The List selection ot the best In sporting events overtne next lortnlght. Sport Is listed first by event and then by day.
It’s a perfectly logical step. It you want to play a team game in a canoe, it has to be water polo and it you want to play water polo - without all that tiring swimming - you have to use canoes. Horses lend to drown. Although canoe water polo hasn't yet made it as an Olympic sport, participants insist it is only a matter of time. it's very popular in Britain. There is a network oi live leagues throughout the country, and on 2 Dec Wishaw will play proud host to canoes trom the Continent in an international tournament. Among the countries competing in this bizarre hybrid ot basketball and canoeing will be Belgium, Germany, France, Ireland, . England and oi course the host nation
The rules are quite straightiorward, only live paddlers are allowed in the pool per side, although there are no limits to the amount oi substitutions that can be made. The use oi paddles tor ‘Iliclting' is permissable though they cannot be used to strike the ball and a strict check is kept on this.
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However, they can be used to delend the goals which are 1.5m by 0.5m and are suspended 2m above the water.
At the moment Scottish Canoe Polo is on the crest of a wave — Woodmill Canoe Club Ladies team are the current British Champions and the nation’s lemale team, at least, can look Iorward contidently to the Wishaw international. Barring any white water belore then they should be in with a good chance against the teams from France, Germany and Ireland who are crossing the ocean to cross paddles with them. At the moment, the sport seems to be back-paddling over a Iuture appearance in the Olympic schedule. A iinally agreed set at international rules has yet to be thrashed out. ‘lt’s not really a spectator sport yet,’ agreed Scottish Ladies' team captain Jackie Moore. ‘We only get people who are interested in canoeing coming along.‘ (Boss Parsons)
Canoe Water Polo International, Sat 1/Sun 2, Vlishaw Pool. £1 (50p).
ATHLETICS Saturday 1
I SAAA West District Indoor Championships Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena. Argyle Street. 9am—6pm. Athletes from the West District compete indoors at the magnificent Kelvin Hall.
I SAAA East District Indoor Championships Kelvin Hall International Sports Arena. Argyle Street. 9am—6pm. The runners. jumpers and throwers from the East District get a chance to show their paces. inside.
CANOE-POLO Saturday 1/Sunday 2
I lntemational Meet Wishaw Pool . £1 (50p). The four home nations and invited European countries compete in the biggest canoe-polo event of the year in Scotland. See panel.
I Scottish National Cyclo-Cross Championships Bellahouston Park. Glasgow. Noon. Cross cyclists complete as many laps of the gruelling course as possible in an hour.
I Race Days Greyhound racing takes place five nights a week at Shawfield Stadium. Rutherglen Road. Glasgow. Race evenings are Mondays. 'l'uesdays. Thursdays. Fridays and Saturdays; there are It) raceson a Monday and Friday. I I on a Tuesday and Thursday and 12 on a Saturday. The first races commence at 7.45pm on every day other than Saturday when they get out of their traps at 7.30pm.
I Bace Days Monday. Wednesday and Saturday. Powderhall Stadium. Beaverhall Road. Each meeting begins at 7.15pm with It) races on Mondays and 12 on Wednesdays and Saturdays.
FOOTBALL Saturday 24
I Dundee UId V Aberdeen Tannadice Park. Tannadice Street. Dundee. 3pm. Despite the Glasgow show. the real destination of the Premier League trophy may well lie in the North East. Even if McLean‘s talented squad cannot maintain their momentum. Aberdeen look increasingly like championship contenders.
I Ouniermline v St Johnstone East End Park, Ilalbeath Road. Dunfermline. 3pm. The pragmatic Pars take on the cavalier Saints.
I Hearts V Hibernian Tynecastlc Park. Gorgie Road. Edinburgh. 3pm. The relegation scrap of the year. In the green corner Iiibs. (he Hibbies. I Iibernian — proud survivors of a club nearly toppled by Wallace ‘Ghengis‘ Mercer and proud survivors ofa recent l-l draw with St Johnstone. In the Maroon corner. the Jarribo.s.£lielarri Tarts — l Iearts. proud survivors of. . . proud survivors anyway. Who will survive best today and will they both avoid the drop'.’
I Motherwell v St Mirren Fir Park. Motherwell. 3pm. Victor. the former Spanish internationalist. has undertaken the task of rousing the Buddies from their mid-season siesta.
I Airdrie V Dundee Broomfield. Airdrie 3pm. The 8&0 Centenary Cup Final. which Dundee won 3-2. proved the footballing equivalent of the end ofterrn show by the kids from Fume with Mr Roxburgh tapping his foot and murmuring. 'These kids have really-got something.‘
I Ayr Uld V Falkirk Somerset Park. Somerset Road. Ayr. 3pm. Ayr [ltd fans distraught at losing to Dundee in the above-mentioned match. know that their side can at least concentrate on the league. it'sjust that they'll have toconcentrate very. very hard.
I Clyde V Hamilton I-‘irhill. I-‘irhill Road. Glasgow. 3pm.
I Meadowbank Thistle v PartickThistle Meadowbank Stadium. London Road. Edinburgh. 3pm. The battle ofthe
I Baith Rovers v Kilmarnock Slark's P.” k. Pratt Street. Kirkealdy. .‘spni.
I Albion Rovers v East File ( ‘Inn Inhill.
. (‘oatbridge 3pm.
I Cowdenbeath v Dumbarton ( ‘eIIIIaI I’ai k. Cowdenbeath. 3pm.
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I East Stirling v Queen‘s Park In \ P.” k. Falkirk. 3pm. I Stenhousemuirv Stranraert )eltlly ‘Iew
I’ark. I.arbert. 3pm.
I Stirling Albion v Arbroath :\llllIlL‘ItI. Stirling. 3pm.
I Celtic v Bangers (‘eltic Park.
Glasgow. 2pm. Both sides
are desperate to placate their massive and vociferotis bodies ofsupporters. (‘eltie. having lost the Skol (‘up I’inal. w ere roundly beaten by the Dons and then lost at ’I'ynecastle. Meanwhile. Rangers whisper it at Ibrox were badly show It up by Red Star in the Iiuropean ( ’up. They have since suffered defeat by Dundee
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