The Annual extravaganza of schools hockey, eaight games in total, was held at Glasgow Green on 22nd April, sponsored by Quilter Cheviot.
First up was the Aspire Cup games. Hermitage Academy boys beat Harris Academy while there was a one sided girls game with St. Margaret’s of Aberdeen coming out well on top of Douglas Academy.
photos – boys and girls Aspire Cup Finals
The S3 age group finals saw Dollar Academy girls win the cup, having beaten Strathallan, while the boys cup went to Glasgow School of Sport who were clear winners over Loretto. The boys plate was won by Hutchesons’ Grammar over Edinburgh Academy.
photos – girls S3 Scottish Cup Final
photos – S3 Boys Scottish Cup and Plate Finals
On to the Open category which started with Glenalmond beating Douglas Academy to take the boys plate. The girls cup final was a thriller which eventually went the way of Mary Erskine School who beat Craigholme 3-2. The night finished with a display of power from Loretto in the boys cup final. Cheered on by a big support they were clearly the stronger team as they recorded a 6-1 scoreline over Stewart’s Melville College.
photos – boys Open Scottish Plate Final
photos – Girls Open Scottish Cup Final
photos – Boys Open Scottish Cup Final
The final acts of Hockey’s club season were played out on Sunday 17th as the Grand Finals were played, the prize being the first place in next year’s European competition.
The ladies final was a repeat of the Cup Final two weeks earlier, This time however it was Grove Menzieshill who came out on top, the only goal of the game saw them finally get one over on league and cup winners Edinburgh University.
photos – Grove Menzieshill v Edinburgh University
Grove Menzieshill men had the chance to make it a double for their club and deny Kelburne their cup/league/championship treble. When they levelled the game at 2-2 after being two goals down at half time it looked on, however Kelburne found a late winner and they can now look go on to their coming Eurohockey Clup Trophy tournament on a winning streak.
photos – Grove Menzieshill v Kelburne
Over the weekend there were play-off games for the last places in next years Division 1 too. On the women’s side Erskine Stewarts Melville found themselves in a strong position after winning the first game 5-2 over Grange. By half time in leg two Grange were back in it with a 2-0 lead but ESM were strong enough to hold on, 7-5 was the final winning aggregate.
Hillhead Men lost the first leg of their play-off by 2-1 to Inverleith but managed to level the tie with a 1-0 scoreline in the second leg. They completed the come back by winning the shoot out and retain their first division place.
photos – Erskine Stewarts Melville v Grange EL
photos – Hillhead v Inverleith
The British American Football season’s finally here. The opening weekend featured a meeting of two of the top three from last year’s Premier North Division as East Kilbride Pirates hosted Lancashire Wolverines at Hamilton Rugby Club on 10th April.
The game was very close with the two defences on top. It took until late in the first half for the Pirates to open the scoring with a field goal and it wasn’t until the last play of the third quarter that we had the first touchdown. Even then it was the Pirates defence which scored through an interception return. East Kilbride managed to add a further touchdown and field goal during the last quarter to finish with a 20-0 win which doesn’t reflect how close the game was.
Both teams have the other team from last year’s top three, Tamworth Phoenix, as their next fixture. The Pirates game will be at Hamilton on 1st May.
photos – East Kilbride Pirates v Lancashire Wolverines
The annual Haggis Cup tournament signals the start if the Australian Rules Football season. This year’s tournament was played at Peffermill on 9th April. Scotland’s five teams were all represented, Edinburgh Bloods, Glasgow Sharks, Greater Glasgow Giants, Falkirk Silverbacks and Kingdom Kangaroos. Additionally there were Amsterdam Devils, Leeside Lions from Ireland and two English sides, Wimbledon Hawks and a mixed Huddersfield/Tyne Tees side.
After a full day of matches, including the now traditional women’s game, it was the Hawks who emerged as winners, having beaten the Giants in the final.
photos – The Haggis Cup 2016
photos – Haggis Cup Women’s game
Scottish Hockey had all of their cup and plate finals held over one busy weekend at Glasgow Green on 2nd and 3rd April.
Men’s day was the Saturday. Firstly Edinburgh University III beat Kelburne III to win the Reserve Plate. Meantime the Reserve Cup was played on the main pitch featuring two Grange teams. As you would expect, the 3rd team came out on top of the 5ths.
photos – Grange III v Grange V
photos – Kelburne III v Edinburgh University III
Next up were the two District finals. Kelburne II retained the Cup with a win over Grove Menzieshill II. Anchor staged a fightback in the Plate final to tie the game at 4-4, only to lose the shoot-out to Inverleith II.
