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) and Over 65s (Great Grand Masters), and, from 2015, Over 70s (Senior Grand Masters). It fields teams under the Scottish Thistles banner at home and abroad.
Scotland third in KL
Scotland Grand Masters finished in a fine third place in the Pacific Rim Tournament in Kuala Lumpur, beating Japan 1-0 (Ogilvie) in the 3rd/4th place final on 1 November 2015 to maintain their undefeated record in the tournament. They had narrowly missed out on a place in the final to eventual winners, England, on goal difference.
Scotland had completed the group stages undefeated with a comfortable 4-0 win (Johnstone, Paton, Robertson, Shirreffs) over Alliance on Friday 30 October. In spite of finishing with a goal difference of 11 (13 for, 2 against), they finished behind England who had an even better goal difference. England qualified to play Malaysia in the final and Scotland faced Japan, second in the Asian Cup, for third place on Sunday 1 November.
Scotland had a gritty 2-1 win (Ogilvie, Candlin) over Southern Cross A on Thursday 29 October after a resounding 6-0 victory over Southern Cross B (Gordon 2, Johnstone, Ogilvie, Morrison, Paton) on Tuesday 27 October. They had started with a well earned 1-1 draw against England on Monday 26 October, Johnstone scoring for Scotland. The match against Egypt on Wednesday 28 October was treated as a training session, Egypt having a team full of younger players.
Eurohockey Bronze for Scotland Over 70
Scotland Senior Grand Masters, playing in their first tournament at Over 70 level, won Bronze in the European Cup at Southgate, London, beating Germany 2-1 in the play off for 3rd and 4th places with goals by Bremner and Weir. Unfortunately, their Over 60 counterparts failed to emulate them, having to settle for fourth in the Grand Masters tournament after losing 3-0 to Spain. Scottish Thistles, playing in the Grand Masters Tournament Trophy for national second teams and non-national sides, finished in sixth place.
Scotland Over 60 lost 6-0 to England in the second semi final on Thursday 27 August and play Spain, who lost the other semi final to Netherlands in a penalty shoot out, to decide the bronze medal. Scotland Over 70 already knew they faced Germany on finals day to decide the Senior Grand Masters bronze medal. The 'wee' Grand Masters Scottish Thistles team bowed out of the Tournament Trophy, going down 6-2 to Alliance in their last match on Thursday 27 August to finish in sixth place.
A 4-2 win against Wales on Wednesday 26 August earned Scotland Grand Masters second place in their pool after Germany went down to pool winners Netherlands. Scotland face England in the semi finals on Thursday 27 August. In their cross over tie against England, Scotland Over 70 put in a creditable performance to lose 2-0, and will face Germany on Friday 28 August to decide 3rd and 4th places. In the final match of the day, Scottish Thistles won their first match of the tournament 3-0 against Welsh Dragons to qualify for the 5th/6th playoff against Alliance.
Scottish Thistles had been first on, losing by 5-0 to Netherlands on Saturday 22 August. Next up were Scotland Over 60 who scored the equaliser in the dying seconds in a 3-3 draw with Germany. Scotland Over 70s lost out 5-0 to Netherlands in the last match of the day. The second day started with a 3-1 defeat for Scotland Over 60 against Netherlands. Scottish Thistles went down 10-2 to Alliance but the best result of the day was a 0-0 draw between Scotland and Germany in the Over 70 tournament. With both Scotland sides having a rest day on Monday 24 August, Scottish Thistles had a creditable 2-1 loss to England LX Red to confirm their position as fourth in the group. Tuesday 25 August saw Scotland Over 70 lose 8-0 to England, and a surprise 1-0 win for Germany against Netherlands left Scotland in 4th place in the group. They faced England again in the playoffs. Scotland Grand Masters beat France 2-0 later in the day to move clear in third place in their group. With Germany losing 2-0 to Netherlands in their last match, a win against Wales in the final match in the pool the next morning would give Scotland second place and the chance to compete for a medal.results
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Scottish Thistles Social Team at Swansea
Scottish Thistles came out of the 2015 Dragons Festival with the award for social team of the tournament. The hockey was a different story, though it would have been different if they had taken their chances. report
Clean Sweep for England in Home Internationals
England once again took both cups in the Home Internationals, their Grand Masters and Great Grand Masters sides posting 100% records against the other Home Nations. Losses for both sides on Sunday 12 July left both Scotland teams in third place at Peffermill, the Great Grand Masters going down 7-0 to England and the Grand Masters losing 3-1 to Wales. England Grand Masters safely saw off Ireland 2-0 in the final match. Scotland Grand Masters ran England close in the crucial match on Saturday 11 July but failure to take their chances saw them lose 2-0 to England. Ireland and Wales drew 1-1, leaving Scotland needing to beat Wales by a large margin and hope for an Irish win against England on the last day. On the first day of the tournament, a collapse in the final six minutes of the opening match in the tournament saw Scotland Great Grand Masters lose three late goals to go down 4-1 to Wales. In the Grand Masters competition, England never looked back after scoring four in the first quarter against Wales, running out 7-1 winners. The final match, between Scotland and Ireland Grand Masters, was a much closer affair, Scotland edging out the Irish 2-1.tournament programme (PDF, in new window)
CBE for John Connaghan
Congratulations to John Connaghan, one of the Scotland Over 60 squad in the 2015 European Cup, who was made a Commander of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours List published on 13 June.
