18. June 2018 · Comments Off on Scotland under 16 girls v Ulster · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

The Scotland girls played the first of two games against Ulster at Glasgow Green on 15th June.

This game was scoreless through the first three quarters, although Scotland had hit the post twice. The excirement came with a few minutes to go. Ulster scored first, from a penalty corner, but couldn’t hold onto the lead as the Scots finally forced one home.

photos – Scotland under 16s v Ulster

13. June 2018 · Comments Off on Scotland v Italy · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

Scotland women are playing a three game series against the World Cup bound Italians at Glasgow Green from 12 to 15th June.

In game one on Tuesday night Italy opened the scoring just after half time. There was a strong fightback however and Scotland fought through to win 2-1.
Game two on Thursday lunchtime was blown open in the second quarter by a burst of three goals in eight minutes for the Italians. Once again, Scotland fought back in the second half but this time they could only bring the score back to 3-2.
Scotland finally got off to a good start in the final game on Friday night. However, after their early goal they fell behind by 2-1 and it took a late equaliser to save the game. This left the series tied and the shoot-out was played to decide the winner, and that went Scotland’s way.
photos – Scotland v Italy

14. May 2018 · Comments Off on Hockey Play-offs weekend · Categories: Hockey - Men, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

The last weekend of the club hockey season over the 12/13th May saw the top four men’s and women’s teams play off for the right to play in European competitions next year, and for the lower Division 1 and top Division 2 teams sort out promotion and relegation.
On the Saturday I was at Glasgow Green where Grove Menzieshill men’s 3-1 win  put an end to Kelburne’shopes of a trophy this year. After that it was the turn of Grove Menzieshill women, but they finished on the wrong side of a 3-1 result as Clydesdale Western earned their place in the Grand Final.
photos – Kelburne v Grove Menzieshill
photos – Clydesdale Western v Grove Menzieshill

Back to Glasgow Green on the Sunday for four matches. First up saw a game between two Edinburgh teams playing for the last place in Women’s Division 1 next season. It was close in the end at a scoreline of 2-1 but Grange were on top for most of the game against promotion hopefuls Inverleith. The mens game that followed wasn’t so close. Uddingston dominated and condemned Dundee Wanderers to relegation by 6-1.
photos – Grange v Inverleith
photos – Uddingston v Dundee Wanderers
In the first of the Grand Finals Edinburgh University women took a first half lead against Clydesdale Western. They didn’t capitalise on their dominance however and later in the second half the Western girls managed to get back into the game, their equalising goal forcing a sudden death shoot out. It was University who won the shoot-out with a clinical performance and they had completed the League/Cup/Grand Final treble.
In the men’s Grand Final it was Grange who were chasing the same treble. It wasn’t to be however as Grove Menzieshill were on top for most of the game and it finished with yet another 3-1 scoreline.
photos – Clydesdale Western v Edinburgh University
photos – Grove Menzieshill v Grange

01. May 2018 · Comments Off on Last Day of the League Dramas · Categories: Hockey - Men, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

Saturday 28th April was the final day of the league season and both championships were up for grabs.

I started the day at Uddingston where Kelburne needed a win to secure their 14th consecutive title. Kelburne started nervously and found themselves 2-0 down at half time. A fight back followed and they fought back to take a 3-2 lead with five minutes left. The title looked to be heading their way until the last minute when Uddingston scored from a penalty corner and snatched a draw. In a reverse of last year’s events, attention switched to Edinburgh where Grange went on to win their game and take the league title.

photos – Uddingston v Kelburne

I then made my way to Auchenhowie where Edinburgh University women also needed a win to secure the championship. Their task should have been trickier as the opposition was third placed Western Wildcats, however three goals scored in the first half let them coast to a 3-1 win.

photos – Western Wildcats women v Edinburgh University

The Wildcats v University men’s game followed in which the home team, already qualified for the play-offs with fourth place in the division, saw off the students by 4-1.

