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.
Scotland Over 60 Men took the Bronze Medal in the Grand Masters European Cup with a 4-3 win over Germany on the final day of the tournament.
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 were represented by three international sides in the Men's Grand Masters European Cup at Brasschaat, Belgium on 19-29 June 2019: at Over 60, Over 65 and Over 70 level. Scotland's Over 60 Women competed in the Women's Over 60 European Cup at the same venue, and Scottish Thistles had teams in the Over 60 and Over 65 Tournament Trophy.
The morning of the final day of the European Cup tournament saw both Scotland Over 60 Men and Women win Bronze, against Germany (4-3) and Netherlands (2-1) respectively. Scotland Over 65 men beat Ireland 3-0 in their crucial final match, with both sides having a 100% record in the round robin for places 5-9 but with Ireland having a better goal difference. Nothing less than a win for Scotland would give them fifth place in the Great Grand Masters European Cup and a 3-0 victory sealed it for them.
On the final day, both Over 60 international sides (Scotland Men and Scotland Women) won Bronze. The final situation for each of the Scottish teams is:
Over 60 beat Germany for Bronze on 29 June
Over 65 beat Ireland on 29 June for 5th place
Over 70 beat Ireland to finish 7th on 28 June
Over 60 Women beat Netherlands for Bronze on 29 June
Thistles Over 60 finished fourth in Over 60 Tournament Trophy
Thistles Over 65 finished ninth in Over 65 Tournament 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 2019 international season began with an Over 70 international against England at Durham on Tuesday 5 March at 15:00.
The first Scottish Thistles event of the year was the annual Jacques Lévy Superveterans Tournament in Lille (15-17 March), in which Thistles Whites narrowly missed out on the trophy. Thistles again played in the Tilburg Superveterans Tournament on 26-28 April and fielded a team in each of the two age groups, the older team winning the gold medal. Thistles Over 60 finished fourth in the 2019 European Grand Masters Tournament Trophy and Thistles Over 65 were ninth in the European Great Grand Masters Tournament Trophy. Next was the 2019 Dragons Tournament in Swansea on 3-4 August and the current fixture list ends with two squads taking part in the North East Tour in Durham on 10-12 September.
The next Over 60 training session, open to all players and prospective new players, takes place at The High School of Glasgow on Sunday 27 October, in two sessions from 11:00-13:00 and 14:00-16:00. The cost is £15. Please email to let Gurdial know whether or not you can attend. See training for future sessions, now planned into February 2020.
Sessions for players in the Over 65 age group have been booked over the next four months, and are open to all club members and newcomers. Selection for Scotland and Scottish Thistles will take place in 2020 but everyone is encouraged to keep on training with the squad. Injuries, availability and knowing what the set up and plays are will be important to all players especially as there will probably be different personnel in each tournament.
Please complete this Doodle poll with your availability for each session.
An Extraordinary General Meeting was held at Glasgow National Hockey Centre on Sunday 29 September at 14:45 for the purposes of approving the 2018 Club Accounts and appointment of the Honorary Auditor.
Following the successful club event in December 2018, there was another mini tournament on Sunday 1 September at Glasgow National Hockey Centre. There will be another Club Event open to all hockey players who will be aged at least 58 by the end of 2020 on Sunday 8 December 2019 in Edinburgh. Members are encouraged to 'bring a friend' and to spread the word amongst hockey players of the right age. A club dinner to be held the previous evening has been suggested - look out for further details.
Scottish Thistles took part in the Dragons Tournament in Swansea on 3-4 August, winning one match out of five.
The Grand Masters World Cup competition will take place in Tokyo from 5 to 15 November 2020. 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).
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Two Scottish Thistles squads travelled to the midweek North East Tour in Durham on 10-12 September.
With John Smith and Jim Chisholm sharing the duties of Treasurer, the Club has set up a new email address to which both have access. Please use this address for any communications about financial matters so that the correct person can deal with your email.
At the AGM held on Sunday 31 March at The High School of Glasgow, Kieran McLernan, John Hay and John Smith were re-elected as President, Secretary and Treasurer. John Candlin and Jim Chisholm were elected to the Executive Management Committee as Ordinary Members.
Adam McInnes and George Guy are the new coach and manager of the Scotland Over 60 squad and Ian Wilson will be player-coach for the Over 65 squad, who will be managed by Donny Watson. They have been joined by Sandy Keith and Rona Beattie as coach and manager for the Over 70 squad. more details