29. December 2017 · Comments Off on Women’s Div 1 Indoors – 3 December · Categories: Hockey - Women, Photo Set

Hockey’s winter period arrived with the opening of the National League Indoor League on 3 December with the women’s Division 1 playing at Bells Sports Centre in Perth.
The highlight game of the day saw reigning champions Dundee Wanderers beating Clydesdale Western by 5-4.
Meantime I spent the day being hit by the ball. Not connected with that it looks like I’ll be off for a few weeks as a lens has to go in for repair.

photos – Women’s Div 1 Indoors – 3 December

16. November 2017 · Comments Off on GHK v Kelburne · Categories: Hockey - Women, Photo Set


At Old Anniesland on 11th November GHK women hosted Kelburne in a Division 1 match.

Kelburne have been struggling this season after an upheaval at the club cost them several regular players and they’ve lost all of their games so far. GHK are themselves a low in the table team but they took this one by 4-0 to keep them 7th in the table.

photos – GHK v Kelburne

08. November 2017 · Comments Off on Under 18 Scottish Cup Finals · Categories: Hockey - Men, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

The under 18 cup finals were played over a cold Sunday 5th November at Glasgow Green.

The boys competition had three finalists who played a round robin. Grange won the trophy after victories in both their games. Perthshire took second place ahead of Clydesdale Western. There was competition for the lower placings too and Western Wildcats took 4th place

.photos – Boys Under 18 Cup Finals day

Four girls teams played semi-finals and a final. Clydesdale Western were the final winners over Watsonians while Inverleith sneaked third place taking a shoot out after a late equaliser denied Fjordhus Reivers.

photos – Girls Under 18 Cup Finals day

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

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

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

02. October 2017 · Comments Off on Girls Interdistrict Hockey · Categories: Hockey - Women, Photo Set

In slightly better weather than the boys had the previous weekend, the girl’s Interdistricts were played at Glasgow Green on 30 September/1 October.

In the under 18’s Midland came top of the round robin competition, ahead of East and South.
The under 16s was played to a final. This saw East win in a shoot out against West after they’d drawn level with a late goal in regulation time.

photos – Under 16 Interdistrict
photos – Under 18 Interdistrict

22. September 2017 · Comments Off on Western v Western cup · Categories: Hockey - Women, Photo Set

The first round of the 2017/18 Scottish Cup brought together what most think are two of Scotland’s top five women’s teams for a tie at Auchenhowie on 17th September.

The game was as close as expected. The final score was 1-1 and the penalty shoot-out that followed went to sudden death before the home side came out victorious.

So, the Wildcats proceed to the next round, Clydedale Western are immediately installed as favourites to win the consolation Plate cometition.

photos – Western Wildcats v Clydesdale Western

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