Scottish Masters LX Hockey Club

Home page of the Scottish Masters LX Hockey Club, for Scottish hockey players over the age of 60. The Club currently 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 Grand Masters win European Bronze

Scotland Over 60 Men took the Bronze Medal in the 2019 Grand Masters European Cup in Brasschaat, Belgium with a 4-3 win over Germany on the final day of the tournament.

Scotland Over 60 2019 World Grand Masters Bronze Medallists
Scotland Over 60 2019 World Grand Masters Bronze Medallists

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 Over 70 finished seventh, Scottish Thistles Over 60 fourth and Scottish Thistles Over 65 ninth.

Scottish Hockey news item     results and reports

2020 World Cup Tokyo, Japan 5-15 November

The Masters World Cup competition for 60+ 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). Scotland will be represented by at least one side. Newsletter 1 (PDF).

Scotland will be represented by the Over 60 team, one of twenty one teams entered for the Grand Masters World Cup.We have entered two Scottish Thistles teams in the Spirit of Masters tournament, Over 60 (one of seven teams including, for the first time, India) and Over 65 (one of six teams).

Membership

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.

Survivors of the first Scotland-Wales International

Survivors of the first ever Scotland-Wales International

Proof that membership allows you to extend your (international) playing career - 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.

In the UK, internationals are in March (Over 70 only v England, Durham), May (Four Nations, London) and August (Celtic Cup, Glasgow).

Scottish Thistles have fixtures in January (Carlisle), March (Lille), April (Tilburg), May (Four Nations, London), June (Cockermouth), July (Bra and Swansea), August (hosting the Four Nations Spirit of Masters tournament in Dundee), September (Durham), October (Bedford, TBC) and November (World Cup Spirit of Masters, Tokyo).

Two whole club events for all players and guests in mixed age groups are planned for September in Edinburgh and December in Glasgow.

2020 Calendar

Over 70 v England

The squad for the Scotland Over 70 side which will take on England in the annual fixture in Durham on 10 March 2020 has been selected: Alan Bain, Graham Conkie, Roy Crichton, Nigel Dixon, Andy Ferrol, Peter Gordon, David Margerison, Duncan Mitchell, Alan Parker, Ian Pett, Martin Petty, John Redmond, Derrick Reid, Norrie Springford, Dougie Turner, Sandy Weir. There will be a training session from 11:00-14:00 on Sunday 8 March at Glasgow Green along with Scottish Thistles - please complete the Thistles Doodle poll with your availability.

2020 AGM and Training Session

The Annual General Meeting will be held in the Football Centre adjacent to the Glasgow National Hockey Centre, Glasgow Green, on Sunday 8 March at 15:00. If you are unable to attend, you will be able to vote by proxy for the first time. Further details to follow.

Scottish Thistles are investigating the possibility of running a training session on Pitch 2 at Glasgow Green from 11:00 to 14:00 before the AGM for all players not involved in the Over 65 squad session on Pitch 1 on Sunday 8 March. Please indicate in the Doodle poll whether or not you can take part.

Thistles in Carlisle

Scottish Thistles played a double header in Carlisle against North of England LX on Sunday 19 January, the Over 60 side going down 2-0 while the older side came out 2-1 winners with two goals from Steve Laux. reports

Scottish Thistles Team Co-ordinators

With an increasing number of Over 70 and the possibility of Over 75 fixtures, Duncan Mitchell and Sandy Weir have taken on the roles of Over 70 and Over 75 team co-ordinators for Scottish Thistles matches. Sandy Weir is looking for players interested in taking part in a mixed aged Scottish Thistles tour to Jersey on their Independence Weekend, 9-10 May. Contact Sandy if you are interested.

Over 70 Team Co-ordinator

Peter Gordon has stepped up to take over the role of Over 70 Team Co-ordinator from Roy Crichton.

Training

Over 60 and Over 65 training is ongoing and the Over 65 international squad, from which squads will be selected for the three main tournaments of the year, has now been formed. Over 70 sessions are being planned. See training for future Over 60 and Over 70 sessions.

Over 65 Squad Sessions February-May

Squad Over 65 training sessions will take place on the following dates at Glasgow Green from 11:00-14:00.

  • Sunday 9 February
  • Sunday 8 March

Please complete this Doodle poll with your availability for these sessions.

There will be further sessions in April and May including a weekend for the players selected for the Home Nations tournament in Southgate. This will involve a light training session on a Saturday morning followed by a game in the afternoon. Dinner. B&B. Sunday, light training session followed by game late morning.