24. July 2016 · Comments Off on EuroHockey U18 Championships II · Categories: Hockey, Hockey - International, Hockey - Men, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

I’m at the Championships at Glasgow Green from 24-30th July.
Photos from the event will appear here as I get the chance to upload them.

19. July 2016 · Comments Off on Wins for Senior and Junior EK Pirates · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

East Kilbride Pirates v Highland WildcatsHaving missed out on Premier Division play-offs this year, the Pirates played their final home game of the season against Sheffield Predators at Hamilton RFC on 16th July. Both teams were in the running for the third place slot in the division but it was East Kilbride’s day to shine. They produced in a dominant performance right from the start and rolled over the visitors by 69-0.

photos – EK Pirates v Sheffield Predators

There was more good news for the Pirates organisation the following day as the under 19 Junior team clinched the Scottish title, and a play-off berth, with a home win over Highland Wildcats. This was a much closer game. After the Pirates built a 12-0 half time lead the Wildcats fought back and were in front by 16-12 before a couple of quick scores brought the win for the home team by 26-16. They’ll now be travelling to Manchester or Leeds next month for their play-off game.

photos – EK Pirates v Highland Wildcats

08. July 2016 · Comments Off on Scotland v England under 21 · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

Scotland Under 21 Women v England Under 21 Women
The England under 21 Women’s team made a visit to Glasgow for a series of games over the weekend 8- 10th July. Their Friday game was against Scotland under 21s, a team reinforced by a number of players who’d returned from duty with the senior squad in Spain.

This was a high quality game. England took the lead on the last minute of the first half while Scotland forced an equaliser half way through the second. From there the result could have gone either way, but in the end 1-1 was how it finished.

I wasn’t at the second game, which also finished 1-1 thanks to a last minute Scottish equaliser. In the deciding game on Sunday morning the English proved to have most stamina as they swept to a 3-0 half time lead. Scotland put up a better performance in the second half but the victory went to England by 5-1.

photos – Scotland under 21 v England under 21

03. July 2016 · Comments Off on The Wilson Bowl · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

Alan WilsonLate last Alan Wilson, year one of American Footballs referees died suddenly. Alan is deeply missed by everyone in the sport in Scotland, and that certainly includes me. To compound the tragedy, his widow, Brenda, passed away just a few days later.

A memorial flag football tournament was held in their memory at the Toryglen Regional Football Centre on 2nd July. Nine teams were entered, some representing established Scottish teams, others just thrown together. After a full day of competition which everyone enjoyed the winners were the Glasgow Hornets who edged out ‘Team Brian’ in the final.

photos – The Wilson Bowl 2016

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30. June 2016 · Comments Off on Scotland under 21 v Ulster under 23s · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

Scotland Under 21s v Ulster Under 23s

Glasgow Green hosted a three game series for the visiting Irish side on 28-30 June.

With some of Scotland’s better under 21 players being away with the senior squad in Spain it was the Irish girls who proved to be the stronger team. Inded they won all three games, including a 2-0 win in the third game, which was the one the photos come from.

photos – Scotland under 21 v Ulster under 23s

27. June 2016 · Comments Off on Women’s Masters Home Nations · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

The annual three day Masters tournament played at Peffermill on 24th-26th June. Three full days of matches were played in mixed weather conditions.
Most successes went to England who won four of the age categories. The exception was the Over 40s where the spirited Irish team were victorious.

photos – Masters Over 40s
photos – Masters Over 45s
photos – Masters Over 50s
photos – Masters Over 55s
photos – Masters Over 60sIrish Masters team

27. June 2016 · Comments Off on East Kilbride Pirates v Merseyside Nighthawks · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

 The Pirates’ visitors at Hamilton on 25th June were Merseyside Nighthawks, the newly promoted team in the Premier North Division who arrived with an unbeaten record this season, including a win over the Pirates.

The visitors started well and scored a touchdown on their first posession. From there the game was close well into the third quarter as the Pirates had pulled the score back to 6-3. After that though the breaks went Merseyside’s way as two touchdowns and a field goal saw them through to a 23-3 victory.

The result means the Pirates have no chance of qualifying for the play-offs this season, for the first time since I’ve been associated with the team. Merseyside still have two games to play against the division’s other unbeaten team, Tamworth Phoenix, in the battle for the title.

photos – East Kilbride Pirates v Merseyside Nighthawks

19. June 2016 · Comments Off on EK Pirates v North Central College Cardinals · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

 For a second year the Pirates hosted a visiting Division 3 college football team from the USA on a tour organised by Global Football. This year the visitors were the North Central College Cardinals from Illinois.
The game was played on Sunday 19th at a new venue for the Pirates, the West of Scotland Rugby Club in Milngavie. This was good news for spectators as there’s a large covered stand there and the rain didn’t stop all game.

The visitors proved to be much the stronger team. They ran in twelve touchdowns and stopped the Pirates offence making any progress. The final score was 81-0.

No matter though, it was all good experience all round and everyone enjoyed it.

photos – EK Pirates v North Central College Cardinals

19. June 2016 · Comments Off on Scotland under 16 Girls v Ulster · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

Scotland Under 16 Girls hosted visitors from Ulster for three games at Glasgow Green over the weekend of 17-19th June. In fact, both sides largely fielded under 15 girls in these games.

I made it to two of the games, Ulster came back to win the Friday game 5-2 and then Saturday’s game was a thrilling 3-3 draw.

photos – Scotland under 16 Girls v UlsterScotland under 16 girls v Ulster

15. June 2016 · Comments Off on Glasgow Tigers v Aberdeen Roughnecks · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

Glasgow Tigers found themselves with a change of venue on 12th June as their usual field at Lochinch wasn’t available. Instead they played their Division 2 North game against Aberdeen Roughnecks at Nethercraigs in Cardonald.

This was a tight defensive game which saw the Roughnecks squeeze into halftime with a 6-0 lead. They’d extended it to 8-0 with a safety in the third quarter, but after that the tide turned. The Tigers forced two touchdowns late in the game and took the home win with a 12-8 scoreline.

The Tigers now have 4 wins and 1 loss  for the season, the Roughnecks are at 2 and 3

photos – Glasgow Tigers v Aberdeen Roughnecks
Glasgow Tigers v Aberdeen Roughnecks