THERE are signs that a new generation of young hockey players were forcing their way into the spotlight at Milne Craig Clydesdale Western.
At Titwood on Saturday, the club’s youthful first team defeated VWS Dundee Wanderers.
Wanderers are among the title favourites in this season’s Subway women’s national league, currently lying in second place.
But the Western youngsters, one point behind in fourth place, showed what they had to offer.
The experienced Morag McLellan opened the scoring, and Western went two up when the rising star of Nicola Pitticas calmly netted the second 12 minutes before half-time.
Internationalist McLellan had the chance to score the third, but crossed the ball to Vicki Scrastin another up-and-coming Western player, who deflected the ball home to make it 3-0.
Wanderers came back hard with two goals of their own, but Western held them off to take maximum points from the exciting contest.
Meanwhile Giffnock, who are in third place in the first division table, scrambled a 1-0 win over Grange, courtesy of a goal from Susie Blake.
In the men’s first division, Greaves Clydesdale are still searching for their first win of the season after not unexpectedly being trounced 12-2 by perennial league winners Glynhill Hotel Kelburne.
The champions were on top throughout, taking a 4-1 lead by half-time. But a torrent of further goals flowed from the Kelburne sticks, while Clydesdale netted just once in each half.