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

07. September 2016 · Comments Off on World League Hockey · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Men

The first steps for lower ranked teams to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in India are the World League round 1 tournaments which have been played around the world. Scotland’s men had home advantage for their round as the tournament was played at Glasgow Green between the 6th and 11th September. The tournament featured five teams playing a round-robin competition with the top two qualifying for the next round.

National Hockey Centre, Glasgow GreenThe tournament came to a climax on the Sunday afternoon as Scotland met Wales in the final match. Both teams were unbeaten in the tournament and had already qualified for the next round. Scotland, who hadn’t conceded a goal all week, found themselves two behind after only a few minutes and 3-1 down at halftime. The Scots pulled one back in the second half but it was Wales who held out to secure the first place trophy.

Of the visiting teams Switzerland classified third were ahead of Portugal and Slovakia.

Portugal v Wales
Scotland v Switzerland

Portugal v Switzerland
Scotland v Slovakia

Wales v Switzerland
Portugal v Slovakia

Slovakia v Wales
Scotland v Portugal

Slovakia v Switzerland
Scotland v Wales

Wales team

19. August 2016 · Comments Off on Scotland v Italy · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Men, Miscellaneous

With little more than two weeks until Scotland men play in the World League 1 round in Glasgow they played a three game series against Italy between 18th and 21st August.

Game one on the Thursday night went well for the Scots. They started strongly with two early goals finished with a penalty corner conversion which completed the win at 5-0.
photos – Scotland v Italy, game 1

Saturday’s game saw another early 2-0 lead for Scotland. This time though they let Italy back into the game and found themselves 3-2 down in the second half before forcing an equaliser.
photos – Scotland v Italy, game 2

The final game of the series was played on Sunday morning. Yet again Scotland were 2-0 up early in the game. This time however they quickly doubled the lead to 4-2 and continued to build through the game. The final score was an 8-2 win.
photos – Scotland v Italy, game 3Scotland v Italy

16. August 2016 · Comments Off on Edinburgh Wolves play-offs · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

I didn’t get a chance to see Edinburgh Wolves play in Division 1 North during the regular season. They had a great season, finishing with a 10-0 winning record and only conceding 54 points all year.

Their first round play-off was played at Peffermill on 7th August against Nottingham Caesars. This was a scrappy game, not least due to the strong wind which continued to blow throughout. The Wolves kept up their performance and had built up a 20-0 lead before Nottingham forced a consolation touchdown in the dying minutes.
photos – Edinburgh Wolves v Nottingham Caesars

For the semi-final game on 14th August the opposition were the Kent Exiles. It was a long journey for no reward for the visitors. In much better conditions the Wolves dominated the game and finished 35-0 winners.

This result gives the Wolves a place in the Division 1 Britbowl against Bury Saints in Leeds in a couple of weeks. It also means they’ll be promoted into the Premier Division for next season. Expect a healthy rivalry with East Kilbride Pirates.

photos – Edinburgh Wolves v Kent Exiles


16. August 2016 · Comments Off on Aussie Rules Grand Final · Categories: Australian Rules, Photo Set

The end of the Scottish Australian Rules season has come round again and, for a change, Edinburgh Bloods were missing from the Grand Final. This years game was an all-Glasgow affair featuring the reigning champions, the Greater Glasgow Giants, and the Glasgow Sharks.

In the early exchanges of the game the Giants were well on top but the Sharks soon came back into it and they held a 10 point lead at half time. The game was close until the final few minutes whhen the Sharks became dominant and secured the win by (18.12) 120 to (11.2) 77.

photos – Glasgow Sharks v Greater Glasgow Giants
Glasgow Sharks v Greater Glasgow Giants

24. July 2016 · Comments Off on EuroHockey Under 18 Championships II · Categories: Hockey, Hockey - International, Hockey - Men, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

The second level European age group championships for both boys and girls were held at Glasgow Green between 24th and 30th July.

The girls tournament was dominated by two teams who were almost unseperatable. When France and Belarus drew their pool match they finished with identical records and a shoot-out was required to separate them. The French girls won that one and both teams went on to reach the final. Again the game was drawn and this time it was Belarus who won the shoot-out and took the trophy. Both teams have secured promotion to the top level for the next competition in two years time.
The Scotland girls finished in fourth place after losing the Bronze Medal match to the Czech Republic in another shoot-out.

The French boys made up for the girl’s loss with a dominant performance in their final and a 5-1 win over Poland. There was a bit of success for the Scottish boys too as they took third place after a 2-0 win over Austria.

photos – EuroHockey Under 18 Championships II

The tournament was a great success so well done to all the staff and volunteers who put on 40 games over the week. Yes, 40 games. I managed to get at least some photos from 38 of them.

The winning teams together - France boys and Belarus girls.

The winning teams together – France boys and Belarus girls.