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.
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
On the final day of the 2018 Home Internationals at Three Rock Rovers HC, Dublin, Scotland Over 60s beat Wales 3-1 to finish in third place. The Over 65s and Over 70s had uphill tasks against England, and both went down. On the second day, both Scotland's sides had lost 2-0 to the hosts, after both Grand Masters sides had lost their matches on the first day. Scotland Senior Grand Masters had a rest day, having opened the tournament with a 1-1 draw against 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.
The highlight of the year will be 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). England LX have invited Scottish Thistles and Welsh Dragons to play in their North East Tour in Durham on Wednesday 12 and Thursday 13 September. 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 have been invited to the 2018 Dragons Festival in Swansea on 28/29 July and the England LX tour in Durham on 12/13 September.
If you are interested in playing for Scottish Thistles in the annual Dragons Festival in Swansea on 28/29 July, please add your name to the Doodle poll.
Coach Murray Paton has some good advice for those playing in the World Cup in Barcelona. For travel from Barcelona airport to the hotel, and between the hotel and pitches, transport information is now available.
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!
Sunday 29 April Glasgow Green 15:00-17:00 Over 65/70/non-international Over 60 v Scotland Over 60 Ladies (training match)
Sunday 27 May Glasgow Green 12:00-14:00 Scotland Over 60s; Clydesdale 14:00-16:00 (please note earlier finish) all other players
Saturday 2 June Glasgow Green 12:00-14:00 Scotland Over 60s training match
Sunday 10 June Peffermill 13:00-15:00 Scotland Over 60s; 11:00-13:00 all other players
Please inform your team co-ordinator if your availability for these dates has changed - the availability poll is closed but the co-ordinators have a copy.
The match schedule for the World Cup in Barcelona from 20-30 June 2018 has been published, and you can find a link to the draw and information about Scotland's opponents below.
9th Grand Masters Hockey World Cup: Scotland Grand Masters are one of a record 18 countries competing for the Over 60 cup; Argentina, Canada, Singapore and USA are entering for the first time. There are 14 teams in the Great Grand Masters tournament and 11 in the Senior Grand Masters competition.
Grand Masters Tournament Trophy: Scottish Thistles are one of ten teams competing for the Over 60 trophy.