S. Selbach 3 E.Lewcio/C. Wright 1 A.Taylor/S.Harrison 3 J.McCaig/J.Fisher 3 JP.Lee/B. Mackie 0 M.Leatherbarrow/D. Inkster 3 S.McAllister/S.Bell 1 D.McCallum/F.McGuigan 1 G.Sneddon/S.Smith 3 G.Lafferty/E. Hutchison 3 G.Young/R.Richardson 2 P.McCarron/D.Robertson 0 M.Watson/J.Barrowman 3
Super 15’s A Team:-
Following on from the success of the county B team the previous week, the A team travelled to Craigtara Holiday Park in Ayr last week looking to carry-on the good form. In a very tough group 2 section of 8 teams with 6 of the 8 teams all having previously won either the 11 or 15 man team events in the last few years, the Clackmannanshire boys found it tough to get going. They missed some chances and a few nerves were playing their part in the group stages with the lads winning only 2 of their 8 matches to narrowly qualify in 6th place, taking their place in a last 16 play-off match versus last year’s champions Edinburgh. A much improved performance in this match but unfortunately again, missed chances and nerves played their part in a narrow 8-7 defeat to knock the lads out a bit too early for their liking.
With a much younger and less experienced team than in previous years, the tournament experience gained can only help and further the guys for future events. A big thanks to the selection committee and also manager and captain Alan Banks & Michael Polley for all their input over the weekend and in previous weeks leading up to the event with thanks also to the various supporters who travelled down to give the wee county side their support.
Individual Membership 2012
Reminder to all interested players that names and entry fees of £25 to next year’s series of Scottish individual ranking events is required to either Pete Smith or Brian Allan before the next SPA meeting on 4th December.
This event will take place on Sat 10th December in the Red Triangle Cumbernauld with both over 40’s & over 50’s taking place on the same day. Please visit clackspool. net or scottishpool.com for further information and entry details.
Alloa unlucky against good Grangemouth side Alloa RFC 6 Grangemouth Stags RFC 15
or the 2nd week in a row Alloa gave a good account of themselves, this time against league leaders, Grangemouth who were attempting to defend a 100% win record. Alloa got off to a good start when Alan Keir kicked over a 25 metre penalty for a 3 point lead after only 2 minutes of play and despite missing key Forwards James Dawson, Gary Taylor and Matthew Pope they dominated the Stags pack for most of the afternoon. However, a failure to take their chances and a lack of cutting edge proved to be their downfall in the end once again. Grangemouth scored a well worked backs move after 30 minutes and although Alan Keir kicked over his 2nd successful penalty of the afternoon for a 6-10 half time score, Grangemouth added another try and a penalty in the 2nd period for a 9 point victory. The disappointment for Alloa is that they have competed extremely well against the Divisions top two sides, but ultimately have no further points to add to their league tally despite all their efforts. However, they have the chance to rectify this over the next few weeks when they face Blairgowrie at home
this Saturday (2pm KO) and Fife Southern, away the following week. There are no easy matches in the league, but on their day, Alloa have proved that they are a match for any side in this league and if they can convert their chances into tries, then they will surely begin to climb the league table.
RBS CALEDONIA REGIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION 2 Results Sat 19th Nov
Action from the game
Kinross 0 : 29 Harris Acad FP Carnoustie HSFP 0 : 50 St. Andrews Uni Blairgowrie RFC 11 : 24 Stirling Uni Alloa 6 : 15 Grangemouth Fife South 15 : 27 Madras
Weekend Fixtures Sat 26th November Alloa
v Blairgowrie RFC
RBS CALEDONIA REGIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION 2 MIDLANDS Team
GRANGEMOUTH STAGS RFC ST ANDREWS UNIVERSITY HARRIS ACADEMY FPRFC MADRAS RUGBY STIRLING UNIVERSITY RFC ALLOA KINROSS BLAIRGOWRIE RFC FIFE SOUTHERN CARNOUSTIE HSFP
10 10 10 9 10 8 10 7 10 5 9 3 10 3 9 3 10 1 10 0
0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
F : A
0 323:43 1 373:116 2 214:200 3 248:184 5 232:223 6 111:127 7 124:261 6 110:194 9 77:219 10 88:333
5 8 4 6 5 3 2 1 2 2
45 44 36 34 25 15 14 13 6 2
Family scoops the prizes A
national champion Kevin Wallace. and not be outdone dad Derek Wallace Snr was part of the winning rink team.
