Scottish Veterans LX Hockey Club
Home page of the Scottish Veterans LX Hockey Club, for Scottish hockey players over the age of 60. The Club manages the National 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 in Swansea
Scottish Thistles once more took part in the annual Dragons Hockey Festival in Swansea. Though they came back with only a point, they acquitted themselves well against strong opposition. report by Tim Lorimer
Celtic Cup Squads Selected
Coach/Selector Murray Paton has selected the squads for the 2016 Celtic Cup at Polo club de Marcq en Baroeul (near Lille), France on 8-11 September 2016. The competition is for Grand Masters (Over 60) and Great Grand Masters (Over 65) and the teams participating are France, Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Scotland squads
Grand Masters & Senior Grand Masters Second in Home Internationals
In the 2016 Home International tournament at Southgate, London on 1-3 July 2016, Ireland joined the Over 65 tournament for the first time and there was an inaugural Over 70 competition involving England, Scotland and Wales.
Scotland Grand Masters (Over 60) put in an outstanding performance, giving tournament winners England a run for their money and seeing off both Ireland and Wales with comprehensive victories to finish in second place.
One remarkable feature of Scotland's final Grand Masters match against Wales was a pair of yellow cards issued to father and son: Scotland player Glenn Paton and his son, Scotland coach Murray Paton. The statisticians are scouring the record books to see if this has ever happened before.
Scotland Great Grand Masters (Over 65) will count the cost of lack of striking power which left them in fourth place in their competition.
Scotland Senior Grand Masters (Over 70) squeezed through into second place in the inaugural competition after a 2-2 draw with Wales left them depending on the score in the final match of the whole tournament between England and Wales. In a nail biting finish, England scored a fourth goal in the last seconds of that match to relegate Wales to third place on goals scored, Scotland having finished level with the Welsh on points, goal difference and the result of the match between the two sides.
Pistons too Strong for Thistles
In a pre-tournament match played at Southgate on Thursday 30 June, Scottish Thistles went down 8-0 to Pistons. The Thistles side, composed of a mixture of Scotland Over 65, Scotland Over 70 and unqualified members, were much older than their opponents and that, coupled with a reluctance to expend too much energy in advance of the Home Internationals on the following three days, made this a mismatch. That said, the Pistons keeper pulled off two wonder saves to deny Brian de Mattos in the second half, and the teams retired to the bar in good spirits.
Home Internationals 2016
In the 2016 Home International tournament at Southgate, London on 1-3 July 2016, Ireland will join the Over 65 tournament for the first time and there will be an inaugural Over 70 competition involving England, Scotland and Wales. Scotland Over 70 open the tournament with a tough match against England Over 70 on 1 July, with both the Over 60 and Over 65 sides taking on Ireland in the following two time slots that afternoon. draw and squads
World Cup Penalty Shoot Out Videos
Scotland Grand Masters had to go through a three way penalty shoot out competition with New Zealand and Wales to qualify for the 5-8 places. They did so convincingly, beating both their opponents 3-2. videos
Scottish Thistles 8th in Tilburg
A Scottish Thistles side led by Colin Gallacher finished eighth in the International Superveterans Tournament in Tilburg, Netherlands on 17-19 June 2016. Though they conceded only five goals in their six matches, lack of a cutting edge cost them dear, and their best results were two goalless draws on Saturday 18 June, one against the very strong England LX Red side, winners of the tournament.
World Cup - 6th for Scotland Grand Masters
Scotland sent two teams - Grand Masters (Over 60) and Great Grand Masters (Over 65) to the 2016 World Cup in Newcastle, New South Wales on 3-13 May 2016.
It was a very successful 2016 World Cup for Scotland Grand Masters, which showed real improvement under coach Murray Paton, earning a very creditable sixth place in the tournament. As well as improving their place in world hockey, they showed at times that they could compete with the best teams in the world, giving eventual gold medal winners Netherlands a real match in the quarter final which the Dutch admitted afterwards had been their hardest match in the tournament.
They were unfortunate to miss out on fifth place in their final match against South Africa, a game dominated by the Scots who just could not find the way past a resolute South African defence. Still, sixth place was an improvement of three places over their position in the 2014 World Cup and this result will strongly benefit Scotland in future events in terms of seeding.
Scotland's Great Grand Masters fielded a depleted team, the oldest in the competition, and were always up against it against younger opposition. Their best performance was a 1-1 draw against old rivals Wales but they could not improve on the ninth place earned in the 2014 World Cup.
Scotland Over 60 and Over 65 are proud to have been sponsored in the World Cup in 2016 by AMN Contracts, Explore Scotland, Frontline Consultancy, Opex, Solve-it Blocks and Top Drawer. sponsor page
Over 70s go down to Cumbria
Scottish Thistles Over 70 lost 5-0 to a very useful Cumbria Select at Glasgow Green on Thursday 21 April 2016. report
George Black in the Papers Again
Three years on from his last appearance in a newspaper article, George Black is once again in the news as his ninetieth birthday approaches. We are virtually certain that he is the oldest player in the UK and his story is in the Herald, Scottish Daily Mail, Scottish Daily Record and Scottish Sun on Wednesday 23 March.
