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 EK Pirates v Sheffield Giants · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

East Kilbride Pirates started BAFA Premier Division their season on 22nd April at their new home, GHA Rugby Club in Giffnock. There was a good crowd filling the stand but they were to be disappointed by the result. Sheffield Giants took advantage of a slow start for EKP and won by a comfortable 22-0.

photos – EK Pirates v Sheffield Giants

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

24. April 2018 · Comments Off on Two Hillhead games · Categories: Hockey - Men, Photo Set

A legacy of the long cold winter is that we’ve had is a backlog of hockey fixtures. For that reason Hillhead men had to play three games over four days between the 19th to 22nd April, the penultimate weekend of the league season. I got to two of the games.
First up was Edinburgh University on Thursday night under the floodlights at Old Anniesland. Two down at half time Hillhead fought back to 2-2. On Saturday they were two down to the on form Clydesdale team in not much more than two minutes and this time a comeback was beyond them. Clydesdale went on to win by 6-2 and secure fifth place in the division. Hillhead are eighth and in danger of facing relegation play-offs.
photos – Hillhead v Edinburgh University
photos – Hillhead v Clydesdale

 

17. April 2018 · Comments Off on Clyde Valley Blackhawks v Dumfries Hunters · Categories: American Football, Photo Set

15th April was the start  date of the British American Football season and I made my way to Wishaw for the first Scottish game, a Division 2 clash between the Blackhawks and Hunters.
There was some good football on show and, typically for the first game of a season, some not quite so good football. The game was close though as the Blackhawks only just held on to their two touchdown half time lead to win by 13-12.

photos – Clyde Valley Blackhawks v Dumfries Hunters

14. April 2018 · Comments Off on The Haggis Cup 2018 · Categories: Australian Rules, Photo Set

The annual Australian Rules football pre-season tournament was held at the West of Scotland Rugby Club on 14th April this year and as usual it attracted teams from England to compete with the Scottish clubs.
In fact it was English visitors who bagged both the cups. Nottingham Scorpions were the men’s winners this year, seeing off Greater Glasgow Giants in the final. Third place among the men went to Glasgow Sharks thanks to a win over Edinburgh Bloods.
The Giants were the runners up in the women’s tournament too. A really close final saw them edged out by the girls from the University of Birmingham.
photos – Haggis Cup – men
photos – Haggis Cup – women

13. April 2018 · Comments Off on Scotland Under 18s v Poland · Categories: Hockey - International, Hockey - Men

The Polish under 18 boys and girls played three game series against Scotland on 12-14th April.
I made it to the thursday night boys game at Titwood. On yet another cold night Scotland took a one goal lead in the first half. They couldn’t hold on after the break though as the visitors came back to win 2-1.

photos – Scotland Under 18s v Poland

 

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

27. March 2018 · Comments Off on Double Header for Kelburne · Categories: Hockey - Men, Photo Set

Kelburne had a big two game weekend over 24/25th March at Glasgow Green as they played both their closest challengers in their pursuit of yet another league championship.
Second place Grange were the Saturday visitors. The game started badly for them as they were two down inside five minutes and then a spectacular third soon afterwards (photo below). It was too much to fight back from and the final result was 5-3 to Kelburne.
On Sunday Grove Menzieshill fared better. Kelburne scored three times but their rivals found an equaliser every time. 3-3 was how it finished.
These results leave Kelburne with a 5 point lead at the top of Division 1 with only three games left to play.

photos – Kelburne v Grange
photos – Kelburne v Grove Mensieshill