08. November 2017 · Comments Off on Western Wildcats v Grove Menzieshill double header · Categories: Hockey - Men, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

Another top of Scottish Hockey’s Division 1 double header at Auchenhowie on 4th November as teams from the top four of both the men’s and women’s leagues met in games sponsored by AMS Disposables.

It was a successful day for the visitors from Dundee. The men’s team outfired a Wildcats side which was weakened by injury and came away with a 5-2 win. The second game was just as comfortable for the Grove ladies as they came through to win 3-0.

photos – Western Wildcats v Grove Menzieshill men
photos – Western Wildcats v Grove Menzieshill women

31. October 2017 · Comments Off on Kelburne v Western Wildcats double header · Categories: Hockey - Men, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

Kelburne hosted both Wildcats Division 1 teams at Glasgow Green on 28th October.

In the men’s game the previously unbeaten visitors fell to a 2-0 victory to the perennial champions. The relult leaves the two sharing second place in the league, one win behind the leaders Grange.
photos – Kelburne Men v Western Wildcats

Wildcats women had been on top of their division until the previous weekend. Their 3-0 win over the bottom of the table Kelburne keeps them in second place.
photos – Kelburne Women v Western Wildcats

31. October 2017 · Comments Off on Stepps v Harris Academy FP · Categories: Hockey - Men, Photo Set


The first of the National League games of Saturday 28th October at Glasgow Green was the Division 2 game between Stepps and Harris Academy.

Harris have been struggling this season and have lost all their games so far. This pattern continued as mid-table Stepps dominated the game and recorded a 15-1 win.

photos – Stepps v Harris Academy FP

24. October 2017 · Comments Off on Scottish Cup Sunday · Categories: Hockey - Men, Hockey - Women, Photo Set


Sunday 22nd October was the day for the second round ties of this season’s Scottish Cup, and I went along to Old Annieland where three games were played.

First on was a thrilling game between two Division 1 men’s teams, and indeed local rivals. Western Wildcats had to fight hard to maintain their season’s unbeaten record against a Hillhead team which was encouraged by their win of the previous day. In the end Wildcats managed the odd goal in five to progress into the round three draw.

photos – Hillhead v Western Wildcats

Two women’s games followed with Division 1 teams facing lower league visitors. Hillhead’s Ladies had the trickiest task as they’d drawn Merlins Gordonians, the leaders of National Division 2. The upset didn’t come however, a goal in each half was enough to see Hillhead through.

The final game was between GHK and Stirling Wanderers of the Women’s championship Division 2. Experience showed in this game as the hosts eased to a 3-0 win.

photos – Hillhead v Merlins Gordonians
photos – GHK v Stirling Wanderers

24. October 2017 · Comments Off on Hillhead v Uddingston · Categories: Hockey - Men, Photo Set


There was a crunch game lower down the Division 1 table on Saturday 21st as Hillhead men took on Uddingston at Old Anniesland.

This started as a slow game and well into the second half it looked like it could still finish as a scoreless draw. Suddenly Hillhead found some goalscoring form and late in the game they forced in four quick goals without reply.

The win gave Hillhead their first league points of the season and the chance to start climbing up the table.

photos – Hillhead v Uddingston

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