2018 Grand Masters Hockey World Cup
Real Club de Barcelona 20-30 June 2018
The 2018 Grand Masters Hockey World Cup takes place at Real Club de Polo de Barcelona, where there are three pitches. A fourth pitch at Via Ferrea, Castelldefels, 18 km south of Barcelona, will also be used during the tournament. This venue is close to Castelldefels rail station for travel from Barcelona.
Preparation for the World Cup
Training sessions have been organised at Real Club de Polo on Wednesday 20 June for one hour at the following times: Scottish Thistles 09:00, Scotland Over 60 14:00, Scotland Over 65 and Over 70 15:00. Coach Murray Paton has some good advice for those playing in the World Cup in Barcelona. For travel from Barcelona airport to the hotel, and between the hotel and pitches, transport information is now available. To see at a glance where and when all the teams, including Scotland Ladies, are playing, see the full Scotland match schedule.
Scotland will be represented by four teams: Scotland Grand Masters (Over 60), Great Grand Masters (Over 65) and Senior Grand Masters (Over 70) in the Grand Masters Hockey World Cup and by an Over 60 Scottish Thistles team in the Grand Masters Hockey Tournament Trophy. There are 18 countries entered for the Grand Masters competition: Argentina, Australia, Belgium, Canada, England, France, Germany, Ireland, Italy, Japan, Netherlands, New Zealand, Scotland, Singapore, Spain, South Africa, USA, and Wales. The same countries, with the addition of Egypt and minus Argentina, Canada, Singapore and USA, make up the 15 teams in the Great Grand Masters tournament. Five of those are not represented in the Senior Grand Masters competition: Egypt, France, Ireland, New Zealand and Spain, while Argentina will field an Over 70 side in the 11 country tournament. In the Grand Masters Tournament Trophy, there will be 10 teams competing: Alliance, England LX, Germany 2, Ireland 2, Netherlands 2, Scottish Thistles, Spain 2, South Africa 2, Southern Cross and Wales 2. tournament draw
Team Hotel and Transport
The team hotel is the Rafael Badalona Hotel, 15 km north of Barcelona. Travel to Real Club de Polo by metro (1 change) and Castelldefels by train (also 1 change). transport information
Murray has proposed meeting at the hotel three hours before the start of each match, physios available from two hours before the match and changing room meeting one hour before the match with the following exceptions (subject to change depending on experience):
Thursday 21 June 60s, Saturday 23 June 65s meet 08:00 for 10:45 match, physios from 09:00. Tuesday 26 June 65s meet 06:45 for 09:00 match at Castelldefels, physios from 07:45.
As well as the three Scotland men's international teams and Scottish Thistles, Scotland Over 60 women are taking part in the tournament.
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Grand Masters World Cup (Over 60)
18 teams will take part, in two pools of five teams and two pools of four teams. Scotland are in Pool B with Australia, South Africa, and newcomers Canada and USA.
Pool B Matches
21 June 10:45 Pitch 1 Australia v Scotland
23 June 18:00 Pitch 2 Scotland v USA
24 June 14:30 Pitch 2 Scotland v Canada
26 June 14:30 Pitch 2 Scotland v South Africa
The four quarter finals will be played out by the teams finishing first and second in each pool, competing for places 1-8. The four winners will go on to the semi finals where the winners will go into the final and the losers will play off for third and fourth place. The teams finishing third and fourth in each pool will take part in play offs, competing for places 9-16, with the same format as for the quarter finals and semi finals. The two teams finishing fifth will play each other twice to decide places 17 and 18. If Scotland finish in positions 1-4 in Pool B, they will play a team from Pool C in the quarter finals.
Cross Over Matches
27 June 12:45 Pitch 2 B1 v C2
27 June 13:00 Pitch 3 C1 v B2
27 June 14:30 Pitch 2 B3 v C4
27 June 14:45 Pitch 3 C3 v B4
28 June 12:30 Pitch 1 WA3/D4 v WC3/D4 
28 June 12:45 Pitch 2 WB3/C4 v WD3/A4 
28 June 13:00 Pitch 3 LA3/D4 v LC3/D4 
28 June 12:30 Pitch 4 LB3/C4 v LD3/A4 
29 June 14:15 Pitch 1 WA1/D2 v WC1/B2 
29 June 14:15 Pitch 2 WB1/C2 v WD1/A2 
29 June 14:15 Pitch 3 LA1/D2 v LC1/B2 
29 June 14:15 Pitch 4 LB1/C2 v LD1/A2 
27 June 19:30 Pitch 1 A5 v B5
17/18 final 1
29 June 11:15 Pitch 3 A5 v B5 17/18 final 2
30 June 13:00 Pitch 3 L207 v L208 7/8 final
30 June 14:45 Pitch 3 W207 v W206 5/6 final
30 June 14:15 Pitch 4 W187 v W188 13/14 final
30 June 16:15 Pitch 2 L205 v L206 bronze medal
30 June 16:30 Pitch 3 W185 v W165 9/10 final
30 June 16:00 Pitch 4 L187 v L188 15/16 final
30 June 17:45 Pitch 1 W205 v W206 gold medal
30 June 18:00 Pitch 2 L185 v L186 11/12 final
Great Grand Masters World Cup (Over 65)
14 teams will compete in this tournament in two pools (A and B) of five teams and one pool (C) of four teams. Scotland are in Pool A along with England, Germany, Italy and South Africa.
