27. May 2017 · Comments Off on Scotland v Wales · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

To start a busy summer international season with two major tournaments, Scotland women played Wales in a three match series at Glasgow Green over the May 26-29th weekend.

Wales started the first game brightly, had the majority of play and despite a late scare came through to win 2-1. Scotland came back with a stronger performance in game two but they still came up short as Wales won by the only goal of the game. The final game saw Scotland’s best performance. However they still let an early lead slip and then lost to a late Welsh winner.

These were good performances by the Welsh girl. They must be delighted with their performance and they’re certainly a team to watch in future. meantime, it’s not time to not panic about the Scotalnd performances. I didn’t think the strongest team was played in any of these games. Lots to think about and work on though.

photos – Scotland v Wales

23. May 2017 · Comments Off on Glasgow Tigers v Aberdeen Roughnecks · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

Glasgow Tigers followed up last weeks win over Clyde Valley with a comfortable victory over Aberdeen Roughnecks at Lochinch on 21st May. A touchdown in each quarter for the Tigers gave them a 27-0 success and revenge for their loss at Aberdeen earlier in the season.

The win lifts the Tigers to first place in Division 2 North with a 3 & 1 record.

photos – Glasgow Tigers v Aberdeen Roughnecks

22. May 2017 · Comments Off on East Kilbride Pirates v CMS Stags · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

For the third year running, the Pirates played a visiting American Division 3 college team on 20th May. This year’s visitors were the Claremont-Mudd-Scripps Stags from California. As always, the game highlighted how much low the standard of football we play here is compared to the American college game. Nevertheless everybody loves the experience of these games.

This year it took the Stags one play to open the scoring. They kept scoring until and were leading by 59-0 when, on the stroke of halftime, the Pirates put a drive together and scored their first ever touchdown against American visitors. The second half was quieter but still mostly one way traffic. The final score was 73-6 to the Stags.

photos – East Kilbride Pirates v CMS Stags

15. May 2017 · Comments Off on Glasgow Tigers v Clyde Valley Blackhawks · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

After a year out Clyde Valley Blackhawks are back in the league and playing Division 2 football. It used to be a regular fixture, but for the first time in three years the Blackhawks visited the Tigers at Lochinch fon 14th May.

The Tigers put together a strong drive early in the game and forced in a touchdown. It proved to be the only touchdown of the game. Field goals had Glasgow leading 13-3 at half time and one more saw them finish with a 16-3 scoreline.

Both teams now have two wins and one loss for the season.

photos – Glasgow Tigers v Clyde Valley Blackhawks

15. May 2017 · Comments Off on Edinburgh Wolves v Tamworth Phoenix · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

The Premier Division North new boys from Edinburgh hosted the Phoenix, big favourites to win the division, at Meggetland on 13th May.

The game started at a fast pace with both teams scoring touchdowns on their opening posession. Tamworth held a narrow lead through the first half but by the end of the third quarter the score was tied at 20-20. The Phoenix got the final touchdown of the game and took the win by 27-20 but they’d been pushed far harder than anyone expected by a Wolves team who are clearly good enough to be in the top division.

photos – Edinburgh Wolves v Tamworth Phoenix

12. May 2017 · Comments Off on Edinburgh Wolves v East Kilbride Pirates · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

The return meeting of Scotland’s two National Division teams was played at Peffermill on 7th May. Since their first game they had both played and beaten Sheffield Giants.

Once again the match started slowly. The Wolves led by 2-0 at half time thanks to a safety from a blocked punt. The second half brought more scoring and once again Edinburgh had a lead in the second half in the fourth quarter. Once again however they couldn’t stop a Pirates comeback and this time the final score was 20-15 to EK.

photos – Edinburgh Wolves v East Kilbride Pirates

12. May 2017 · Comments Off on Division 1 Hockey Play-offs · Categories: Hockey - Men, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

The final weekend of the club hockey season featured play-offs, for places in European competitions for the top teams and for the last places in Division 1 next season for the bottom teams. On Saturday 6th May I was at Old Annisland to see two games.

Hillhead men who finished 7th in the first division played Inverleith, the Division 2 runners up. Hillhead took an early lead but had to fight to hold on for a 4-3 win against a strong comeback from Inverleith. The Edinburgh side took their second chance the next day when they beat Watsonians for the last slot in the top division.

photos – Hillhead v Inverleith

The second game was Clydesdale Western v Grove Menzieshill, the second and third finishers in Women’s Division 1. This was a close game throughout and it seemed like it was likely to go to a shoot-out until a late Western goal gave them a 2-1 win and a place in the final against Edinburgh University the next day.

photos – Clydesdale Western v Grove Menzieshill

01. May 2017 · Comments Off on Women’s Scottish Cup Finals · Categories: Hockey - Women, Photo Set

It was the Women’s turn for Cup Final day on 30th April at Glasgow Green.

The first game saw Glasgow success as the Academicals ladies were winners by 2-1 over Granite City Wanderers 2s by 2-1
photos – District Plate Final – Granite City Wanderers 2’s v Glasgow Academicals

There were no local teams, but definitely  a local rivalry in the District Cup final as both teams had made the long journey from the Northern Isles. Orkney’s experience in having played in finals in recent years showed as they were 3-0 victors over Shetland.
photos – District Cup Final – Orkney Ladies 1’s v Shetland Ladies 1’s

It’s been a long season for CALA Edinburgh who lost every game of their league campaign and were relegated. They now have some consolation after winning the Plate final by 4-0 over Glasgow University.
photos – Scottish Plate Final – Glasgow University v CALA Edinburgh

Edinburgh University completed the league and cup double in the last game of the weekend. Clydesdale Western opened the scoring but Uni replied with two of their own and then comfortably held off their rivals to win the cup for the second year running.
photos – Scottish Cup Final – Clydesdale Western v Edinburgh University

01. May 2017 · Comments Off on Men’s Scottish Cup Finals · Categories: Hockey - Men, Photo Set

Scottish Hockey’s men’s cup finals were played at Glasgow Green on 29th April.

The day started with the Reserve finals. In the Cup Grange 3s won against Hillhead 3s with the only goal of a tight game. Meantime, in a much more open game on pitch 2, Grove Menzieshill 3s took the Plate with a 5-2 victory over Watsonians 3s.
photos – Men’s Reserve Plate Final – Watsonians 3s v Grove Menzieshill 3s
photos – Men’s Reserve Cup Final – Hillhead 3’s v Grange 3

There was more success for the Grange club as their second team were victorious over Watsonians 2s by 4-1 to take the District Cup. In another all-Edinburgh game Edinburgh University 2s saw off Erskine Stewart’s Melville 2s by the same scorline to take the Plate.
photos – Men’s District Plate Final – Edinburgh University 2 v Erskine Stewarts Melville FP 2
photos – Men’s District Cup Final – Watsonians 2 v Grange 2

The senior Plate final saw the on-form Western Wildcats continue the great run they’ve been having with a comfortable win over Watsonians. The scoreline was again 4-1.
photos – Men’s Scottish Plate Final – Western Wildcats v Watsonians

After last week’s disaster for Grange, when they let the league title slip through their fingers, there was the chance for then to get revenge over Kelburne. It wasn’t to be however, Kelburne were never behind and took the cup with a decisive 5-2 win.
photos – Men’s Scottish Cup Final – Grange v Kelburne