t Clackmannan Bowling Clubs annual prize-giving on Friday the 18th of November there was a unique happening and probably will never happen again when all three single hand competitions were won by the same family. The Smith cup by Stuart Wallace,The County by Derek Wallace Jnr and club
Winning ways continue for Hillfoots H
Hillfoots RFC Orkney RFC
illfoots welcomed the islanders, Orkney this weekend with an early kick-off at Tillicoultry Public Park. The rain from the night before meant a heavy pitch was on the cards but the weather was perfect for a good running game. A win for ‘Foots would see them move clear of 3rd place and even sit top of the league until the later results came in. The visitors kicked off up the pitch and the game started with a bang. Hillfoots gathered the kick and quickly made their way down the park, rampaging towards the line. After about a minute, ‘Foots won a lineout, roughly 5 metres from the opposition line and using one of the specialized moves, talisman Sandy Penman broke off and dived over for the opening score. Gregor Manson added to the tally and the game was underway. It didn’t take long for the local side to increase their lead and through a brilliant solo effort from Iain Nicolson, the winger, touched down just outside the posts. Manson got his second from two attempts and ‘Foots controlled a tired looking Orkney side. The third try of the day came in much of the same way, play moved back inside and Andrew Hamilton broke the
line to pop off to youngster, Logan Bonar, for a score under the posts, this time unfortunately unconverted but ‘Foots looked commanding. The home-side were now in the hunt for the bonus point and it came after good play from the forwards moving down the park. Bonar through a big pass out to a powering Penman, who ran round the opposition winger from 25 metres out and touched down in the corner, another try went unconverted but the bonus point was in the bag. Orkney built up their play and put in a few good moves to get back up the park, however the defiant Hillfoots defence gave them nothing and the score card stayed clean. ‘Foots then regained the ball through a turnover and played excellently back down the park. The backs were linking up well and were getting quick, clean ball from the forwards. Bonar and Manson switched roles for a play and with the pass coming from Bonar to Manson out wide, he managed to break the line and pop off to an oncoming Penman who ran in his third of the day from 10 metres out. Manson found his kicking form again and slotted to take ‘Foots to a 31-0 lead. The commanding lead went to the locals’ heads for a minute and a lapse in defence saw the visitors touch down under the posts, the try went unconverted but Orkney looked as though they were picking up momentum. That was
until Nicolson scored his second of the day after brilliant play from the backs. Manson converted and the ref blew for half-time, Hillfoots leading 38-5. Half Time. Hillfoots 38 – 5 Orkney The second half didn’t start the way the first finished and ‘Foots looked on the back foot for a while, a pattern that’s shown in the last few weeks. Orkney capitalised and broke wide score in the corner, again the conversion was missed but they seemed to be coming into a grove and their plays were starting to link well. After play stalled in the centre of the park for some time, Orkney broke and with some dubious defending, they scored under the posts and converted. The ‘Foots looked disheartened and needed to dig deep to show the character seen in the first half. Play moved back up the park and the home-side