i 0 Lower Clyde Canoe Marathon 2

courses: Long course: Start

Strathclyde Park. Short course: Start Blantyre Farm Road. Both finish at the Suspension Bridge at Glasgow Green.

CURLING Friday 11 - Sunday 13

0 End 01 Season Competition Murrayfield Ice Rink. Edinburgh. 2 matches each day over the weekend.

IDE— Edinburgh

0 Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays 7.30pm. Powderhall Stadium. Beaverhall Road. £2.20 Stand. £1 .30 Ground. inc programme.


0 Tuesdays, Thursdays 7.45pm, Saturdays 7.30pm. Shawfield Stadium. Rutherglen. £1.50. inc programme.




O Hibs vaerdeen Easter Road 3pm. This will be a closer match than it would have been in previous seasons. but with the Don's demise from the European Cup they will be more determined than ever to win the cup and I fancy them to beat Hibs FINE FARE LEAGUE


0 St Mirren v Celtic Love St 3pm. St Mirren may very well beat a Celtic team whose minds will be on what they could have been doing this Saturday.

0 Clydebank v Motherwell Kilbowic 3pm. Nothing to play for which leads to either a fun game or a dull plod. FIRST DIVISION

0 Airdrie v AIIoa Broomficld. 3pm.

0 Ayr United v Partick Thistle. Somerset I’ark 3pm.

0 Clyde v Kilmarnock Shawfield 3pm. 0 Falkirk V Forlar Brockville 3pm.

0 Hamilton v Montrose Douglas Park 3pm.

0 Morton V E File Cappielow 3pm. SECOND DIVISION

0 Queen‘s Part V Stenhousemuir Hampden 3pm.

0 Raith Roversv E Stirling Stark‘s Park 3pm.


0 Rangers v Tottenham Hotspur I brox 3pm. A friendly match.


FINE FARE LEAGUE FIRST DIVISION Evening kick-oil times will vary, check with club. 0 Dumbarton v Forlar Athletic Boghead. 0 Hamilton v Falkirk Douglas Park. 0 Kilmarnock v E File Rugby Park. 0 Morton V Airdrie Cappielow. o Partick Thistle v Clyde Firhill. SECOND DIVISION 0 Albion Rovers v Stirling Albion Cliftonhill. i o Meadowbank Thistle v Dunlermline g Meadowbank. ' o Raith Rovers v Queen oi the South Stark‘s Park.

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The Lanarkshire Valente is the third round at the Autocycle Scottish Championship but is a trial with a dillerence in that the main road section at the course requires competitors to ride road-legal bikes. This immediately reduces entries, but the better quality of competitors like Lesley Winthrop and Gavin Johnson should be there looking lor championship points to total towards the coveted Scottish Trophy awarded at the end at the year.

As standards are raised at National Events, more riders are looking to closed club events lor competition circuits, and motocross and enduro are gaining in popularity. It is unlortunate that good Scots have to go south to enter at International standard, but with the Trials at Lauder (13 April) also being a National event, organisers are expecting a good turnout and high level competition. These trials are important preparation lorthe hectic Scottish Six Days which will take over Fort William lor more than the 60th year running this May. (Janet McLean)




0 Hibernian v Dundee Easter Road 3pm. Unfortunately. all the good games are up north today and there‘s little to say about this match except to suggest an away win.

0 Motherwell v St Mirren Fir Park 3pm. (See above).

0 Rangers v Clydebank Ibrox 3pm. Surely Rangers must win this one. even ifthey do persist in blootering the ball into the stands.


0 Airdrie v Dumbarton Broomfield 3pm.

0 Ayr United V Alloa Somerset Park 3pm.

0 Clyde v Hamilton Shawfield 3pm. 0 Falkirk V Morton Brockville 3pm. SECOND DIVISION

0 Dunlermline vAlbion Rovers East End Park 3pm.

0 Queen’s Park v Berwick Rangers Ilampden 3pm.

0 Stenhousemuirv Raith Rovers Ochilview Park 3pm.

GYMNASTICS Saturday 12

0 Boys Novice/Primary Intermediate Competition Wishaw Sports ( ‘enti‘e. \Vishaw.

0 Sports Acrobatics Intermediate Competition Inveralmond School. Perthshire. Competition at this level is a direct reflection of the growing participation in the sport. A further development from Novice. these acrobats hope to go on to advanced levels as their training increases.

