29. September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Hockey, Hockey - Men, Photo Set

The 2014 tournament was played at the National Hockey Centre, with action over two full days on the 27/28 September.

Both the under 16 and under 18 categories were won by West District this year. East finished second at both levels, with teams representing North, Midlands and Highland also competing.

Full results are available on the Scottish Hockey website.

photos – Boys under 16 Inter-district

photos – Boys under 18 Inter-district

23. September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Hockey - Men, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

Back to the National Hockey Centre for more Division 1 hockey on 20 September.

The first game was a local derby between Hillhead and Western Wildcats men. Both these sides made the top 4 play-offs last season but for this year it looks like Hillhead will struggle as they lost by 4-1 for the second week running.
photos – Hillhead v Western Wildcats

Hillhead Ladies were on next as they hosted Edinburgh University. The studens demonstrated why they are one of the favourites to win the championship as they cruised to a 7-0 win.
photos – Hillhead v Edinburgh University

My third game was another local derby as GHK played Western Wildcats. The Western girls were well on top in this one, stretching a one goal half time lead to 5-1.
photos – GHK v Western Wildcats

15. September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Hockey, Hockey - Men, Photo Set

The second weekend of Men’s Division 1 hockey included two games at Glasgow Green on 13 September.
First up were Hillhead, who had a top 4 finish last season against AAM Gordonians. This time it was the visitors from Aberdeen who finished on top. A goal on the stroke of half time saw them take a 2-1 lead and two more goals after the break gave them a comfortable 4-1 win.

photos – Hillhead v Gordonians

The second Division 1 game featured the champions Kelburne against Dundee Wanderers who only avoided relegation last season through a surprise play-off win. The game was as one sided as might be expected with Kelburne cruising to a 10-0 win.

photos – Kelburne v Dundee Wanderers

On the second pitch at the same time two of the top sides in Division 2 were playing. Uddingston were the winners of this by 5-3 over Erskine Stewarts Melville.

photos – Uddingston v  Erskine Stewarts Melville

15. September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Hockey, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

Newly promoted Hillhead Ladies played their first home fixture of the season against CALA on 13 September. For a while they looked like they were going to take a second win in a row, having come back from a goal down to lead 2-1 in the second half. It wasn’t to be however as CALA girls managed an equaliser before the end.

photos – Hillhead v CALA Edinburgh

02. September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

For the third year in a row London Blitz travelled to Hamilton to play he Pirates at the semi-final stage of the Premier League pay-offs and for the third year in a row the Blitz left victorious. While the previous two games were close affairs which could have gone either way, this year the Blitz were clearly the better team and won easily.

The first quarter was close with the advantage swinging one way then the other as both sides missed chances to score. Then two touchdowns for the Blitz in the second saw them 14-0 up at half time and looking good. If the Pirates could have started strongly after half time then they still had chances, but the London defence held firm throughout while their offence took advantage of the superiority of their passing game. More touchdowns for the Blitz saw them win by 44-0.

The Blitz now go on to face their London rivals the Warriors yet again in the Britbowl match while the Pirates finish the season rated third in the country and looking for ways to step up for next year.

photos – East Kilbride Pirates v London Blitz

02. September 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Hockey - Men, Photo Set

The new hockey season is upon us and I went along to Auchenhowie to watch this pre-season game on 30 August.

It’s too early to judge how the season’s will go but both teams played well, with the Wildcats taking a 3-1 win. They’ll be seeing a lot of each other as there’s a league fixture and a Scottish Cup tie between them coming up soon.

Photos – Western Wildcats v Clydesdale

25. August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: American Football

Following the Pirates game I crossed the motorway to take in the second half of the National League quarter-final at Wishaw.

This game turned into a thriller. The Blackhawks fought back from a 14-3 half time deficit to lead 19-14 in the fourth quarter before the Revolution scored late in the 4th to secure a 22-19 win.

photos – Clyde Valley Blackhawks v Shropshire Revolution

25. August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

The American Football play-offs have arrived and London Olympians were the visitors to East Kilbride Pirates for their Premier League quarter-final tie on 24th August.

The Pirates started this one at pace, scoring touchdowns on their first two possessions on the way to a 31-6 half time lead. The game became  a bit fraught during the second half but there was never any danger of the Pirates lead being threatened. The final score was 52-18.

The Pirates  now progress to asemi-final game at home to London Blitz for the third year in a row at his stage. The game will be at Hamilton Rugby Club on Sunday 31st at 1230pm.

Photos – East Kilbride Pirates v London Olympians

23. August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Australian Rules, Photo Set

This year’s Aussie Rules Grand Final was played at Falkirk High School on 23 August between the two old rivals, Glasgow Sharks and Edinburgh Bloods.

The game was tight and spirited, and the sides ended up tied at half time. The third quarter saw the Bloods break the game open, starting with 18 unanswered points and building a lead which the Sharks couldn’t pull back. In the end the Bloods won 73-57 and took their sixth title in a row.

photos – Edinburgh Bloods v Glasgow Sharks

18. August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

Having missed out on play-off football, the Tigers and Trojans played their final fixture of the season at Lochinch on 17 August.

The Trojans kept up their superior record, recording a 34-0 win to finish the year with 7 wins and 3 defeats. Tigers finish at 3 and 7.

photos – Glasgow Tigers v West Coast Trojans