This year’s Under 18 Boys Indoor Cup was played at Bells Sport Centre on 15th January.
Grove Menzieshill were the winners for the second consecutive year. They took the title after winning all of their games, ending with a 4-2 victory in a thrilling all-Tayside final match against Perthshire. Western Wildcats finished third ahead of Grange who just missed out on the final after losing a semi-final shoot-out against Perthshire.
photos – Under 18 Boys Indoor Cup
After three blank weekends with no sports to cover I made a quick trip to the Lagoon Centre in Paisley on 14th January to catch some of the Indoor Hockey Regional A and B League action.
Games played featured reserve teams from Falkirk GHG, Grange and Watsonians, then finally a thrilling 3-3 draw between Western Wildcats and Greenock Morton.
Photos from Regional Indooor Hockey at the Lagoon Centre on 14th January
The Scottish Indoor Hockey leagues have reached their festive break. In Division 1 two days of matches have been played, and the top of both tables shows a change from the norm of recent years.
The ususal teams vying for first in Men’s Division 1, Inverleith and Grove Menzieshill, find themselves in second and third places. Kelburne are finally taking the indoor competition seriously and they’re holding stop spot, the only unbeaten side after five games played.
Edinburgh University’s women have been missing from the indoor competition in recent years but they’re now leading the table, one point ahead of the reigning champions, Dundee Wanderers.
I have photos from one day of each competition:
from women’s games at Forthbank on 11th December:
Women Division 1 Indoor
and the men at Bells on 17th December
Men Division 1 Indoor
After the incredibly exciting finish in this fixture last season it was probably too much to expect the same again from this BUCS Premier Division game. After the first quarter though, with the score at 14-14, anything looked possible.
We didn’t get the close finish again, but what we saw was a very good Stirling team which couldn’t quite keep up with the top class passing attack of the Durham side. The Saints built a lead in the second quarter and went on to win by 41-28.
Durham are sitting on top of the BUCS Premier North division with three wins out of three. Stirling have now lost two out of three games and have a lot of work to do if they are to qualify for play-off football.
photos – Stirling Clansmen v Durham Saints
Kelburne maintained their place at the top of men’s Division 1 on a cold 19th November with a comfortable 5-1 win over Edinburgh Uni at Glasgow Green.
The Paisley team were on top from the start, an early goal led to two more before half time. University started a fightback after halftime and managed to pull one goal back. However the hosts quickly responded with two of their own to make the game safe.
Kelburne have a 2 point lead at the top of Division 1, though second placed Grange have a game in hand. After three league defeats in a row Edinburgh Uni have dropped to 5th.
photos – Kelburne v Edinburgh University
Scottish Hockey likes to have their clubs play league games under floodlights on a Friday so they can use the ‘Friday Night Lights’ name. Hillhead men hosted one of these games on 28th October under the fairly good floodlights at the new Old Anniseland pitch, with Uddingston as the visitors.
Uddy were disappointing after there strong performance the previous Sunday as Hillhead raced away to a 4-0 half time lead. The second half was calmer, the visitors pulled one goal back but Hillhead had earned a comfortable win.
photos – Hillhead v Uddingston
Teams wishing to join the British American Football leagues are given associate status and have to play games to demonstrate that they can organise and play matches. Clyde Valley Blackhawks dropped out of the league system before the start of last season and now have accociate status, as do the newly formed Dunfermline Kings. The two played a demonstration game at Beltane fields, Wishaw, on 23rd October.
The event appeared very well organised by the Blackhawks with a very well marked out field etc. The game was ratger one sided with the experience of the home team giving them the advantage. The final score was Blackhawks 37 Kings 0.
photos – Clyde Valley Blackhawks v Dunfermline Kings
I covered four Division 1 hockey games over the 22/23 October weekend.
Starting on Saturday, Kelburne men saw off Gordonians with a comfortable 6-1 victory. The win kept Kelburne on top of the table, at least until the next day, while Gordonians remain winless.
photos – Kelburne v Gordonians
In the next game Kelburne women also had a comfortable win, 5-0 over CALA Edinburgh. Kelburne sit comfortably mid-table, CALA are winless.
photos – Kelburne v CALA Edinburgh
The third game of the day saw Dundee Wanderers take their first win of the season, their 5-0 win over Hillhead moved them out of the relegation zone.
photos – Hillhead v Dundee Wanderers
On Sunday morning Uddingston had an early game against Edinburgh University. Finally, a close game as the home team made a fighting come back to secure a 2-2 draw.
photos – Uddingston v Edinburgh University
The Western girls kept up their 100% start to the league season with a win over last year’s top team, Edinburgh University, at Titwood on 15th October.
Despite there being only one goal, Western scored from a penalty corner early in the second half, this was a highly entertaining game. Both teams will no doubt be challenging for trophies by the end of the season.
photos – Clydesdale Western v Edinburgh University
Taking advantage of the good weather I made it to four games over the 8/9th October weekend.
Firstly I was at Old Anniesland on Saturday to watch Hillhead and Western Wildcats men chasing their first points of the season. Both succeeded in getting off the mark, this was a great game in which Hillhead fought back for a 3-3 draw.
photos – Hillhead v Western Wildcats
Saturday’s second game was at Titwood where the early form team of Women’s Division 1, Clydesdale Western, faced Dundee Wanderers. The visitors had only eleven players but somehow the succeeded in building a two goal lead in the first half. They couldn’t hold on though and eventually went down 3-2.
photos – Clydesdale Western v Dundee Wanderers
Both Western Wildcats first teams had home Scottish Cup ties on Sunday. The men played first, against fellow Division 1 team Grange. The visitors from Edinburgh have been a strong Cup team in recent years. They kept up that form and left with a 2-0 win.
photos – Western Wildcats v Grange
The Wildcats women had an easier task as they’d drawn Aberdeen University of the Championship League. Two early goals made sure this would always be a comfortable win for the home team but the student team made them fight all of the way. The final score was 6-0.
photos – Western Wildcats v Aberdeen University