The Club has recently learnt of the death of Alistair Stewart, an ex-Secretary of the Club and captain of Clutha Hockey Club when it played at Glenpark. AJ, as he was known, was an integral part of the one of the strongest teams in Clutha's history, before leaving to work with the European Commission in Brussels.
Our condolences go to his family in their sad loss.
The Club is saddened to hear that John Simpson, a past Captain of the Club, has recently passed away at the age of 94.
Johnny, as he was known to everyone in the cricketing fraternity, was a fine left-arm slow bowler and useful lower-order batsman. He first played for the 1st XI in 1947 and was an influential member of the team that won the Western Union title in 1952. He captained the team in the 1954 and 1955 seasons, winning the Rowan Cup in his first season and narrowly missing out on the Union title in the same year. He ended his playing career for the 1st XI in 1961 and his tally of 341 career wickets places him in 13th position amongst Greenock wicket-takers.
We send our condolences to his family.
WDCU Cup and Sunday League fixtures released
The WDCU have now released the draws for the various Cup competitions that they run and at the same time published the Sunday League fixtures for the coming season.
The 1st XI have been drawn at home to Irvine in the Murgitroyd Rowan Cup, with an away tie to the winners of the West of Scotland or Glasgow Accies tie being the prize for victory over the Ayrshire side. The group for the West League Cup, or McCulloch Cup as it is now to be known as, this being its original name, is the same as last year, with games due home and away with Ferguslie, Kelburne and Renfrew. Finally, it is an away tie in the WU40 Cup at GHK with the winners of this match drawn away to either East Kilbride or Ferguslie.
The Glenpark XI face the same teams as last year in the group section of the Western Cup, with home games against Bothwell and Shawholm and away fixtures with BBC Scotland and Titwood.
The Hillend XI have a schedule of nine league games this year, with five of these being at home. Hopefully weather and fixture clashes will not impact their season as badly as they did last year.
The full fixture lists can be accessed at the link on the right-hand side of this page.
January Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results
The January monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was made on Saturday 28th January and the four lucky winners were Brelda Baum, Joanne Clark, Hilda Kelly and Randal McLean.
The next monthly draw will take place on Saturday 25th February 2017 for the usual prizes.
There are presently around 130 members of the draw but additional numbers are still being sought. Remember, the more members, the bigger the prizes. If you wish to join, please contact either Peter Hempsey or Brian Papworth at the numbers or email addresses as listed here.
Greenock play Edinburgh in Scottish Cup
Cricket Scotland have just released the 2017 Scottish Cup draw and this sees Greenock travel to the capital to take on ESCA Championship side, Edinburgh, in the first round on Sunday 14th May. A visit to Drumpellier or Weirs two weeks later awaits the victors of this game and a further success would see a home game in the quarter-finals against the likes of Grange or Prestwick.
League fixtures released
In another sign that the 2017 season is approaching fast, the WDCU have just released the Saturday fixtures for the 1st XI and Glenpark XI.
The 1st XI commence their return to the Premier Division with a home match on 29th April against Uddingston and they end it with another home fixture, this time against 2016 champions, Clydesdale. And in between there are a fair few tasty matches to whet the appetite of the Glenpark cognoscenti (that's Davie Campbell and Charlie Stewart to their friends).
The Glenpark XI remain in the First Division Reserve League which means that their fixtures do not mirror those of the 1st XI. In addition, as there are only 9 teams in this year's First Division, there will be a similar number in the Reserve League which unfortunately means that the Glenparkers will have two blank Saturdays, one of which (15th July) will mean a blank Saturday at Glenpark. No prizes for guessing how good the weather will be on that day!
The full fixture lists can be accessed at the link on the right-hand side of this page.
Indoor training gets underway
Just as the winter weather grabs our attention, Indoor training for senior players gets underway tonight (11th January) at St Columba's School, Kilmacolm. The session starts at 7.30pm, lasting for 2 hours, and will continue each Wednesday into March. A good attendance is expected as the Club prepares for its return to the WDCU Premier Division.
Junior training will start in mid-February and details on this will follow in due course.
December Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw - Results
The December monthly draw for the Glenpark Supporters Prize Draw (GSPD) was made on Monday 26th December by one of the Club's up-and-coming young players, Jamie Nowell, and the four lucky winners were Petrena Prince, Graeme Sanders, Dave Terrey and Eric Mooney. The Boxing Day mega-jackpot draw resulted in a popular win for Captain Pugwash himself, Ian Cuthbertson.
Under 15s selected for District winter training
A number of the Club's promising under-15 players have been selected for the West District's winter training squads. Jamie Nowell has been included in the Main squad whilst Cameron Calder, Sean Fischer-Keogh and Tom Forrest all feature in the Development squad.
Well done to all boys and good luck with the training.
