17. October 2017 · Comments Off on Wildcats v Grange Double Header · Categories: Hockey - Men, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

Two games at Auchenhowie on 14th October as the Western WIldcats and Grange men and women’s first teams met in league games.

For the men, both teams were unbeaten in the season.  It was to be a continual back and forward game. Wildcats opened the scoring but later they had to equalise twice on the way to a 3-3 draw which left the teams still sharing top spot in the division.
photos – Western Wildcats v Grange

Wildcats women were clear 3-0 winners over the promoted team, Grange EL. It wasn’t a one sided game though. The visitors put Western under a lot of pressure and contributed to a very entertaining game. With five wins out of five, Wildcats women are top of Division 1.
photos – Western Wildcats v Grange EL

25. September 2017 · Comments Off on Boys Interdistrict Hockey · Categories: Hockey - Men, Photo Set

This year’s tournament was played at Glasgow Green on the weekend of 23-24th September, and was completed despite the problem of heavy rain on the Sunday.

East District did the double, taking both the under 16 and under 18 crowns in the league system. West District were runners up in both events.
photos – Under 16 Interdistricts
photos – Under 18 Interdistricts

20. August 2017 · Comments Off on Grand Masters Hockey European Cup 2017 · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Men, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

One of the big events of hockey’s international Grand Masters year, the European Cup, was played in Glasgow from 19th to 27th August. The tournament catered for four age groups, over 60s, 65s 70s and 75s and games were played at Glasgow Green, Titwood and Stepps.
The 23 games I managed to produce photos from are listed below.

o60s England LX Red v Team Germany Red – 19th August
o60s Southern Cross Blue v Alliance – 19th August
o75s England v Germany – 20th August
o75s Southern Cross Blue v Australia – 20th August
o60s England LX Red v Scottish Thistles – 21st August
o75s Southern Cross Blue v Alliance – 21st August
o60s Scotland Women v England – 21st August
o65s Wales v Ireland – 21st August
o70s Scotland v Germany – 22nd August
o70s Alliance v Southern Cross Blue – 22nd August
o70s England v Belgium Old Lions – 22nd August
o65s Netherlands v Scotland – 23rd August
o70s Netherlands v Germany – 23rd August
o60s England Women v Alliance GM – 23rd August
o60s Netherlands v LX Ladies – 23rd August
o60s Scotland Women v Alliance GM – 25th August
o60s LX White v Alliance – 25th August
o60s France v Italy – 25th August
o60s Wales v Spain – 25th August
o65s Netherlands Orange v LX Red – 26th August
o60s England v Germany – 26th August
o60s Netherlands v Ireland – 26th August
o70s Southern Cross Blue v LX Red – 26th August

08. August 2017 · Comments Off on EuroHockey Men’s Championship II 2017 · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Men

The second level nations championship was played at Glasgow Green from 6-12th August, with twenty matches played over the week. The biggest prize of the tournament wasn’t the trophy, it was the two promotion places to the top level championship in 2019 which the finalists would earn.

The opening group stages saw Wales and Scotland finish on top, and it was these teams who went on to win their semi-finals and win the promotion places. The third place match was won by France, beating Russia 5-4, before Scotland produced a late comeback in the final to beat the Welsh 2-1 and be crowned champions.

final Scotland v Wales – 12 August 2017
3rd/4th France v Russia – 12 August 2017
semi-final Scotland v Russia – 11 August 2017
semi-final Wales v France – 11 August 2017
Czech Republic v Portugal – 12 August 2017
Ukraine v Switzerland – 12 August 2017
Ukraine v Czech Republic – 11 August 2017
Portugal v Switzerland – 11 August 2017
Scotland v Ukraine – 9 August 2017
France v Portugal – 9 August 2017
Switzerland v Czech Republic – 9 August 2017
Russia v Wales – 9 August 2017
Scotland v Portugal – 8 August 2017
Ukraine v France – 8 August 2017
Czech Republic v Russia – 7 August 2017
Switzerland v Wales – 7 August 2017
Russia v Switzerland – 6 August 2017
Czech Republic v Wales – 6 August 2017
Ukraine v Portugal – 6 August 2017
France v Scotland – 6 August 2017

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

28. June 2017 · Comments Off on Scotland u16 boys v Ulster · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Men, Photo Set

The under 16 boys played a three game series against their counterparts from Ulster at Glasgow Green over the weekend of 23-25th June. I made it along to the Friday night game.

The Scottish boys proved to be a much stronger team in this game. They produced a dominant performance and strolled to a 10-0 win.

photos – Scotland u16 boys v Ulster

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 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

24. April 2017 · Comments Off on Kelburne pip Grange to championship · Categories: Hockey - Men, Photo Set

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

03. April 2017 · Comments Off on Under 16 Scottish Cup · Categories: Hockey - Men, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

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