The guys from Hockey for Heroes visited Glasgow as part of their tour of the country in support of Help for Heroes which raise money to help our injured and fallen Heroes and run a series of recovery centres across the country. The Hockey for Heroes team comprises a number of Military and Ex-Military personnel. The tour involves them climbing the three peaks, Scafell Pike, Ben Nevis and Mount Snowdon, between playing 33 games of hockey, all in 10 days.
They arrived in Glasgow on 22nd June having come straight from climbing Scafell Pike, and played games against Inverleith, Keburne and Hillhead. Unfortunately the winter conditions on top of Ben Nevis the following morning made it unsafe to climb Ben Nevis without full mountaineering gear so the team had a bit of rest before playing Uddingston, Clydesdale and Grange in the afternoon.
See http://www.hockey4heroes.co.uk/ for more info.
Photos – Hockey for Heroes
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The Brazilian senior men’s team have been spending time is Scotland as they prepare for the Pan-American qualifying tournament for their home Olympic Games next year. They played the first of two fixtures against the Scotland Under 21 team at Glasgow Green on 19th May.
With some of the first choice under 21 players having been playing in Spain with the senior squad last week the Scotland team was supplemented with a number of under 18s, but they still gave a good account of themselves. Nevertheless, Brazil were too strong for them on the night and came through to win 3-0.
Scotland’s two teams in BAFANL Division 1 had their first meeting of the season at Wishaw on 17th May.
Clyde Valley went into the game with a perfect 3 wins no losses record while Edinburgh had 2 wins and 1 loss. Mind you, that loss was against the hot favourites to win the division, Merseyside Nighthawks, so there wasn’t much between them in the form guide.
In the event Edinburgh were on top through most of the game. They scored first, held an 18-12 lead at half time and saw the game out to a final 26-12 win.
So both now have 3-1 records and it’s all to play for.
photos – Clyde Valley Blackhawks v Edinburgh Wolves
16th May was a big day for East Kilbride Pirates as they hosted visitors from the USA. The Panthers of Hanover College, Indiana, were the visitors as part of their tour of Ireland and Scotland organised by Global Football.
This was always going to be a test to see how the Pirates, and American Football in the UK in general, would rate against a Division 3 American College team with their advantage of players who grew up with the game and regular training. In the end the visitors won comfortably, by 51-0, but everyone enjoyed the experience and learned a lot.
Let’s hope we can all do it again sometime soon.
photos – East Kilbride Pirates v Hanover Panthers
Saturday 9th May saw Coventry make the long trip from the English Midlands to face the Pirates at Hamilton Rugby Club.
Coventry looked to be suffering the effects of the journey as the Pirates scored a touchdown quickly on their opening drive. The Jets rallied though and held the rest of the first quarter scoreless. The second quarter belonged to the Pirates as two more touchdowns and a field goal brought the score to 24-0 at halftime.
The Pirates scoring in the second half consisted of a touchdown by the defence and another two field goals before Coventry were able to get a score of their own in the last minute. The final score was 37-6 to East Kilbride who now have a 2 and 1 record in the Premier Division North.
Next Saturday is a big day for East Kilbride as they host a friendly match with the Panthers of Hanover College, Indiana, USA. Kick-off is at 1pm.
photos – East Kilbride Pirates v Coventry Jets
The final games of the club season were played at Glasgow Green over the 2nd and 3rd of May as the Championships and final relegation places were decided over two legged ties.
