Glasgow Tigers first home game of the BAFA season had Dumfries Hunters as the visitors to Lochinch on 23rd April. The Hunters are a new team to the league and were playing their first competitive game.
After a slow first quarter Dumfries opened the scoring with a breakaway touchdown in the second. The Tigers responded with one of their own and led by 7-6 at half time. The home team built a 17-6 lead during the second half but a further score by the Hunters brought them to only three poins behind and left us with a tense finish.
Final score – Tigers 17 Hunters 14.
photos – Glasgow Tigers v Dumfries Hunters
On the final Saturday of the Scottish League the men’s champions was to be decided in Edinburgh. Grange started in pole position. They had a one point lead and a win over Western Wildcats at Fettes would confirm them as champions. It was going well for them when they took a two goal lead in the second half. Then at all went wrong. The Wildcats came back with a three goal burst, securing their own top four finish and leaving the title race open.
photos – Grange v Western Wildcats
Grange’s defeat left the door open for Kelburne to steal the title by beating Edinburgh University across the city at Peffermill. A goal in each half proved enough and it was Kelburne who finished the day celebrating, their 13th consecutive title.
photos – Edinburgh University v Kelburne
It’s Easter weekend and I’ve had my first chance of the year to get along to Yoker for some shinty. The game on 15th April was a Celtic Society Cup quarter Final tie between Glasgow Mid Argyll and Glenorchy.
Mid Argyll, with their Premier Division experience, proved too strong for their Division One opponents and eased to a win by 8-0.
photos – Glasgow Mid Argyll v Glenorchy
Opening day of the American Football National Leagues brought us a new local derby as Edinburgh Wolves, newly promoted to the Premier Division, visited East Kilbride Pirates at Hamilton Rugby Club on 9th April.
The Wolves made a strong start, scoring a touchdown on their opening posession. East Kilbride kept pace with them however and by half time they led by 14-12. Both teams had two touchdowns but Edinburgh had missed their extra points.
Edinburgh continued to set the place in the second half and built a two touchdown lead. It took a last gasp effort from the Pirates to pull back the two scores in the last five minutes. In this half it was East Kilbride who missed both extra point attempts and that meant the game finished as a 26-26 tie.
photos – East Kilbride Pirates v Edinburgh Wolves
The annual pre-season Aussie Rules Footie tournament was played at Burnbrae on 8 April 2017, with the benfit of sunny weather and good attendance.
Nine teams contested the men’s tournament, five of them having travelled from England, and a long day of play led to an all-English grand final. Wolverhampton Wolverines built an early lead but eventually lost narrowly to the Wandsworth Demons and a fighting second half comeback.
photos – Haggis Cup – Men
Of the five teams who competed in the Women’s event it was two English sides that made this final too. Wandsworth Demons were the losers this time as Nottingham Scorpions proved the stronger team.
photos – Haggis Cup – Women
Scottish Hockey held the under 16s Scottish Club Cup Finals at Glasgow Green on a bright but cold 2nd April.
The girl’s tournament was played as a round robin and it was won by Clydesdale Western who completed a clean sweep of four wins from four. Watsonians were classified second.
Grange were the winners of the boys cup, beating Western Wildcats 2-1 in the final. Perthshire saw off their local rivals Grove Menzieshill by 4-1 to take third place.
photos – Under 16 Girls Cup
photos – Under 16 Boys Cup
Top four finishes and a place in the Division One play-offs were on the minds of both Western Wildcats teams at Auchenhowie on 1st April.
The men’s team were first up and produced a strong performance to defeat Uddingston 3-0. The win leap-frogged them above Uddy into the coveted fourth place in the league with two games left to play.
The Wildcats womens team, who have already secured their fourth place, hosted the team ahead of them, Clydesdale Western, in the following game. This was a tight game with both teams seeming to play below their best. The visitors won, scoring the game’s only goal just after half time.
photos – Western Wildcats v Uddingston
photos – Western Wildcats v Clydesdale Western
Gordonians came down from Aberdeen to Glasgow on 26th March and came away with only their second win of the season. The 2-1 win over Hillhead at Old Anniesland leaves them still at the bottom of the table but now within four points of Clydesdale and with a chance of fighting their way up from the automatic relegation place. Hillhead meantime are only three points ahead of ‘dale and the relegation play-off place.
photos – Hillhead v Gordonians
Edinburgh Wolves hosted the third round of games in the Sapphire series on 25th March at Queensferry Rugby Club.
Once again it was Leeds Carnegie Chargers who led the way, recording wins over the Eagles and East Kilbride Pirates who already had several players using wheelchairs and crutches. Manchester Titans, with a huge squad, had an easy win over the Pirates and then tied with Edinburgh to complete the day.
Onward to the finals in Leeds in two weeks.
photos – Sapphire Series round 3
While the men’s semi-finals were being played on the main pitch at Peffermill on 26th February a top of the Women’s DIvision 1 clash was relegated to the back pitch. A tight game saw Edinburgh University put an end to the Western girls unbeaten record with a 1-0 win which puts them into first place in the division. Western are down to third, four points behind but with two games in hand.
photos – Edinburgh Uni v Clydesdale Western