Scottish Masters LX Hockey Club

Home page of the Scottish Masters LX Hockey Club, for Scottish hockey players over the age of 60. The Club currently 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 Grand Masters win European Bronze

Scotland Over 60 Men took the Bronze Medal in the 2019 Grand Masters European Cup in Brasschaat, Belgium with a 4-3 win over Germany on the final day of the tournament.

Scotland Over 60 2019 World Grand Masters Bronze Medallists
Scotland Over 60 2019 World Grand Masters Bronze Medallists

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.

Scottish Hockey news item     results and reports

2020 World Cup Tokyo, Japan 5-15 November

The Masters World Cup competition for 60+, due to take place in Tokyo from 5 to 15 November 2020, has been postponed because of the Covid-19 pandemic and will be played in 2021. 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). Scotland will be represented by at least one side. Newsletter 1 (PDF).

Scotland were to be represented by the Over 60 team, one of twenty one teams entered for the Grand Masters World Cup.We had entered two Scottish Thistles teams in the Spirit of Masters tournament, Over 60 (one of seven teams including, for the first time, India) and Over 65 (one of six teams).

Membership

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.

Survivors of the first Scotland-Wales International

Survivors of the first ever Scotland-Wales International

Proof that membership allows you to extend your (international) playing career - 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.

In the UK, only one international took place - March (Over 70 only v England, Durham). Tournaments planned for May (Four Nations, London) and August (Celtic Cup, Glasgow) have been cancelled because of the Covid-19 outbreak.

Scottish Thistles played in January (Carlisle) and March (Lille), but tournaments in April (Tilburg), May (Jersey and Four Nations, London), June (Cockermouth), July (Swansea) and August (hosting the Four Nations Spirit of Masters tournament in Dundee) were cancelled in March. Remaining events not yet cancelled are in July (Bra), September (Durham) and October (Bedford, TBC). The World Cup Spirit of Masters (Tokyo, November) has been postponed till 2021 on approximately the same dates.

Two whole club events for all players and guests in mixed age groups are planned for September in Edinburgh and December in Glasgow.

2020 Calendar

World Cup Tokyo 2021

On the assumption that the postponed World Cup will be held in early November 2021 in Tokyo, we need to know urgently whether we should continue with the existing entries of an Over 60 Scotland team and Over 60 and Over 65 Scottish Thistles teams, or add or subtract teams. For more information and to let us know your availability, all members should complete this form. It would be very helpful to the International and Scottish Thistles Sub-Committees if you would complete the form immediately but if you need time to think, the deadline is 5pm on Friday 10 April.

2020 World Cup Postponed

Following the postponement of the 2020 Olympic Games, World Masters Hockey has announced the postponement of all three 2020 Masters Hockey World Cups, which will now be played in 2021 on or around the same dates as in 2020. As a result, there will be no 2021 European Cup. Expect further guidance and information from both WMH and the club executive in the coming weeks.

Quadrangular Over 60 Tournament Mannheim

Scotland has received an invitation to play in a quadrangular Over 60 international tournament in Mannheim, Germany from Friday 31 July until Sunday 2 August along with England, Germany and Netherlands.

Tournament Cancellations

Inevitably the organisers of the ISVHT 2020 tournament scheduled for 24-26 April in Tilburg, Netherlands, in which two Scottish Thistles teams were due to play, have had to cancel the tournament. England Hockey has now announced that the Four Nations Tournament, including the Spirit of Masters Over 60 tournament at Southgate on 22-24 May has been cancelled. We have been forced to cancel the Celtic Cup,which we had planned to host at Clydesdale in August. All training is cancelled until further notice.

Scottish Thistles have now withdrawn from the proposed Midlands tour on 3 May and the Cockermouth tournament on 19-21 June. The tour to Jersey later that month has also been cancelled. The Bra tournament on 1-5 July has still not been cancelled, and a decision will be taken at the end of April. The Dragons Festival at the end of July and the Scottish Thistles Spirit of Masters Tournament in Dundee on 7-9 August have been cancelled.

Thistles win in Lille

With the teams already assembled at the venue in Lille on Friday 13 March 2020, the 2020 Jacques Lévy Tournament was cancelled on the order of the French Hockey Federation as part of the emergency action to combat the Covid-19 virus. The teams played an informal competition (minus the French team on the second day) on the Friday and Saturday of the tournament, and Scottish Thistles Blue won the trophy, with Whites in third place. report

Over 70s go down in Durham

Scotland Over 70 gave a good account of themselves against England in Durham on Tuesday 10 March, holding their opponents to 0-0 until added on time at the end of the first quarter, England being unable to increase their lead until the third period when an unlucky break of the ball led to their scoring a second. The Scots gave as good as they got in the fourth quarter but England did what England do and ran in another two goals to finish 4-0 winners. report

2020 AGM

Following the 2020 AGM on 8 March 2020, the new committee is as follows: Bernie Morrison - President, Mike McInally - Club Captain , John Hay - Secretary, Jim Chisholm -Treasurer, John Lees and Stuart Stephen - Ordinary Committee Members. Subscriptions remain at £20.

Over 60 Squad for Four Nations

The Scotland Over 60 squad for the Four Nations tournament at Southgate on 22-24 May 2020 (now cancelled) has been selected:

Derek Bell, John Bennett, Paul Docherty, Gurdial Duhre, Bennie Gibson, Murray Graham (GK), Ali Hay, Derek Johnstone, Alan Kerr, John Lees, Colin MacBeth, Gordon McKenzie (C), Arthur Robertson, David Rowlands, Neil Sharp, Stephen Springthorpe, Ronnie Stott (GK), Billy Taylor. Reserves: Donny Hay, Niall Sturrock.

Gordon McKenzie, Bennie Gibson and a Vice Captain (to be appointed) will form the management team for this event.

Thistles in Carlisle

Scottish Thistles played a double header in Carlisle against North of England LX on Sunday 19 January, the Over 60 side going down 2-0 while the older side came out 2-1 winners with two goals from Steve Laux. reports

Scottish Thistles Team Co-ordinators

With an increasing number of Over 70 and the possibility of Over 75 fixtures, Duncan Mitchell and Sandy Weir have taken on the roles of Over 70 and Over 75 team co-ordinators for Scottish Thistles matches. Sandy Weir is looking for players interested in taking part in a mixed aged Scottish Thistles tour to Jersey on their Independence Weekend, 9-10 May. Contact Sandy if you are interested.

Over 70 Team Co-ordinator

Peter Gordon has stepped up to take over the role of Over 70 Team Co-ordinator from Roy Crichton.