Real Madrid and Arsenal come to Glenpark
Monday 14 November saw club member and Head Groundsman at Cappielow, Mark Farrell, joined in the clubhouse by Real Madrid's Head Groundsmanager at the Bernabeu Stadium and UEFA Pitch Consultant, Paul Burgess, Groundsmanager at Arsenal's Emirates Stadium, Steve Braddock, and Area Manager for SGL working with most of the best natural grass stadiums and sports facilities, Simon Gumbrill.
Mark had issued an open invitation to members to come along to meet his three visitors for a unique opportunity to get to know about their work in some of the most famous stadiums in Europe and those who did attend had an enjoyable evening.
Greenock Camera Club comes to Glenpark
Greenock Camera Club is returning home to Greenock and will now meet in the clubhouse every Thursday from 6th October 2016 at 7.30pm.
Do you enjoy Photography? Do you have use of a camera or camera phone? Would you like to improve your skills? If so, come along to Greenock Camera Club as members have a range of skill levels from near beginners to advanced. The members' preferred subjects, in colour or black and white, digital or print, vary from wildlife and landscapes to urban street photography, sports, public events, portraits, travel, architecture and still life.
Greenock Camera Club has a varied programme throughout the season from October to April which includes visiting speakers, talks and demonstrations by club members, evenings of advice on members' work, competitions internally and with other clubs and visits to outside events or places of interest. The atmosphere is friendly and supportive and members aim to encourage each other. No matter how little or how much you think you know everyone can learn to improve their images. You will learn how to compose pictures, learn about lighting, using photo software and how to present your pictures.
All interested in learning more about photography in all its forms are invited to bring their cameras and pictures along on their phone or tablet to have a chat from 7.30pm on Thursday in an informal setting, learn about the club and enjoy some pictures of differing standards and interests finishing at approximately 9.30pm when everyone can retire to the bar area for further informal photographic chat.
Further details on Greenock Camera Club can be found at their website, www.greenockcameraclub.com
The annual marquee weekend turned out to be a roaring success with a sunny and dry Sunday afternoon making for another memorable Gig on the Green.
The weekend organiser, Peter Hempsey, was keen to express his gratitude to everyone who worked so hard to make the weekend such a success and he is confident that a significant amount of money has been raised for club funds.
In the excitement of the weekend, the GSPD autumn jackpot prize was not drawn as scheduled. This will now be done on Saturday 10th September.
GREENOCK WIN - promotion and the title
Greenock have won promotion to the Premier Division, and at the same time have captured the First Division title, by defeating Hillhead by 63 runs. Congratulations to skipper Jonathan Hempsey and his team on a magnificent season.
Greenock batted first and compiled 184 in their fifty overs with Declan White top-scoring with 47, which represented something of a recovery from 88 for 6 at one point. In reply, Hillhead were never really in touch with the target and were finally dismissed for 121 with Jonathan Hempsey with 3 for 25 and Greg McDougall with 3 for 38 the main wicket-takers. Peter Hempsey provides all the details in his final report of the season.
The Glenpark XI ended their season in style with a 4-wicket win over Hughenden. Youngster Ewan Stewart took 4 for 44 in the visitors' total of 141 whilst Chirag Pandher with 65 and Sudeep Chaudhary 31 not out starred with the bat as Glenpark replied with 144 for 6.
Young Greenock cricketers shine for Scotland
Two young Greenock cricketers have excelled today when playing for their Scottish representative sides.
Louis Ware rescued Scotland Under-17s after they had slumped to 80 for 5 in reply to Lincolnshire Under-17s first innings total of 234. He was unfortunately dismissed just 2 short of what would have been a well-deserved century which enabled the Scots to take first-innings points in the 2-day game. Hard luck, Louis, but really well played.
Not to be undone, Abigail Calder captured her first international wicket when playing for Scotland Under-17 girls against the Netherlands, played at the Bromsgrove cricket festival. In a match which Scotland won by 244 runs, Abigail produced figures of 1 for 12 in 6 overs, 2 of which were maidens. Well done, Abigail, and congratulations from everyone at Glenpark.
Parent Welcome Pack
The Club has updated its Parent Welcome Pack. The aim of this pack is to provide parents and junior players, both new and existing, with information about the club, the coaching and what is expected of players, coaches and parents. The revised document can be viewed here.
Award for Neil Flack
Congratulations to Neil Flack on being named Inverclyde Junior Sports Personality for 2015. A well deserved honour.
We would also like to congratulate two veterans of Inverclyde Cricket, Jim Murphy and John Blair, who were also honoured at last night's Inverclyde Sports Awards ceremony. A good night for cricket in Greenock.
The club has recently formalised its policy regarding the principle of sports equality and the resulting document can be reviewed here. Anyone who wishes to make a comment on the document should do so by contacting the Club Secretary.