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.
Scotland Over 60 Men took the Bronze Medal in the Grand Masters European Cup with a 4-3 win over Germany on the final day of the tournament.
Not to be outdone, Scotland Over 60 Women beat Netherlands 2-1 to win Bronze in the Over 60 Womens European Cup. Finally, Scotland Over 65 finished the tournament undefeated, beating Ireland 3-0 to secure fifth place in the Great Grand Masters European Cup. Scotland Over 70 finished seventh, Scottish Thistles Over 60 fourth and Scottish Thistles Over 65 ninth.
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.
The 2019 international season began with an Over 70 international against England at Durham on Tuesday 5 March at 15:00.
The first Scottish Thistles event of the year was the annual Jacques Lévy Superveterans Tournament in Lille (15-17 March), in which Thistles Whites narrowly missed out on the trophy. Thistles again played in the Tilburg Superveterans Tournament on 26-28 April and fielded a team in each of the two age groups, the older team winning the gold medal. Thistles Over 60 finished fourth in the 2019 European Grand Masters Tournament Trophy and Thistles Over 65 were ninth in the European Great Grand Masters Tournament Trophy. Next was the 2019 Dragons Tournament in Swansea on 3-4 August and the current fixture list ends with two squads taking part in the North East Tour in Durham on 10-12 September.
There will be another Club Event open to all hockey players who will be aged at least 58 by the end of 2020 on Sunday 8 December 2019 from 11:00-14:00 at Peffermill, Edinburgh. Cost: £10. Bring Blue and White playing tops. Members are encouraged to 'bring a friend' and to spread the word amongst hockey players of the right age. There is still time to complete the Doodle poll so we know how many players are expected to attend.
The format is a training session in teams followed by a round robin tournament played by four teams.
If the event must be cancelled due to inclement weather an announcement will be sent via club email and posted prominently on the Scotland LX website. Travel is always at the discretion of the individual.
See training for future Over 60 and possible Over 70 sessions, now planned into February 2020.
Sessions for players in the Over 65 age group have been booked monthly from October 2019 to March 2020, and are open to all club members and newcomers. Selection for Scotland and Scottish Thistles will take place in 2020 but everyone is encouraged to keep on training with the squad. Injuries, availability and knowing what the set up and plays are will be important to all players especially as there will probably be different personnel in each tournament.
Please complete this Doodle poll with your availability for the remaining sessions up to January.
We have now booked Over 65 training sessions for all players on the following dates in February in March.
Please complete this Doodle poll with your availability for the February and March sessions.
There will be further sessions in April and May including a weekend for the players selected for the Home Nations tournament in Southgate. This will involve a light training session on a Saturday morning followed by a game in the afternoon. Dinner. B&B. Sunday, light training session followed by game late morning.
The Grand Masters World Cup competition will take place in Tokyo from 5 to 15 November 2020. Matches will be played at two different venues: at the Oi Olympic Hockey Field, where there will be three water based Poligrass pitches, and at the Komazawa Olympic Park General Sports ground, where the 1964 Olympics were held, and where there is now one sand dressed pitch (renewed in 2017).
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