25. February 2015 · Comments Off on Scottish Cross Country Championships · Categories: Athletics, Photo Set

There was a change of scene for me on Sunday 22nd February when I was at Callendar Park in Falkirk for the Scottish Cross Country Championships. I was shooting for an aspiring new agency called SPN.

The weather on the day was dreadful, freezing rain and sleet all driven by a strong wind. It I thought it was bad imagine how the runners felt. Anyway, it’s a great event, running at that venue for the 10th consecutive year, and well worth a visit next year.

photos – Scottish Cross Country Championships 2015

21. February 2015 · Comments Off on Western Wildcats v Edinburgh University · Categories: Hockey, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

Edinburgh University are the dominant team so far in the Scottish Women’s League Division 1  this season and have a perfect record to date. On a cold 21st February they were the visitors to Western Wildcats, themselves having a fine season and holding 4th place in the division.

The game started with a very quick goal to the Uni girls, followed by a second a few minutes later. It looked like being another runaway win. The Wildcats aren’t pushovers this season and, though they were often under pressure, it was late in the second half before Edinburgh scored their third and final goal and secured their 3-0 win.

photos – Western Wildcats v Edinburgh University

17. February 2015 · Comments Off on Stirling Uni Clansmen v Derby Braves · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

Since the University of Stirling Clansmen became British University Champions last year they have been a bit of a target. The pressure has increased since the new elite-level Premier League was formed and a slow start to the season means they find themselves with two losses so far. Their form has returned though and the Derby Braves were comfortably dealt with on Sunday 15th.

In fact it took only two plays for the Clansmen to run in their first touchdown while Derby could make little progress as their defensive line were unable to provide their quarterback with any meaningful protection. The final score was 46-3 to Stirling.

The game next Sunday at Stirling is now more or less a decider for the last play-off place as Loughborough are the visitors.

photos – Stirling Uni Clansmen v Derby Braves

16. February 2015 · Comments Off on Sapphire Series Women’s American Football · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

A couple of years ago I covered the first ever women’s Aussie Rules game in Scotland. So, when the opportunity appeared I was delighted to go along to a foggy Queensferry Rugby Club on Saturday 14th to cover the first ever women’s American Football in Scotland. The three teams featured, Edinburgh Wolves, Teeside Steelers and Leeds Beckett played the 5 on 5 format game as part of the BAFA Sapphire Series.

On the day the girls played their first ever matches with a lot of commitment and were generally great. The Leeds team won both their games and Teeside scraped the victory in the other.

photos – BAFA Sapphire Series games

09. February 2015 · Comments Off on Scottish Under 18 Interdistrict Indoors Tournament · Categories: Hockey - Men, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

On the last busy day of the indoor hockey season on 8th February the Scottish Districts played their under 18 tournament at Bells Sports Centre. Five Girls teams and four boys teams played a league competition to decide the champions.

East District dominated the girls tournament, winning all four of their games to finish on top, ahead of Midland, West, North and South.
photos – Under 18 Girls Tournament

Two wins and a draw were sufficient to see West District take the boys title ahead of Midland who drew twice. East Finished ahead of North for the minor places.
photos – Under 18 Boys Tournament

09. February 2015 · Comments Off on Scottish Hockey Indoor Gala Finals · Categories: Hockey - Men, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

Inverleith v Grove Menzieshill
The indoor league season came to an end with the Gala Finals day at Bells Sports Centre on Saturday 7th.

In the first of the top games, Dundee Wanderers took the women’s title with a comfortable 8-1 win over Clydesdale Western.

The men’s final was a thriller played in front of a raucous crowd. Inverleith were the winners, coming back from 2-0 down to secure a 4-3 win over Grove Menzieshill with a late goal.

Earlier in the day the Second Division titles were secured by Inverleith women who defeated Dundee Wanderers 2nds by 6-5 and Menzieshill 2nds, 4-3 winners over Uddingston.

In other women’s games CALA Edinburgh won out in the promotion/relegation play-offs to keep their Division 1 place at the expense of Bon Accord, Aberdeen Ladies and Edinburgh University. Clydesdale men secured their Division 1 place while Harris Academy FP did likewise for Division 2.

photos – Womens Gala Day
photos – Men’s Gala Day