photos – Grove Menzieshill II v Kelburne II
photos – Inverleith II v Anchor
Another game to go to a shoot out was the Scottish Plate Final. Granite City Wanderers had held a comfortable two goal lead only to let Falkirk GHG back into the game in the dying minutes. Just as they did in the semi-final, Falkirk completed the comeback by winning the shoot-out
photos – Granite City Wanderers v Falkirk GHG
The Scottish Cup is back in the hands of Kelburne after a convincing win over Edinburgh University. The Paisley side opened up a three goal lead in the first half and easily kept control to finish 4-1 winners
photos – Kelburne v Edinburgh University
The Women’s finals on Sunday started with yet another Edinburgh University team, the 4ths, facing East Kilbride in the District Plate Final. EK were the stronger side but they managed to lose a two goal lead and it needed a shoot out for them to take the win. Orkney scored an early goal against Clydesdale Western IV in the District Cup Final but couldn’t hold on as the Glasgow team came through to win comfortably.
photos – East Kilbride v Edinburgh University IV
photos – Orkney v Clydesdale Western IV
The Scottish Plate Final went the way of Division 1’s Kelburne who proved too strong for Dundee University and won by 3 goals to 1.
photos – Dundee University v Bromac Kelburne
The weekend was finished with the Women’s Scottish Cup Final. Edinburgh University, and particularly their player/coach Sam Judge, were well on top here. They won by 4-2 over Grove Menzieshill, Sam Judge having scored all four for her side to secure their league and cup double.
photos – Grove Menzieshill v Edinburgh University
I made it along to a Camanachd Association’s Division 2 South Ladies game on Sunday 27th March. This was highly entertaining, despite a vicious hail storm.
The win went to the Glasgow Mid Argyll team (their second team, the firsts play in Division 1) by 3 goals to 1.
photos – Glasgow Mid Argyll v Dunadd Ladies
Scotland’s under 16 boys and girls played three game series against Ireland at Glasgow Green over the Easter weekend.
The boys made a comeback from a goal down to win their first game 3-2 on Friday. The Irish were the better team on Saturday and levelled the series with a 4-1 win. On Sunday morning however the deciding game went to Scotland by 2-0.
The first girls game on Friday was a thriller. It looked like Scotland Girls were going to record the same 3-2 scoreline as the boys, but they were thwarted by a last minute Irish equaliser. Thet Scots did win the second game, scoring the only goal of the game late in the second half. The series ended up tied after the Irish won the Sunday game 2-0.
photos – Scotland Under 16 Boys v Ireland
photos – Scotland Under 16 Girls v Ireland
The semi-finals of the Scottish Cup and Plate competitions were played at Glasgow Green on Saturday and Sunday 19th/20th March.
The first Men’s Cup semi-final was decided by a shoot-out. After a slow first half the game produced goals in the second, one each for Kelburne and Grove Menzieshill. The shoot-out was close too but Kelburne came out on top. They’ll play Edinburgh University in the Cup Final. Uni proved too strong for Clydesdale Western and won the second semi by 5-1.
photos – Edinburgh University v Clydesdale Western
photos – Kelburne v Grove Menzieshill
In the Men’s Plate Falkirk GHG made a late comeback from two goals down and then won the tie over Erskine Stewart’s Melville in the shoot-out. The second semi-final wasn’t close. Granite City wanderers overpowered Stirling University and won by 8-1.
photos – Falkirk GHG v Erskine Stewart’s Melville
photos – Granite City Wanderers v Stirling University
On Sunday the first Women’s Cup semi-final was a Dundee derby with Wanderers facing Grove Menzieshill. Grove came out on top of this one. Dundee Wanderers had levelled the game at 1-1 early in the second half but they conceded two further goals as Grove eased to the win. Edinburgh University women, who had secured first place in the league the previous day, won the second semi-final to join their men’s team in having a final place. Western Wildcats scored an early opening goal and fought hard throughout the game but couldn’t hold out and finally went down by 3-1.
photos – Edinburgh University v Western Wildcats
photos – Grove Menzieshill v Dundee Wanderers
Meantime on the back pitch Dundee University and Kelburne won places in the Women’s Plate final with wins over Milne Craig Western II and GHK.
photos – Women’s Plate Semi-finals
Women’s American Football is going from strength to strength these days and Scotland now has two clubs with women’s teams, Edinburgh Wolves and East Kilbride Pirates. The first weekend of the full contact kitted Sapphire Series included a North Division tournament hosted by Edinburgh Wolves at North Queensferry. The visiting teams were Teeside Steelers, Chester Romans and, making their debut in the competition, East Kilbride Pirates.
photos – Sapphire Tournament Rnd. 1
The women’s indoor hockey champions of eight countries came together at Dundee International Sports Complex for Eurohockey’s Trophy tournament on 19th to 21st February.
After three full days and twenty matches it was the Swiss champions, HC Rotweiss Wettingen, who finished with the gold medals ahead of Belgium’s Royal Pingouin HC. Both these teams achieved promotion to the top level of competition for next year. The Bronze medals went to the English champions Bowdon Hightown while the host club, Dundee Wanderers, were unlucky to finish in fifth place despite winning four of their five games.
Other countries represented were France, Turkey, Ireland and Croatia.
Day 1 photos
Day 2 photos
Day 3 photos