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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.

Aardvarks Too Hot For Thistles

An Over 65 Scottish Thistles team went down 4-1 to touring side Aardvarks at Meggetland on Saturday 15 July 2017. The following day, a Scottish Thistles side with a mixture of Over 60 and Over 70 players, and John Smith's much younger son Chris and wife Shelley, narrowly lost 2-1 to the visitors.

Scottish Thistles Go Down to England LX

Scottish Thistles and England LX Red teams 8 July 2017 Glasgow Green

Scottish Thistles lost 6-1 to England LX Red in a friendly match played at Glasgow National Hockey Centre on 8 July 2017. match report         action photos by Andy Lovat

European Cup Squads

Scotland will be represented by four teams in the European Cup: international Over 60, Over 65 and Over 70 teams and an Over 60 Tournament Trophy team.

Coach Murray Paton has selected the Scotland squads for the European Cup in Glasgow on 19-27 August 2017 and following on from the international selection, the Scotland LX squad playing in the Tournament Trophy has now been flnalised.

The full European Cup schedule shows that the Over 65 European Cup tournament will now be played as a round robin, with changes in the dates on which Scotland will play. The other competitions will run as scheduled except that Scotland Over 70 will not play Italy, who have withdrawn.

further details, Scotland match schedules and squads

Two second places for Scotland in Wales

Both Scotland Grand Masters and Scotland Senior Grand Masters claimed second place in their respective tournaments in Swansea in the Home Internationals, played over the weekend of 30 June - 2 July 2017. Scotland Great Grand Masters saw second place snatched from their grasp with five minutes to go in their final match on Sunday 2 July, Ireland scoring a winner to demote Scotland to third place on goal difference.

Once more England swept the board, winning each of the three age group tournaments. Wales collected the wooden spoon, finishing last in all three competitions.

tournament results and tables

Scottish Thistles in Tilburg

Scottish Thistles, playing for the second time in the 60-67 age group at the Tilburg International Hockey Tournament on 23-25 June 2017, picked up after a chaotic first day caused by transport difficulties, picking up a win and two draws in the final three matches of the tournament. Tim Lorimer, returning from a long period out of the game, scored two of their goals and George Pickett the other.

Scottish Thistles and Italy teams in Tilburg 2017

results and match report

Scotland Over 70s beat Scotland Over 60 Ladies

In a training match played at Peffermill on Sunday 11 June, the Scotland Over 70 men's squad, bolstered by a few younger substitutes who made cameo appearances, overcame the Scotland Over 60 Ladies squad 2-0 with goals by one of the substitutes, Peter Robertson, and Colin Tucker. match report

Scottish Thistles Edge Out Cumbria

Scottish Thistles narrowly won 4-3 against a Cumbria Select at Meggetland, Edinburgh on Sunday 4 June with goals from Stuart Robertson, Roy Crichton and two from Paul Bateson. match report

Over 70s Win Celtic Cup in Cork

Senior Grand Masters Gold Medal Celtic Cup 2017

Scotland Over 70s beat Wales Over 70s 1-0 in the 2017 Celtic Cup in Cork, Ireland on Saturday 29 April 2017 to claim the inaugural Senior Grand Masters Celtic Cup. The two sides played again on Sunday 30 April and once again Scotland came out on top, this time by 2-1.

Scotland Over 60s narrowly lost 0-1 to Ireland in their final match, Ireland scoring early against the run of play and holding out valiantly against constant Scottish pressure to take the trophy away from the holders, Scotland finishing second. A draw would have been enough for Scotland after an impressive 5-0 win against Wales on the second day after opening their account with a convincing 7-0 win over France.

The Great Grand Masters team finally recorded a victory in their last match, winning 2-1 against France, and finished in third place behind Wales and Ireland. They had gone down 2-1 to Ireland after taking the lead in their second match following a 0-0 draw against Wales in a match which could have gone either way.

fixtures and results

No goals for Scottish Thistles in Le Touquet

Scottish Thistles ended the third over 60 Le Touquet international tournament over the 2017 Easter Weekend with three successive 0-0 draws, inability to convert possession into goals costing them dear. Their only defeats came at the hands of the two French sides, the premier team Supervétérans France ending up tournament winners. Socially, the event was a great success and Thistles are looking forward eagerly to an invitation to the 2018 tournament.

Scottish Thistles squad in Le Touquet 2017

results and reports

Scottish Thistles Fourth in Lille

Scottish Thistles Lille March 2017

Scottish Thistles travelled to Lille for the 20th Jacques Lévy Superveterans Tournament on the weekend of 17-19 March 2017, finishing in fourth position. England LX retained the trophy for the fifth successive year and Welsh Dragons took second place, with Egypt in third. In the end, the unexpected defeats by Supervétérans France A on the first day of the tournament and Italians on the second day were decisive in preventing Scottish Thistles from making the final. Thistles played some superb, passing hockey at times but frustratingly could not produce the same form in every game. reports and results

Scotland Squads for Home Internationals

Coach Murray Paton has selected the Scotland squads for the Home Internationals in Swansea on the weekend of 30 June - 2 July 2017.

