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April

 

Team selections [posted 22/04/16]

Team_selection_logo_2016.png Saturday sees two pre-season friendlies against Prestwick CC, with a Poloc XI at home and a Shawholm XI down on the coast.  Then Sunday sees the Eric Lane Memorial Trophy match against Uddingston, this year at Bothwell Castle Policies.  Teams for both remaining matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.

 

Owais Shah in Scotland A action [posted 19/04/16]

Scotland A took on Durham CCC today on day one of three-day match, a match that saw Owais Shah, still just 16, make his debut at this level.  And it turned out to be a baptism of fire as an early wicket saw Owais, batting at three, out in the middle in the first over.  He dug in to make 10 as a flurry of wickets fell at the other end, before being fifth out with the socre on just 37.  Scotland A would eventually post 157 in their first innings, before the home side's top order blasted their way to 395 for 1 by the close of play, Phil Mustard smacking 166 from just 131 balls, and fellow opener Clark also getting to three figures.  The scorecard's online on Total Cricket Scorer, and there's video of the day's play on YouTube

 

Sunday match off too [posted 17/04/16]

Unfortunately the final remaining weekend pre-season match - away to Grange CC - was beaten by the weather too, overnight raining preventing the game going ahead.

 

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Matches off [posted 15/04/16]

Both of Saturday's pre-season friendlies against Prestwick CC - home and away - are, unfortunately, now cancelled, with both grounds not yet playable after the recent poor weather.  There is, however, still a chance that Sunday's Poloc XI pre-season match away to a Grange XI remains on. 

 

Scotland A selection [posted 15/04/16]

Congratulations to Owais Shah on his selection in the Scotland A squad to take on Durham CCC's 2nd XI at the Emirates Riverside in a three-day match next week.  The full squad can be seen online, here, on the Cricket Scotland website.

 

Team selections [posted 14/04/16]

Team_selection_logo_2016.png Saturday's home pre-season friendly against Prestwick CC's St. Ninian's XI is, unfortunately, cancelled, with the Shawholm square not yet playable after another wet week.  There is, however, still a chance the Poloc XI match at Henry Thow Oval against a Prestwick XI goes ahead.  Similarly, Sunday's friendly away to a Grange XI remains on.

Teams for both remaining matches are online now, player names being added as they confirm availability.

 

Senior outdoor training [posted 13/04/16]

Our outdoor training starts tomorrow evening - Thursday - at the club, with a 6.30pm start.  With the weather still pretty cold, players should wrap up well and be prepared to run around a bit!  If they are dry enough for safe use we'll make use of the all-weather astro-turf net bays, and do some fitness and fielding.  Thereafter senior training will be every Tuesday and Thursday evening, from 6.30pm.  If players want to come earlier and "have a hit" in the net bays that's fine, but organised sessions will start promptly at 6.30pm.  And for those still to do so - remember that your membership subscriptions are now due.....overdue in fact! 

 

Abtaha in Scotland action [posted 10/04/16]

The first real action of a new season was played today, with Scotland Women Under 17 taking on a Scottish Students women's side at Peffermill in Edinburgh today.  In action for the Wildcats Under 17s was Abtaha Maqsood.  Batting first, the students posted 131 in what was a scheduled 35-overs-a-side match, Abataha taking the first two opposition wickets to fall.  Then, in the run-chase, Abtaha opened the batting for the Wildcats, putting on 25 for the first wicket with Prestwick CC's 'keeper|batter Ellen Watson, before holing out at mid-wicket.  As wickets continued to fall at regular intervals thereafter, it was the student side who ran out eventual winners.  Well done to Abtaha on another appearance for the national Under 17 side, and good to get a game and a new season started. 

 

Ground clear-up/set-up day [posted 09/04/16]

A big thank you to everyone who came along to the ground today to help with preparations for the new season.  Over twenty members (see below) put in a good shift and as a result the screens are now in place, the covers are ready to go, the 'board has its scoring units back in place, the all-weather practice net bays look the business, the square's been measured and marked and there's not a twig to be found on the outfield.  With the week leading up to the day having seen pretty heavy rain it was good to see the place beginning to dry out, and groundsman Scott McCutcheon's efforts were there for everyone to see.  The outfield was also completely scarified on Friday and so - if the weather holds - there might just be a chance of play next weekend. 

 

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A mention too of Kenneth Robertson' sterling efforts over the school Easter holidays thus far in attending to a myriad of jobs in the clubhouse and house, including starting on the removal of the old lockers in what was the gents tennis changing room.  A big thank you to Kenneth for his hard work. 

