11. June 2017 · Comments Off on Edinburgh Wolves v Sheffield Giants · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

The Wolves’ final home game of the season brought the winless Sheffield Giants to Meggetland on 10th June.

Edinburgh had the perfect start to the game as they scored a touchdown on their first posession. From there though it became a struggle. The Giants forced an equaliser and then took a 14-7 lead on a ‘Hail Mary’ play on the last snap of the second quarter. Neither side made much progress through the third quarter and it was late in the fourth when the Wolves got their second touchdown. They went for a two point conversion and the win rather than one to tie the game but failed. Things then went from bad to worse as Sheffield returned the ensuing kick-off for a touchdown. This gave them a 20-13 lead which they held onto for the few remaining minutes.

This was a valuable win for the Giants who must now have a good chance of at least avoiding relegation. The Wolves have three difficult away games to finish the season, but their 3-3-1 record suggests, at worst, they’ll finish the season safely in mid table.

photos – Edinburgh Wolves v Sheffield Giants

05. June 2017 · Comments Off on The Tartan Tournament 2017 · Categories: Photo Set, Softball

June 3rd and 4th saw the annual Tartan Tourament softball played at Cartha Queens Park RFC. I managed to miss the bad weather on the Saturday and went along for the usual entertaining day on the Sunday.

Congratulations to the winning team, the Legends of Filth, who retained the title after beating the Hairy Coos in the repeat of last year’s final.

photos – The Tartan Tournament 2017

05. June 2017 · Comments Off on Edinburgh Wolves v Merseyside Nighthawks · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

I’ve been to see Edinburgh Wolves four times this season, every game has been a thriller with the result undecided ’til the last minute. The game at Meggetland on 3st June against their bogey team, the Merseyside Nighthawks, might just have been the most exciting yet.

The game started badly for the Wolves as they turned over the ball two times in quick succession. However they managed to stop the Nighthawks offence on the goal line on both drives and then drove down the field to take the lead. The sides spent the first half trading scores and Edinburgh led 21-20 at the break. Merseyside then built a 14 point lead after half time and the Wolves needed to mount a comeback. The defecit was reduced to 8, then another touchdown was followed by a failed 2 point attempt which would have tied the scores. Finally, inside the last two minutes, the Wolves forced a go-ahead score. Even after that it took an interception in their own end zone on the last play of the game for Edinburgh to secure the win by 41-36.

photos – Edinburgh Wolves v Merseyside Nighthawks

27. May 2017 · Comments Off on Scotland v Wales · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

To start a busy summer international season with two major tournaments, Scotland women played Wales in a three match series at Glasgow Green over the May 26-29th weekend.

Wales started the first game brightly, had the majority of play and despite a late scare came through to win 2-1. Scotland came back with a stronger performance in game two but they still came up short as Wales won by the only goal of the game. The final game saw Scotland’s best performance. However they still let an early lead slip and then lost to a late Welsh winner.

These were good performances by the Welsh girl. They must be delighted with their performance and they’re certainly a team to watch in future. meantime, it’s not time to not panic about the Scotalnd performances. I didn’t think the strongest team was played in any of these games. Lots to think about and work on though.

photos – Scotland v Wales

23. May 2017 · Comments Off on Glasgow Tigers v Aberdeen Roughnecks · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

Glasgow Tigers followed up last weeks win over Clyde Valley with a comfortable victory over Aberdeen Roughnecks at Lochinch on 21st May. A touchdown in each quarter for the Tigers gave them a 27-0 success and revenge for their loss at Aberdeen earlier in the season.

The win lifts the Tigers to first place in Division 2 North with a 3 & 1 record.

photos – Glasgow Tigers v Aberdeen Roughnecks

22. May 2017 · Comments Off on East Kilbride Pirates v CMS Stags · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

For the third year running, the Pirates played a visiting American Division 3 college team on 20th May. This year’s visitors were the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags from California. As always, the game highlighted how much low the standard of football we play here is compared to the American college game. Nevertheless everybody loves the experience of these games.

This year it took the Stags one play to open the scoring. They kept scoring until and were leading by 59-0 when, on the stroke of halftime, the Pirates put a drive together and scored their first ever touchdown against American visitors. The second half was quieter but still mostly one way traffic. The final score was 73-6 to the Stags.

photos – East Kilbride Pirates v CMS Stags

15. May 2017 · Comments Off on Glasgow Tigers v Clyde Valley Blackhawks · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

After a year out Clyde Valley Blackhawks are back in the league and playing Division 2 football. It used to be a regular fixture, but for the first time in three years the Blackhawks visited the Tigers at Lochinch fon 14th May.

The Tigers put together a strong drive early in the game and forced in a touchdown. It proved to be the only touchdown of the game. Field goals had Glasgow leading 13-3 at half time and one more saw them finish with a 16-3 scoreline.

Both teams now have two wins and one loss for the season.

photos – Glasgow Tigers v Clyde Valley Blackhawks

15. May 2017 · Comments Off on Edinburgh Wolves v Tamworth Phoenix · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

The Premier Division North new boys from Edinburgh hosted the Phoenix, big favourites to win the division, at Meggetland on 13th May.

The game started at a fast pace with both teams scoring touchdowns on their opening posession. Tamworth held a narrow lead through the first half but by the end of the third quarter the score was tied at 20-20. The Phoenix got the final touchdown of the game and took the win by 27-20 but they’d been pushed far harder than anyone expected by a Wolves team who are clearly good enough to be in the top division.

photos – Edinburgh Wolves v Tamworth Phoenix

12. May 2017 · Comments Off on Edinburgh Wolves v East Kilbride Pirates · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

The return meeting of Scotland’s two National Division teams was played at Peffermill on 7th May. Since their first game they had both played and beaten Sheffield Giants.

Once again the match started slowly. The Wolves led by 2-0 at half time thanks to a safety from a blocked punt. The second half brought more scoring and once again Edinburgh had a lead in the second half in the fourth quarter. Once again however they couldn’t stop a Pirates comeback and this time the final score was 20-15 to EK.

photos – Edinburgh Wolves v East Kilbride Pirates

12. May 2017 · Comments Off on Division 1 Hockey Play-offs · Categories: Hockey - Men, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

The final weekend of the club hockey season featured play-offs, for places in European competitions for the top teams and for the last places in Division 1 next season for the bottom teams. On Saturday 6th May I was at Old Annisland to see two games.

Hillhead men who finished 7th in the first division played Inverleith, the Division 2 runners up. Hillhead took an early lead but had to fight to hold on for a 4-3 win against a strong comeback from Inverleith. The Edinburgh side took their second chance the next day when they beat Watsonians for the last slot in the top division.

photos – Hillhead v Inverleith

The second game was Clydesdale Western v Grove Menzieshill, the second and third finishers in Women’s Division 1. This was a close game throughout and it seemed like it was likely to go to a shoot-out until a late Western goal gave them a 2-1 win and a place in the final against Edinburgh University the next day.

photos – Clydesdale Western v Grove Menzieshill