31. July 2017 · Comments Off on Scotland v France · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Women

Scotland women will be playing in the European Championships in Amsterdam on 18-27th August. Their final preparation test matches at Glasgow Green were played over the weekend of 28 to 31 July against a France team who had several youngsters in the squad.

I was at game one on Friday night and game three on Monday morning. France opened the scoring early in the first game, but that was their only goal of the weekend while Scotland scored four in each game to win the series comfortably.

photos – Scotland v France

24. July 2017 · Comments Off on Merseyside Nighthawks v East Kilbride Pirates · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

Both the junior and Senior Pirates teams made the trip to Skelmersdale on 23rd July to play matches against Merseyside Nighthawks.

The under 19s were first to play. They had two goals. One was simply to keep their winning streak going, the other was to concede as few points as possible so they would have home advantage for their coming play-off meeting with Nottingham Caesars. They succeeded in both, taking the game with a comfortable scoreline of 56-6.
photos – Merseyside Nighthawks v East Kilbride Pirates (juniors)

The senior Pirates faced a much bigger task. Merseyside hold second place in the division again and needed the win to confirm their play-off berth.
East Kilbride conceded two touchdowns early in the game, but at half time they were still in it at 26-13 down. They couldn’t keep up this momentum in the second half though as the Nighthawks kept the pressure on and went on to win by 59-13.
photos – Merseyside Nighthawks v East Kilbride Pirates (seniors)

22. July 2017 · Comments Off on Scotland v Russia · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Women

In the run up to the European Championships in Amsterdam in August, Scotland women played a series of three informal games against Russia over the weekend 20-23rd July. I made it to two of the games.

On the Thursday night at Titwood the Scots built an early two goal lead only to have the game drift away from them. The Russians won 4-2. Saturday at Glasgow Green followed a similar pattern. Scotland opened the scoring but went on to lose 2-1.

photos – Scotland v Russia

18. July 2017 · Comments Off on Clyde Valley Blackhawks v Aberdeen Roughnecks · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

Chasing the second play-off place from BAFA Division 2 North, the Roughnecks were visitors to Wishaw to play Clyde Valley on July 16th.
This was exactly the type of close, hard fought game that has been typical of this division in 2017. Exactly, because the result was a 13-13 tie.

These teams will meet again in Aberdeen before the final league positions are settled.

photos – Clyde Valley Blackhawks v Aberdeen Roughnecks

14. July 2017 · Comments Off on East Kilbride Pirates v Tamworth Phoenix · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

The senior East Kilbride team is still struggling to keep up in the Premier North division. The unbeaten leaders Tamworth Phoenix, who were the visitors on 9th July, quickly showed the gap that’s developed between the teams by scoring four touchdowns in the first quarter. Things didn’t improve a lot for the Pirates during the rest of the game and the scoreline stretched to 59-7 by the end.

While Tamworth appear to be cruising to the division title again the chances of play-off football for the Pirates are now almost none.
photos – East Kilbride Pirates v Tamworth Phoenix

14. July 2017 · Comments Off on East Kilbride Pirates v Leeds Academy Assassins · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

The junior Pirates continued their winning streak with a comfortable 36-0 win on 9th July at Hamilton. The clean sheet was vital in their chase for a home play-off game and it needed an outstanding defensive stand late in the game when Leeds had a first and goal opportunity.
photos – East Kilbride Pirates v Leeds Academy Assassins

10. July 2017 · Comments Off on Scotland LX v England LX Red – over 60 men · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Men, Photo Set

The European Grand Masters veterans hockey tournament is being played in Glasgow next month. As a warm up we had an over 60s game between Scotland LX and England LX Red at Glasgow Green on 8th July. This was all good fun and saw the English win 6-1. Looking forward to the tournament now.

photos – Scotland LX v England LX Red

10. July 2017 · Comments Off on Scotland under 16 & under 18 girls v Ireland · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

The Irish under 16 and under 18 girls came across for a series of three games each against Scotland at Glasgow Green on 7-9th July. I was at the first two games of each series.

The Irish under 16s started their first game well and led 1-0 at half time. However they succumbed to a Scottish comeback and lost 2-1. The second game finished at 0-0.

The under 18 games weren’t so close. The visitors won game one by a comfortable 3-0 and after losing a first minute goal in the second game they went on to win 3-1.

The Sunday games, which i missed, went to form with wins for Scotland under 16s and Ireland under 18s.

photos – Scotland under 16 girls v Ireland
photos – Scotland under 18 girls v Ireland

06. July 2017 · Comments Off on Scotland under 21 v Wales · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

With a European tournament coming up in Prague next week the Under 21 ladies team played warm up games against a Welsh under 23 development side at Glasgow Green on the 3, 5 & 6th July.
I missed the first game but was there to see the Scots win game two by 3-1 before the Welsh put together a better performance and won the final game by the same scoreline.
Photos – Scotland under 21 v Wales

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

BAFA’s Division 2 North (actually North Division 2 North) features only four teams, who are having to play each other three times. Glasgow Tigers travelled to the Clyde Valley Blackhawks at Wishaw on 2nd July for the second time in a fortnight and with two wins against their local rivals already in the bank.

This was a close game which remained scoreless until the final play of the third quarter when the Tigers forced a touchdown on a short yardage run. This lead was short lived as Clyde Valley hit back almost immediately to level the scores. A field goal with less than a minute left on the clock was the decider and it was Glasgow who clinched it. The final score was 10-7.

The Tigers now have a 5-1 record and comfortably lead the division.

photos – Clyde Valley Blackhawks v Glasgow Tigers