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 3
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
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
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.
Having missed out on Premier Division play-offs this year, the Pirates played their final home game of the season against Sheffield Predators at Hamilton RFC on 16th July. Both teams were in the running for the third place slot in the division but it was East Kilbride’s day to shine. They produced in a dominant performance right from the start and rolled over the visitors by 69-0.
photos – EK Pirates v Sheffield Predators
There was more good news for the Pirates organisation the following day as the under 19 Junior team clinched the Scottish title, and a play-off berth, with a home win over Highland Wildcats. This was a much closer game. After the Pirates built a 12-0 half time lead the Wildcats fought back and were in front by 16-12 before a couple of quick scores brought the win for the home team by 26-16. They’ll now be travelling to Manchester or Leeds next month for their play-off game.
photos – EK Pirates v Highland Wildcats
The England under 21 Women’s team made a visit to Glasgow for a series of games over the weekend 8- 10th July. Their Friday game was against Scotland under 21s, a team reinforced by a number of players who’d returned from duty with the senior squad in Spain.
This was a high quality game. England took the lead on the last minute of the first half while Scotland forced an equaliser half way through the second. From there the result could have gone either way, but in the end 1-1 was how it finished.
I wasn’t at the second game, which also finished 1-1 thanks to a last minute Scottish equaliser. In the deciding game on Sunday morning the English proved to have most stamina as they swept to a 3-0 half time lead. Scotland put up a better performance in the second half but the victory went to England by 5-1.
photos – Scotland under 21 v England under 21
Late last Alan Wilson, year one of American Footballs referees died suddenly. Alan is deeply missed by everyone in the sport in Scotland, and that certainly includes me. To compound the tragedy, his widow, Brenda, passed away just a few days later.
A memorial flag football tournament was held in their memory at the Toryglen Regional Football Centre on 2nd July. Nine teams were entered, some representing established Scottish teams, others just thrown together. After a full day of competition which everyone enjoyed the winners were the Glasgow Hornets who edged out ‘Team Brian’ in the final.
photos – The Wilson Bowl 2016
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Glasgow Green hosted a three game series for the visiting Irish side on 28-30 June.
With some of Scotland’s better under 21 players being away with the senior squad in Spain it was the Irish girls who proved to be the stronger team. Inded they won all three games, including a 2-0 win in the third game, which was the one the photos come from.
photos – Scotland under 21 v Ulster under 23s
The annual three day Masters tournament played at Peffermill on 24th-26th June. Three full days of matches were played in mixed weather conditions.
Most successes went to England who won four of the age categories. The exception was the Over 40s where the spirited Irish team were victorious.
photos – Masters Over 40s
photos – Masters Over 45s
photos – Masters Over 50s
photos – Masters Over 55s
photos – Masters Over 60s
The Pirates’ visitors at Hamilton on 25th June were Merseyside Nighthawks, the newly promoted team in the Premier North Division who arrived with an unbeaten record this season, including a win over the Pirates.
The visitors started well and scored a touchdown on their first posession. From there the game was close well into the third quarter as the Pirates had pulled the score back to 6-3. After that though the breaks went Merseyside’s way as two touchdowns and a field goal saw them through to a 23-3 victory.
The result means the Pirates have no chance of qualifying for the play-offs this season, for the first time since I’ve been associated with the team. Merseyside still have two games to play against the division’s other unbeaten team, Tamworth Phoenix, in the battle for the title.
photos – East Kilbride Pirates v Merseyside Nighthawks