re-gained momentum. Action moved wide and Iain Leeson ran in the seventh try of the day for ‘Foots, with Manson substituted; Andrew Hamilton stepped up and are 3 points in front of them. The slotted the conversion. Play slumped season is closing in and games are again and Orkney ran in their fourth becoming tighter and tighter. try of the day, enough to see them secure a scoring bonus point, but fortunately ‘Foots were too far ahead by this point. Another 10 minutes camped in between the 10 metre lines saw little action and Hillfoots saw out their opposition with a 45-22 win. Man of the match was an easy one this week and went to Hat-Trick hero, Sandy Penman. ‘Foots move 9 points clear of 3rd place and now play catch up with Aberdeenshire, who RBS CALEDONIA REGIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION 1 Team
ABERDEENSHIRE HILLFOOTS RFC ORKNEY MACKIE ACADEMY FP STRATHMORE RFC HIGHLAND RFC GLENROTHES GORDONIANS RFC CAITHNESS RFC ABERDEEN UNIVERSITY RFC
11 11 11 11 10 9 11 10 10 10
9 8 6 6 4 5 3 2 4 2
0 1 0 0 1 0 1 1 1 1
2 2 5 5 5 4 7 7 5 7
CALEDONIA DIV 1 RESULTS 19th November Caithness 24 : 14 Aberdeen Uni Aberdeenshire 32 : 10 Highland Gordonians 25 : 30 Glenrothes Hillfoots 45 : 22 Orkney Strathmore 3 : 25 Mackie Acad FP
Weekend Fixtures: Sat 26th November Aberdeen Uni v Aberdeenshire Caithness v Gordonians Highland v Hillfoots Glenrothes v Strathmore Orkney v Mackie Acad FP
F : A
254:134 264:176 272:251 264:254 170:185 170:185 184:281 224:250 167:207 225:271
6 5 7 6 3 2 4 7 1 6
42 39 31 30 21 18 18 17 15 11
Under-16s make it to Scottish Final
ollar Academy U16 rugby team have made it to the final of the Brewin Dolphin Scottish Schools Cup. This fantastic achievement will see the team take to the field at the National Stadium, Murrayfield, facing George Watson’s College. A beautiful autumnal afternoon provided the backdrop for Dollar’s semi-final clash against the High School of Glasgow in the U16 Scottish Rugby Cup. After a tight first half, the score rested at 3 – 3, with neither team keen to relinquish its hold on the
game. Early in the second half, Glasgow High scored an early try that was well converted from wide out on the touch line. The opposition were given very little time for celebration, however, as Dollar immediately balanced the score with a try from Lewis Hetman, skilfully converted by Andrew Nicholson. This proved to be the crucial moment in the match, after which the home team asserted themselves strongly and the outcome seemed more certain. With twelve minutes remaining,
Danny Dineen scored another try, taking the score to 15 – 10. A couple of difficult penalty kicks were squandered in the closing minutes but Dollar managed to defend their lead until the final whistle of this closely contested match. Talking about the result, Dollar Academy head coach, Martin Hose, said: “It’s a real achievement for us to reach the final in our first year fielding an under-16 team. This really underpins what we’re trying to achieve in our rugby development at the school.
“The quarter and semi-final matches we played were very close, so we hope to lift our game and put in the best performance possible against a massive rugby school and emulate the success of past Dollar teams, who have won the under-18 Cup three times. “Alex Crawford our openside flanker is leading the team really well and scrum-half Jacob Adamson is playing a very dynamic style of rugby which has seen him cross the try-line on a number of occasions.”
“The boys are really looking forward to the match on the 26th; for the experience and to play under lights for the first time.”
