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Scottish Veterans LX Hockey Club 2014

2014 started well, Scottish Thistles claiming third place in the LUC Ronchin Tournament in Lille in early March and a 0-0 draw between a mainly over 70 Scottish Thistles side and the England Over 70 squad at Durham later the same month. April saw Scotland teams taking the field in Glasgow in the Celtic Cup and retaning both Over 60 and Over 65 Celtic Cups. May saw a very successful (in the social sense) Scottish Thistles trip to Jersey and then it was on to the World Cup in Den Haag, Netherlands in June, where unfortunately neither Scotland side played to its potential. With England failing to find a suitable date for the Home Internationals, it was left to Scottish Thistles to see out the year with a trip to Swansea for the Dragons Festival in July and a match in Carlisle against Cumbria Masters in November - a 1-0 victory to round off a mixed year.

Scottish Thistles Third in Lille

In the LUC Ronchin tournament in Lille on 14-16 March 2014, Scottish Thistles were drawn with teams from
Belgium, England and Netherlands in the group stages.

2014 Scottish Thistles at Lille

On the first day, Thistles lost narrowly to England LX through a short corner goal scored after the final whistle, and ran out comfortable 2-0 winners against Belgian side Eburons. Another 2-0 win against Zestigplussers of Netherlands on 15 March put Thistles into the quarter finals as group runners up to England LX, and they beat France 3-1 to set up a repeat match against England LX in the semi final at 9 am on Sunday 16 March. Though Thistles had the lion's share of the match, England LX snatched a goal after 15 minutes and held on to put Scottish Thistles out of the final. In the 3rd/4th playoff, Scottish Thistles beat Welsh Dragons 1-0 to claim 3rd place.

"Over 70s" draw with England in Durham

A Scottish Thistles squad made up of a majority of players over 70 put up a fine show against the England Over 70 squad on a bitterly cold day on 26 March 2014 in Durham, the match finishing 0-0 with neither goalkeeper being seriously troubled. The Scottish defence, marshalled by Philip who was ably supported by Cassell, back playing after a heart operation, was equal to most of the English attacks. The normally effective English midfield was blunted by the close attention of the Scottish midfield four, whose constant harrying made it difficult for their opponents to find telling, forward passes. Much of the time, they were forced to turn the ball back in search of another gap, which the well organised Scottish midfield quickly plugged. Springford, a long term absentee through a serious hamstring injury on the very same pitch, proved a handful for the English, who as a result had to keep men back to take care of the Scottish forwards. This was an excellent team performance, with every one of the Scottish players giving his all and keeping discipline throughout. It bodes very well for the near future when Scotland will have enough players to field a full international Over 70 side.

The following day, the squad, with three changes, were vastly overmatched against a younger and very much stronger England LX Red Over 65 team, and came a distant second thanks mainly to a very poor second quarter, when they shipped six goals. They had the consolation of scoring through a Bryce penalty corner.

Scotland take both Celtic Cups in Glasgow

Ireland and France took part for the first time with Scotland and Wales in the Over 60s competition held at Clydesdale Hockey Club, Glasgow on 25-27 April 2014. The Over 65s tournament was fought out between Scotland and Wales who met on Saturday 26 April.

Friday 25 April saw the entry of Ireland and France into the Grand Masters (Over 60) Celtic Cup for the first time since the competition began in 2007. Holders Scotland started their defence of the trophy with a 7-0 win against France while the the Irish went down 3-1 to Wales in the evening of 25 April. On the second day, France again lost 7-0, this time to Wales, while Ireland lost a tight match 2-1 against Scotland to leave Scotland and Wales to contest the Celtic Cup on Sunday 27 April, while France and Ireland scrapped for third place, which Ireland claimed with a 7-0 victory. Scotland narrowly beat Wales 2-1 in the final match to win the Celtic Cup once more.

Scotland and Wales mutually agreed to play again on Sunday 27 April for the Great Grand Masters Celtic Cup after Wales rescued a 2-2 draw with a penalty corner equaliser in the last minute on Saturday 26 April. The match ended in stalemate 0-0, leaving Scotland holding on to the trophy they have held since its inception in 2011.

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Scottish Thistles in Jersey

Scottish Thistles visited Jersey on 9-11 May 2014 and had mixed results - a great social trip and a much less successful time on the hockey pitch. They lost 3-0 in both matches, against Old Victorians on Saturday 10 May and England LX on Sunday 11 May.

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Over 60s clinch ninth place in Den Haag

A 3-2 win over South Africa on Thursday 12 June put Scotland Over 60s through to the 9-10 final on the last day of the tournament in Den Haag, though they would have to play with five players missing as they had booked flights home too early for the final match. Even with that handicap, they recorded a 2-1 win over Ireland to take ninth place, having won their last three matches after a disappointing series of defeats in the pool matches. Scotland Over 60s had broken their duck in their playoff against New Zealand on Tuesday 10 June, securing a place in the 9-12 finals with a 4-1 victory. Meanwhile, after an unprecedented blunder by the organisers, Scotland Over 65s turned up for their first play off match, which should have been against South Africa but was wrongly listed as against Wales, to find that neither of their potential opponents had appeared. There was now no prospect of the 5-9 playoffs being played to a conclusion, but unbelievably South Africa were given the points in the final results. The 65s suffered a sore defeat the following day, going down 2-0 to Wales in a match which Scotland dominated. Their final match on Thursday 12 June against Italy again resulted in a loss - after clawing back a 2-0 deficit, they conceded a short corner goal in the dying minutes to lose 3-2. results and reports

Scottish Thistles win in Carlisle

Macdonald scored the only goal of the game for Scottish Thistles against Cumbria Masters at Carlisle Leisure Centre on Tuesday 25 November 2014.

Dragons Festival Swansea

Donald Dunbar sets up an attack against England LX Red

Scottish Thistles managed a creditable win against Dragons 65s with a spectacular solo goal from Tim Lorimer but the other results over the weekend of 26-27 July went against them. Still, all the players thoroughly enjoyed a good weekend of hockey in Swansea. report