17. April 2018 · Comments Off on Clyde Valley Blackhawks v Dumfries Hunters · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

15th April was the start  date of the British American Football season and I made my way to Wishaw for the first Scottish game, a Division 2 clash between the Blackhawks and Hunters.
There was some good football on show and, typically for the first game of a season, some not quite so good football. The game was close though as the Blackhawks only just held on to their two touchdown half time lead to win by 13-12.

photos – Clyde Valley Blackhawks v Dumfries Hunters

14. April 2018 · Comments Off on The Haggis Cup 2018 · Categories: Australian Rules, Photo Set

The annual Australian Rules football pre-season tournament was held at the West of Scotland Rugby Club on 14th April this year and as usual it attracted teams from England to compete with the Scottish clubs.
In fact it was English visitors who bagged both the cups. Nottingham Scorpions were the men’s winners this year, seeing off Greater Glasgow Giants in the final. Third place among the men went to Glasgow Sharks thanks to a win over Edinburgh Bloods.
The Giants were the runners up in the women’s tournament too. A really close final saw them edged out by the girls from the University of Birmingham.
photos – Haggis Cup – men
photos – Haggis Cup – women

13. April 2018 · Comments Off on Scotland Under 18s v Poland · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Men

The Polish under 18 boys and girls played three game series against Scotland on 12-14th April.
I made it to the thursday night boys game at Titwood. On yet another cold night Scotland took a one goal lead in the first half. They couldn’t hold on after the break though as the visitors came back to win 2-1.

photos – Scotland Under 18s v Poland

 

02. April 2018 · Comments Off on Scotland under 16/18s v Wales · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Men, Hockey - Women

The under 16 and under 18 boys and girls teams from Wales came to Glasgow over Easter weekend and played three game series against Scotland.
Scotland came out on top in all four series but their were some great games. Notable was the first under 18 boys game where a last minute Welsh goal levelled the score at 4-4.
I caught some of the action at Titwood on the Friday night and Glasgow Green on Saturday and Sunday.

photos:
Under 16 Boys
Under 16 Girls
Under 18 Girls
Under 18 Boys

27. March 2018 · Comments Off on Hillhead v Dundee Wanderers · Categories: Hockey - Women, Miscellaneous

In Women’s division 1 on Sunday 25th Hillhead played hosts to Dundee Wanderers at Glasgow Green.
The home side had a strong half and had the bulk of play. However they couldn’t take any of their chances and were a goal down at half time. Wanderers took control of the game in the second half and finished with a 3-0 win.
photos – Hillhead v Dundee Wanderers

27. March 2018 · Comments Off on Double Header for Kelburne · Categories: Hockey - Men, Photo Set

Kelburne had a big two game weekend over 24/25th March at Glasgow Green as they played both their closest challengers in their pursuit of yet another league championship.
Second place Grange were the Saturday visitors. The game started badly for them as they were two down inside five minutes and then a spectacular third soon afterwards (photo below). It was too much to fight back from and the final result was 5-3 to Kelburne.
On Sunday Grove Menzieshill fared better. Kelburne scored three times but their rivals found an equaliser every time. 3-3 was how it finished.
These results leave Kelburne with a 5 point lead at the top of Division 1 with only three games left to play.

photos – Kelburne v Grange
photos – Kelburne v Grove Mensieshill

17. March 2018 · Comments Off on Scottish Hockey Schools Cup Finals · Categories: Hockey - Men, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

The 2018 Scottish Hockey Schools Finals were played at Glasgow Green on the afternoon and evening of 16th March. It was a bitterly cold day, but the players shrugged that off and put on a great show of hockey over no less than twelve matches. Personally I was frozen and struggling.

The most successful school of the day was Stewart’s Melville College who’s boys did the double, winning both the Open Cup and the S3 Cup. The enthusiastic Dollar Academy girls were winners of their Open Cup while the High School of Glasgow edged out George Watsons in the S3 Girls Cup. For a full report on the action visit the Scottish Hockey website.

I have photos from seven games, including all six from the main pitch, and all twelve presentation ceremonies. Full coverage of the Pitch 2 games was provided by Mark Pugh and photos from those games are on his website.
My photos are as follows:

Aspire Girls Plate – Perth Schools v Millburn Academy
Aspire Boys Plate – Harris Academy v Beaconhurst School
Aspire Boys Cup – Renfrew Schools v Douglas Academy
S3 Girls Cup – High School of Glasgow v George Watson’s College
S3 Boys Cup – George Watson’s College v Stewart Melville College
Open Girls Cup – Dollar Academy v Craigholme School
Open Boys Cup – Stewart Melville College v Hutchesons Grammar School
Presentations from all games

12. March 2018 · Comments Off on Stirling Clansmen v Swansea Titans · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

Thanks to the snow which blanketed the country, this BUCS Premier Division quarter final play off game was played on 11th March, a week later than originally scheduled.
For the Stirling the  start of the game was completely unlike their meeting with Durham Saints. This time it was the Clansnmen who made the fast start with three touchdowns in the first quarter. Swansea got back into the game in the second quarter as they pulled the half time score back to 27-14. They couldn’t keep the recovery going after half time though. Stirling eased to the win by 40-14 and the hope of holding on to last years championship is still alive.

photos – Stirling Clansmen v Swansea Titans

26. February 2018 · Comments Off on Stirling Clansmen v Durham Saints · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

25th February was the last Sunday of the BUCS American football regular season and I was at Stirling University to see the Clansmen, the reigning champions, take on the hot team of the Premier Division, Durham University Saints.

Right from the start the visitors were in dominating mood as two early touchdowns set up a 24-0 halftime lead. By the end the score was 30-0 and the Saints had completed a perfect 8 and 0 season. Both teams will have home play-off matches next weekend.

photos – Stirling Clansmen v Durham Saints

24. February 2018 · Comments Off on Glasgow Mid Argyll v Kingussie · Categories: Photo Set, Shinty

The 24th February was the final weekend of the Shinty preseason and I managed to get along to Yoker for a friendly match between Glasgow Mid Argyll and Kingussie.
GMA will be playing in the National Division this year while Kingussie are a Premiership team. The game reflected this. It was always closely contested but the visitors were clearly the better team as they powered to a 3-1 win.

photos – Glasgow Mid Argyll v Kingussie