MDUK National League returns to action

Scotland’s MDUK Powerchair Premiership and Championship league is back for 2019 with the second half of the season beginning 17th of Feb at our home the PEAK, in Stirling.

It’s been a long winter break but we are back to business with a great line up of games.

IMG_1044We start in the Championship where the question remains who will be the ones to challenge Lothian Wolves? The current champions go into the day with a 100% win record and face Riverside and South Ayrshire Tigers Championship. Riverside are just one point off 2nd and during the break have put a lot of work in to step up, head coach Ian Anderson has being doing a Marco Bielsa watching closely Premiership and Scotland team training, what will they take from this and can they be the ones to pull off the upset? Knowing wins against top 2, Wolves and Tayside Dynamo Yellow will give them a great opportunity. Tigers go in with the same fixtures as Riverside, the team still finding their feet in the Championship but ones who will be determined to pick up their first win and show the league what they can do. Lothian Wolves will know what to expect, they are the team to beat and you would expect them to be ready for that challenge.

Clyde Caledonia face Tayside in possibly the most intriguing game of the day. Both teams know to have any real chance of catching Wolves a win is necessary, Tayside have only dropped points to Wolves in a narrow defeat and with a game in hand know it’s far from out of their reach.

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Connor Colhoun

Clyde Caledonia along with other teams perhaps felt the top 2 would be too strong to breach but coming from back to back wins they find themselves knowing a win would take them ahead of Dynamos. With the additions of Scottish international Connor Colhoun and Zoe Mclauchlan they could be ready to make a late change for the title and open this race wide open with a win here.

Moving into the Premiership. Glasgow Gladiators face South Ayrshire Tigers Premiership and Tayside Dynamo Blue in a day that will be decide if they can challenge. Last time out Tayside had too much for the Gladiators but the well organised Glasgow team will know they can play better and with the right game plan bounce back from that result with a win and get closer to the top 2.
Tigers have struggled to reach the levels of last season, can this be the day their season picks up? They will be itching to grab there first win against Glasgow Gladiators and show they can compete at the top when facing champions Clyde Alba.

Tayside Dynamo Blues v Clyde Alba – the game everyone will be watching.IMG_1133Scottish powerchair footballs longest running rivalry gets even more intense as the 2 teams are locked at the top with, for the first time ever European football at stake in the EPFA Champions Cup. 2 points separate the teams. Tayside lost the title for first time in 3 years to defending champions Clyde Alba last season which some might have seen as the start of a fall for Tayside with other teams on the horizon but that was not the case. They came back strong, as winners do and claimed yet another piece of silverware defeating Clyde Alba 3-2 in the League Cup Final. Entering the league season it was hard to think how either team could follow that up and who would land the first blow? Clearly title holders Clyde Alba licked there wounds quickly and came back with a 6-1 victory stepping up to show they wouldn’t be giving the top spot up easily. Both teams have won every game with only points dropped from Tayside being that loss to Alba.
What’s next? Tayside will be ready with a vengeance and Clyde Alba having 4 wins out of 4 won’t want to budge.
IMG_1404Both sides have several Scottish internationals in there respective teams and there has been a lot of working together since their last encounter at a higher level for the country. We may be about to see a level of football we haven’t seen before and there couldn’t be more on the line! A win for Clyde Alba would see them going 4 points ahead which could be a big step towards retaining the championship with just 1 game left between the sides. Tayside Dynamo Blues know a win puts them level on points and a draw leaves it all to play for. It’s all or nothing for both teams, one league title one Champions Cup spot, who wants it more?

It all goes down Sunday 17th of February. The PEAK Stirling. An action packed day of football, lets kick off 2019 with a bang! Good luck to all teams, see you all there.

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