Aug 24 2011 by Colin Paterson, Airdrie & Coatbridge
Monklands Men's Hockey Club
MONKLANDS Hockey Club will begin their National League Three campaign at Greenock on Saturday, September 10.
The Coatbridge gents side have resumed training ahead of their debut season in the national league set-up.
Monklands were promoted from the west district competition after four successive league championship victories.
And they will warm-up for the forthcoming campaign at the Ayr Festival of Hockey this weekend before tackling Hillhead in a pre-season friendly on Saturday, September 3.
A club spokesperson said: “The players are looking forward to the challenge of stepping up a level and testing their skills against teams from further afield.
“Hopefully the sense of togetherness and great team spirit that they have built up over the years will see them through their first season in national league.”
Monklands’ fixture list for the 2011-12 season is as follows:
10 - Greenock (a); 17 - FMGM Monarchs (h); 24 - Stirling University (a).
8 - Giffnock (h); 9 - Dundee University (a); 15 - Aberdeen GSFP (h); 22 - Motherwell (a); 29 - Erskine Stewarts Melville (h).
5 - Perthshire (a); 6 - Stirling Wanderers (h); 12 - Ayr (a); 19 - Aberdeen University (h); 26 - Strathclyde University (a).
THE league will then split into two sections of seven teams and resume on Saturday, February 25.