 

Poloc Women's fixtures [posted 09/04/16]

The league, friendly and festival fixtures for the 2016 Poloc Women's season are now online.  In an exciting development the league campaign is bolstered with a series of festivals taking part over the course of the season.  Poloc Women will host one of these on the 24th of July which adds to their recruitment BBQ initiative that's scheduled for the 22nd of May.  

 

Ground clear-up/set-up day [posted 06/04/16]

We're looking for members' help this Saturday - the 9th - between 2pm and 4pm, to do some work at the ground.  Sightscreens need put in to their positions, covers and hoses need putting on to mobile covers frames, etc.  As they say: many hands make lite work!  Please don't leave it to others - 2pm for two hours - be there!  

 

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Welcome CJ! [posted 06/04/16]

We're pleased to say that 2016 "Overseas Amateur", CJ Van der Walt, arrived safely in Glasgow today, hot-foot from a long flight from his home in South Africa, and after a brief "hiccup" coming through Passport Control!   

 

More about CJ, who will be around the club from next week, after a short time spent in Ireland where he's visiting friends, can be found on the Overseas players page.  Welcome!

 

Sunday League matches [posted 04/04/16]

The WDCU has released the Sunday League fixtures for the new season and these can be seen in the global fixture schedule as well as on the Poloc Panthers and Poloc Academy pages.

 

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Overseas players, 2016 [posted 02/04/16]

The club's pleased to formally announce the names of its two overseas players for the upcoming season.  22 year old South African Jurie Snyman (pictured left) and fellow countryman, nineteen year old CJ Van der Walt (pictured right), both come to the club for the first time. 

 

Both are also top-order batters, both play at Easterns Cricket.  The duo will be arriving in Glasgow, separately, over the next few weeks. 

Despite his relatively young age, this will not be left-handed Jurie's first spell in the UK having played in the Derbyshire Premier League last season where he amassed 1,178 runs at an average of over 51.  His recent form in domestic First Class and List A cricket is also good having scored a century (144 versus Namibia) and two half centuries since the start of March.  CJ similarly comes in good form and having gained invaluable experience over the recent South African domestic season as part of the Easterns Under 19 side.  More about the duo can be found on the Overseas players page.

 

Poloc women, 2016 [posted 01/04/16]

Nicole Hanlon writes, "The Poloc and Ayr ladies teams would like to share the exciting news that for the 2016 season the two teams will be coming together to play as one.  This will support both clubs to field a full team and have a great summer of cricket, while supporting each other in the development of their respective teams." 

  

"Thriving clubs programme" [posted 01/04/16]

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The club was delighted to learn today that its application to participate in Cricket Scotland's "Thriving clubs programme" has been accepted.  In his email to David James who's leading the club's interest in the programme, Cricket Scotland's Head of Participation Ian Sandbrook writes, "I am pleased to inform you that Poloc CC has been selected to enter into the next phase of Cricket Scotland's 'Thriving clubs programme".

"As you know, the objective of the programme is to help clubs become more vibrant, visible and viable community clubs.  We hope that with the support of Sports Marketing Network we can help you on this journey."  The first steps in the programme will see the appointments of a "Social Media Champion" and a "Young Cricket Ambassador", who will attend a workshop delivered by Sports Marketing Network and Cricket Scotland, followed by a visit from Sports Marketing Network's Svend Elkjaer to the club.

 

Junior registration, 2016 [posted 01/04/16]

We've made registering as a junior for the coming season really easy this year!  In the past we've posted out, or emailed, forms to be printed off and filled in.  To make things easier, and save money and use less paper, we've now got a secure online registration webform that can be completed.  You can find it here.  All parents or responsible adulst for juniors are asked to complete the online registration for the new season as soon as possible.  Updating our records ensures we have current contact and other information for our young players.  Please, thereafter, pay your subscription for 2016.  We're pleased to be able to have frozen our junior membership subscriptions for yet another year, with the usual discount for siblings.  The easiest way to pay subscriptions is using a debit or credit card, via the online PayPal function.  Remember you don't need a PayPal account, only a debit or credit card. 

 

March

 

Rowan Cup draw [posted 29/03/16]

The Rowan Cup draw was made yesterday and saw the club handed a home first round tie against Ferguslie, to be played on 26 May 2016. 

 

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 25/03/16]

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The twentieth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place this Sunday, and is for juniors aged Under 15 and Under 18, Academy players and women, between 1pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

 

Cup draws and Evening League fixtures [posted 18/03/16]

The WDCU has released the draws for the Greenwood Trophy and Western Cup, as well as the Evening League fixtures.  All are now online and can be seen on the respective team pages. 