Dollar Golf Club
Friday 18th November 2011 - Gents Annual Prize-giving Dollar Captain, Dugdale Bradley, presented the prizes to the 2011 Trophy winners on Friday 18th November as follows: Steven McPherson - Club Champion; Darren Hulston - Strokeplay Champion, Archibald Trophy; Gordon Fenwick - 2nd Div Championship; Vic Allan - Lauder Medal, Order of Merit (Div 1); Charles Murray - Dobie Medal,
Dollar Captain, Dugdale Bradley, with the 2011 trophy winners at the annual prize-giving on Friday 18th November Captain’s Prize; Kenneth Christie - Whtye & MacKay, Gibson Medal; Robert Smith - Skol Trophy, Christie Trophy; Alan Meikle Jnr - Moir Medal, Champion of Champions; Robert Hamilton - Limited Club; Bradley Caine - Polish Cup; Jock Paterson - NPFA Trophy; Tommy Burt - Ford Trophy; Donald Malcom - R.N.L.I. Medal; David Borrowman - Swanston Trophy, Merchants Cup;
Sat 19th November 2011 - Polish Cup (Round 4) Div 1: 1st Sandy Bonnar (11) 44 pts; 2nd Andy Ure (12) 42 pts; 3rd Vic Allan (6) 42 pts.
Div 2: 1st Davie Cowie (15) 42 pts; 2nd Charles Norman (16) 42 pts; 3rd Alistair Simpson (22) 38 pts.
Adam Harrower - McMillan Cancer Medal; Craig Inglis - Malcolm Sargent; James Robertson Seniors; Michael Todd - Grant Cup; George Marshall - Order of Merit (Div 2); Charles Murray/Peter Muss - Men’s Fours; Robert Hamilton/ Charles Norman - Famous Grouse, Jack Herd; George Marshall/Bradley Caine - JB Scott; Stephen Leitch/ Ashley Leitch - Galloway Cup. Dollar Offers 18 holes of golf, soup and a filled roll for just £15, call 07703 572344 or visit www. dollargolfclub.com for further details
Tillicoultry Golf Club
depart’s; Menstrie - Holytree = 12.30pm Alva - Cairn= 12.35 Tilly - Volenteer= 12.45
Pictured L-R, Jim Robertson, John Rowbotham, Eddie Davis (organiser), Stuart Smith, Tom Paterson, and Ian Stenhouse (Club Captain). anecdotal humour. The evening was complemented with a lovely meal.
Many thanks to all who supported this event, and to Eddie for organising it.
Alloa - Peppes = 1 pm Tullibody - Inn= 1.10 Stirling - Marches= 1.25pm Seat’s available
For more info contact website www.roymilnecsc.net
PRIMROSE SHEILD - SPONSORED BY ABERCROMBY ARMS
The 1/4 finals were played last Friday - Upstairs A 3- 9 Abercromby A, Star B 4 - 7 Alva gc , Oakwood Lounge 7 - 1 Peppes , Oakwood A 3 - 7 Star A The semi finals & Final are this Friday Nov 25th at the Abercromby , Abercromby A v Alva Gc , Oakwood Lounge v Star A , All players pls be in the venue for 715pm
superb night of wit and humour was had by all the 100 members and guests who attended the Speakers Night recently at Tillicoultry GC, organised by Eddie Davis. Master of ceremonies for the evening was Tom Paterson, who kept the proceedings going in his own inimitable style. The three speakers, John Rowbotham, Jim Robertson, and Stuart Smith kept the crowd entertained with their wit and
Roy Milne CSC
Bus for Sat’s game v St Mirren at Celtic park ko 3pm
COUNTY AWAY AT PERTHSHIRE
Results - Ladies B lost 3-1, Mens B lost 5-1 , Ladies A Drew 3-3 , Mens A Drew 6-6 , The next match is at Home to East Stirlingshire on Sunday Dec 4th
COUNTY FIVES SPONSORED BY ABERCROMBY
The county fives will be held in the Abercromby on Monday Nov 28th all players pls be in the venue for 715pm
SCOTTISH MIXED PAIRS
The County play offs will be held in the Oakwood on Saturday Jan 7th with a 12 30 reg, All names to Davie Hanson asap
ALLOA MASTERS QUALIFER
The First Qualifier will be held in the Oakwood on Saturday Jan 7th with a 2pm Reg , Entry fee of £5 and names to Davie Hanson asap (only five places left)
Sauchie hold on for three points Sauchie 3 Armadale 2
By Mark Wallace
auchie went back to Alloa’s Recreation Park for the second successive week, due to their pitch at Beechwood failing another inspection. After last week’s involvement of the Emirates Scottish Cup, it was back to league business with the visitors, Armadale Thistle. The clubs have previously met twice this season, with Sauchie winning 1-0 in the League Cup and then a 0-0 draw in the league. Sauchie took to the park with two changes to their line up with Gary Carrol and Steven Bell replacing James
