Scottish Hockey’s annual finals day was held at Bells Sports Centre, Perth on 7th February.
The finals and the champions emerged as exactly the same as last year. Dundee Wanderers women beat Clydesdale Western 5-3 and then Inverleith men beat Grove Menzieshill 5-4. There was consolation for Grove Menzieshill as their second team beat Hillhead 5-2.
In an 8 match programme, other successes went to Aberdeen Bon Accord women and Western Wildcats men who both retain their Division 1 status, Uddingston men who took third place in Division 1 and Edinburgh University men who won promotion to Division 2.
photos – Indoor Gala – Women
photos – Indoor Gala – Men
The last games before Scottish Hockey’s Gala Finals day were played at Forthbank on 31st January.
The climax of the day saw the places in the final decided. Clydesdale Western beat Western Wildcats 9-1 to book the first place. The second semi-final was a hard fought Dundee derby between Dundee Wanderers and Grove Menzieshill. Grove staged a great fight back to level the game at 2-2 before the end, only to lose the shoot-out by a single goal.
At the other end of the table Kelburne were relegated to Division 2 while Aberdeen Bon Accord face a play-off game next weekend to avoid joining them.
photos – Women’s Indoor play-offs
The Tigers continued their domination of their division in the University league on 24th January when they defeated the Uni of Sunderland Spartans at Garscube.
Repeating their meeting earlier in the season, this was a tight, hard fought game. This time Glasgow managed to force a touchdown in each half. More impressively, yet again they didn’t concede a point and they now have six wins out of six and no points conceded.
They’ve already secured a play-off place and their two fixtures remaining are against what have been the weakest teams so far so they’ve a chance to build up a really impressive record for the year.
photos – Glasgow Uni Tigers v Sunderland
The two day tournament in Dundee has become the traditional start to hockey’s year. This time round the international entries were restricted to the senior Scotland squads who were using the event as preparation for their European tournaments later in the month.
Scotland won both the men’s and women’s competitions but they were run very close. The men edged out the host club while the women finished above Dundee Wanderers despite having lost their head to head game.
photos – Men
photos – Women
This year’s Youth Inter-District Tournament, restricted to under 18s teams only, was held at Bells Sports Centre in Perth on 9th January.
Midlands District came out on top of both the boys and girls competitions while West took both second places.
photos – Indoor Inter-Districts 2016
Week two of the Womens Indoor Division 1 season was played at Forthbank on 13th December.
Dundee Wanderers look likely to repeat as champions, particularly after they won 8-1 against MCC Western, who are likely to be one of the main challengers. Grove Menzieshill looked good too. They started the day with a 3-2 win over Western Wildcats, who don’t loo too bad either.
photos – women’s Indoor Division 1
The hockey season has moved indoors and the opening round of fixtures for the Division 1 men were played at Forthbank on 5th December.
The two teams who’ve dominated the Indoor scene of late, Grove Menzieshill and Inverleith, won two each and then drew a game between them 5-5. Uddingston won two games and finished the day with the only perfect record.
photos – Men’s Indoor Division 1
After making it all the way to last year’s final Glasgow University’s Tigers are working towards an unbeaten season in the North/Scottish Division 1 of the BUCS leagues this year. The visitors to Garscube on 29th November were Northumbria University Mustangs.
In weather conditions varying from heavy rain to bright sunshine to stinging hail the Tigers were quickly on top and eased to a 35-0 victory.
photos – Glasgow Uni Tigers v Northumbria Mustangs
The teams which met in last season’s play-off final got together again in a Division 1 match at Glasgow Green on a cold and wet 28th November.
Once again this was a tight affair. After a goalless first half Kelburne opened the scoring in the second only for Grange to force an equaliser before the end.
As the outdoor season goes into the winter break, Kelburne are top of the table while Grange have a share of second, only three points behind.
photos – Kelburne v Grange
Stirling Clansmen maintained their unbeaten record in the BUCS Premier Division with a solid performance against the Warriors.
The Clansmen started quickly, scoring on a spectacular pass play on their first drive. Just to prove that it wasn’t to be a one sided game, Sheffield then went down the field and ran in a touchdown of their own. From there on Stirling had the edge and went on to win by 41-12. The scoreline makes the game sound more one sided than it actually was.
Next up for Stirling is a trip to Durham for the return match of the thriller of last week.
photos – Stirling Clansmen v Sheffield Hallam Warriors