Real Club de Polo de Barcelona

2018 Grand Masters Hockey World Cup - Scottish Thistles

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 match schedule

Grand Masters Tournament Trophy

Scottish Thistles play in the Grand Masters (Over 60) Tournament Trophy,with 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

Scottish Thistles were drawn in Pool A with Germany2, Ireland2, Sixtiberians and Southern Cross, finishing in first place in the pool and facing England LX, winners of Pool B, in the semi final, which they won 3-0 in a penalty shoot out after the match ended level at 2-2.

Pool A Matches

22 June Southern Cross 6 Scottish Thistles 1 (Bateson)

23 June Ireland2 1 Scottish Thistles 2 (Duhre 2)

24 June Germany2 1 Scottish Thistles 3 (Martin, Duhre, Bateson)

26 June Sixtiberians 0 Scottish Thistles 4 (Duhre 2, Martin, Bateson)

All teams will play six matches. The teams finishing first and second in each pool will play off in semi finals and finals for the first four places. The teams finishing third and fourth will follow the same format to decide places 5-8. The two teams finishing fifth will play each other twice to decide ninth and tenth places.

Cross Over Ties

28 June 16:00 Pitch 1 A3 v B4 [193]
28 June 16:15 Pitch 2 B3 v A4 [194]

England LX 2 Scottish Thistles 2 (0-3 SO) [209]
29 June 16:00 Pitch 4 Southern Cross v Netherlands2


27 June 17:45 Pitch 1 A5 v B5 9/10 Final 1

28 June 16:00 Pitch 4 A5 v B5 9/10 Final 2

29 June 18:00 Pitch 2 W193 v W194 5/6 Final
29 June 18:15 Pitch 3 L193 v L194 7/8 Final

30 June 12:30 Pitch 4 England LX v Netherlands 2 3/4 Final
Scottish Thistles 1 Southern Cross 2 1/2 Final

full tournament draw (PDF, new window)


Paul Bateson
John Bennett (manager)
Gurdial Duhre
Ian Dunbar
Chris Heeps
Alan Kerr
Mike McInally (coach)
Neil Mackenzie (cpt)
Ian McCreath
Clifford Martin
John Michalik
Dick Pearce (GK)
Keith Raper (social)
Stuart Stephen (vice cpt)
Tony Walker
Neil Ward

Team Hotel

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). Some players have arranged accommodation elsewhere. transport information

Scottish Thistles Newsletter 2 (PDF)

Timetable of Events

18-20 June training slots on request to Organising Committee

20 June time TBA Managers Meeting and Umpires Meeting

20 June time TBA Opening Ceremony

26 June WGMA Congress

28 June Gala Dinner

30 June Tournament Finals up to 7:30 p.m.

30 June Closing Ceremony

Tournament newsletter January 2018 (PDF)

tournament website