Donaldson and Daniel Ashe. With good playable conditions, Sauchie took the match to Armadale Thistle and were rewarded within seven minutes when, after some good inter play between Purdie and Bonnar, Purdie’s cross was met by Rennie, who’s header across the goals was met by their number five resulting in an own goal. This goal enabled Sauchie to settle and play some free flowing football with Comrie and Purdie in the midfield spraying the ball around the park. Further chances fell to Bonnar and Cummings with their shots saved. With Sauchie controlling the match,
Alan Comrie crossed the ball deep to the right side of Armdale’s box, which Morgan met. He drilled the ball across a packed goal line which ricocheted into the goals from their number 10, Taylor. On the 24th minute, Darren Cumming’s free kick from outside the box flew over Walker’s bar. An aspect of the match was the over physical challenges from the visitors, as witnessed after Bonnar went on a run, beating three players before being fouled. Sauchie’s pressure paid dividends, with a third goal on the 28th minute . Brian Morgan, who was covering the right side of the park with lots of strong running, went down the wing and cross the ball to far left, which was met by Bonnar who headed into the Armadale goal for Sauchie’s third. For the rest of the half Sauchie continued to be in control without any more success up first. Armadale were limited to no real chances, although they ended the half with their best opportunity. Reynolds found himself unmarked on the left side inside the box, however he wasted his shot. Sauchie started the second half by continuing the pressure on Armadale, with Cummings passing to Bell who lobbed the advancing goalkeeper, however it went over the bar. On the 62nd and 64th minutes Sauchie made two changes to the team. They brought on Brottan and Mackison
n Saturday, it was good to get back to league action with a very hard game against Armadale, who have been up and down a bit with their results. Armadale are a very difficult team to break down as we already know having played them twice this season already and are still to play again in the East of Scotland cup. The squad worked extremely hard in training last week to improve on a few things that we all know are not really at the level we want them at, so credit to the players for that. We feel as though we need to be more ruthless towards teams and must get ourselves back in the frame of mind of staying in top gear for the entire 90 minutes of a game instead of just playing in patches. The management team and the players have worked very hard to improve on this. I personally feel and the players agree that we have struggled a bit to hit top form in the last four or five weeks but this is all down to the lack of games and our pitch being continually called off. It’s really affecting us and we need to try to get through this difficult spell and not let it take too much of a factor on league standings and we also want to progress in all cup competitions. The park has had a lot of money spent on it, and I need to take my hat off to the hard work that’s being put into the park by our groundsman and maintenance team and credit also to some of our supporters who gave up time and effort last week to work and get all hands on deck and work on the pitch to improve it. Thanks to you all. Back to Armadale, our squad was a bit depleted with three or four bod-
ies missing. Ally Burns has missed the last two weeks and returns this week. We have missed Ally’s strong direct approach at times in the last two weeks. Jazza Donaldson was called away on work duties and missed the game on Saturday but he will be back for next week. Jon Tully has recovered from an injury and will start back in full training this week. It will be good to get our captain back. Danny Ashe is going to be out for a while and it will be next year before he features again. The club are in talks just now with Stirling Albion to extend Dannys loan until the end of the season. On a more positive note the club are delighted to announce the signing of Steven Hutchison. Hutchy has been on our radar for a few months now and after an unhappy spell at his previous club he’s signed until the end of the season. Hutchy has work commitments that may hinder him until after New Year but we will try to get him involved as much as this permits. We started the Armadale game strongly and created some very good chances with the midfield four of Morgan, Purdie, Comrie and Bonar getting plenty of the ball and driving us forward. The tempo was good and we were doing things simple again and this was working as Armadale were all over the place. We took the lead after some great play by our forwards and Alan Comrie delivered a tormenting cross into the path of Brian Morgan who drove into the box and smashed the ball across goal leaving the defender no choice but to turn home into his own net. Steven Bell was linking well upfront
