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.
Following the 2018 WGMA Congress in Barcelona, when delegates were asked to choose between Netherlands and Japan for the venue of the next World Cup, and a large majority chose Japan, WGMA has announced that the 2020 World Cup will be held on the three pitches at the Olympic Hockey Stadium to be build at Oi Seaside Park, near Tokyo Haneda Airport.
The dates have not yet been announced but will be after the Olympic Games which run from 24 July to 9 August 2020
We regret to announce the loss of Alistair Ogilvie, who passed away peacefully after a short illness on Wednesday 10 October.
Alistair was a very valuable member of the Organising Committee for the European Championships last year. His willingness to accept any role asked of him, his attention to detail and foresight in organisation were invaluable and much appreciated. Many of you will know what a delight he was to play with not just in the international team but also in the Scottish Thistles. His subtlety, sense of position, eye for a gap and speed of reaction will be sadly missed. More importantly, we have all lost a friend and colleague.
Scottish Thistles rounded off the year by participating in the England LX North East Tour in Durham on 12-13 September along with Welsh Dragons - report
Scottish Thistles once more took part in the Dragons Festival in Swansea on 27-8 July - read all about it.
In the 9th Grand Masters World Cup held in Barcelona from 20-30 June 2018, Scottish Thistles beat England LX in a semi final penalty shoot out and just fell short of winning the Gold Medal in the Grand Masters Tournament Trophy, going down narrowly to Southern Cross in the final.
Scotland Grand Masters put up a great fight against Australia in their 5-6 play off after beating New Zealand 4-0 in the 5-8 semi final but lost 3-1 to finish in sixth place. Scotland Great Grand Masters finished tenth and Scotland Senior Grand Masters were eighth in their respective competitions.
Scottish Thistles took on their Irish counterparts on 19 and 20 May in Bedford in a double header training weekend, and won both matches (the first after a penalty shoot out after the match ended 2-2). report
Scottish Thistles Over 70 lost 2-0 to the England Over 75 squad in the Lake District on Friday 18 May. A trophy in memory of Gerry Toner was presented to the winners. Thistles lost 3-0 to England LX Over 70 the following morning. report
In the 2018 Home Internationals at Three Rock Rovers HC, Dublin, Scotland Over 60s beat Wales 3-1 on the final day to finish in third place after losing to both England and Ireland. Scotland Over 65s lost all their matches, finishing in fourth place in the Great Grand Masters tournament, and Scotland Senior Grand Masters' draw against Wales was not enough to keep them out of third place on goal difference behind England and Wales.
Scottish Thistles played eight matches in the Third International Veterans Hockey Tournament in Tilburg, Netherlands on 4-6 May, putting in a good defensive display but lacking a cutting edge. report
Scotland were represented by Grand Masters, Great Grand Masters and Senior Grand Masters at the Celtic Cup in Marcq-en-Baroeul, France on 20-22 April.
Scotland Senior Grand Masters retained the Over 70 trophy with a 0-0 draw and a 2-1 win against Wales. Next best placed were Scotland Great Grand Masters who finished second behind Wales, while Scotland Grand Masters slipped to third place behind Wales with Ireland the winners of the premier trophy.
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.
Wales will host the 2019 Celtic Cup in Swansea from 26 to 28 April and Aberdeen is the venue for the 2019 Four NationsTournament (formerly Home Internationals) on 24-26 May.
The first Scottish Thistles event of the year will be the annual Jacques Lévy Superveterans Tournament in Lille (15-17 March) Doodle poll. Thistles have accepted an invitation to the Tilburg Superveterans Tournament on 26-28 April and are planning to field a team in each of the two age groups, hopefully with the same personnel as in the Grand Masters European Tournament Trophy in June. Welsh Dragons are proposing moving the date of the 2019 Dragons Tournament to the weekend of 4-5 August (annual Scottish Thistles event).
The highlight of the year was the FIH Grand Masters World Cup (20-30 June, Barcelona). Other international events took place in March (7th, Durham - Over 70s only v England), April (20-22, France, Celtic Cup) and May (11-13, Dublin, Home Internationals).Two Scottish Thistles teams played in March (16-18, Lille), and Thistles played in May (4-6, Tilburg) and will take part in the World Grand Masters Tournament Trophy in June (20-30 June, Barcelona). Scottish Thistles Over 60 played Cumbria on 15 April at Penrith and had a double header against Irish Shamrocks at Bedford on 19/20 May. Scottish Thistles Over 70 played in England in April (6-8, Wellingborough) and played the England Over 75 squad and an England LX Over 70 team in May (18-19, Cockermouth). Scottish Thistles played in the 2018 Dragons Festival in Swansea on 28/29 July and finished the year with the England LX tour in Durham on 12/13 September.
Following the very well attended session at Anniesland, Glasgow on Sunday 28 October, the next session will take place at Peffermill, Edinburgh on Sunday 25 November at 10:00-12:00 and 13:00-15:00. Over 60s will train on one pitch, while the first session on the other pitch wll be mainly for Over 65s and the second session mainly for Over 70s, though players are welcome to attend both sessions. There will be an Extraordinary General Meeting at 12:00. Further details about later sessions will be provided later. The intention is to hold training sessions on the last Sunday of every month (except December) so please try to keep those dates free.
Once again we have been invited to Lille for the annual Jacques Lévy Superveterans Tournament on 15-17 March 2019. Scottish Thistles have always enjoyed the hospitality and atmosphere of this Club tournament. We are hoping to take two teams again, as well as several 'supporters'. First come--first served as usual with equal playing time for all.
If you haven't had the pleasure of participating before, take a look at the arrangements for the 2018 tournament - there's information there about accommodation and travel as well as other bits and pieces which will give you a flavour of the event. Let us know your availability via the Doodle poll. New members welcome.
The new name for the club committee is the Executive Management Committee.
The International Sub Committee set up by the Executive Management Committee has produced a document setting out selection criteria for Masters International Teams (initially applying to the Over 60, Over 65 and Over 70 teams managed by the club on behalf of Scottish Hockey). selection criteria (PDF)
Subscriptions of £20 are now due (plus £37 for Scottish Hockey registration if you are not a member of a Scottish hockey club affiliated to Scottish Hockey) and should be paid to Scottish Masters LX Hockey Club, preferably by electronic banking: sort code 83-00-50, account number , with your name as reference, and email to confirm payment.
You can also pay by cheque made out to Scottish Masters LX Hockey club - send it to Treasurer
Physio Ian Stanley has devised a programme of daily exercises to help prevent injury and to help our ageing bodies cope with the demands of continuing to play hockey into our sixties and seventies. Coach Murray Paton advises you to start doing these exercises now and you will reap the rewards! Coach Murray Paton had some good advice for those playing in the 2018 World Cup in Barcelona.