Scottish Veterans LX Hockey Club
Home page of the Scottish Veterans LX Hockey Club, for Scottish hockey players over the age of 60. The Club manages the National teams for Over 60s (Grand Masters), Over 65s (Great Grand Masters) and Over 70s (Senior Grand Masters). It fields teams under the Scottish Thistles banner at home and abroad.
Scottish Thistles in Swansea
Scottish Thistles once more took part in the annual Dragons Hockey Festival in Swansea. Though they came back with only a point, they acquitted themselves well against strong opposition. report by Tim Lorimer
Celtic Cup Squads Selected
Coach/Selector Murray Paton has selected the squads for the 2016 Celtic Cup at Polo club de Marcq en Baroeul (near Lille), France on 8-11 September 2016. The competition is for Grand Masters (Over 60) and Great Grand Masters (Over 65) and the teams participating are France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Scotland squads
Grand Masters & Senior Grand Masters Second in Home Internationals
In the 2016 Home International tournament at Southgate, London on 1-3 July 2016, Ireland joined the Over 65 tournament for the first time and there was an inaugural Over 70 competition involving England, Scotland and Wales.
Scotland Grand Masters (Over 60) put in an outstanding performance, giving tournament winners England a run for their money and seeing off both Ireland and Wales with comprehensive victories to finish in second place.
One remarkable feature of Scotland's final Grand Masters match against Wales was a pair of yellow cards issued to father and son: Scotland player Glenn Paton and his son, Scotland coach Murray Paton. The statisticians are scouring the record books to see if this has ever happened before.
Scotland Great Grand Masters (Over 65) will count the cost of lack of striking power which left them in fourth place in their competition.
Scotland Senior Grand Masters (Over 70) squeezed through into second place in the inaugural competition after a 2-2 draw with Wales left them depending on the score in the final match of the whole tournament between England and Wales. In a nail biting finish, England scored a fourth goal in the last seconds of that match to relegate Wales to third place on goals scored, Scotland having finished level with the Welsh on points, goal difference and the result of the match between the two sides.
Pistons too Strong for Thistles
In a pre-tournament match played at Southgate on Thursday 30 June, Scottish Thistles went down 8-0 to Pistons. The Thistles side, composed of a mixture of Scotland Over 65, Scotland Over 70 and unqualified members, were much older than their opponents and that, coupled with a reluctance to expend too much energy in advance of the Home Internationals on the following three days, made this a mismatch. That said, the Pistons keeper pulled off two wonder saves to deny Brian de Mattos in the second half, and the teams retired to the bar in good spirits.
World Cup Penalty Shoot Out Videos
Scotland Grand Masters had to go through a three way penalty shoot out competition with New Zealand and Wales to qualify for the 5-8 places. They did so convincingly, beating both their opponents 3-2. videos
Scottish Thistles 8th in Tilburg
A Scottish Thistles side led by Colin Gallacher finished eighth in the International Superveterans Tournament in Tilburg, Netherlands on 17-19 June 2016. Though they conceded only five goals in their six matches, lack of a cutting edge cost them dear, and their best results were two goalless draws on Saturday 18 June, one against the very strong England LX Red side, winners of the tournament.
World Cup - 6th for Scotland Grand Masters
Scotland sent two teams - Grand Masters (Over 60) and Great Grand Masters (Over 65) to the 2016 World Cup in Newcastle, New South Wales on 3-13 May 2016.
It was a very successful 2016 World Cup for Scotland Grand Masters, which showed real improvement under coach Murray Paton, earning a very creditable sixth place in the tournament. As well as improving their place in world hockey, they showed at times that they could compete with the best teams in the world, giving eventual gold medal winners Netherlands a real match in the quarter final which the Dutch admitted afterwards had been their hardest match in the tournament.
They were unfortunate to miss out on fifth place in their final match against South Africa, a game dominated by the Scots who just could not find the way past a resolute South African defence. Still, sixth place was an improvement of three places over their position in the 2014 World Cup and this result will strongly benefit Scotland in future events in terms of seeding.
Scotland's Great Grand Masters fielded a depleted team, the oldest in the competition, and were always up against it against younger opposition. Their best performance was a 1-1 draw against old rivals Wales but they could not improve on the ninth place earned in the 2014 World Cup.
Scotland Over 60 and Over 65 are proud to have been sponsored in the World Cup in 2016 by AMN Contracts, Explore Scotland, Frontline Consultancy, Opex, Solve-it Blocks and Top Drawer. sponsor page
Over 70s go down to Cumbria
Scottish Thistles Over 70 lost 5-0 to a very useful Cumbria Select at Glasgow Green on Thursday 21 April 2016. report
New members (and partners) will be made very welcome and there is room for all standards of players. If you want to continue playing hockey into your sixties and beyond, and to have the chance of playing for your country, check out the information about membership or complete the online application form.
Training sessions are planned for the following Sundays:
4 Sep 10:00-14:00 Glasgow Green Celtic Cup Squads
9 Oct 10:00-15:00 (TBC) Glasgow Green All Members
30 Oct 10:00-14:00 Peffermill All Members (date change)
13 Nov 10:00-14:00 Glasgow Green All Members
4 Dec 10:00-14:00 Peffermill All Members (date change)
11 Dec 10:00-14:00 Peffermlill All Members
We had hoped to send a team to the Indian Gymkhana Centenary tournament in London on 27-29 August 2016, but have been unable to raise a viable team and have withdrawn from the tournament.
The venue for the 2016 Celtic Cup is Polo club de Marcq en Baroeul (near Lille), France on 8-11 September 2016. (Scotland Over 60, Over 65).
Wales will play a Scottish team in a mini 'Over 70' Celtic Cup at Wrexham Glyndwr University in a double header fixture on Tuesday 20 (17:00) and Wednesday 21 September (10:00) 2016.
We have decided that Scotland Over 60 will not take part in the inaugural American Masters and Grand Masters Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 29 November - 3 December 2016.
Scottish Thistles have been invited to the third Over 60 Veterans Tournament over the 2017 Easter Weekend (15-17 April) at Le Touquet, France.
George Black in the Papers Again
Three years on from his last appearance in a newspaper article, George Black is once again in the news as his ninetieth birthday approaches. We are virtually certain that he is the oldest player in the UK and his story was in the Herald, Scottish Daily Mail, Scottish Daily Record and Scottish Sun on Wednesday 23 March 2016.
Thistles third in Lille
Scottish Thistles ended up in third place in the 2016 Jacques Lévy Tournament in Lille on Sunday 13 March after a losing semi final against Supervétérans France A in which they went down 2-0. They went on to contest the 3rd/4th place final against the French B side and seemed to be coasting to victory after turning round at half time 3-0 in the lead. Two goals by the French left them hanging on at the end, finally claiming third place with a 3-2 win. In the pool matches on the Friday and Saturday, they had also ended up in third place in the round robin pool by virtue of two wins and a draw against two losses to the eventual finalists, England LX and Supervétérans France A.
Over 70s Draw with England
Scotland Senior Grand Masters put on a creditable performance against their English counterparts in the friendly interational at Glasgow Green on Wednesday 2 March 2016, earning a well deserved 0-0 draw.