and his supporting team mates up front Darren Cummings and Gary Carroll were linking well and creating problems. We have worked in training on keeping the ball, passing simply and drawing teams out, then choosing the correct times to go forward instead of trying to score every time we get the ball. We scored the second goal which again was an own goal assisted by Brian Morgan again who did well and showed good composure on the ball. The third goal was a long throw in from Steven Rennie which was knocked on by Bell and headed into the goal by Adam Bonar who got into a great position. So three nil up you think we are cruising, but we did say to the players at half time we had to keep working and pushing for more goals. This was not to be however and I do feel once again for the first twenty minutes of the second half we were the better side and should of went four up when Belly had an effort saved by the Dale keeper. The vital goal came with a screamer from Armadale , which gave them a little bit of hope and they battled away causing us a few problems. They then scored a second deflected goal and we then knew we were in for a game. It was disappointing to lose the two goals but over the 90 mins again we were the better side but a little lesson for us that we need to be ruthless and can’t afford to take teams for granted. We got three point on the board and onwards to Nielston in the Scottish cup next week, hopefully at Beechwood.
for Comrie and Morgan respectively, manager Duncan perhaps looking to next week end cup tie. This change of formation, also coincided with Armadale’s best period of the match. In the 71th min, Armadale opening their goals account with a well executed goal, followed by more and more pressure on the Sauchie defence. 10 minutes later, Armadale pulled back another goal, scored by their full back, George Bonnar, who swerved the ball pass Halliwell in the Sauchie goal. This left for a tense last 10 minutes. Sauchie were forced to defend deep, with their strikers clearing the ball from outside their own box. A feature of the match was the unnecessary fouling from Armadale, with Sauchie physio, Simpson covering more ground than some players over the course of the game. On the 85th minute, the referee missed Adam Bonnar receive an elbow to the face. In the end, the defence of Rennie, King and Feaks managed to keep out Armadale, for Sauchie to record a victory and collect three league points. Sauchie now look forward to a 3rd round Emirates Scottish Cup tie at Beechwood this coming Saturday and
should they repeat the form of the first half, then Neilston Juniors will be in for a very difficult match, come kick off at 1.45.
Junior Football League Home Away TEAM P W D L F A W D L F A GD Pts Tayport 10 1 2 2 3 4 4 1 0 8 1 6 18 Oakley United 7 3 1 0 13 4 2 1 0 8 6 11 17 Glenrothes 8 2 2 0 10 7 1 1 2 9 10 2 12 Broughty Athletic 10 0 2 3 7 15 3 1 1 8 7 -7 12 Broxburn Athletic 7 2 1 0 7 3 1 1 2 5 7 2 11 SAUCHIE JUNIORS 6 2 0 0 4 2 1 2 1 7 7 2 11 Ballingry Rovers 9 1 2 1 10 9 1 2 2 5 7 -1 10 Penicuik Athletic 7 2 0 2 9 7 1 0 2 4 4 2 9 Newtongrange Star 8 1 1 2 4 5 1 2 1 9 8 0 9 Arniston Rangers 10 1 1 3 4 11 1 2 2 6 11 -12 9 Downfield 8 1 1 2 7 6 1 1 2 8 8 1 8 Armadale Thistle 10 1 3 2 6 8 0 2 2 4 8 -6 8
FOOTBALL STATS Weekend Fixtures: Saturday 26th November
v East Stirling
Irn Bru Division 3: League Table Annan Athletic ALLOA Elgin Stranraer Berwick Queen’s Park Clyde Montrose Peterhead East Stirling
Pld W 12 5 12 3 12 5 12 3 12 3 12 2 12 3 12 3 12 0 12 1
D 1 2 0 2 1 2 1 0 3 1
L 0 0 1 2 2 1 3 2 3 5
W 3 4 1 3 2 3 1 1 1 0
D 2 1 3 0 2 1 3 1 0 0