Thistles third in Lille
Scottish Thistles ended up in third place in the 2016 Jacques Lévy Tournament in Lille on Sunday 13 March after a losing semi final against Supervétérans France A in which they went down 2-0. They went on to contest the 3rd/4th place final against the French B side and seemed to be coasting to victory after turning round at half time 3-0 in the lead. Two goals by the French left them hanging on at the end, finally claiming third place with a 3-2 win. In the pool matches on the Friday and Saturday, they had also ended up in third place in the round robin pool by virtue of two wins and a draw against two losses to the eventual finalists, England LX and Supervétérans France A.
Over 70s Draw with England
Scotland Senior Grand Masters put on a creditable performance against their English counterparts in the friendly interational at Glasgow Green on Wednesday 2 March 2016, earning a well deserved 0-0 draw.
2016 World Cup
The 2016 Grand Masters Hockey World Cup will take place in Newcastle, New South Wales from 4-12 May 2016.
Scotland has entered two teams, Grand Masters (Over 60) and Great Grand Masters (Over 65). squads and tournament draw
Scotland third in KL
Scotland Grand Masters finished in a fine third place in the Pacific Rim Tournament in Kuala Lumpur, beating Japan 1-0 (Ogilvie) in the 3rd/4th place final on 1 November 2015 to maintain their undefeated record in the tournament. They had narrowly missed out on a place in the final to eventual winners, England, on goal difference.
Scotland had completed the group stages undefeated with a comfortable 4-0 win (Johnstone, Paton, Robertson, Shirreffs) over Alliance on Friday 30 October. In spite of finishing with a goal difference of 11 (13 for, 2 against), they finished behind England who had an even better goal difference. England qualified to play Malaysia in the final and Scotland faced Japan, second in the Asian Cup, for third place on Sunday 1 November.
Scotland had a gritty 2-1 win (Ogilvie, Candlin) over Southern Cross A on Thursday 29 October after a resounding 6-0 victory over Southern Cross B (Gordon 2, Johnstone, Ogilvie, Morrison, Paton) on Tuesday 27 October. They had started with a well earned 1-1 draw against England on Monday 26 October, Johnstone scoring for Scotland. The match against Egypt on Wednesday 28 October was treated as a training session, Egypt having a team full of younger players.
Eurohockey Bronze for Scotland Over 70
Scotland Senior Grand Masters, playing in their first tournament at Over 70 level, won Bronze in the European Cup at Southgate, London, beating Germany 2-1 in the play off for 3rd and 4th places with goals by Bremner and Weir. Unfortunately, their Over 60 counterparts failed to emulate them, having to settle for fourth in the Grand Masters tournament after losing 3-0 to Spain. Scottish Thistles, playing in the Grand Masters Tournament Trophy for national second teams and non-national sides, finished in sixth place.
Scotland Over 60 lost 6-0 to England in the second semi final on Thursday 27 August and play Spain, who lost the other semi final to Netherlands in a penalty shoot out, to decide the bronze medal. Scotland Over 70 already knew they faced Germany on finals day to decide the Senior Grand Masters bronze medal. The 'wee' Grand Masters Scottish Thistles team bowed out of the Tournament Trophy, going down 6-2 to Alliance in their last match on Thursday 27 August to finish in sixth place.
A 4-2 win against Wales on Wednesday 26 August earned Scotland Grand Masters second place in their pool after Germany went down to pool winners Netherlands. Scotland face England in the semi finals on Thursday 27 August. In their cross over tie against England, Scotland Over 70 put in a creditable performance to lose 2-0, and will face Germany on Friday 28 August to decide 3rd and 4th places. In the final match of the day, Scottish Thistles won their first match of the tournament 3-0 against Welsh Dragons to qualify for the 5th/6th playoff against Alliance.
