I Scottish National Indoor Championships Kelvin liall Glasgow. 10.3llam—5pm. The two-day meeting includes men‘s and women‘s heptathlons and pentathlons. and. on Sunday. the finals ofthe men‘s relay competition.
I Race Days Tuesday. Thursday and Saturday. Shawfield Stadium. Rutherglen Road. Glasgow. There are ten raccs in each meeting. starting at 7.45pm £2.
I Race Days Tuesday. Thursday and Saturday. Powderhall Stadium. Beaverhall Road. Edinburgh. Each meeting includes ten races. startingat 7.30pm. £3.50 Stand; £1 .50 Ground. Race programme free with admission.
FOOTBALL Saturday 9
I Dundee United v Hibernian Tannadice Park. Dundee. 3pm. Home win. saysthe form book. and when Hibs players prefer the attractions of ()ldham to Edinburgh. you begin to think the writing might be on the wall for the Easter Road side. Nevertheless Dundee United‘s callow youths are not devoid of weak spots. as they demonstrated at East Fife recently. I Dunlermline V Celtic East End Park. Dunfermline. 3pm. The Pars are beginning to recover from the shock of losing Jim l.eishman and his unique line in hairstyles. and could pose a serious threat to a Celtic side that is as consistent as something not very consistent at all. Then again Celtic could be on the verge of getting their act together. One tosteer clear of on the pools coupon.
I Hearts v St Johnstone Tynecastle Park. Edinburgh. 3pm. Out of the Cup. and a long way adrift of the leaders in the League. llearts need to win this to stayin the hunt for places in Europe. a goal very much in St Johnstone‘s sights as well.
I Motherwell v Aberdeen Fir Park. Motherwell. 3pm. Aberdeen will be hoping for swift vengeance after Motherwell gleefully knocked them out of the Cup at Pittodrie. Motherwell. however. are beginning to abandon their old defensive ways and exploit the skills of Cooper. Boyd and Ferguson in their attempts to pull away from the relegation
I Rangers v St Mirren lbrox Stadium. Glasgow. 3pm. Champions elect. despite Souness‘s protestations to the contrary. Rangers shouldn't encounter too many problems from the Paisley side. Who knows. they might even give promising young reserve Ally McCoist a run-out with the first team.
I Airdrie V Morton Broomfield Park. Airdrie. 3pm.
I Ayr United V Hamilton Somerset Park. Ayr. 3pm.
I Clydebankv Falklrk Kilbowie Park. Clydebank. 3pm.
I Meadowbank Thistle vClyde Meadowbank Stadium. Edinburgh. 3pm. I Particlr Thistle v Dundee Firhill. Glasgow. 3pm. Ancient retainerJim Duffy will be relishing the prospect of getting stuck into his old mates from Tayside.
I East Stirling v Montrose Firs Park. Falkirk. 3pm.
I Queens Park V Dumbarton Hampden Park. Glasgow. 3pm.
I Stenhousemuir v Berwick Rangers Ochilview Park. Larbert. 3pm.
I Stirling Albion v Alloa Annfield Park.
Will Carling hoping for revenge.
BBC viewers last year voted Scotland's triumphant Grand Slam winning side team oi the year for their Rugby Union exploits. Undoubtedly the highlight ol the Five Nations season lor their supporters was the carelulIy-planned deleat at a seemingly invincible England side at Murraylield. Despite the strength and mobility ol England's Bath-dominated team, the Scots gained a psychological advantage lrorn the outset, and didn't let up till the game was over. Many an overcontident souvenir sellerwent home miserably carrying a suitcase lull ol England Grand Slam T-shirts, and with a
much-depleted bank account.
Narrow deleat by France in a dour tussle in Paris has put the Grand Slam out ol sight lor Scotland this year, but alter their convincing 32-1 2 victory overthe Welsh at Murrayfield, the Triple Crown is still a possibility. On the other hand, the English are unlikely to be as damagingly overcontident as they were last spring, and on their home turf atTwickenham will present a tougher Iront than at Murraylield.
Will Carling’s team started uncertainty against Wales and will not have had the extra game to discover their style, as the Scots seem to have. Going by the pattern ol previous matches, a vital factor in the game could well be the standard of goal-kicking. England's superb kicking won the match lorthem at Cardiff, and Scotland will have to be on their guard it they are not to concede a lot of points from this source. Scots kickers, Craig Chalmers, and, lorthe longer attempts, Gavin Hastings are quite capable of causing similar problems lorthe English. Although an open game is to be hoped tor, it could well come down to each team's degree of accuracy with the boot which decides the victor.
