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Glasgow City Cup blog 2014

August, 2014

By Danielle Chesky and Adrienne McDonald, in Scotland
 

Day Five (08/10/2014):

The final day of the tournament finished up with three games, including the U-19 final. We worked together for all three matches along with various excellent Glaswegian referees as the other assistant referee in the trio. The final was a fast-paced, hard-fought match with many exciting moments and ended 1-0. 

Adrienne, Danielle and Andy at the U-17 Final
Adrienne, Danielle and Andy at the U-19 Final

We also had the opportunity to watch a couple of our observers in action, including Donnie MacKinnon and FIFA AR Derek Rose. 

Danielle and Adrienne with their observers at the tournament, Donnie MacKinnon and FIFA AR Derek Rose
Danielle and Adrienne with their observers at the tournament, Donnie MacKinnon and FIFA AR Derek Rose

Throughout the tournament the feedback has been excellent as well as the hospitality from our hosts and tournament staff. 

Thank you to everyone who made this trip so wonderful. It's been an absolutely rewarding experience!

Dinner with Elaine, Paul, Fini, Danielle, Derek, Adrienne, Iain, Alan, and Lesley
Out for dinner in Glasgow - hosts Elaine and Paul, PRO's Sandra Serafini, Danielle, observer Derek Rose, Adrienne, and Scottish FA hosts Iain Brines and Alan Cunningham and Iain's wife Lesley

 

 

Day Four (08/09/2014):

Saturday, our fourth day in Scotland, saw the sun come out for the tournament and another round of challenging matches.

Danielle worked two matches with assistant referees from Scotland, which was helpful given the pace and speed especially of the U-17 match in the afternoon. The games have different management needs, including physicality, than what we generally see in the U.S.

Danielle Chesky on day four of the tournament
Danielle on day four of the tournament

Adrienne meanwhile worked three games, in the U-13, U-17 and U-19 age groups. Most youth games here do not have assistant referees so spectators, coaches and substitutes tend to stand extremely close to the touchlines, sometimes making running and seeing the line difficult. 

Adrienne with her refereeing crew
Adrienne with her refereeing crew

We worked with some wonderful referees who have taught us more about how they manage their games and continue to receive helpful feedback from our observers, like Derek Rose, Iain Brines, Gerry Corrie, and PRO's Sandra Serafini.

Saturday evening finished off with a great night out with our host family, Paul and Elaine Salina, PRO's Sandra Serafini, and our Scottish FA hosts Derek Rose, Alan Cunningham, and Iain Brines and his wife. It was a great way to cap off a long day with good food and good company.

Day Three (08/08/2014):

We started the day with a great breakfast and a drive around the area where we are staying in East Kilbride. The tour included a windmill farm and our very first castle sighting!

Castle in Scotland
Castle in Scotland

Once the leisure activities were done with, the afternoon and evening were all business, where we were able to touch base with Sandra Serafini, PRO's Women's Referee Coach and Assignor. 

We worked together on our first game and received some great feedback from David Somers, Donnie MacKinnon, and retired FIFA referee Iain Brines. The U-16 boys game was fast-paced and hard. 

Our second games saw Adrienne working with two local Glasgow referees on an U-19 match that saw some quick and difficult decisions needing to be made. Danielle worked a U-19 "single man", which required remembering how to position to see the offside without assistant referees. 

Danielle and Adrienne refereeing in Scotland
Adrienne McDonald (left) and Danielle Chesky (center) refereeing in Scotland

All in all, it was a good day’s work and our first good dip in the water of Scottish soccer. We’re looking forward to learning even more in the matches tomorrow.

Day Two (08/07/2014):

Our second day in Scotland brought some exploration outside the Glasgow city limits. 

We headed off east to Falkirk where we stopped to see the Falkirk Wheel. It's an engineering behemoth that was built to connect two canals with over 100 feet difference in height. The day was beautiful, and we enjoyed seeing the countryside and the wheel. 

Danielle Chesky and Adrienne McDonald in front of the Falkirk Wheel
Danielle Chesky (left) and Adrienne McDonald (right) at the Falkirk Wheel

We headed over to our homestay with Paul and Elaine, who have graciously put us up with them for the rest of our time here. 

We went out to dinner with two female referees who are moving up the ladder of Scottish refereeing. It was a fantastic meal with fantastic company and conversation. The girls were great and showed us around the town and introduced us to Scotland's own Irn-Bru soda. 

Adrienne McDonald and Danielle Chesky in front of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games sculpture
Adrienne McDonald (left) and Danielle Chesky (right) in front of the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games sculpture

We've received our assignments for tomorrow and can't wait to meet our crews, do the games, and receive the feedback from some top level observers. 

Day One (08/06/2014):

We arrived safely in Glasgow this morning and the Scottish hospitality has been great. From Derek Rose arranging for Donnie MacKinnon to pick us up from the airport to Paul Salina, Alan Cunningham, and the rest of the guys at the training session this evening, everyone has been helpful, informative and wanting to know more about us and officiating in the US. 

Walking around Glasgow today were told more about the Commonwealth Games that were recently held in the city, and also used the time to explore the city centre, the People’s Palace and Glasgow Cathedral. 
 

Adrienne McDonald and Danielle Chesky with a Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games statue
Adrienne McDonald (left) and Danielle Chesky (right) with a Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games statue

We finished the evening with a training session with a group of Glasgow region referees, and it was a great way to work the tiredness out of the legs from the long journey. It was useful as well to meet some of the local referees who are officiating the many professional leagues in Scotland, and speak to share with them our experiences. 

 

Danielle Chesky and Adrienne McDonald with Scottish referees in Glasgow
Adrienne McDonald and Danielle Chesky at a training session with referees from Glasgow

We can’t wait for the tournament to start. It all begins on Friday, August 8, and we’re incredibly excited about this fantastic opportunity.


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