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.
2016 World Cup
The 2016 Grand Masters Hockey World Cup will take place in Newcastle, New South Wales from 4-12 May 2016.
Scotland has entered two teams, Grand Masters (Over 60) and Great Grand Masters (Over 65). squads and tournament draw
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
tournament website (new window)
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 2015 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)
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.
Scottish Thistles play in the Jacques Lévy Superveterans Tournament in Lille on 11-13 March 2016.
Scotland Over 70s will play England at Glasgow Green on Wednesday 2 March 2016 at 12:30 p.m.
Scottish Thistles Over 70 will play a Cumbria Select in Glasgow on Thursday 21 April 2016.
Grand Masters Hockey World Cup 3-12 May 2016 in Newcastle, New South Wales, Australia (Scotland Over 60 and Over 65). squads and tournament draw
Scottish Thistles have accepted an invitation from Zestigplussers to a 16 team European tournament in Tilburg, Netherlands on 17-20 June 2016 (Scottish Thistles in Under 67 group).
The Home Internationals are on 1-3 July 2016 at Southgate Hockey Club, London. Ireland will join the Over 65 tournament for the first time and there will be an inaugural Over 70 competition involving England, Scotland and Wales. (Scotland Over 60, Over 65, Over 70).
We hope to send a Scotland Over 60 team to the Indian Gymkhana Centenary tournament in London on 27-29 August 2016.
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).
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 lose first ever Over 70 International
Scotland Over 70 played a warm up match in Durham on Wednesday 25 March 2015, 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 Lévy tournament after the death of Jacques in 2014. A good performance in the group stages saw them finish in second place 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.