Bartlett boasts bronze

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The southside’s own Laura Bartlett celebrated her 50th cap with an achievment beyond her wildest dreams — a bronze medal win.

Laura — one of just three Scots to feature in Team GB’s Olympic women’s hockey squad — celebrated the milestone during her side’s 3-1 win against New Zealand in front of a packed crowd at the Riverside Arena

It was the team’s first medal for 20 years, meaning Laura emulates the achievement of previous greats from the club, Alison Ramsay, Sue Fraser and Wendy Justice, who won bronze in Barcelona in 1992.

Among the highlights for the former Glasgow Academy pupil during the games was a stunning reverse flick goal to help team GB defeat Belgium 3-0.

In the semi-finals the ladies lost 2-1 to eventual silver medallists Argentina.

Addressing her followers on Twitter, Miss Bartlett said: “(I) had the most amazing experience over the past few weeks and to come away with a bronze medal is the best feeling ever! Support was incredible”.

Goalkeeper Abi Walker — also a Glasgow-born product of the Titwood-based Western club — was another member of the 18-strong party.

It was Laura’s second games after she was called up as an injury replacement in Beijing.

The star, who now plies her trade in Reading, joined Clydesdale Western as a junior alongside her twin sister

Meanwhile, Scotland struggled on without Miss Bartlett when they opened the inaugural world league in style.

The ladies dismantled Turkey 12-1 in Prague, thanks in part to a hat-trick by Sam Judge.

Scotland’s under 21 men were also inspired by the performance of the team GB ladies and went on to defeat top German club side An der Alster 3-2 as part of the build up for the European junior nations championships in Den Bosch in a week’s time.

The winner came in the final minute from a long corner and Clydesdale`s Scott Lindsay was on hand to fire the ball into the net.

However, it was not to be a clean sweep in their preparations, as the boys were defeated twice by a very experienced Uhlenhorster outfit.

Team manager Graham Stuart said: “Bearing in mind they are a very good side, three EuroLeague titles and two Beijing gold medallists playing today, it was a very encouraging and positive performance”.