Pool A Matches
21 June 12:45 Pitch 2 England v Scotland
23 Jun 10:45 Pitch 1 Scotland v South Africa
24 June 12:30 Pitch 4 Scotland v Italy
26 June 09:00 Pitch 4 Scotland v Germany
There is a complex arrangement to decide the final composition of the quarter finals. Six teams will qualify by right as winners or runners up in their pools. The teams finishing third and fourth in Pool C, which has only four teams, will play each other a second time and the aggregate winner will qualify for a three way penalty shoot out with the team finishing third in each of Pool A and B. The winner and runner up in the penalty shoot out will qualify for the quarter finals, to play against the winners of Pool A and Pool C (avoiding playing a team they have already played). The winner of Pool B will play the lower ranked (average points per match) of the teams finishing second in Pools A and C, and the remaining two teams finishing second in their pools will play each other.
The winners of the four quarter finals will go on to compete for places 1-4 in the normal semi final and final format, and the losers will play off for places 5-8 using the same system. The third placed team which loses the penalty shoot out will play the lowest ranked fourth placed team (average points per match) unless that is a team in the same first round pool, on which case it will play the next lowest ranked team. The other two fourth placed teams will play each other. The winners of the two ties will play off for places 9 and 10 and the losers for places 11 and 12. The two teams finishing fifth will play each other twice to decide the final two places.
3rd place penalty shoot out
26 June 12:30 Pitch 1 A3 v B3 v C3
Cross Over Matches
27 June 09:00 Pitch 1 A1 v B3 or C3 
27 June 09:15 Pitch 2 C1 v A3 or B3 
27 June 09:30 Pitch 3 B1 v A2 or C2 
27 June 09:00 Pitch 4 B2 v A2 or C2 
28 June 14:15 Pitch 1 ABC3 v ABC4 
28 June 14:15 Pitch 2 ABC4 v ABC4 
29 June 12:30 Pitch 1 W152 v W154 
29 June 12:45 Pitch 2 W153 v W155 
29 June 13:00 Pitch 3 L152 v L154 
29 June 12:30 Pitch 4 L153 v L155 
28 June 10:45 Pitch 4 A5 v B5 13/14 final 1
29 June 11:00 Pitch 2 A5 v B5 13/14 final 2
30 June 11:15 Pitch 3 W203 v W204 5/6 final
29 June 16:15 Pitch 2 L189 v L190 11/12 final
29 June 16:30 Pitch 3 W189 v W190 9/10 final
30 June 10:45 Pitch 4 L203 v L204 7/8 final
30 June 14:30 Pitch 2 L201 v L202 bronze medal
30 June 16:00 Pitch 1 W201 v W202 gold medal
Senior Grand Masters (Over 70)
There are eleven Over 70 teams, which will play in two pools (A and B) of six and five teams. Scotland are in Pool A along with Australia, Germany, complete newcomers Argentina, and (new to Over 70 competition) Italy and South Africa.
Pool A Matches
21 Jun 17:45 Pitch 1 Scotland v Argentina
22 June 16:15 Pitch 2 Australia v Scotland
23 June 17:45 Pitch 4 Germany v Scotland
25 June 12:45 Pitch 2 Scotland v Italy
26 June 16:00 Pitch 4 Scotland v South Africa
The teams finishing first and second in each pool will play off for positions 1-4 in the standard semi-final/final format, and the teams finishing third and fourth will play off in the same way for positions 5-8. Places 9-11 will be decided on a round robin basis based on the carried forward result of the pool match between the teams finishing fifth and sixth in Pool A and the results of the matches between these two teams and the team finishing fifth in Pool B.
Cross Over Matches
28 June 09:00 Pitch 1 A1 v A2
28 June 09:30 Pitch 3 B1 v A2
30 June 11:00 Pitch 2 3rd/4th place final
30 June 14:15 Pitch 1 Final
27 June 16:00 Pitch 4 A3 v B4
27 June 17:45 Pitch 4 B3 v A4
29 June 10:45 Pitch 1 5/6 final
29 June 10:45 Pitch 4 7/8 final
Positions 9-11 (A5 v A6 already played in pool)
28 June 10:45 Pitch 1 A6 v B5
29 June 20:00 Pitch 3 A5 v B5
Over 60 (Grand Masters)
Over 65 (Great Grand Masters)
* underage, permission applied for
Over 70 (Senior Grand Masters)
Alex Cathro and Andy Ferrol have withdrawn and are replaced by Martin Petty and Ian Pett. Norrie Springford has also withdrawn.
Timetable of Events
20 June training 09:00 Scottish Thistles 15:00 Scotland Grand Masters 16:00 Scotland Great Grand Masters and Senior Grand Masters
20 June Centenary Hall Real Club de Polo - Umpires Meeting 14:00; Managers Meeting 15:00; Technical Officials Briefing 16:00
20 June 19:00 Real Club de Polo Opening Ceremony (45 minutes)
26 June WGMA Congress
28 June Gala Dinner
30 June Tournament Finals up to 7:30 p.m.
30 June Closing Ceremony