 

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 18/03/16]

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The nineteenth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place on Sunday the 20th of March 2016, and is for juniors aged Under 11 and Under 13 between 1pm and 2pm, followed by Under 15s and 18s between 2pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

 

Annual membership subscriptions [posted 15/03/16]

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Last week's AGM approved the annual subscription rates for 2016 and these can now be paid, with subscription notices being sent out to members by Secretary Keith Sheridan.  Paying subscriptions as soon as possible is helpful to the club, particularly in the off-season months when - as with most clubs - cash flow is tightest.

 

To assist with paying subscriptions the club offers paying by credit or debit card using a secure PayPal facility.  To use this facility, simply click on the Pay subscriptions page link in the left-hand menu list and follow the instructions on the page this takes you to. 

 

Senior indoor practice [posted 14/03/16]

Indoor practice sessions, for senior players, continue tomorrow night.  Tomorrow's session is at Hutchesons' Grammar School Sports Hall, and will run between 8pm and 10pm.  The cost of attending is £4 per player to cover the cost of hall hire.  Full details are online, on the Upcoming events page.

 

Cup draws [posted 14/03/16]

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The draw for the group stage matches in this season's PlayerReg West League Cup has been published and sees these games played on six consecutive Wednesdays starting on the 11th of May.  First up for the 'Loc is a trip to Toytown and a derby clash with the Dark Side.  Also made was the first round draw for the WU40 Cup, with the 'Loc landing a home tie against Helensburgh CC.  Both draws can been seen online.

 

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 11/03/16]

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The eighteenth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place this Sunday, and is for juniors aged Under 15 and Under 18, Academy players and women, between 1pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

 

AGM [posted 09/03/16]

The club's AGM was held this evening in the clubhouse.  Along with the items on the Agenda, there was wide-ranging discussion on a number of other matters.  The election of office bearers and committee members saw David James assume the Treasurer's role, succeeding Stephen Brown who steps down after what was estimated to be a quarter of a century of service on committes, and in the roles of President and Treasurer.  Stephen's huge commitment to the club was rightly acknowledged by a number of speakers at the meeting: his service being an example for all members to aspire to.  Also elected to the General Committee were Abhishek Bhatia, Grant Cathcart, Lewis James and Hazel Telford.  Membership subscription rates for 2016 were also agreed, with changes being made to the Student Membership rate (increased by £10), and the New Member's rate (also increased, and now representing a discount of a third on normal Full Member rate).  Having now been agreed by the membership, subscriptions are now due.  These can be paid online, by debit or credit card, by using the club's website PayPal facility - click here.

 

Facebook [posted 09/03/16]

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Adding to the club's existing extensive social media platforms, we're delighted we're now also up-and-running on Facebook.  Ali Maddock's administering this new web presence.  Click on the link to see how the page is coming on, and join the discussion.  As ever however please be careful what you post online, and registered players in particular are reminded about their responsibilities under the WDCU's Code of Conduct.  A zero tolerance approach will be adopted to members bringing either the club or the game into disrepute online.  That all said now: go, enjoy!

 

Senior indoor practice [posted 07/03/16]

Indoor practice sessions, for senior players, continue tomorrow night.  Tomorrow's session is at Hutchesons' Grammar School Sports Hall, and will run between 8pm and 10pm.  The cost of attending is £4 per player to cover the cost of hall hire.  Full details are online, on the Upcoming events page.

 

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 04/03/16]

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The seventeenth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place on Sunday the 6th of March 2016, and is for juniors aged Under 11 and Under 13 between 1pm and 2pm, followed by Under 15s and 18s between 2pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

 

Senior indoor practice [posted 01/03/16]

Indoor practice sessions, for senior players, starts tonight.  The sessions are at Hutchesons' Grammar School Sports Hall, and will run between 8pm and 10pm.  The cost of attending is £4 per player to cover the cost of hall hire.  Full details are online, on the Upcoming events page.

 

February

 

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 27/02/16]

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The sixteenth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place this Sunday, and is for juniors aged Under 15 and Under 18, Academy players and women, between 1pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

 

Uzzair Shah [posted 23/02/16]

Congratulations to Under 15 player Uzzair Shah on his invitation to, and attendance at, the recent Scotland Under 15 development day at the National Cricket Academy in Edinburgh.  Held on Sunday the 21st, the session was the first of a couple of assessment days for the country's most promising Under 15 players - well done to Uzzair.

 

Cricket Scotland Under 18 Scottish Cup draw [posted 22/02/16]

The draw for the 2016 Under 18 Scottish Cup was made this morning, and the 'Loc have been given a home tie against Glasgow Accies.  The full draw can be found online.