Scotland Win GGM Celtic Cup in Ireland
The holders, Scotland Over 60s, contested the Grand Masters Celtic Cup being played for the first time in Northern Ireland over the weekend of 24-26 April 2015. They took on France, Ireland and Wales and were gunning for yet another victory. Scotland got off to a flying start, beating France 7-1 in their first match on Friday 24 April, but couldnot overcome Wales the following day, the match ending 0-0, leaving them with the task of at least drawing with Ireland to retain the cup. It was not to be, Scotland losing 3-1 to Ireland, winners of the trophy for the first time.
Scotland Over 65s, current holders of the Great Grand Masters Celtic Cup, contested once again only with Wales after a French attempt to raise a team failed. The first match played on Friday 24 April ended in a 1-1 draw and a goal from Gallacher won the decider for Scotland on Saturday 25 April, the match ending 1-0 for Scotland.
Scottish Thistles v Isle of Man Select
On the eve of many players travelling to the Celtic Cup in Northern Ireland, Scottish Thistles went down 4-2 (or maybe it was 5-2 as reports conflict) against a much younger Isle of Man touring side on Thursday 23 April at Glasgow Green. Scorers for Scottish Thistles were Chris Flight (ex Harris FP, loaned by the opposition) and Alan Parker. report
Scotland Squad for Kuala Lumpur
The Scotland squad for the Pacific Rim Tournament in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia from 26 October - 1 November 2015 is:
Candlin, Chisholm, Ferrol, Finlayson (Captain), Gordon, Johnstone, Kalman, McCreath, Mackenzie, McLernan, McNab, Morrison, Ogilvie, Paton, Shirreffs, Wilson.
Ian Wilson will be the coach and Mhairi Ferrol the manager. Brian Moore has expressed an interest in going as an umpire.
Scotland lose first ever Over 70 International
Scotland Over 70 played a warm up match in Durham on Wednesday 25 March, beating the England Over 75 squad 3-0 with goals from Morrice, McLernan and Paterson.
In the full international against England Over 70 the following day, England proved too strong and Scotland went down 2-0. reports
Scottish Thistles fourth in Lille
Scottish Thistles travelled to Lille with a squad of only 11 players for the annual tournament, now renamed the Jacques LÚvy tournament after the death of Jacques in 2014. A good performance in the group stages saw them finish in second placed but they lost the semi final against Welsh Dragons by 2-1 in a penalty shoot out and finished in fourth place after a 1-0 defeat by France A in the 3rd/4th place match. results and reports.
Draw for Scottish Thistles v Cumbria
After a postponement caused by snow, the return fixture against Cumbria Masters finally took place on Tuesday 26 February 2015. Peter Robertson's wonder strike for the Thistles' goal was the highlight.
Scottish Thistles win in Carlisle
Macdonald scored the only goal of the game for Scottish Thistles against Cumbria Masters at Carlisle Leisure Centre on Tuesday 25 November 2014.
Dragons Festival Swansea
Scottish Thistles managed a creditable win against Dragons 65s with a spectacular solo goal from Tim Lorimer but the other results over the weekend of 26-27 July went against them. Still, all the players thoroughly enjoyed a good weekend of hockey in Swansea. report
Over 60s clinch ninth place in Den Haag
A 3-2 win over South Africa on Thursday 12 June put Scotland Over 60s through to the 9-10 final on the last day of the tournament in Den Haag, though they would have to play with five players missing as they had booked flights home too early for the final match. Even with that handicap, they recorded a 2-1 win over Ireland to take ninth place, having won their last three matches after a disappointing series of defeats in the pool matches. Scotland Over 60s had broken their duck in their playoff against New Zealand on Tuesday 10 June, securing a place in the 9-12 finals with a 4-1 victory. Meanwhile, after an unprecedented blunder by the organisers, Scotland Over 65s turned up for their first play off match, which should have been against South Africa but was wrongly listed as against Wales, to find that neither of their potential opponents had appeared. There seems now to be no prospect of the 5-9 playoffs being played to a conclusion. The 65s suffered a sore defeat the following day, going down 2-0 to Wales in a match which Scotland dominated. Their final match on Thursday 12 June against Italy again resulted in a loss - after clawing back a 2-0 deficit, they conceded a short corner goal in the dying minutes to lose 3-2. results and reports
Scottish Thistles in Jersey
Scottish Thistles visited Jersey on 9-11 May 2014 and had mixed results - a great social trip and a much less successful time on the hockey pitch. They lost 3-0 in both matches, against Old Victorians on Saturday 10 May and England LX on Sunday 11 May.
