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Match Report 2nd April 2017 - SWPL vs East Fife

Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale (EUHV) picked up their first win of the season to move up to fourth place.

Both EUHV and East Fife went into the game without a point after some tough fixtures, but the home side could have taken the lead in the fifth minute with Karen Hanson’s shot hitting the post as EUHV pinned East Fife into their own half.

And in the 11th minute, EUHV took the lead. Nichola Sturrock’s inch perfect through-ball played in Hannah Craig in the left side of the box, and her powerful shot found the top right corner.

East Fife were limited to few chances but came close to an equaliser in the 25th minute, but EUHV’s keeper Katharine Grant denied the visitors’ with a superb save.

Just before half-time, EUHV continued to apply pressure to East Fife and scored two goals in two minutes. Having won the ball herself, Sturrock picked out the back of the net from close range. And then, in the next minute, Hanson collected the ball from the half-way line to score the third.

In a quick break EUHV needed Grant to make a 1-1 save and outstanding defending from Louise Kerr to head the ball off the line denied East Fife just before half-time. A dominant half for Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale.

The second half remained a contested affair with EUHV seeing most of the possession and chances. Against the run of play East Fife broke through in the final 15 minutes 1-1 and a challege from Louise Kerr resulted in a yellow card and free kick, which was then changed to a red after consultation with the officials. Hanson slotted into the defence as a professional and organised EUHV saw out the game to finish 3-0 and claim the 3 points.

Congratulations to Katy Watt, Lucy Brown and Katie Macdonald who made their competitive debuts yesterday. 

Team - Katharine Grant, Jude Shepherd (C), Louise Kerr, Fiona Boslem, Nicole Clark, Hannah Craig, Anna Murray (Katie Macdonald 66), Florence Haines, Nichola Sturrock (Katy Watt 86), Karen Hanson, Margaux Durand-Watson (Lucy Brown 45). Subs not used - Steph Briggs, Amy Gilroy, Zuzana Psenakova, Beth Macleod

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Match Report 12th March 2017 - SWPL vs Glasgow Girls

Sunday the 12th March saw Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale’s debut competitive game at their new ground Peffermill Playing Fields with an enthralling encounter with Glasgow Girls. With Glasgow Girls title contenders in SWPL 2 last year EUHV knew they would be in for a tough test.

Early stages of the game saw Anna Hume through on goal only to be tripped by the Glasgow Girls’ keeper Chloe Rae – but the EUHV forward was ruled offside. Glasgow Girls responded with a shot wide and then a flicked on free kick which was cleared with some brave goal keeping from Scullion. Glasgow made their pressure count when a quick break gave an opportunity for a close range strike from Maxine Fury to give the visitors 1-0 lead into half time. EUHV created some of their own chances in the first half with a couple of corners and the best effort being a curling effort from Karen Hanson which crept agonisingly wide of top corner.

Second half began with substitutes from both side with Margaux Durand-Watson and Anna Murray coming on for EUHV.

EUHV started positively and were keeping the ball well and nearly got an equaliser, but when Durand-Watson’s cross picked out Hanson – she had been ruled offside by the assistant. EUHV could have pulled a goal back from a corner when Shepherd connected well with a header which went narrowly wide. The game was end to end with some terrific battles in the midfield but it was a superb strike from Glasgows Kirsty McDonald that broke the second half deadlock.  

EUHV had a lot of the ball in the closing stages, and in time, Karen Hanson’s speculative shot was fumbled behind for a corner by Rae, and from that, they pulled a goal back. The corner picked out Anna Hume and she was left unmarked to head the ball into the net. A deserved goal for the home team.   

FT - EUHV 1 Glasgow Girls 2


EUHV: Helena Scullion; Jen Rogers, Nichola Sturrock, Lisa Mcfarlane (Anna Murray HT); Nicole Clark, Jude Shepherd (c), Florence Haines (Lauren Watters 83), Emily Fardell (Margaux Durand-Watson HT (Lucy Brown 76)), Hannah Craig (Louise Kerr 79); Anna Hume, Karen Hanson.

