Welcome to the first edition of the Tartan Kicks’ Blog, which will come out every Friday during the season. It will be a mixture of reviewing the past weekend’s games, previewing the next weekend’s action and talking about the magazine itself.
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This week, the launch issue of Tartans Kicks was released, and I have to thank every single person who contributed to it, read it and shared it. If you have yet to read it, you can find the issue here:
Thank you, once again, for your support.
The second issue of Tartan Kicks will come out on the 28th March 2016, and will be focused on international matters – looking at the Scotland-Spain game as well as focusing on their upcoming qualifiers. However, it will still have content on the SWPL and SWFL games played in March.
Tartan Kicks relies upon its contributors. We want content, from anyone reading this, anyone watching Scottish Women’s Football, anyone with a voice that wants to be heard. So, if you have something you want to be included in Tartan Kicks, then please get in touch. Send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with either a proposal, the written piece or photographs. If I use your content, you will retain all rights to the content, although, I would ask that you always refer to Tartan Kicks as the original publisher. The next issue of Tartan Kicks will be published on the 28th March 2016. So, any content for the March issue would need to be submitted by the 21st March 2016.
Key Games This Week
Tartan Kicks will be covering two games over the next week.
Hearts vs Forfar Farmington, SWPL Cup First Round
King’s Park, Dalkeith.
Sunday 6th March 2016, Kick-off: 2pm. Adult Tickets: £3/Children Under 12 Free
On Sunday, Hearts will take on Forfar Farmington in the SWPL Cup First Round, in what will be a fascinating battle between two teams who dueled for safety in last season’s SWPL. Forfar will go into the tie slight favourites, especially having secured Tori Sousa’s services whose form was critical last season. But Hearts will be looking for some revenge after last season, so it will hopefully be a cracker.
Last season, the teams played each other four times with Hearts winning the first game, and Forfar winning the other three – including the Scottish Cup Second Round.
On the same day, Queen’s Park will travel up to Buchan in their own League Cup tie at Maud Juniors.
Scotland vs Spain
Falkirk Stadium, Tuesday 8th March 2016, Kick-off: 7pm
Ahead of their 2017 UEFA Women’s Euro Qualifier in April against Slovenia, Scotland boss Anna Signeul has lined up a friendly against Spain. This will be a real test for the Scottish team, coming up against a side that qualified for the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup and troubled Brazil in the group stage – although they lost 1-0 by an Andressa Alves goal. Their squad is full of players who play at the highest level, including Arsenal Ladies’ Marta Corredera, Victoria Losada and Natalia Pablos.
After the World Cup, their long-serving manager Ignacio Quereda resigned and was replaced with Jorge Vilda. Currently, they are ranked 14th in the world, and are top of their qualification group with 100% record after four games.
The friendly will give a real indication of where the Scottish National Team stands ahead of hopefully qualifying for their first ever tournament.
Lucy Graham and Zoe Ness are in line to make their debut.SWPL League Cup First Round
SWPL Cup Quarter-Final Draw
Rangers vs Buchan or Queen’s Park
Hearts or Forfar Farmington vs Hibernian
Aberdeen vs Spartans
Glasgow City vs Glasgow Girls
On Thursday night, Scotland U19s and U17s both played internationals to mixed fortunes. The U19s took on Switzerland in a friendly and won 4-3.
In their U17 UEFA European Championship Elite Round game against Norway, Scotland lost 6-0. Early on, Spartans’ keeper Eartha Cumings was sent off, with Glasgow City’s Erin Clachers coming on in goal. Norway had a 3-0 lead at half-time through and went on to win 6-0. On Saturday, Scotland play Sweden before playing Poland on Tuesday. Each Group Winner in the Elite Round qualify for the tournament, along with the best runner-up.