On Saturday 18 October both Clydesdale Western Division 1 sides had games at Titwood with opposition from the top half of the table.
Firstly the men played Gordonians, seeing their lead in the division lost as the visitors took a deserved 2-1 win.
photos – Clydesdale v Cordonians
Western women then played Grove Menzieshill, always an exciting fixture between two sides who have long been among the top sides. This was as close a game as ever with the only goal going to the home side in the second half.
photos – Western v Grove
Saturday 11th October saw three senior games played on Pitch 1 at the National Hockey Centre.
Firstly there was the Men’s Division 1 game between Hillhead and Watsonians. Neither side had secured a point so far this season so this was important for them. The game turned out to be fairly scrappy. Watsonians had long periods of posession but rarely created a chance in front of goal while Hillhead took their opportunites and won with a goal in each half.
photos – Hillhead v Watsonians
The next game was the Division 2 fixture between Uddingston and Alpha Data Carnegie. This was a more entertaining game with non-stop action and goals. Uddingston ran out winners by 9-4 to keep them in contention at the top of the table.
photos – Uddingston v Alpha Data Carnegie
Finally there was the women’s Division 1 match between Kelburne and Hillhead. After a run of four defeats the Kelburne girls were determined to get a result, and they eventually did by the narrow margin of 2-1.
photos – Kelburne v Hillhead
As part of Scottish Hockey’s Friday Night Light series, Western Wildcats and Clydesdale men played their Division 1 fixture under the floodlights at Auchenhowie on Friday 11th October.
Wildcats were 1-0 up after a close first half and they followed up with two quick goals early in the second. Clydesdale fought back through the rest of the game but could only pull back one goal.
After the weekend Clydesdale lead Division One on 10 points while the Wildcats are one of four teams just one point behind.
photos – Western Wildcats v Clydesdale
note: as these photos were taken in low light conditions I don’t recommend trying to produce large prints from them.
Following the double success of West District in the boys tournament the previous weekend it was the turn of East to dominate the girls tournament at Peffermill on 4/5 October.
There were seven Districts competing in this tournament with West, Midland, North, Highland, South West and South all represented at both under 16 and under 18 level.
There’s a full round-up of results on the Scottish Hockey website.
photos – Girls under 16 Inter-district
photos – Girls under 18 Inter-district
The 2014 tournament was played at the National Hockey Centre, with action over two full days on the 27/28 September.
Both the under 16 and under 18 categories were won by West District this year. East finished second at both levels, with teams representing North, Midlands and Highland also competing.
Full results are available on the Scottish Hockey website.
photos – Boys under 16 Inter-district
photos – Boys under 18 Inter-district
Back to the National Hockey Centre for more Division 1 hockey on 20 September.
The first game was a local derby between Hillhead and Western Wildcats men. Both these sides made the top 4 play-offs last season but for this year it looks like Hillhead will struggle as they lost by 4-1 for the second week running.
photos – Hillhead v Western Wildcats
Hillhead Ladies were on next as they hosted Edinburgh University. The studens demonstrated why they are one of the favourites to win the championship as they cruised to a 7-0 win.
photos – Hillhead v Edinburgh University
My third game was another local derby as GHK played Western Wildcats. The Western girls were well on top in this one, stretching a one goal half time lead to 5-1.
photos – GHK v Western Wildcats
The second weekend of Men’s Division 1 hockey included two games at Glasgow Green on 13 September.
First up were Hillhead, who had a top 4 finish last season against AAM Gordonians. This time it was the visitors from Aberdeen who finished on top. A goal on the stroke of half time saw them take a 2-1 lead and two more goals after the break gave them a comfortable 4-1 win.
photos – Hillhead v Gordonians
The second Division 1 game featured the champions Kelburne against Dundee Wanderers who only avoided relegation last season through a surprise play-off win. The game was as one sided as might be expected with Kelburne cruising to a 10-0 win.
photos – Kelburne v Dundee Wanderers
On the second pitch at the same time two of the top sides in Division 2 were playing. Uddingston were the winners of this by 5-3 over Erskine Stewarts Melville.
photos – Uddingston v Erskine Stewarts Melville
Newly promoted Hillhead Ladies played their first home fixture of the season against CALA on 13 September. For a while they looked like they were going to take a second win in a row, having come back from a goal down to lead 2-1 in the second half. It wasn’t to be however as CALA girls managed an equaliser before the end.
photos – Hillhead v CALA Edinburgh
For the third year in a row London Blitz travelled to Hamilton to play he Pirates at the semi-final stage of the Premier League pay-offs and for the third year in a row the Blitz left victorious. While the previous two games were close affairs which could have gone either way, this year the Blitz were clearly the better team and won easily.
The first quarter was close with the advantage swinging one way then the other as both sides missed chances to score. Then two touchdowns for the Blitz in the second saw them 14-0 up at half time and looking good. If the Pirates could have started strongly after half time then they still had chances, but the London defence held firm throughout while their offence took advantage of the superiority of their passing game. More touchdowns for the Blitz saw them win by 44-0.
The Blitz now go on to face their London rivals the Warriors yet again in the Britbowl match while the Pirates finish the season rated third in the country and looking for ways to step up for next year.
photos – East Kilbride Pirates v London Blitz
The new hockey season is upon us and I went along to Auchenhowie to watch this pre-season game on 30 August.
It’s too early to judge how the season’s will go but both teams played well, with the Wildcats taking a 3-1 win. They’ll be seeing a lot of each other as there’s a league fixture and a Scottish Cup tie between them coming up soon.
Photos – Western Wildcats v Clydesdale