It’s Valentine’s weekend and what we all love is some Powerchair Football, our MDUK Premiership and Championship returns to The Peak this Sunday.
Our Championship opens with Riverside and Gladiators facing each other, with just two points between them this could be a key game in what is a three way fight for the title. Last time out Riverside were comfortable five-nil winners so Gladiators will be keen to avenge that. Next up is a Clyde derby as Caledonia take on Claymores. Will this be Caledonia’s weekend with the league’s lovebirds Zoe and top scorer Connor in the side or can Claymores get their first win of the season, they’d love to see it.
Claymores then face up to Riverside, who won narrowly on the opening day of the season. The final game of the day sees Gladiators take on Caledonia, the two sides also met on the opening day with Caledonia coming out on top, another real chance for Gladiators to put their mark on this season’s title race.
In the Premiership Tayside Dynamo’s are the team missing this weekend so an opportunity for those behind to close the gap on the current runaway league leaders.
South Ayrshire Tigers will be looking to build on a really strong performance in
the League Cup to strengthen their current second position in the league, with James Doull in the side, fresh from his five goal performance with Scotland they will be confident. First up for Tigers is Glasgow Gladiators, followed by Alba and closing the day against Lothian.
Glasgow Gladiators, much improved this season, are just a point behind Tigers and will hope to turn that round in the opening game. They will then face Lothian Wolves who they beat three – one on the opening league day and they will be confident of a repeat. They finish with a game against Alba as, like their Championship side they look to make inroads towards the top of the table.
Lothian Wolves have taken some time to adjust to the Premiership, having only been involved in one League day so far where they had a weakened side they will be looking to kick start their season. An opening game against Alba would be an ideal opportunity to show what they can do, with Scotland player, Chris Jacquin in the side they know they have a chance. Gladiators are next up for Wolves followed by a final game against Tigers.
Clyde Alba, our defending champions already have ground to make up, not involved in the first League day they had a bit of a struggle on day 2. This match day is vital if they want to retain their title and really three wins is a must. First up is Wolves, followed by a rematch with Tigers, where they dropped points in the last meeting. A final game against
Gladiators follows. Alba had three players with Scotland in Leeds and Colin Shields, Thomas Pettigrew and Kieran Burns, who last week scored in the MDUK WFA Championship, will be keen to show that quality along with the rest of the squad as they look to get back to top form.
This weekend we are delighted to have FIPFA Head referee Martin Bevan along to help and support our referee’s and assistants. Martin brings experience and as well as taking some games we hope he will work with our experienced and inexperienced officials. Never the most popular people in any form of football but worth remembering how much we need referees and the SPFA are grateful to them for time and effort they give to the sport. Without them there would be no sport.
Might be worth remembering all the volunteers, coaches, parents carers etc that help run the sport and that we must Respect everyone involved, regardless of their role or their club. This is the players game, they are the stars of the show so let us all get behind each and every one of them and let them entertain us. Come along and show your support.
If there is anyone out there that would like to be involved in Powerchair Football as a player, coach, referee or any other role then get in touch with us, either through your local club or direct to the SPFA, just comment on the post and we will get back to you. Trust me you’ll love it.