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Stay hydrated: children learn from Queen of the South

Queen of the South players have been giving schoolchildren advice on staying hydrated. Credit: ITV Border

Schoolchildren have been to see Queen of the South players as part of the H20 programme, run by Scottish Water, SPFL and the Doonhamers.

Each 90 minute session sees the children discuss the importance of staying hydrated, before taking part in a football session:

Under 15 girl's football festival showed 'real talents'

Participants of last week's festival Credit: Dumfries and Galloway Council

Last week, the first inter-schools under 15 girl’s football festival was held at the Palmerston Arena.

The tournament was run by Dumfries and Galloway Council in partnership with Queen of the South women’s football club, and five schools took part.

Organisers claimed "real talents" were shown by some of the participants.

The council says further festivals and competitions are now being planned to encourage more girls to play football for their schools and local clubs.

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Dzierzwaski joins Peterhead on loan

Queen of the South have confirmed that midfielder Kevin Dzierzawski has joined Peterhead on loan for the rest of the season.

He will continue to train with the Queens squad.

Also leaving Palmerston is Under 20 player, Lyndon Dykes.

Another of the clubs Under 20 squad, Dominic Slattery has joined the South of Scotland side, Heston Rovers, on a Development Loan.

He will remain eligible to turn out for Queens in the Development league.

Christmas cheer at Queen of the South

Queen of the South play top of the table Hearts in the Scottish Championship tomorrow.

The Doonhamers and their fans had plenty to celebrate at their Christmas party at Palmerston Park.

They're still third in a division featuring a trio of super-heavyweights in Rangers, Hearts and Hibs.

So everyone at the club was delighted to take the chance this week to thank the supporters who've helped the club exceed expectations so far this season.

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Pitch perfect in our region

Plastic football pitches have become increasingly popular in our region, according to one Cumbrian company.

Queen of the South, Annan Athletic and Stranraer FC all play on artificial surfaces.

Carlisle United also have a synthetic training pitch, despite Football League clubs rejecting plans to reintroduce them to League One and Two games.

Support in Sport made the Blues' training pitch.

Former Queens player guilty of assault

Ryan McGuffie will be sentenced in October Credit: Lynne Cameron/PA Archive/Press Association Images

A former Queen of the South player has pleaded guilty to assaulting a man outside a Dumfries pub last October.

Ryan McGuffie, 34, punched Graham Neish, causing him to fall to the ground. The victim was taken to Dumfries Infirmary where he underwent surgery, but has made a full recovery.

The court was told the assault happened after something was said by Neish, and McGuffie verbally challenged him.

Sheriff George Jamieson called for background reports and deferred sentencing until October 28.

McGuffie, who has been with St. Alban’s Saints in Victoria, was said to be staying at his father’s address in Dumfries.

Fowler confirmed as new Queens boss

James Fowler is the new Queens boss Credit: Craig Halkett/EMPICS Sport

Queen of the South have named their new manager: James Fowler.

He joined the club as a player-coach in the summer, and was put in temporary control after Jim McIntyre left to join Ross County.

Before taking the reigns at Palmerston he spent most of his career at Kilmarnock, where he made 401 appearances in the former Scottish Premier League - a record.

“I felt when I was given the opportunity that I had to work towards that and I feel that I’ve done that with the preparations and stuff. So not too much will change.”

– James Fowler, Queen of the South Manager
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