Goal: Hume 90+5

Glasgow Girls: Chloe Rae; Chloe Docherty, Georgie McTear (c), Kirsty McGuire (Samantha Davies 90); Kirsty McDonald, Jayne Cameron, Megan Murray (Rachel Halliday 49), Charmaine McGuire, Sam McPherson; Lauren Coleman, Maxine Fury (Lauryn Reside 74)

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January 2017

Hutchison Vale is excited to announce a Partnership Agreement with The University of Edinburgh to support the performance aims of the Women and Girls at both Clubs.

The SWPL side has been re-branded as Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale WFC (EUHV) for the 2017 season and all training and home matches will take place at the University of Edinburgh’s Peffermill Playing Fields. We are excited to work with Peffermill to offer players access to professional grade training facilities including a 3G training ground and a stadium enclosed grass home pitch. This provides a quality of facilities scarcely rivalled in the Women’s game.



Tom Connor (Manager at EUHV) said;



“It is a very positive step. Edinburgh University (EUWAFC) are the leading lights for Women’s football in the University set up and there was an existing cross over of players which meant the groups were already somewhat naturally entwined. The facilities and coaching structure we have at the Club is akin to what the very best teams in SWPL 1 have which I am sure the current and new players joining us will really enjoy and benefit from.”

The Scottish Women’s Premier League restructured itself at the beginning of the 2016 season from one larger division into a two tier set up with SWPL 1 and 2 hosting eight teams each. Hutchison Vale finished their inaugural campaign in SWPL 2 in a credible 4th place.


Tom explains this new partnership has given the 2017 season a new set of aims from last time out;

“…last season was very much a rebuild and find your feet job. The Club had different Management who had the unenviable task of taking a team who was used to big games against big teams into a new league (SWPL 2) where perhaps the gloss of glamour ties had been taken away from it. The Club lost a few players to SWPL 1 Clubs and as a result had to change some of the processes that were adopted in previous seasons. The plan is to better our finishing position, progress coupled with stability is key, with the boost the new deal has given us I would like the aim is for a top three finish for sure.”


Edinburgh University Hutchison Vale, alongside the management of the Hutchison Vale Board and EUWAFC Committee has appointed Florence Haines as the EUHV Club Director. This is a new role to oversee the Club's Management off the field as well as the development of relationship in the youth sections and the wider community. Florence; a recent Edinburgh University Graduate in Sports Science was recognised at the University with both an Executive Committee Award and the McTernan Colour of the Year in 2016 for commitment and contributions to University Sport. She joins EUHV with a great deal of experience coordinating women's football both at the University Club and with the Scottish Student National Squad. She explains;


“…not only will this Partnership enhance the proposition to players on both sides of the Agreement; it will fundamentally change the landscape by reinvigorating links between the Women and girls playing in the youth set up at Hutchison Vale. We are looking forward to working with all the staff and coaches at Hutchison Vale and EUWAFC to develop a competitive and enjoyable environment for every player across all the teams.”


Edinburgh University have been successful in their own right and although until now they haven’t been able to offer SWPL football, it has not stopped them from producing players who are now plying their trade in both SWPL 1 and 2 already and there seems to be even more in the pipeline. Head coach Mike Ross details the remarkable rise of EUWAFC…


From one team to three eleven aside, two futsal and a full recreational offering in five years is amazing by anyone’s standards! But when people realise that with this growth there has also been results which include; current Scottish Division 1 Champions, Scottish Student Sport Cup Winners and British Trophy Futsal Champions they sit up and marvel at the depth of talent these girls have to not only build a Club but also to perform at the highest level allowed to them”.



So how does this new set up impact an already highly successful Edinburgh University set up?

Lucy White (EUWAFC President) explain that the University welcomes this approach as although growth at the Club has been rapid with regard to participation, a performance led development for the Club’s highest performers was needed and SWPL football provides this with minimal impact to their studies.

“Members of our 1st XI squad can now train and play for both BUCS and SWPL competitions which we hope to help us propel ourselves even further in University competition as our aim is to be in the BUCS Premier League in the near future. We have a brilliant coaching set up across the club and with the support we get from the University being on the Team Performance Programme for the Strength and Conditioning sessions and facilities at Peffermill, it really is a fantastic environment for any player to develop. ”

















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2016 Season

With the new league struture in place for women's football in Scotland splitting the Premier League into 2 leagues of 8 teams, Hutchison Vale Ladies competed well over 9 months of matches to finished a credible 4th in SWPL 2. 


For all information on results from the 2016 season please see the SWF website here



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