 

Cricket Scotland Under 13 and 15 Scottish Cup draws [posted 18/02/16]

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Hot on the heels of the ECB Cup draws, the draws for the Under 13 and Under 15 Scottish Cup were made today too.  The Under 13 draw saw the 'Loc given another home cup tie against the Dark Side.  And in the Under 15 competition, the draw threw up a trip to Ayr.   The full draws can be found online.

 

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 17/02/16]

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The fifteenth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place on Sunday the 21st of February 2016, and is for juniors aged Under 11 and Under 13 between 1pm and 2pm, followed by Under 15s and 18s between 2pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

  

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NatWest ECB Under 13 and 15 cup draws [posted 16/02/16]

The draws for both the Under 13 and Under 15 ECB Cups were made this morning.  In the older - under 15 - age-group the 'Loc will host Prestwick in round one, with the winner entertaining Clydesdale in the quarter-final.  And in the Under 13 draw, the 'Loc were handed another home tie, this time against Clydesdale.  The full draws can be found online

 

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 12/02/16]

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The fourteenth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place this Sunday, and is for juniors aged Under 15 and Under 18, Academy players and women, between 1pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

 

ICC U19 CWC - update [posted 10/02/16]

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All three Poloc players played in Scotland Under 19s' final ICC U19 CWC match this morning, against Ireland.  In an eventual 95-run defeat, Adil Ghaffar returned figures of 3 for 49 in his ten overs, whilst Ihtisham Malik's six overs saw him take 1 for 17, as Ireland posted 235.  Then, in the Scots' reply, Owais Shah, batting at three again, got to double figures before departing caught and bowled.  The scorecard of the match is online here.  The boys travel back to Glasgow tomorrow.  We've tried to keep tabs on how they've been getting on over the course of the tournament and have pulled together a selection of the photo's that've appeared online - you can see these in the Gallery.

 

Junior fixtures [posted 09/02/16]

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The WDJCU has published league and cup fixtures for season 2016, and these can be seen in the various age-group sub-sections of the Junior section of the website. 

 

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ICC U19 CWC - update [posted 08/02/16]

Owais Shah featured in the Scotland Under 19 side that won through to an 11th/12th place play off against Ireland later in the week with a win over Fiji at the ICC U19 CWC early this morning.  Batting first Scotland posted 225, with Owais scoring 39 batting at three, a total that proved enough as Fiji were bowled out for 149.  Adil Ghaffar and Ihtisham Malik, both part of the squad, sat out this morning's match.  The scorecard of the match is online here.

 

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ICC U19 CWC - update [posted 04/02/16]

Scotland Under 19s lost to New Zealand , over-night, in the quarter-final of the Plate competition at the ICC U19 CWC in Bangladesh.  Owais Shah top-scored for the side as they posted 181 for 9 in their 50 overs, a total the Kiwis passed with some ease, three down, in 27 overs.  Adil Ghaffar returned figures of 0 for 26 in the second innings, with Ihtisham Malik sitting out the match.  Next up in the competition for Scotland is the loser of the Afghanistan versus Fiji match.  The scorecard of the New Zealand match is online here.

 

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 04/02/16]

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The thirteenth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place on Sunday the 7th of February 2016, and is for juniors aged Under 11 and Under 13 between 1pm and 2pm, followed by Under 15s and 18s between 2pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

 

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ICC U19 CWC - update [posted 02/02/16]

It was another "tough day at the office" for Adil Ghaffar and Owais Shah as Scotland Under 19s went down to South Africa by ten wickets in the third and final group stage match at the ICC U19 CWC being held in Bangladesh.  The defeat leaves the side to take on New Zealand in the Plate quarter-final on Thursday, another good challenge for the squad, and one that Adil, Owais and Ihtisham Malik will be looking forward to.  The scorecard of the South Africa match is online here.

 

January

 

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ICC U19 CWC - update [posted 31/01/16]

Adil Ghaffar and Owais Shah were again in the Scotland Under 19 side that was in overnight ICC U19 CWC action - this time up againast hosts Bangladesh.  In the field first, Adil took 4 for 60 as Scotland restricted Bangladesh to 256 in their 50 overs.  In their reply, the Scots were eventually bowled out for 142, with Adil the not out batter, and Owais being - unfortunately - run out without scoring, or facing a ball!  The scorecard's online here.  Ihtisham Malik was again one of the unlucky squad members that sat out lthe match.  The three Poloc players now look foward to the final group stage match against South Africa.

