The first games of the senior American Football league season were played on 13th April.
The first game in Division 1 North was between Glasgow Tigers and Edinburgh Wolves at Lochinch. Neither team impressed, obviously suffering from a lack of match practice and the miserable weather. The win from the only score of the game went to Edinburgh by 6-0.
It was a different story later in the day at Wishaw as the Clyde Valley Blackhawks made an immediate claim to be the leading prospects of the division as they comprehensively best West Coast Trojans 47-0. The sun even came out for the second half!
photos – Glasgow Tigers v Edinburgh Wolves
photos – Clyde Valley Blackhawks v West Coast Trojans
The start of the Australian Rules Football season is always the Haggis Cup tournament. This year it was played at GHA Rugby Club on 12th April.
After a full day of competition the host team, Glasgow Sharks, won the closely fought final over Huddersfield Rams by a single goal. The other teams competing were Edinburgh Bloods, Tyne Tees Tigers, Paris Cockerels and the new team in the Scottish league, Kingdom Kangaroos.
This years ladies game was won by Tyne Tees Tigers over Glasgow Sharks.
photos – The Haggis Cup
photos – The Haggis Cup ladies game
The finals of Scottish Cup and Plate competitions were played at Glasgow Green on 4th April.
The evening started with Inverleith winning the Boys Plate with a comfortable 8-1 win over Gordonians. In contrast, the Girls Cup Final on the front pitch finished as a 2-2 draw between Watsonians and CALA Edinburgh. Watsonians won the running penalty shoot-out to secure the cup.
The Girls Plate and the Boys Cup Finals were played next and both were won by Clydesdale. The girls beat Inverleith 3-1 while the boys recorded a 6-1 win over Perthshire.
photos – Under 18 Finals
The climax of the playoff weekends were the Grand Finals at Glasgow Green on 30th March which would see the 2013/2014 champions crowned.
In the Women’s final, Grove Menzieshill, unbeaten in the league all season, started well and took an early two goal lead against Clydesdale Western. A Western fightback soon came though and by halftime the score was back to 2-2. Grove scored the first goal of the second half, but they couldn’t hold their lead for more than a minute as Western quickly equalised then found the winner. Final score: 4-3 to Clydesdale Western.
photos – Clydesdale Western v Grove Menzieshill
When Grange scored in the second half of the men’s final with Kelburne, bringing the score to 1-1, it looked like there could be a running penalty shoot-out and the chance of yet another favourite beaten. However Kelburne had one more goal in them and then held on to secure their 10th consecutive championship.
photos – Kelburne v Grange
The last day of the play-offs included four games in which the winners took the last places in Division 1 for next season with the losers left to play in the second.
The first mens game saw the biggest upset. Menzieshill, who had finished 5th in the league, lost two late goals to Dundee Wanderers. The resulting 2-1 scoreline will see the Scottish Cup holders playing second division hockey next season. The other mens game also saw an upset as Watsonians, who finished second in division 2 beat Uddingston who finished first, also by 2-1.
In the womens side there will be Division 1 hockey for GHK, who beat Grange EL 4-0 and their local rivals Hillhead who beat Gordonians Merlins 2-0.
There are also photos from Watsonians Women’s 3-0 win over Kelburne and Gordonians 4-2 win over Inverleith.
Photos – Men’s play-offs
Photos – Womens play-offs
The third day of play-off matches at Glasgow Green on 29 March saw wins for Grange men 1-0 over Western Wildcats and Clydesdale Western Women 3-0 over Edinburgh University to gain their places in the next days Grand Finals.
Earlier in the day the group stages in the relegation pools were completed. In the Mens competition Menzieshill lost 2-1 to Edinburgh University and face an all or nothing relegation match with Dundee Wanderers who lost 7-3 to Clydesdale. The other sudden death game will be between Uddingston, who were beaten 4-0 by Inverleith, and Watsonians who lost by 4-2 to Gordonians.
Important games in the Womens competition were played elsewhere. At Glasgow Green, CALA ensured safety in Division 1 with a 2-0 win over Grange while Kelburne did likewise by beating GHK 3-2.
Photos – Men’s play-offs
Photos – Women’s play-offs
The Scottish Division of the British Universities American Football League is often dismissed as weak by people from south of the border as Stirling Clansmen win all of their games easily. Stirling played their British Championship sem-final on 23rd March, and for the third consecutive week they hammered a visiting English team.
This time the opposition was from London’s Imperial University and the scoreline was 48-0. Stirling will now meet Birmingham Lions in the Final in Leeds on 29th March.
Just to prove that the Scottish Division isn’t otherwise useless, well done to Glasgow Uni Tigers who made it as far as the semi-final in the Trophy competition.
photos – Stirling Clansmen v Imperial Immortals
While there were some games played elsewhere, the focus of the action for the first day of the play-offs on 22nd March was Glasgow Green.
In the Men’s relegation pools there was a thrilling 3-3 draw between Menzieshill and Gordonians and a significant 4-1 win for Inverleith over Clydesdale. In the top 4, Kelburne progressed to the Grand Final after beating Grange 3-1, while Western Wildcats beat local rivals Hillhead by 3-2.
Mens play-off photos
In the Ladies games Kelburne beat Western Wildcats 1-0, the goal came from a penalty corner in the last play of the match. Meantime on the other pitch the Edinburgh derby finished as an amazing 4-4 draw between CALA and Watsonians.
To end the day, Grove Menzieshill qualified for the Grand Final with a straightforward 5-2 win over a sadly depleted Dundee Wanderers team. In the other game, Edinburgh University beat Clydesdale Western 3-1.
Womens play-off photos
Scottish Hockey held their finals on a wet and windy Friday night at Glasgow Green on 21st March.
In the Boys S3 category there were wins for Lorretto over Douglas Academy in the Cup and George Watson’s over Stewart’s Melville in the Plate. The Boys Open plate was won by Strathallan who beat Edinburgh Academy.
Despite the weather, the last two games were thrillers. The Girls Open Cup was finally won by George Watson’s in a running penalty competition after they drew 2-2 in normal time with Mary Erskine School. A second half comeback in the Boys Cup which seemed against the odds saw Stewart’s Melville beat the Bellahouston/Glasgow School of Sport team 2-1.
photos – Scottish Hockey Schools Cup Finals
After their win over Sheffield Hallam University, the Sabres of Sheffield University were the opposition for the University of Stirling Clansmen in the BUAFL quarter-final on 17 March.
This game followed the pattern of the previous week, with Stirling scoring early and regularly. The only difference was that late in the game Sheffield managed to put a drive together and scored a touchdown. The final score was 48-7 to Stirling.
The next target for the Clansmen is to surpass last years performance by winning their semi-final.
photos – Stirling Clansmen v Sheffield Sabres