The Trinidad & Tobago mens international hockey team have been playing warm up games for the Commonwealth Games around Scotland and I was at Auchenhowie on 17 July to see their second game with Hillhead.
This was a cracking game with both sides scoring early and Hillhead scoring a late equaliser for a 2-2 result.
photos – Trinidad & Tobago v Hillhead
American football for the youngest group is played five v five on a small pitch with three or four teams playing a round robin tournament during one afternoon.
The Pirates tournament was played at Hamilton Rugby Club on 12 July with the visiting teams being Hamilton Buccaneers, Edinburgh Wolves and Highland Wildcats.
The final game was played between the two unbeaten teams, the Pirates and Wildcats,. The Wildcats came through to take a narrow win by 28-25.
photos – East Kilbride Pirates Youth Tournament
Clyde Valley Blackhawks have been the dominant team in the BAFANL National League North this season and came to the fixture at Lochinch on 29 June with a 6-0 record.
The first half was a slow affair with neither offence able to put together a drive until late in the second when the Blackhawks scored the opening touchdown on a long pass play. There were three more touchdowns for the Blackhawks in the second half, including one for the defence and one for special teams, and they finished winners by 27-0. The Tigers now have a 3-3 record.
photos – Glasgow Tigers v Clyde Valley Blackhawks
In the run up to the Commonwealth Games, Rugby League held their championship as an under 19 nine a side tournament between eight nations at Broadwood Stadium on 27/28 June.
The Friday saw the teams divided into two pools. In Pool A Australia came out on top ahead of Wales Scotland and Jamaica. The highlight was a thrilling 18-18 draw between Scotland and Australia.
Pool B started with a big surprise as a novice Canada team thrashed England 24-4. Papua New Guinea finished top of the group with a perfect record , ahead of Canada, England and South Africa.
The bottom four teams from Friday played off for the 5th to 8th places on Saturday. Scotland beat England by 14-8 in the 5th place games while Jamaica finished 7th after beating South Africa. Following semi-final defeats for both teams the Bronze medal match went to Wales over a tiring Canada side.
In the final the Papua New Guinea side were rampant in the first half, running in three quick tries before the Australians could respond. This was enough to secure the gold medals for PNG as they ran out win by 22-8.
photos - RL Commonwealth Championships
The Commonwealth Games are now less than a month away and Scotland women are continuing their preparation with a series of games against Spain.
The first game on 26 June was a thrilling end to end contest. Scotland led twice during the first half but were pegged back to 2-2 at half time. There was still little to separate the teams in the second half, but it was the Spanish who forced the only goal of the half and took the win 3-2.
photos – Scotland v Spain (game 1)
After Scotland won the second game of the series on Saturday by 2-0, the deciding game was played on Sunday 29th. A goal in each half saw the series finish with a Spanish 2-0 victory.
photos – Scotland v Spain (game 3)
East Kilbride Pirates had a venue problem this week and had to move their games on 21 June to Cartha Queens Park Rugby Club at short notice.
The first game saw the Pirates junior team record their first ever win as they beat Clackmannanshire Ravens by 52-26.
photos – East Kilbride Pirates v Clackmannanshire Ravens
After this the senior Pirates team played their Premier Division fixture against Nottingham Caesars. They were expected to win this comfortably and didn’t dissapoint. They led by 43-7 after the first quarter and went on to finish with the score at 81-7.
photos - East Kilbride Pirates v Nottingham Caesars
With two wins already under their belt and another fixture conceded the Pirates had their first home fixture of the season at Hamilton Rugby Club on 8th June.
This was a scrappy game played in constantly changing weather. The Pirates were on top in the first half, but couldn’t extend the lead beyond 14-0. The Wolverines were providing stiff opposition and, while they conceded another three touchdowns in the second half, they managed to score the first points of the season against the Pirates defence. The final score 38-6 to East Kilbride.
The Pirates next fixture is against Nottingham Panthers on Saturday 21st, with a 4pm kick-off. It will be preceded by the Pirates junior team playing the Highland Wildcats at noon.
photos – East Kilbride Pirates v Lancashire Wolverines
I was delighted to take up an invitation to cover this annual softball tournament at Lochinch over the weekend. Nine teams competed over the two full days, one day sunshine, one day rain, and the event finished with a nailbiting final which went to a second extra innings before the Hairy Coos edged past the Souls to take the victory.
This was a great fun weekend. It’s a great mixed sport and well worth anyone trying. Click here for more info.
Photos – The Tartan Cup
The final day of the club hockey season was played at Glasgow Green on 24 May.
The day opened with the Women’s Plate Final. The Edinburgh University second team proved to be too strong for Granite City Wanderers, their 3-0 lead at half time being enough to see them to the end. Wanderers contested the Men’s Plate too, but fared no better. Uddingston finally got some consolation after missing out on promotion by dominating the game, finally winning 7-1.
photos – Edinburgh Uni A v Granite City Wanderers
photos – Uddingston v Granite City Wanderers
The Womens Cup finalists were the Edinburgh University first team and Clydesdale Western. Both teams were understrength as they had numerous players away in the Scotland squad and it was the students who proved to have the stronger team. They won 4-1 to complete a rare plate/cup double.
photos – Edinburgh Uni v Clydesdale Western
The Men’s Final, an Edinburgh derby between Inverleith and Grange, was the match of the day. Inverleith had a great first half, led 2-0 and were apparently cruising to victory. Things turned round after the interval as Grange scored early, and then equalised and finally won the shoot-out decider.
photos – Grange v Inverleith
The finals of the cup and plate competitions for lower league teams competition were played at Glasgow Green on 18 May.
Grange V were the winners of the Men’s Reserve Cup. Hillhead III had drawn level with 3 minutes to go only for Grange to score in the last minute and secure a 3-2 win. In the Men’s Reserve Plate Final Aberdeen GSFP III came back from a goal behind to beat Rottenrow Blue Sox II 2-1.
photos – Grange V v Hillhead III
photos – Aberdeen GSFP III v Rottenrow Blue Sox II
The Women’s District Cup Final was won by Milne Craig Clydesdale Western IV by a narrow 2-1 margin over Erskine Stewart’s Melville FP II. Meanwhile on Pitch 2 Madras FP won the Women’s District Plate Final after a penalty shoot out after conceding a late equaliser against Grange EL III.
photos – Erskine Stewart’s Melville FP II v Milne Craig Clydesdale Western IV
photos – Grange EL III v Madras FP
Grange men completed a double as their second team stormed to a win in the Men’s District Cup against Clydesdale II. They were 2-0 up by half time before Clydesdale scored and briefly threatened a comeback. It wasn’t to be though as Grange kept their pace up and finished 5-1 up. In the Men’s District Plate final Perthshire II were a goal up at half time but couldn’t keep up with Hillhead II who came through with a late surge to win 4-1.
photos – Clydesdale II v Grange II
photos – Perthshire II v Hillhead II