 

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ICC U19 CWC - update [posted 29/01/16]

Adil Ghaffar and Owais Shah featured in the overnight defeat for Scotland Under 19s - to Namibia - in the ICC U19 CWC being held in Bangladesh.  Batting first, the side scored 159, with Owais top-scoring, batting at three, with 39, and Adil chipping in with 16 as last man.  Namibia then chased down their target for the loss of just the one wicket, Adil opening bowling and returning 0 for 23 in his spell.  The scorecard's online here.  Ihtisham Malik sat out last night's match.  All three Poloc players now look foward to the next group stage match, against hosts Bangladesh on Sunday.

 

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 29/01/16]

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The twelfth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place this Sunday, and is for juniors aged Under 15 and Under 18, Academy players and women, between 1pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

 

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Adil and Owais in action [posted 22/01/16]

Adil Ghaffar and Owais Shah were in ICC U19 CWC warm-up action today, taking on the West Indies in Bangladesh in the run-up to the start of the competition proper.  Batting first, the West Indies racked up a prety challenging 342 for 4, in their 50 overs, with Adil returning figures of 0 for 51 in his eight overs, opening the bowling.  Owais, batting at three, then scored 55 (82 balls), adding 98 in partnership with Ben Wilkinson for the third wicket.  The scorecard's online here.

 

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 22/01/16]

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The eleventh indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place on Sunday the 24th of January 2016, and is for juniors aged Under 11 and Under 13 between 1pm and 2pm, followed by Under 15s and 18s between 2pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

 

Saturday league fixtures released for season 2016 [posted 22/01/16]

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The WDCU has, this morning, published season 2016's Saturday league fixtures.  The fixture scheduling sees the 'Loc open their league campaign with home and away matches against Renfrew - the 'Loc travel to King George V Playing Fields, and the 'Holmboys entertain Deanpark at home.  The full fixture lists can be found online here and here.

 

Scottish Cup draw [posted 21/01/16] 

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The draw for this season's Scottish Cup was made his evening.  Again being played on a straight knockout basis, the draw saw the 'Loc drawn home to Edinburgh club Heriot's in round one.

 

Pre-season matches [posted 14/01/16]

With the turn of the year, thoughts start to turn to a new cricket season, and in this regard we have arranged for five pre-season fixtures.  Starting on 16 and 23 April, the fixtures will see two senior teams taking on Prestwick, home and away, on both Saturdays.  Then, on Sunday the 24th, the annual Eric Lane Memorial Trophy match with Uddingston will be played.  Full details are online, on the Upcoming events page.

 

Senior indoor practice [posted 13/01/16]

Additional indoor practice sessions, for senior players, have been booked.  The sessions, starting on the first Tuesday in March, are at Hutchesons' Grammar School Sports Hall, and will run between 8pm and 10pm.  The cost of attending is £4 per player to cover the cost of hall hire.  Full details are online, on the Upcoming events page.

 

Indoor coaching and practice [posted 13/01/16]

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The tenth indoor winter coaching and practice session takes place this Sunday, and is for juniors aged Under 15 and Under 18, Academy players and women, between 1pm and 3pm.  Anyone with any questions should get in touch with Keith Young (07802-951913).

 

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ECB Cups, 2016 [posted 12/01/16]

The club's entered both age-group ECB Cup competitions open to it in season 2016 - at Under 13and 15 age groups.

 

These cup competitions see the early rounds being played locally, and the draws will be made in early February. 

 

Tom Robertson - funeral [posted 05/01/16]

The funeral of Tom Robertson will take place on Tuesday the 12th of January, at 10am, at Linn Crematorium in Glasgow.

 

Tom Robertson [posted 03/01/16]

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The club was saddened to learn today, that Tom Robertson passed away this morning after a short illness.  Tom joined Poloc in 1965 and played for the 1st XI for a number of years, captaining from 1973 to 1977.  He played in the Western Union-winning teams in 1981 and 1983, and the Scottish Cup winning side of 1984.  In all games he took 677 wickets and scored 5,901 runs.  TBR, as most referred to Tom as, was also President of the club during one of its most successful times in the early '80's, for many years acted as Junior Convenor, and was Special Efforts Convenor running the Burns Supper, fĂȘtes, barbecues and dances.

A fine after-dinner speaker, Tom had a very quick, and wicked, sense of humour which many members will remember.  Despite suffering in recent years following a severe stroke he still wanted to know how Poloc were doing, and was delighted when they won.  He will be sadly missed.  Our sympathies are with his wife, Avril, son, Kenneth and daughter, Lynsey, as well as the wider family at this sad time.  Funeral arrangements will be posted later.