Whatever the outcome, the game promises to be a lascinating encounter. and the bookies will be watching closely belore ottering odds lor the World Cup in October. (Tom Lappin)
England V Scotland Twickenham, 16 February. Live coverage on Grandstand BBCl.
I Dunlermline v Hibernian East End Park. Dunfermlinc. 3pm. Can llibs return from the Kingdom of Fife with a point‘.’ Possibly. Given their financial problems. can llibs afford the toll for the Forth Road Bridge? Unlikely.
I Hearts v Dundee United Tynecastle Park. Edinburgh. 3pm. Jim McLean's useful gang of adolescents and Dutchmen take on Joe Jordan‘s side. still trying to gain some ground after a poor start to the
I Rangers V Mothenvell lbrox Stadium. Glasgow. 3pm. Rangers‘ band ofageing Englishmen continue to cut a swathe through the Premier Division. although at least one ageing Scot. Davie Cooper. will be hoping to cause them some problems here.
I St Johnstone v Aberdeen McDiarmid Park. Perth. 3pm. Alex Totten'steam have been the surprise package in the Premier Division this season. and will be confident of upsetting an Aberdeen side whose title challenge has been undermined by some surprise defeats.
I SI Mirren V Celtic Love Street. Paisley. 3pm. Celtic face an uphill struggle for a European place. after their disastrous early form. Two points against an undistinguished St Mirren side should help.
I Airdrie v Morton Broomfield. Airdrie. 3pm. Ona high after knocking Ileartsout ofthe Cup. and still in the hunt for promotion. Airdrie should be able to see off Morton fairly comfortably.
I Ayr United v Hamilton Somerset Park. Ayr. 3pm.
I Clydebank V Falkirk Kilbowie Park. Clydebank. 3pm.
I Meadowbank Thistle v Clyde Meadowbank Stadium. Edinburgh. 3pm. I Partick Thistle v Dundee Firhill. Glasgow. 3pm.
I Raith Rovers v Brechin City Stark's Park. Kirkcaldy. 3pm.
I East Stirling v Montrose I-‘irs Park. Falkirk. 3pm.
I Queen's Park v Dumbarton I Iampden Park. Glasgow. 3pm.
I Stenhousemuirv Berwick Rangers Ochilview Park. Larbert. 3pm.
I Stirling Albion V Alloa Annfield. Stirling. 3pm.
HOCKEY Friday B—Sundaylo
WORLD INVITATION INDOOR HOCKEY CLASSIC Kelvin Hall. Glasgow. Indoor hockey with a world flavour. as the useful Scottish side play host to \ isitors from England. Austria. Spain. France. USA. Canada and Australia. Hockey's answer to Gary Lineker. Sean Kerly. will be turningout for England. but look out for the experienced Australians.
CAPITAL FOODS SCOTTISH LEAGUE I File Flyers v Glasgow Saints Kirkcaldy Ice Rink. Kirkealdy. 8pm. £3 (£1 .75).
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CAPITAL FOODS SCOTTISH LEAGUE I Murrayfield Racers v Ayr Raiders Murrayfield Ice Rink. Riversdale Crescent. Edinburgh. 8pm. £4 (£2.50).
CAPITAL FOODS SCOTTISH LEAGUE I Ayr Raiders v File Flyers lcelandia.
Almondvale. Livingston. 8pm. £3 (£1 .75)
NETBALL Saturday 9
I Scotland v Northern Ireland John Wright Sports Centre. East Kilbride. From 10.30am. Three matches at Under-18. Under-21 and full international level. Matches between these two eountriesare always fairly tight. and both will be hoping to make a good start to the year. especially with the world championships to look forward to in July.
RUGBY Saturday 9
MCEWAN'S NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION 1
I Edinburgh Academicals v Currie New Field. Kinnear Road. Edinburgh. 3pm. Academicals are there or thereabouts with the rest of the Edinburgh bunch at the top. and should be too strong for lowly-placed Currie.
I Heriot‘s FP v Edinburgh Wanderers Goldenacre. Bangliolm Terrace Edinburgh. 3pm.
I Glasgow High/Kelvinside v Boroughmuir ()ld Anniesland. Crow Road ( ilasgow. 3pm.
MCEWAN'S NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION 2 I Glasgow Academicals v Langholm New Anniesland. llelensburgh Drive Glasgow. 3pm.
I Watsonians v Corstorphine Myresidc. Myreside Road Edinburgh. 3pm.
I Hillhead/Jordanhill v Dunlermline llughenden. llughenden Road. Glasgow. 3pm.
I Royal High v Musselburgh Barnton. East Barnton Avenue. Edinburgh. 3pm.
I England V Scotland 'l'w ickcnham 2pm. The clash of the Titans. See panel.
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