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 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 Scotland is the venue for the 2019 Home Internationals in May (date and venue still to be confirmed).
The first Scottish Thistles event of the year will be the annual Jacques Lévy Superveterans Tournament in Lille (15-17 March). 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, hpefully 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.
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.