Monday 7 0 Ayr First Race: 2pm. Tuesday 8 0 Ayr First Race: 2pm.


O Kelso First Race: 2pm.

IEIIEE- Saturday 5

0 Ayr Bruins v Dundee Wasps Ayr Ice Rink. 9 Limekilns Road. 7pm. £2. 0 File Flyers v Nottingham Panthers Kirkcaldy Ice Rink. Rosslyn Street. 7.15pm. £2.50(£1.50).


0 Murraylield Racers v File Flyers Murrayfield Ice Rink. Edinburgh. 6.30pm. £2.50(£l .50).

With the end ofthe Ice Hockey season approaching. these are the last few matches at Scottish rinks.


o CIS Senior Fours Scottish Cup Final Glasgow Indoor Bowling Club. 2pm With the end of the indoor season approaching. this year‘s senior finalists are Midlothian and Auchinleck. and it looks as ifwe‘re

in for a pretty even competition if

past performance is anything to go by.


0 Glasgow Gallopen— 8, Clyde South Achray.

o Galloway Gallopen 6 Solway I)ill.\\\‘ililt)lt.

With more than 1000 regular competitors now in Scotland. the Gallopen events were initially started to encourage youngsters and newcomers to the sport. Basically a cross-country race with a time staggered start. only control points are marked and runners follow a set course with the help ofa map and compass. Races will start between 11am and 1pm with roughly a

two-hour allowance to finish.

: Distances vary depending on age and sex with the longest course being 10

i kilometres (usually woodland).

Saturday 12

o Clydesdale Regatta River Clyde. Glasgow. Details still to be finalised.

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0 Scotland Under 21 v Combined Services Under21 Murrayfield,

Edinburgh. 6pm. Following this. the Scottish Under 21s will go on to play the compatible Italian side at Piacenza. near Milan. Growing interest in the sport in Italy will mean that the Scots are in for tough competition and they will be glad of

Wednesday‘s game to build up to this.

Saturday 5

0 Scotland Under 18 v Sweden Under 18 Murrayfield. Edinburgh. 3pm.


Sunday 6 O Hird Trophy Cairngorm. Fiday 11 —Tuesday 15

o Tennents Scottish Senior Championships Cairngorm. As always. races depend on weather conditions on the day.

Friday 4 —Sunday 6 0 Veterans Home Internationals Watsonians Sports Club. Edinburgh. Starting on Friday evening at 6pm with games on Saturday and Sunday mornings from 10am—lpm. Scotland. England. Ireland and Wales. Age grouping of i 45+. Running concurrentlywith this is a new Vintage Squash

Tournament for players over 55 years.’

Friday 4 Sunday 6

o Under14 International

Scotland v Ireland

Scotland v Wales (lriendly)

Oban Tennis and Squash Club. The same weekend as the veterans but at the other end of the age spectrum. Squash for youngsters is taking a heavy boost as the Under 19 boys head to Australia for the World Boys‘ Championships. Although they do not expect to rate well in individual competition. the Scottis boys have high hopes for the team event.

Saturday 12

0 SCOTIA Swimming Gala Bishopriggs Sports Centre. 147 Balmuildy Road 2.30pm—5.30pm.


Saturday 5

0 Scottish Junior and Espolr Championships Tryst Sports Centre, Cumbernauld. Starting at 11am and going on through the afternoon. 50p entrance fee. For the Under 17 year-olds this is probably the biggest open competition for the year apart

from the British Championships

which will be held in Brixton a

couple ofweeks later. The boys will

5 be building up to that event and 4

from each weight group will go

I through to compete internationally.