Home page of the Scottish Masters LX Hockey Club, for Scottish hockey players over the age of 60 (formerly Scottish Veterans LX Hockey Club). The Club manages the National mens hockey 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.
Following the 2018 WGMA Congress in Barcelona, when delegates were asked to choose between Netherlands and Japan for the venue of the next World Cup, and a large majority chose Japan, WGMA has announced that the 2020 World Cup will be held on the three pitches at the Olympic Hockey Stadium to be build at Oi Seaside Park, near Tokyo Haneda Airport.
The dates have not yet been announced but will be after the Olympic Games which run from 24 July to 9 August 2020
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 membership information or complete the online application.
Twelve players who played in the first ever Over 60 international between Scotland and Wales in Aberdeen in 2008 were reunited in battle in the 2017 Senior Grand Masters Celtic Cup in Cork, Ireland.
Wales will host the 2019 Celtic Cup in Swansea from 26 to 28 April and Aberdeen is the venue for the 2019 Four NationsTournament (formerly Home Internationals) on 24-26 May.
The first Scottish Thistles event of the year will be the annual Jacques Lévy Superveterans Tournament in Lille (15-17 March). Thistles have accepted an invitation to the Tilburg Superveterans Tournament on 26-28 April and are planning to field a team in each of the two age groups, hopefully with the same personnel as in the Grand Masters European Tournament Trophy in June. Welsh Dragons are proposing moving the date of the 2019 Dragons Tournament to the weekend of 4-5 August (annual Scottish Thistles event).
2018 saw Scottish Thistles win Silver in the 2018 World Grand Masters Tournament Trophy, our best ever result at Grand Masters level. summary of 2018
The regular last Sunday in the month sessions will now be restricted to members of the initially selected international squads. The Over 60 squad has now been selected and the Over 65 squad will be announced soon, while the Over 70 training squad will include all those who have made themselves available for selection. Scottish Thistles will make separate arrangements for training.
There will be no session in December and the next session will be at The High School of Glasgow on Sunday 27 January. The Over 60 squad will train from 10:00 to 12:00 and 13:00 to 15:00, Over 65s on the second pitch from 10:00 to 13:00 and Over 70s on the first pitch from 12:00 to 13:00, switching to the second pitch from 13:00-15:00.
Further sessions are planned for Sunday 24 February and Sunday 31 March - further details to follow.
Gordon Mackenzie is organising an intra-club tournament at Peffermill, Edinburgh (not Glasgow Green which is unavailable) from 10:00-13:00 on Sunday 16 December. All players aged 58 and above, including non-members, are invited to turn up on the day with blue and white strips and ten pounds match fee. Teams will be picked on the day.
Once again we have been invited to Lille for the annual Jacques Lévy Superveterans Tournament on 15-17 March 2019. Scottish Thistles have always enjoyed the hospitality and atmosphere of this Club tournament. We have again entered two teams, and will take along several 'supporters'.
Take a look at the arrangements for the 2018 tournament - there's information there about accommodation and travel as well as other bits and pieces which will give you a flavour of the event.
The International Sub Committee set up by the Executive Management Committee has produced a document setting out selection criteria for Masters International Teams (initially applying to the Over 60, Over 65 and Over 70 teams managed by the club on behalf of Scottish Hockey). selection criteria (PDF)