25. August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: American Football

Following the Pirates game I crossed the motorway to take in the second half of the National League quarter-final at Wishaw.

This game turned into a thriller. The Blackhawks fought back from a 14-3 half time deficit to lead 19-14 in the fourth quarter before the Revolution scored late in the 4th to secure a 22-19 win.

photos – Clyde Valley Blackhawks v Shropshire Revolution

25. August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

The American Football play-offs have arrived and London Olympians were the visitors to East Kilbride Pirates for their Premier League quarter-final tie on 24th August.

The Pirates started this one at pace, scoring touchdowns on their first two possessions on the way to a 31-6 half time lead. The game became  a bit fraught during the second half but there was never any danger of the Pirates lead being threatened. The final score was 52-18.

The Pirates  now progress to asemi-final game at home to London Blitz for the third year in a row at his stage. The game will be at Hamilton Rugby Club on Sunday 31st at 1230pm.

Photos – East Kilbride Pirates v London Olympians

23. August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Australian Rules, Photo Set

This year’s Aussie Rules Grand Final was played at Falkirk High School on 23 August between the two old rivals, Glasgow Sharks and Edinburgh Bloods.

The game was tight and spirited, and the sides ended up tied at half time. The third quarter saw the Bloods break the game open, starting with 18 unanswered points and building a lead which the Sharks couldn’t pull back. In the end the Bloods won 73-57 and took their sixth title in a row.

photos – Edinburgh Bloods v Glasgow Sharks

18. August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

Having missed out on play-off football, the Tigers and Trojans played their final fixture of the season at Lochinch on 17 August.

The Trojans kept up their superior record, recording a 34-0 win to finish the year with 7 wins and 3 defeats. Tigers finish at 3 and 7.

photos – Glasgow Tigers v West Coast Trojans

12. August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

This Premier Division North came down to this game, the two teams who had a 100% record so far met at Birmingham University on 10th August, the title and home advantage for the play-offs at stake.

The game was tight throughout and the teams well matched. The Pirates scored the only touchdown of the first half and added a second later to lead 14-0. When the Phoenix forced their touchdown in the fourth quarter it set up a tense final few minutes as the game could still have gone either way. In the end the Pirates held on for a 14-7 win and their third Division title.

They play-offs are up next for both teams. The Pirates will face London Olympians at Hamilton, probably on 24th August.

photos – Tamworth Phoenix v East Kilbride Pirates

This game was Double Coverage’s first live broadcast online. You can watch the game here.

09. August 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

East Kilbride played their latest BAFANL fixture at Hamilton RFC on 27 July. Coventry have been a strong team in the Premier League North this season and provided a real challenge to the Pirates and opened the scoring with a first quarter field goal. There was to be no runaway victory for the Pirates this time, but a touchdown in each quarter saw them safely to a 28-3 victory.

This takes the pirates to an 8-0 record and to the deciding game of the regular season as they travel to the also unbeaten Tamworth Phoenix with the league title and play-off implications on the line.

photos – East Kilbride Pirates v Coventry Jets

After the Coventry game the Prates Junior team played a fixture against Highland Wildcats. Unfortunately the club had to call a halt after half the game due to injuries to players. The visitors were well ahead at that time.

photos – EK Pirates Juniors v Highland Wildcats

The Trinidad & Tobago mens international hockey team have been playing warm up games for the Commonwealth Games around Scotland and I was at Auchenhowie on 17 July to see their second game with Hillhead.

This was a cracking game with both sides scoring early and Hillhead scoring a late equaliser for a 2-2 result.

photos – Trinidad & Tobago v Hillhead

14. July 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

American football for the youngest group is played five v five on a small pitch with three or four teams playing a round robin tournament during one afternoon.
The Pirates tournament was played at Hamilton Rugby Club on 12 July with the visiting teams being Hamilton Buccaneers, Edinburgh Wolves and Highland Wildcats.
The final game was played between the two unbeaten teams, the Pirates and Wildcats,. The Wildcats came through to take a narrow win by 28-25.

photos – East Kilbride Pirates Youth Tournament

30. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

Clyde Valley Blackhawks have been the dominant team in the BAFANL National League North this season and came to the fixture at Lochinch on 29 June with a 6-0 record.

The first half was a slow affair with neither offence able to put together a drive until late in the second when the Blackhawks scored the opening touchdown on a long pass play. There were three more touchdowns for the Blackhawks in the second half, including one for the defence and one for special teams, and they finished winners by 27-0. The Tigers now have a 3-3 record.

photos – Glasgow Tigers v Clyde Valley Blackhawks

30. June 2014 · Comments Off · Categories: Photo Set, Rugby League

In the run up to the Commonwealth Games, Rugby League held their championship as an under 19 nine a side tournament between eight nations at Broadwood Stadium on 27/28 June.

The Friday saw the teams divided into two pools. In Pool A Australia came out on top ahead of Wales Scotland and Jamaica. The highlight was a thrilling 18-18 draw between Scotland and Australia.
Pool B started with a big surprise as a novice Canada team thrashed England 24-4. Papua New Guinea finished top of the group with a perfect record , ahead of Canada, England and South Africa.

The bottom four teams from Friday played off for the 5th to 8th places on Saturday. Scotland beat England by 14-8 in the 5th place games while Jamaica finished 7th after beating South Africa. Following semi-final defeats for both teams the Bronze medal match went to Wales over a tiring Canada side.
In the final the Papua New Guinea side were rampant in the first half, running in three quick tries before the Australians could respond. This was enough to secure the gold medals for PNG as they ran out win by 22-8.

photos  -  RL Commonwealth Championships