In Division 2 this year West Coast Trojans had been cruising to a perfect season until last weekend when the lost a close game at home to Glasgow Tigers. I made it along to the return match at Locinch on 26th July.
This time things went to form. In constant rain the Trojans overpowered Glasgow and recorded a 60-0 win.
The Tigers have finished their season at a level 5 & 5. The Trojans have play-off football to look forward to.
photos – Glasgow Tigers v West Coast Trojans
In a vital game between two of the contenders for the Premier Division North, Lancashire Wolverines visited East Kilbride Pirates on 18th July. Lancashire won the first meeting between the two at the start of the season and the win here was important as one of the three top teams will miss out on the play-offs.
The Pirates started well, scoring a touchdown on their opening drive. After a Wolverines field goal a second EK touchdown took the scoreline to 13-3 before Lancashire forced a touchdown of their own. The second half was tense, the Pirates scored one field goal in the third quarter and neither side managed to add further to the score, leaving the result of a 16-10 home win.
For East Kilbride the next fixture is in two weeks against the Division leaders, Tamworth Phoenix. That will be another vital game.
photos – EK Pirates v Lancashire Wolverines
I was back at Hamilton the next day for a Youth Tournament featuring East Kilbride Pirates, Hamilton Bucaneers, Aberdeen roughnecks and Highland Wildcats.
photos – East Kilbride Pirates Youth Tournament
I took the opportunity to cover this game for SPN on 11th July. It was a Camanachd Cup quarter-final with the incentive of a televised game in the next round for the winners.
Inveraray have been struggling in the Premiership this season while Mid Argyll are doing well in the National Division and chasing promotion, so we expected a close game. However, Inveraray started the game with two early goals and set a challenge that Glasgow couldn’t match. The score was 2-1 at half time but two more scores by the visitors in the second half sealed the win and the semi-final place.
Mid Argyll will be hoping for better fortune next Saturday as they face Beauly in the Baillimore Cup Final.
photos – Glasgow Mid Argyll v Inveraray
The Trojans have been cruising through the Northern Second Division this season and defended their perfect record against Aberdeen Roughnecks at Garscube on 5th July. Aberdeen are only in their second season in the league but they’ve been been competing well and came into this game with a winning record.
The Trojans have been winning this year with a strong running attack and by punishing any mistakes their opponents make. The Roughnecks held out pretty well against the tide but their offence just couldn’t exert enough pressure to
The final score was 38-6 to West Coast who are heading for the Division title and a home game in the Division 2 play-offs.
photos – West Coast Trojans v Aberdeen Roughnecks
Scotland’s two teams in the Northern Division 1 Conference have been sitting in 2nd and 3rd places in the league, so this meeting at Meadowbank on 4th July was vital for their play-off aspirations. On the day the Wolves came out strongly and built up a 34-0 lead by half time. The second half was a closer competition but the score went to 40-0 before the end.
Edinburgh have now confirmed their place in the poet-season play-offs. Clyde Valley still have a good chance of making it too.
photos – Edinburgh Wolves v Clyde Valley Blackhawks
Gateshead Senators arrived at Wishaw with only 18 players for their North Division 1 game against Clyde Valley Blackhawks. With Gateshead players having to cover unfamiliar positions and play both ways it was no surprise that the Blackhawks were 35-0 up at half time. Injuries had taken their toll on Gateshead who had to concede the game at that point as they were out of linemen.
Clyde Valley move to a 5 and 2 record, third in the division. They face a crunch game against second placed Edinburgh Wolves next.
photos – Clyde Valley Blackhawks v Gateshead Senators
Both the girls and Boys played games on the Saturday and Sunday 27-28th June and I managed to cover the Saturday games.
In the girls game England had a scoring surge in the second half and recorded a 7-0 win. The English boys won too, but only by 1-0.
photos – Scotland Under 18 girls v England
photos – Scotland Under 18 boys v England
In preparation for their European tournaments both the Scottish Men and Women’s teams played three game series against the Czechs at Glasgow Green on 28-28th June.
The men got the series going on Friday afternoon with a 9-1 win. they followed this by winning 9-2 on Saturday and finally 6-1 on Sunday.
The women didn’t manage to score quite as many goals but they managed to keep a clean sheet through the series. Their scores were 8-0, 4-0 and 6-0.
photos: Scotland Men v Czech Republic
photos: Scotland Women v Czech Republic
The Under 21 Men played a series of Four Nations fixtures between 20 and 25th June.
We have photos from two of these games. On 20th June Scotland played the very strong England team. 2-0 down early on they fought back to 2-2 just after half time only to succumb to further English pressure. England won 6-2 in the end. On the 22nd Ulster provided the opposition and came out ahead by a score of 3-1.
photos – Scotland Under 21s v England
photos – Scotland Under 21s v Ulster
Scotland and Ulster Under 16 boys Development Squads player a three game series at Glasgow Green over the June 19-21st weekend.
Scotland were winners of the first game by 4-1. In the other two games the Ulster team were superior, though both games came down to exciting finishes and both finished 4-3 to Ulster.
photos – Scotland v Ulster under 16