In the Saturday game in the Women’s Championship Grove Menzieshill upset Edinburgh University by winning 2-0. In the second leg on Sunday Edinburgh fought back with two goals to level the tie on aggregate by halftime. There were no goals in the second half and it was the Edinburgh team who came through to clinch the title after a shoot-out. Well deserved too after their perfect league season.
photos – Edinburgh University v Grove Menzieshill
The first game of the Men’s Championship between Kelburne and Grange was played in atrocious weather and finished a scoreless draw. The second leg was still scoreless at half time before a stunning second half in which Kelburne took the lead twice only to have Grange equalise. Another shoot-out followed and this time it was Grange who came out on top, reversing last year’s result and winning the Scottish place in next year’s Eurorleague.
photos – Grange v Kelburne
In the Men’s relegation match survival in Division 1 went to Dundee Wanderers who beat Inverleith by 2-1 and 3-2. The Inverleith club also lost out in the Women’s relegation match. They’d tied their first game against Kelburne 1-1 with a last gasp equaliser but couldn’t keep up in the second leg which they lost 4-0.
photos – Dundee Wanderers v Inverleith
photos – Kelburne v Inverleith
The Pirates first home league fixture of the season came a week after they had played Lancashire Wolverines away and suffered their first regular season loss for a couple of years.
They came out in a determined mood to stop the rot and began to overwhelm the Rams immediately, running in three touchdowns in the opening minutes. They scored another on the opening play of the second quarter before losing their only score of the day, a 2 point safety on an attempted punt return. The second half followed the pattern of the first as the Pirates kept up their momentum and finished 63-2 winners.
Next up for the Pirates will be the Coventry Jets who come visiting in two weeks time and will pose a much harder test .
photos – East Kilbride Pirates v Yorkshire Rams
Before the senior game the Pirates Junior team played a match against the Highland Wildcats. This game went the way of the experienced visitors who demonstrated their power and ran out 52-0 winners. The junior pirates have hopefully learned lessons from this as they will face Edinburgh Wolves as a warm-up to the Coventry game.
photos – East Kilbride Pirates v Highland Wildcats
The top four teams in the Men’s and Women’s First Division are playing elimination matches, aggregate scores from home and away games, to qualify for a place in European competition next season. Both Wildcats teams made it to the top four and played games at Auchenhowie on 25th April.
The men, who finished third in the league, played second place finishers, Grange. This was a really close game, only decided when Grange scored from a penalty corner at the final whistle to clinch a 2-1 scoreline.
photos – Western Wildcats v Grange
Wildcats women faced Edinburgh University, who have a 100% record in the league this season. This game went to form, finishing 5-0 to the visitors, but the score exaggerates the difference between the two teams.
photos – Western Wildcats v Edinburgh University
I had my first experience of shooting a Basketball match on 24 April when I went to Glasgow’s Emirates Arena for SPN to cover the BBL play-off game between Glasgow Rocks and Cheshire Phoenix.
It was the visitors who came out on top of this first leg game by 91-78. They have since gone on to win the tie on aggregate over the two legs and continue to the semi-final stage at the play-off weekend.
photos – Glasgow Rocks v Cheshire Phoenix
The finals of the District and Reserve knock-out competitions were played at Glasgow Green on 19th April.
In the Men’s District Cup Kelburne II were the winners, having come back to draw 1-1 with Clydesdale II and then winning a shoot-out decider. Meanwhile on Pitch 2 Western Wildcats II saw off Perthshire II 4-1 to take the District Plate.
photos – Clydesdale II v Kelburne II
photos – Western Wildcats II v Perthshire II
Edinburgh University had yet another team at the finals weekend as their fourth team played in the Women’s District Cup final. They were comfortably beaten 6-2 by Inverleith II though. The Plate went to CALA Edinburgh III who won a shoot out. The game had finished a 2-2 draw after Merlins Gordonians had staged a second half comeback.
photos – Inverleith II v Edinburgh University IV
photos – CALA Edinburgh III v Merlins Gordonians II
The Men’s Reserve Cup and Plate saw more success for the Grange club following their first team’s Scottish Cup win the previous day. Their third team beat Clydesdale III 2-0 in the Cup while their fifth team took the Plate by beating Hillhead IV by 5-1.
photos – Grange III v Clydesdale III
photos – Grange V v Hillhead IV