Scotland take both Celtic Cups in Glasgow
Ireland and France took part for the first time with Scotland and Wales in the Over 60s competition held at Clydesdale Hockey Club, Glasgow on 25-27 April 2014. The Over 65s tournament was fought out between Scotland and Wales who met on Saturday 26 April.
Friday 25 April saw the entry of Ireland and France into the Grand Masters (Over 60) Celtic Cup for the first time since the competition began in 2007. Holders Scotland started their defence of the trophy with a 7-0 win against France while the the Irish went down 3-1 to Wales in the evening of 25 April. On the second day, France again lost 7-0, this time to Wales, while Ireland lost a tight match 2-1 against Scotland to leave Scotland and Wales to contest the Celtic Cup on Sunday 27 April, while France and Ireland scrapped for third place, which Ireland claimed with a 7-0 victory. Scotland narrowly beat Wales 2-1 in the final match to win the Celtic Cup once more.
Scotland and Wales mutually agreed to play again on Sunday 27 April for the Great Grand Masters Celtic Cup after Wales rescued a 2-2 draw with a penalty corner equaliser in the last minute on Saturday 26 April. The match ended in stalemate 0-0, leaving Scotland holding on to the trophy they have held since its inception in 2011.
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.
The next training session for all members and others interested in playing for Scotland at Over 60 level and above will be on Sunday 21 February 2016 at Glasgow Green from 11:00-17:00. Before that, there will be a 'top up', skills based session at Glasgow Green from 12:00-14:00 on Sunday 6 December 2015.
Scottish Thistles have once again received an invitation to the Jacques Lévy Superveterans Tournament in Lille on 11-13 March 2016.
Scottish Thistles Over 70 will play a Cumbria Select in Glasgow on a date to be decided in February 2016.
Scotland Over 70s will play England at Glasgow Green, probably on Wednesday 2 March 2016.
Grand Masters Hockey World Cup 4-12 May 2016 in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia (Scotland Over 60 and Over 65).
We've received an invitation from Zestigplussers to a 16 team European tournament in Tilburg, Netherlands on 17-20 June 2016 (Scottish Thistles). We will make a decision on participation once the dates of the 2016 Celtic Cup are fixed.
The Home Internationals are planned for 1-3 July 2016 at Southgate Hockey Club, London. England intends to introduce an Over 70 category for the first time. (Scotland Over 60, Over 65. Over 70)
The venue for the 2016 Celtic Cup is Polo club de Marcq en Baroeul (near Lille), France on 8-11 September. (Scotland Over 60, Over 65).
"Over 70s" draw with England in Durham
A Scottish Thistles squad made up of a majority of players over 70 put up a fine show against the England Over 70 squad on a bitterly cold day in Durham, the match finishing 0-0 with neither goalkeeper being seriously troubled. The Scottish defence, marshalled by Philip who was ably supported by Cassell, back playing after a heart operation, was equal to most of the English attacks. The normally effective English midfield was blunted by the close attention of the Scottish four, whose constant harrying made it difficult for their opponents to find telling, forward passes. Much of the time, they were forced to turn the ball back in search of another gap, which the well organised Scottish midfield quickly plugged. Springford, a long term absentee through a serious hamstring injury on the very same pitch, proved a handful for the English, who as a result had to keep men back to take care of the Scottish forwards. This was an excellent team performance, with every one of the Scottish players giving his all and keeping discipline throughout. It bodes very well for the near future when Scotland will have enough players to field a full international Over 70 side.
The following day, the squad, with three changes, were vastly overmatched against a younger and very much stronger England LX Red Over 65 team, and came a distant second thanks mainly to a very poor second quarter, when they shipped six goals. They had the consolation of scoring through a Bryce penalty corner.
Scottish Thistles Third in Lille
In the LUC Ronchin tournament in Lille on 14-16 March 2014, Scottish Thistles were drawn with teams from
Belgium, England and Netherlands in the group stages.
On the first day, Thistles lost narrowly to England LX through a short corner goal scored after the final whistle, and ran out comfortable 2-0 winners against Belgian side Eburons. Another 2-0 win against Zestigplussers of Netherlands on 15 March put Thistles into the quarter finals as group runners up to England LX, and they beat France 3-1 to set up a repeat match against England LX in the semi final at 9 am on Sunday 16 March. Though Thistles had the lion's share of the match, England LX snatched a goal after 15 minutes and held on to put Scottish Thistles out of the final. In the 3rd/4th playoff, Scottish Thistles beat Welsh Dragons 1-0 to claim 3rd place.