Scottish Rowing held their Indoor Championships at Bellahouston Sports Centre on 21st November. The event featured Age Group, Open, University and Adaptive classes.
The comeback came after half time from a position of 22-0 down. Stirling fought back to 22 all and then scored another touchdown to lead by six, but they missed the extra point. The Clansmen then put up a great goal line stand, stopping the Saints on four downs, but then fumbled inside their own five. Durham forced an equalising touchdown but then, not having a kicker, they attempted a two point conversion. This pass was not only intercepted, the Stirling player ran the ball all the way to the opposite goal for the winning two point score. Final score: Stirling 30 Durham 28.
Saturday 14th was a busy day at the National Hockey Centre at Glasgow Green.
First up was a keenly contested Men’s Division 2 game between Stepps and Falkirk GHG. After a scoreless first half Stepps edged the second to win 2-1.
photos – Stepps v Falkirk GHGThe second game featured Kelburne Men playing newly promoted to Division 1 Uddingston. Uddy have struggled all year and this game was no exception. Kelburne strolled to an 11-0 victory.
photos – Kelburne v Uddingston
Next up was a women’s Division 1 game, Kelburne playing Watsonians. This was a much closer game and the hosts were probably lucky to come out on top by 2-1.
photos – Kelburne v Watsonians
It was getting dark and wet by the time the final game came round. It was also in Women’s Division 1 and featured GHK playing the reigning champions Edinburgh University. The Edinburgh girls were clearly the better team and were easy winners by 11-1.
photos – GHK v Edinburgh University
The Universities American Football league has season has started and I travelled through to Edinburgh on Sunday 8th in cold wet and windy conditions to see the newly formed Heriot Watt team take on Napier Knights at Sighthill.
Heriot Watt are getting a lot of coaching support from Edinburgh Wolves, and they had a loan of their jerseys too. They competed well after Napier established a 7-0 lead early in the game and their defence forced a touchdown in the final quarter. They couldn’t force over the two point conversion though and the Knights held on to win 7-6.
Scotland hosted a three match test series at Glasgow Green over 2nd – 4th November. The visitors were Ireland who after a very successful 2015 are ranked 15th in the world. Scotland are 17th. The games featured a few players on each side winning there first caps.
Ireland scored on their first attack of the first game on Monday. Scotland equalised through Becky Merchant before half time and there was no more scoring through a well fought second half.
In Tuesday’s second game Ireland were the early leaders again. This time Scotland put up a stronger performance in the second half and came through to win 2-1 with goals by Fiona Bruce and Katie Robertson.
Ireland scored the opening goal again in game three on Wednesday, though this time it took them about 15 minutes this time. The Scots couldn’t force there way back into this one and a second goal late in the game sealed the win for Ireland and a share of the series.
Both Western Wildcats first teams were in action at Auchenhowie on 31 October.
Firstly the men played a Scottish Cup tie against Kelburne. Wildcats pulled back an early goal to go in at half time at 1-1, but the visitors came through after the break to finish with a 4-1 win.
The women’s DIvision 1 game was a hard fought local derby. GHK fought well but they couldn’t hold on to their early lead and finally went down 3-1 to Western. The Wildcats are now comfortably placed in mid table.
The Girls’ Inter District Tournament was played over two long days on 3rd & 4th October at Glasgow Green.
East District were the winners of the Under 18 tournament having won five games out of five. Midland were runners up.
The Under 16s final was an exciting game which was won by Midland over West by 1-0. East took third place.
This year’s Under 16 and Under 18 Interdistrict tournament was held at Glasgow Green on 26-27 September.
In the Under 16 category West District were clear champions while North edged East for second place.
East were the first qualifiers for the Under 18 final while Midland edged out West for the second place. In a reversal Midland took a single goal lead in the first half of the final and then held on through heroic efence to take the trophy.
Uddingston Hockey Club, newly promoted to the Men’s national Division 1, have a newly laid pitch adjacent to the well known cricket facility, and got to use it for the first time on 19th September. Unfortunately they didn’t get much else to celebrate as the visitors, Hillhead, won by 6-0. Hillhead fimnished the weekend on top of Division 1 after three wins out of three.
The opening Saturday of the Scottish Hockey league season on September 12 featured two men’s Division 1 games at Glasgow Green. Both games saw teams which finished in last season’s top four start their year with a defeat.
First up were Western Wildcats who went behind to Hillhead early in the game and never quite caught up. It was close in the end but Hillhead held on to win 3-2.
In the second game Kelburne took a two goal lead against newly promoted Grove Menzieshill only to have one pulled back before the break. Menzieshill found an extra step forced themselves into the lead in the second half and were then able to add goals on the break as Kelburne pressed for an equaliser. The game finished 5-3 to the Dundonians.