photos – Western Wildcats men v Edinburgh University

24. April 2018 · Comments Off on GHK v Grange · Categories: Hockey - Women, Photo Set

Two teams fighting for survival in the lower reaches of Women’s Division 1 met on what felt like the first sunny day of the year at Old Anniesland on 21st April. On the strength of the better first half the home team, GHK, were able to see Grange off by 3-2. With one game to go the result leaves GHK almost safe from relegation while Grange are facing play-offs next month.

photos – GHK v Grange

02. April 2018 · Comments Off on Scotland under 16/18s v Wales · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Men, Hockey - Women

The under 16 and under 18 boys and girls teams from Wales came to Glasgow over Easter weekend and played three game series against Scotland.
Scotland came out on top in all four series but their were some great games. Notable was the first under 18 boys game where a last minute Welsh goal levelled the score at 4-4.
I caught some of the action at Titwood on the Friday night and Glasgow Green on Saturday and Sunday.

photos:
Under 16 Boys
Under 16 Girls
Under 18 Girls
Under 18 Boys

27. March 2018 · Comments Off on Hillhead v Dundee Wanderers · Categories: Hockey - Women, Miscellaneous

In Women’s division 1 on Sunday 25th Hillhead played hosts to Dundee Wanderers at Glasgow Green.
The home side had a strong half and had the bulk of play. However they couldn’t take any of their chances and were a goal down at half time. Wanderers took control of the game in the second half and finished with a 3-0 win.
photos – Hillhead v Dundee Wanderers

17. March 2018 · Comments Off on Scottish Hockey Schools Cup Finals · Categories: Hockey - Men, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

The 2018 Scottish Hockey Schools Finals were played at Glasgow Green on the afternoon and evening of 16th March. It was a bitterly cold day, but the players shrugged that off and put on a great show of hockey over no less than twelve matches. Personally I was frozen and struggling.

The most successful school of the day was Stewart’s Melville College who’s boys did the double, winning both the Open Cup and the S3 Cup. The enthusiastic Dollar Academy girls were winners of their Open Cup while the High School of Glasgow edged out George Watsons in the S3 Girls Cup. For a full report on the action visit the Scottish Hockey website.

I have photos from seven games, including all six from the main pitch, and all twelve presentation ceremonies. Full coverage of the Pitch 2 games was provided by Mark Pugh and photos from those games are on his website.
My photos are as follows:

Aspire Girls Plate – Perth Schools v Millburn Academy
Aspire Boys Plate – Harris Academy v Beaconhurst School
Aspire Boys Cup – Renfrew Schools v Douglas Academy
S3 Girls Cup – High School of Glasgow v George Watson’s College
S3 Boys Cup – George Watson’s College v Stewart Melville College
Open Girls Cup – Dollar Academy v Craigholme School
Open Boys Cup – Stewart Melville College v Hutchesons Grammar School
Presentations from all games

05. February 2018 · Comments Off on Indoor Hockey Gala Finals · Categories: Hockey - Men, Hockey - Women, Photo Set

We had a long day at Bells Sports Centre on 3rd February as nine games were played to complete the club indoor season.
The champions were Inverleith men, who beat Kelburne, and Clydesdale Western women who overcame last year’s winners Dundee Wanderers. Grove Menzieshill II men needed a shoot-out to beat Dunfermline Carnegie to the Division 2 title.
Other successes on the day went to Grange Ladies and Western Wildcats men who secured promotion to Division 1 for next season, while FMGM Monarchs won promotion to men’s Division 2. Also, Grove Menzieshill women and Dundee Wanderers men took third places in their Division 1s.

photos – Men’s games
photos – Women’s games

29. January 2018 · Comments Off on Under 18 Girls Indoor Cup · Categories: Hockey - Women, Photo Set

Six schools were represented in this year’s finals of the Scottish Under 18 Girls Indoor Cup at Bells on 28th January.
Once again we had an exciting finish to the tournament. The girls from George Watson’s College scored an equalising goal from a penalty corner on the last play of the final and then went on to take the trophy after a shoot-out. Strathallan took third place in the tournament ahead of Robert Gordon’s College, Hawick High School and the High School of Glasgow.
photos – Under 18 Girls Indoor Cup