06. December 2016 · Comments Off on Stirling Clansmen v Durham Saints · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

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 SaintsStirling Clansmen v Durham Saints

21. November 2016 · Comments Off on Kelburne v Edinburgh University · Categories: Uncategorized

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

Kelburne v Edinburgh University

01. November 2016 · Comments Off on Hillhead v Uddingston · Categories: Hockey - Men, Photo Set

Hillhead v Uddingston
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

26. October 2016 · Comments Off on Clyde Valley Blackhawks v Dunfermline Kings · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

Clyde Valley Blackhawks v Dunfermline Kings
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

25. October 2016 · Comments Off on Division 1 Hockey – 22/23 October · Categories: Hockey - Men, Photo Set

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

16. October 2016 · Comments Off on Clydesdale Western v Edinburgh University · Categories: Hockey - Women, Photo Set

Clydesdale Western 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

11. October 2016 · Comments Off on A League and Cup Hockey Weekend · Categories: Hockey - Men, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

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
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
Western Wildcats v Aberdeen University

03. October 2016 · Comments Off on Girls Inter District Tournament · Categories: Hockey, Hockey - Women

under 18s - West v EastMidWestThere was a double triumph for West District hockey as they added to the one boy’s title of last weekend by taking both girl’s competitions this week.

The under 18s had eight teams competing. The surprise result came in the semi-final when SouthWest beat Midland. Go SW (did I mention I first played hockey in Stranraer, many years ago).  They went on to play well in the final but couldn’t stop West who won 2-0. Third place went to East who beat Midland in a shoot-out.

Six districts competed in the under 16s in a round robin competition. West’s win came at the last minute of the last game against Midland as they defended a series of penalty corners to hold on for a 1-1 draw and the one point they needed. East finished second on the ladder ahead of Midland.

photos – under 16 Inter District Tournament
photos – under 18 Inter District TournamentGirls Interdistricts

30. September 2016 · Comments Off on Boys Inter District Tournament · Categories: Hockey, Hockey - Men

The annual Interdistrict tournament was played at Glasgow Green on the weekend of 24/25 September.

West District dominated the under 16 competition with comfortable wins in all four games and they finished first ahead of East.

In the under 18s Midland proved to be the strongest as they recorded three wins and a draw. East were second again, ahead of West who had at least managed to hold Midland to that draw.

photos – under 16 Inter District Tournament

photos – under 18 Inter District Tournament

Boys Interdistrict tournament

18. September 2016 · Comments Off on Western Wildcats v Grove Menzieshill · Categories: Hockey - Men, Photo Set

Western Wildcats v Grove MenzieshillFor me, last weekend’s international games marked the end of the 2015/16 hockey season. Without a break, the 16/17 domestic seaon started with Division 1 games on 17th September. I was at Auchenhowie to see the Wildcats take on Menzieshill, with both clubs hopeful of contesting for top league places but both giving a game to quite a few youngsters.

The game was closely contested throughout but it was the visitors from Dundee who created the best scoring opportunities. This was reflected in the scoring, Menzieshill had an early two goal lead and held on to finish 4-2 winners.

photos – Western Wildcats v Grove Menzieshill