L GD Pts 1 12 27 2 2 24 2 9 21 2 9 20 2 4 18 3 0 18 1 5 16 5 -9 13 5 -10 6 5 -22 4
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Hillfoots RBS Club of the Month
he Wee County rugby club have been named RBS Club of the Month for October after one of their under-18 players nominated them for the monthly accolade and £1000 cash prize. Aidan Fraser, 17 from Alva, of Hillfoots Rugby Club believed his club deserved the award after a surge in player numbers throughout their numerous youth sections from micros to under-18s took place. Three years ago, only 12 youth players trained at the
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club, but by the end of last season they had 187 on the books. They have also seen further growth this September and October with some 91 extra players coming along for the first time, nine of whom are adults. Fraser said: “The results and performances throughout October have been the talk of everyone at the club, particularly as we have a fresh under-18 team, Clacks Colts, which only started competing this summer. They are top of their table [Caledonia Youth League under-18 Division 2 Midlands] and have defeated first division opposition. “With the whole club doing so well I felt that we all needed the recognition that we have been working so hard to achieve. “It hadn’t really sunk in that we had won until I had got to the club and I could see how much it meant to everybody; it’s truly an honour to be given this reward.” The rapid growth is due to Hillfoots’ proactive approach at local community events whereby they have thrown themselves into anything that is on in the area with a stand to promote the club and taster sessions.
Hillfoots president, Peter Norman, said: “This is a massive honour for the club. I thank every single member, young and old, who has contributed to this fantastic accolade. “Last season, we did not have an under-15 or under-18 side, yet this season, together with our S1 and S2 sides they form a new youth section at the club, also the under-18s are proving unbeatable in their first season in a league. This bodes well for the future of adult rugby at Hillfoots. “Underpinning all the adult and older youth age groups has been the genuine renaissance of the junior section of Hillfoots. “Not content with becoming the fastest growing rugby club in Scotland two years in a row, the juniors have attracted a fantastic body of inspirational coaches, who have set an even more ambitious target of attracting a further 100 new junior members this season. “Their emphasis on positive coaching is evidently attracting kids far and wide, so much so that they have already recruited a wealth of new members in the first two months of this season alone.” “Our 1st XV continue to lead the way
From left: Don Burns (local Scottish Rugby council representative), Peter Norman (Hilfoots President) and Aidan Fraser (Hillfoots under-18 player). with their outstanding performances on the field again this season, playing a lovely open style of rugby that is encouraging many new adult members to join Hillfoots. Also our social team the ‘Cast Tups’ continue to flourish with their own brand of rugby.” These victories have also been complimented with a positive discipline record whereby the club only received one yellow card during October. Scottish Rugby’s head of community rugby, Colin Thomson, said: “Hillfoots are a fantastic example of a club who make a big effort to engage with their community. “We congratulate them on winning this much deserved reward, as we have witnessed the formidable
increase in numbers playing rugby in Tillicoultry and the surrounding area. “Scottish Rugby wishes all the players, coaches and volunteers the best for their future development and the remainder of their season.” As RBS Club of the Month winners, Hillfoots will receive a cheque for £1,000 and ten invites to the annual Scottish Rugby Club Awards Dinner at Murrayfield where they will be in with a chance of winning the prestigious RBS Club of the Season award. The dinner will take place on Friday 25 May, with more details available soon. They will also receive an RBS Film crew for the day to produce a five to ten minute film celebrating the club’s success.
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