I had meant to have a weekend away from hockey, but it rained all week and the shinty I had planned to see was off due to a waterlogged pitch. The rain stopped finally so on Saturday afternoon I found myself back down at the National Hockey Centre to take in the Division 1 game between Kelburne and Menzieshill. The game finished as a 4-1 win to Kelburne and ended Menzieshill’s chances of making the top 4 play-offs.
After results elsewhere during the day the top 4 are settled as Kelburne, Western Wildcats, Hillhead and Grove. The remaining Division 1 teams will play in a promotion/relegation play-off with the top two from Division 2. This starts in two weeks time.
photos – Kelburne v Grove Menzieshill
After last season’s last minute loss in the promotion play-off Uddingston have been tearing up the Second Division this season, and I got took the chance to see both their games at the weekend.
On Saturday they played Stepps at Millerston and, after conceding a first minute goal, showed the goalscoring form they’ve been known for all season and won by 11-2. Sunday’s game was against Falkirk GHG at Auchenhowie. The cold, wet and generally miserable conditions slowed the game down, but Uddingston secured the win they needed by 3-0.
photos – Stepps v Uddingston
photos – Uddingston v Falkirk GHG
Two home wins in Men’s Division One for Wildcats over the weekend has pulled them into second place in the league and assured them a vital top four place for the end of season play-offs.
On Saturday 1st March they met Inverleith and came through in the second half to win 4-2. Grange were the opposition on Sunday, also aiming for a top finish and a play-off place. Wildcats came through again in this one, finishing 5-2.
Photos – Wildcats v Inverleith
Photos – Wildcats v Grange
Meantime Wildcats Women played Watsonians on Saturday in a vital bottom of the table game. They were leading 4-2 in the second half when I had to leave, after which the game finished a 5-5 draw.
Photos – Wildcats v Watsonians
The top two teams in the Scottish League Division 1 had thrilling home games at Glasgow Green on 22nd February.
First up were Hillhead, still in second place after their early season winning run, facing AAM Gordonians who are fighting for safety from relegation. Gordonians were well on top early and well worth a two goal halftime lead. Hillhead came back in the second half, though they were probably lucky to finish with a 3-2 win.
League leaders Kelburne faced a Grange team who are fighting their way back into the top four. This was a another close game. Kelburne held onto a narrow single goal lead from the first half until late in the game when Grange equalized from the penalty spit.
photos – Hillhead v AAM Gordonians
photos – Kelburne v Grange
The University American Football season is well through now, with just one week until the play-off positions are finalised. There has been little doubt which team would win the Scottish Division, the University of Stirling team have been dominant as in previous years, winning all of their games without much trouble. Even the Tigers, who have been the second best team, can’t compete and this was reflected in the 75-0 win for Stirling at Garscube on 16th February.
Stirling are Scottish champions with one game left and will go to the Championship Playoffs. Glasgow’s season isn’t over as they should have a place in the Challenge Trophy Playoffs.
photos – Tigers v Clansmen
There were seven games played on the final day of the indoor hockey season at Perth on 8th February, with the Men’s and Women’s Champions decided, along with the Division 1 and 2 promotion and relegation places.
In the Men’s league, Hillhead and Clydesdale were the winners and will play in Division 1 next year, Uddingston and Falkirk GHG will be in the lower division. Waverley Inveresk Trinity secured their place in Women’s Division 1 at the expense of Hillhead and Inverleith.
Dundee Wanderers ladies took a 2-0 lead in the first half of their Grand Final against Clydesdale Western, and held on to that scoreline until the end. In the Mens Final, Inverleith scored two early goals against Menzieshill, but were pegged back to 3-3 with a few minutes left. Two more goals saw Inverleith home to the championship and a place in next years European competition.
photos – Gala Day Women’s games
photos – Gala Day Men’s Games
Superbowl day is traditionally for local derbies in our University Football leagues. The Napier Knights v Edinburgh Predators game was held at Meggetland for the third year, with the usual big crowd filling the stand.
The defences were on top for much of this one. The Predators scored the games only touchdown in the second quarter when a turnover left them with a short drive, then they added a safety in the fourth quarter. Napier were unable to score despite having a strong running game, leaving the final score 9-0 to Edinburgh.
photos – Knights v Predators
The final games of the league season were played at Forthbank on 1st February 2014. There were two wins for Inverleith and Grove Menzieshill, who have qualified to play in the Grand Final at Perth next weekend. Hillhead and Falkirk GHG will be there too, but involved in relegation play-offs.
This photo was from the game of the day – Menzieshill beat Western Wildcats by 9-8.
Photos – Men Div 1 Indoor Hockey
The final stages of the cup were played at Bells Sports Centre over the 18/19th January weekend, featuring a mix of club and school teams.
The girls cup was won by George Watson’s College who beat Strathallan School in the final. Also competing were Kelso, Mary Erskine School, Jordanhill and Robert Gordon’s College.
Kelburne won the boys competition after overcoming Clydesdale in the second half of the final. Grove Menzieshill, Granite City Wanderers, Watsonians, Inverleith, Strathallan School and Aberdeen Grammar were the other teams involved.
photos – Girls Indoor Cup
photos – Boys Indoor Cup
Scotland and England women met at Perth for a four game series, with both teams preparing for European competition the following week.
All of the games were close. Scotland won by 4-2 on Friday night, England won the two Saturday games 6-4 and 4-3 and the final game on Sunday finished 5-5.
Photos are from the Saturday and Sunday games.
photos – Scotland v England