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

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

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

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

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

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