08. August 2017 · Comments Off on EuroHockey Men’s Championship II 2017 · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Men

The second level nations championship was played at Glasgow Green from 6-12th August, with twenty matches played over the week. The biggest prize of the tournament wasn’t the trophy, it was the two promotion places to the top level championship in 2019 which the finalists would earn.

The opening group stages saw Wales and Scotland finish on top, and it was these teams who went on to win their semi-finals and win the promotion places. The third place match was won by France, beating Russia 5-4, before Scotland produced a late comeback in the final to beat the Welsh 2-1 and be crowned champions.

final Scotland v Wales – 12 August 2017
3rd/4th France v Russia – 12 August 2017
semi-final Scotland v Russia – 11 August 2017
semi-final Wales v France – 11 August 2017
Czech Republic v Portugal – 12 August 2017
Ukraine v Switzerland – 12 August 2017
Ukraine v Czech Republic – 11 August 2017
Portugal v Switzerland – 11 August 2017
Scotland v Ukraine – 9 August 2017
France v Portugal – 9 August 2017
Switzerland v Czech Republic – 9 August 2017
Russia v Wales – 9 August 2017
Scotland v Portugal – 8 August 2017
Ukraine v France – 8 August 2017
Czech Republic v Russia – 7 August 2017
Switzerland v Wales – 7 August 2017
Russia v Switzerland – 6 August 2017
Czech Republic v Wales – 6 August 2017
Ukraine v Portugal – 6 August 2017
France v Scotland – 6 August 2017

07. August 2017 · Comments Off on Mean City Roller Derby v The North East Beast · Categories: Photo Set, Roller Derby

Event at the Arc on 4th August. Includes a cherry popper match too.
photos – Mean City Roller Derby v The North East Beast

01. August 2017 · Comments Off on East Kilbride Pirates v Lancashire Wolverines · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

After a run of four defeats against the top two teams in the Premier North Division the Pirates got back to winning ways in their last home fixture of the season on 30th July at Hamilton Rugby Club. It wasn’t easy though as, after EK had led almost all game the Wolverines fought back to take a four point advantage at the beginning of the fourth quarter. A final burst by the Pirates, taking advantage of Lancashire mistakes, saw them safely through however by a final score of 32-16.

Photos – East Kilbride Pirates v Lancashire Wolverines

31. July 2017 · Comments Off on Scotland v France · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Women

Scotland women will be playing in the European Championships in Amsterdam on 18-27th August. Their final preparation test matches at Glasgow Green were played over the weekend of 28 to 31 July against a France team who had several youngsters in the squad.

I was at game one on Friday night and game three on Monday morning. France opened the scoring early in the first game, but that was their only goal of the weekend while Scotland scored four in each game to win the series comfortably.

photos – Scotland v France

24. July 2017 · Comments Off on Merseyside Nighthawks v East Kilbride Pirates · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

Both the junior and Senior Pirates teams made the trip to Skelmersdale on 23rd July to play matches against Merseyside Nighthawks.

The under 19s were first to play. They had two goals. One was simply to keep their winning streak going, the other was to concede as few points as possible so they would have home advantage for their coming play-off meeting with Nottingham Caesars. They succeeded in both, taking the game with a comfortable scoreline of 56-6.
photos – Merseyside Nighthawks v East Kilbride Pirates (juniors)

The senior Pirates faced a much bigger task. Merseyside hold second place in the division again and needed the win to confirm their play-off berth.
East Kilbride conceded two touchdowns early in the game, but at half time they were still in it at 26-13 down. They couldn’t keep up this momentum in the second half though as the Nighthawks kept the pressure on and went on to win by 59-13.
photos – Merseyside Nighthawks v East Kilbride Pirates (seniors)

22. July 2017 · Comments Off on Scotland v Russia · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Women

In the run up to the European Championships in Amsterdam in August, Scotland women played a series of three informal games against Russia over the weekend 20-23rd July. I made it to two of the games.

On the Thursday night at Titwood the Scots built an early two goal lead only to have the game drift away from them. The Russians won 4-2. Saturday at Glasgow Green followed a similar pattern. Scotland opened the scoring but went on to lose 2-1.

photos – Scotland v Russia

18. July 2017 · Comments Off on Clyde Valley Blackhawks v Aberdeen Roughnecks · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

Chasing the second play-off place from BAFA Division 2 North, the Roughnecks were visitors to Wishaw to play Clyde Valley on July 16th.
This was exactly the type of close, hard fought game that has been typical of this division in 2017. Exactly, because the result was a 13-13 tie.

These teams will meet again in Aberdeen before the final league positions are settled.

photos – Clyde Valley Blackhawks v Aberdeen Roughnecks

14. July 2017 · Comments Off on East Kilbride Pirates v Tamworth Phoenix · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

The senior East Kilbride team is still struggling to keep up in the Premier North division. The unbeaten leaders Tamworth Phoenix, who were the visitors on 9th July, quickly showed the gap that’s developed between the teams by scoring four touchdowns in the first quarter. Things didn’t improve a lot for the Pirates during the rest of the game and the scoreline stretched to 59-7 by the end.

While Tamworth appear to be cruising to the division title again the chances of play-off football for the Pirates are now almost none.
photos – East Kilbride Pirates v Tamworth Phoenix

14. July 2017 · Comments Off on East Kilbride Pirates v Leeds Academy Assassins · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

The junior Pirates continued their winning streak with a comfortable 36-0 win on 9th July at Hamilton. The clean sheet was vital in their chase for a home play-off game and it needed an outstanding defensive stand late in the game when Leeds had a first and goal opportunity.
photos – East Kilbride Pirates v Leeds Academy Assassins

10. July 2017 · Comments Off on Scotland LX v England LX Red – over 60 men · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Men, Photo Set

The European Grand Masters veterans hockey tournament is being played in Glasgow next month. As a warm up we had an over 60s game between Scotland LX and England LX Red at Glasgow Green on 8th July. This was all good fun and saw the English win 6-1. Looking forward to the tournament now.

photos – Scotland LX v England LX Red