Scottish Thistles had been first on, losing by 5-0 to Netherlands on Saturday 22 August. Next up were Scotland Over 60 who scored the equaliser in the dying seconds in a 3-3 draw with Germany. Scotland Over 70s lost out 5-0 to Netherlands in the last match of the day. The second day started with a 3-1 defeat for Scotland Over 60 against Netherlands. Scottish Thistles went down 10-2 to Alliance but the best result of the day was a 0-0 draw between Scotland and Germany in the Over 70 tournament. With both Scotland sides having a rest day on Monday 24 August, Scottish Thistles had a creditable 2-1 loss to England LX Red to confirm their position as fourth in the group. Tuesday 25 August saw Scotland Over 70 lose 8-0 to England, and a surprise 1-0 win for Germany against Netherlands left Scotland in 4th place in the group. They faced England again in the playoffs. Scotland Grand Masters beat France 2-0 later in the day to move clear in third place in their group. With Germany losing 2-0 to Netherlands in their last match, a win against Wales in the final match in the pool the next morning would give Scotland second place and the chance to compete for a medal.results
tournament website (new window)
Scottish Thistles Social Team at Swansea
Scottish Thistles came out of the 2015 Dragons Festival with the award for social team of the tournament. The hockey was a different story, though it would have been different if they had taken their chances. report
Clean Sweep for England in Home Internationals
England once again took both cups in the 2015 Home Internationals, their Grand Masters and Great Grand Masters sides posting 100% records against the other Home Nations. Losses for both sides on Sunday 12 July left both Scotland teams in third place at Peffermill, the Great Grand Masters going down 7-0 to England and the Grand Masters losing 3-1 to Wales. England Grand Masters safely saw off Ireland 2-0 in the final match. Scotland Grand Masters ran England close in the crucial match on Saturday 11 July but failure to take their chances saw them lose 2-0 to England. Ireland and Wales drew 1-1, leaving Scotland needing to beat Wales by a large margin and hope for an Irish win against England on the last day. On the first day of the tournament, a collapse in the final six minutes of the opening match in the tournament saw Scotland Great Grand Masters lose three late goals to go down 4-1 to Wales. In the Grand Masters competition, England never looked back after scoring four in the first quarter against Wales, running out 7-1 winners. The final match, between Scotland and Ireland Grand Masters, was a much closer affair, Scotland edging out the Irish 2-1.tournament programme (PDF, in new window)
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 the information about membership or complete the online application form.
Training sessions are planned for the following Sundays:
4 Sep 10:00-14:00 Glasgow Green Celtic Cup Squads
9 Oct 10:00-14:00 All Members TBC
23 Oct 10:00-14:00 Peffermill All Members - may move to 30 Oct
13 Nov 10:00-14:00 Glasgow Green All Members
27 Nov 10:00-14:00 Peffermill All Members - may move to 4 Dec
11 Dec 10:00-14:00 Peffermlill All Members
We had hoped to send a team to the Indian Gymkhana Centenary tournament in London on 27-29 August 2016, but have been unable to raise a viable team and have withdrawn from the tournament.
The venue for the 2016 Celtic Cup is Polo club de Marcq en Baroeul (near Lille), France on 8-11 September 2016. (Scotland Over 60, Over 65).
Wales will play a Scottish team in a mini 'Over 70' Celtic Cup at Wrexham Glyndwr University in a double header fixture on Tuesday 20 (17:00) and Wednesday 21 September (10:00) 2016.
We have decided that Scotland Over 60 will not take part in the inaugural American Masters and Grand Masters Championships in Buenos Aires, Argentina, from 29 November - 3 December 2016.
Scottish Thistles have been invited to the third Over 60 Veterans Tournament over the 2017 Easter Weekend (15-17 April) at Le Touquet, France.
CBE for John Connaghan
Congratulations to John Connaghan, one of the Scotland Over 60 squad in the 2015 European Cup, who was made a Commander of the British Empire in the Queen's Birthday Honours List published on 13 June.
Scotland Win GGM Celtic Cup in Ireland
The holders, Scotland Over 60s, contested the Grand Masters Celtic Cup being played for the first time in Northern Ireland over the weekend of 24-26 April 2015. They took on France, Ireland and Wales and were gunning for yet another victory. Scotland got off to a flying start, beating France 7-1 in their first match on Friday 24 April, but couldnot overcome Wales the following day, the match ending 0-0, leaving them with the task of at least drawing with Ireland to retain the cup. It was not to be, Scotland losing 3-1 to Ireland, winners of the trophy for the first time.
Scotland Over 65s, current holders of the Great Grand Masters Celtic Cup, contested once again only with Wales after a French attempt to raise a team failed. The first match played on Friday 24 April ended in a 1-1 draw and a goal from Colin Gallacher won the decider for Scotland on Saturday 25 April, the match ending 1-0 for Scotland.
Scottish Thistles v Isle of Man Select
On the eve of many players travelling to the Celtic Cup in Northern Ireland, Scottish Thistles went down 4-2 (or maybe it was 5-2 as reports conflict) against a much younger Isle of Man touring side on Thursday 23 April at Glasgow Green. Scorers for Scottish Thistles were Chris Flight (ex Harris FP, loaned by the opposition) and Alan Parker. report
Scotland lose first ever Over 70 International
Scotland Over 70 played a warm up match in Durham on Wednesday 25 March 2015, beating the England Over 75 squad 3-0 with goals from Morrice, McLernan and Paterson.
In the full international against England Over 70 the following day, England proved too strong and Scotland went down 2-0. reports
Scottish Thistles fourth in Lille
Scottish Thistles travelled to Lille with a squad of only 11 players for the annual tournament, now renamed the Jacques Lévy tournament after the death of Jacques in 2014. A good performance in the group stages saw them finish in second place but they lost the semi final against Welsh Dragons by 2-1 in a penalty shoot out and finished in fourth place after a 1-0 defeat by France A in the 3rd/4th place match. results and reports.
Draw for Scottish Thistles v Cumbria
After a postponement caused by snow, the return fixture against Cumbria Masters finally took place on Tuesday 26 February 2015. Peter Robertson's wonder strike for the Thistles' goal was the highlight.