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). It fields teams under the Scottish Thistles banner at home and abroad.
"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.
Thistles at the Mussel Festival
A depleted Scottish Thistles squad took part in the Mussel Festival in Hellevoetsluis, Netherlands on 10 October 2013, led by Alan Parker. On the evening before the tournament, a combined Scottish Thistles/HC Voorne side played out a creditable 2-2 draw with the German Over 70s squad.
European Cup in Belgium
In the 2013 European Cup held in Kontich, Belgium in August 2013, Scotland Over 60s cruised to fifth place on goal difference over Wales by beating Italy 8-1 in their final match, while the Over 65s ended their campaign with a 0-0 draw against Wales, finishing fifth behind their opponents on goal difference after Italy were disqualified.
Scottish Thistles win fair play award in Dragons Festival
Scottish Thistles had a great time in Swansea in the last weekend in July 2013, reserving their best performances for the Sunday, when they drew 1-1 with Midlands and beat Black Dragons 1-0. On the way, they won the fair play award - a recycled bottle of 'Famous Scotland LX' whisky, consumption of which on the Saturday night obviously set up their improved performances on the Sunday.
Silver for 65s in 2013 Home Nations
Scotland Over 60s and Over 65s travelled to Wales to compete against England and Wales for the 2013 Home International Championship at Swansea Bay Hockey Club over the weekend of Friday 28 - Sunday 30 June. In the opening match of the tournament, Scotland Over 65s dominated Wales but went behind in the last quarter to a goal from the only Welsh short corner of the match. Intense Scottish pressure finally told when Bryce levelled the scores with a short corner goal in the dying minutes to make the final score 1-1.
Scotland Over 60s had a tough task on Saturday 29 June with two matches starting with a morning game against England, ending in a 4-0 defeat. They finished the tournament going down in a 5-3 defeat by Wales to leave England and Wales to fight it out for the Linburn Trophy on Sunday 30 June - England duly took the honours with a comfortable victory. The Over 65s put up a superb display against England on Sunday 30 June, holding them to 1-0 until the final stages before losing two more goals to finish 3-0 losers, still good enough for second place on goal difference over Wales, who had conceded seven without reply to the English.
"Over 70s" pipped at the post in Durham
A reduced complement of five genuine over 70s supplemented by eight over 65 players took on the England Over 70s squad on Wednesday 12 June. England took the lead through Hayes in the first half but the Scots responded after half time with a goal from Morrice. Hopes of an honourable draw were dashed when Warrender scored in the final minute to make the final score 2-1 to the home side. report
Sun Shines on Scotland LX and All Stars
In a mini tournament reduced to only two sides played in hot conditions at Auchenhowie on 25 May 2013, a combined Scotland Over 60s/Over 65s/Scottish Thistles side ground down All Stars over a series of short matches resulting in a 2-2 draw and two wins for the combined team. report
Scotland Clean Sweep in Celtic Cup 2013
Scotland Over 60s and Over 65s started the 2013 international season with an away trip to Cardiff in defence of the Celtic Cups in the annual fixture against Wales on Saturday 11 May. The Over 65s played first and won the cup for the third time in succession with a hard-fought 1-0 victory.
Not to be outdone, the Over 60s went one better with a 2-0 victory.
In the friendly internationals played the following day, the results were reversed, Wales beating Scotland Over 60s 4-0 and Scotland Over 65s also going down by a lesser margin, 1-0, to their Welsh counterparts. results and 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.
10-11 May 2014 Jersey Triangular competition with Jersey Veterans and England LX (Scottish Thistles)
25-27 April 2014 Celtic Cup (Glasgow); Over 60s competition including France and Ireland for the first time
10-11 May 2014, Jersey triangular competition with Jersey Veterans and England LX (Scottish Thistles)
3-13 June 2014 Grand Masters Hockey World Cup Klein Zwitserland, Den Haag, Netherlands (Scotland)
Home Internationals 2014 in England - dates still to be decided (Scotland)
2015 Grand Masters European Cup England (Scotland)
2016 Grand Masters Hockey World Cup in South America or Australia (Scotland)
Scottish Thistles in Lille March 2013
Scottish Thistles started the year competing in the 16th Euroluc Supérvéterans tournament in Lille from 8-10 March 2013. They made the semi finals on Sunday 10 March, topping their group with four 1-0 victories in their four group matches. They finished the tournament undefeated but had to settle for a share of third place with Egypt after drawing with England LX in the semi final but losing the penalty flick competition. Colin Gallacher was top scorer on three with Jim Watson close behind with two goals.fixtures and reports
George Black makes page 3
Well, not quite page 3, but Founder President George appeared in the Local Hero series in The Herald on Friday 1 March 2013. Two days later, his reign as President of our club came to an end when he stepped aside in favour of Kieran McLernan who promised not to stay on as President for as long as George had!
In many ways, George has been the face of our club but he hasn't stopped playing and will still be there with us. With Stepps HC about to celebrate its centenary, we are sure he will not be short of things to do with his new found spare time.
We shouldn't forget that Alan Auld, was there as a Herald Local Hero before George (Friday 1 May 2009), and coincidentally Alan too stepped down at the AGM on 3 March 2013. Alan wil also carry on as a playing member, though the role of Club Captain will in future be "rolled" in with the role of President, Kieran having been appointed as President and Club Captain at the AGM.
Other officers elected or nominated at the AGM were Jim Chisholm as Secretary and Graham Conkie as Fixtures Secretary. Gordon Loudon joined the committee as an ordinary member. Since the AGM, Peter Gordon has agreed to be Match Secretary to support Jim and Graham.
Scotland retain Celtic Cups
Scotland ended 2012 on a high note by winning both the Over 60 and the Over 65 Celtic Cups on Saturday 27 October at Inverclyde National Sports Centre. Scotland Over 60s had a convincing 2-0 victory with goals from Bishop and Paton, while it took a last minute goal from Weir to give Scotland victory in the Over 65 Celtic Cup after Crichton's early goal was nullified by Maas for Wales.
Scotland bottom in 2012 World Cup
Both Scotland Over 60s and Over 65s finished bottom in the WGMA World Cup in Oxford from 14-24 August 2012. The Over 60s had to wait until their final match before recording any points, while the Over 65s had one win and two draws - still not enough to keep them out of last place.