Scotland Over 70 in Durham

Scotland Senior Grand Masters squad lost 4-0 to England at Durham on Tuesday 28 February in a game of two halves, England scoring all their goals in the second half.

Scotland captain Ally Philip presents Scotland LX whisky  to England captain Brian Perryman

Scotland Captain Ally Philip presents Scotland LX
whisky to England Captain Brian Perryman

match report

Scotland Squads for Celtic Cup

Coach Murray Paton has selected the Scotland squads for the 2017 Celtic Cup on 28-30 April in the Republic of Ireland at Garryduff Sports Centre, Cork. Wales are the holders of the Grand Masters Celtic Cup and Scotland hold the Great Grand Masters Celtic Cup. France and Ireland are the other two nations in the competition. For the first time, there will be a Senior Grand Masters competition, between Scotland and Wales.

Grand Masters Hockey European Cup

Grand Masters Hockey European Cup

Scotland will host the 2017 Grand Masters Hockey European Cup at Glasgow National Hockey Centre and Clydesdale Hockey Club on 19-27 August 2017. The event will include a Tournament Trophy for non-national teams and, for the first time, the Women's Over 60 European Cup.
tournament website     Facebook page

Gold Medal for the President

Playing for Western Australia Country Over 75 in the 2016 Australian Championships in Adelaide, President Kieran McLernan won a gold medal.

Kieran McLernan with 2016 Gold Medal Australian Championships

Scottish Thistles "Over 70" Win in Wales

A slightly underage squad of 13 players including a couple of non-nationals in Tony Walker and Bob McCombe playing as Scottish Thistles Over 70s against a similar Welsh squad won the second leg of a double header at Wrexham, North Wales on Wednesday 21 September by 3-0.

Scottish Thistles Over 70 Wrexham September 2016

In the first match the previous evening, Scottish Thistles drew 0-0; they played a lot of good, controlled hockey but lacked the ability to put in telling passes to their forwards.

match reports

Grand Masters Win Celtic Cup in France

Scotland Grand Masters defeated France 2-0 in the final match of the Celtic Cup held on 9-11 September at Lille Métropole Hockey Club to win the Grand Masters Celtic Cup with a 100% record and clean sheets in all three matches. Scotland Great Grand Masters had earlier defeated France 7-0 to set up the possibility that they could retain the Great Grand Masters Celtic Cup, but Wales kept their nerve, defeating Ireland and relegating Scotland to second place.

Colin Tucker on the attack against Ireland

Colin Tucker (GGM) attacks against Ireland

Both Scotland teams had won their opening matches on Friday 9 September. Scotland Great Grand Masters beat Ireland 1-0 in the afternoon, followed by a resounding 8-0 win over Wales by Scotland Grand Masters. In the second day of the tournament, Scotland Grand Masters continued their winning ways with a 2-0 win against Ireland, but the Great Grand Masters side suffered their first reverse, going down 2-0 to eventual winners Wales.

results and Scotland squads       match reports



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.

Fixtures 2017-18

Training sessions will take place as follows:
23rd July Glasgow Green 10.00 to 15.00
6th August Peffermill 10.00 to 15.00 International
13th August Glasgow Green 10.000 to 15.00 International

Each session will run from 10:00 to 13:00 for Over 60 players. Over 65/70 players will normally train from 13:00-15:00. On dates marked International, attendance at the early session will be restricted to members of the Scotland Over 60 squad for the next international tournament.

Scottish Thistles Over 70s will play in the Lakes Tournament at Cockermouth Grammar School on 21-22 July 2017, with matches against the England Over 75 squad (15:00 Friday 21 July) and a Cumbria Select (a.m Saturday 22 July).

Scotland will host the Grand Masters Hockey European Cup at Glasgow Green on 19-27 August 2017 (Scotland Grand Masters, Great Grand Masters, Senior Grand Masters and Scottish Thistles). tournament draw and Scotland squads

2018 World Grand Masters World Cup Logo

The 2018 World Cup will be held in Barcelona, Spain from 20-30 June 2018.



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

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.

results and squads

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

International Superveterans Tournament Tilburg 2016

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.

results and reports

WGMA World Cup 2016 Logo

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.

tournament summary
Grand Masters fixtures & results
Great Grand Masters fixtures and results

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

George Black in the Papers Again

George Black  20 March 2016 Auchenhowie © John Linton 2016

Photo © John Linton 2016 (click for larger version)

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.