2019 News and Events

Scottish Thistles go down in Cumbria

The first Scottish Thistles match of the year was a friendly against a North of England select in Cumbria on Sunday 27 January -final score 1-3. report

EGM Sunday 27 January

At the Extraordinary General Meeting of the Club at The High School of Glasgow on 27 January 2019 the 2017 Accounts of the Club were approved; Norrie Springford was appointed Honorary Auditor.

Scottish Masters International Selection Criteria

The International Sub Committee set up by the Executive Management Committee has produced a document setting out selection criteria for Masters International Teams (initially applying to the Over 60, Over 65 and Over 70 teams managed by the club on behalf of Scottish Hockey). selection criteria (PDF)

Over 70s go down in Durham

Scotland Over 70s were beset with travel difficulties once again and with a squad of only fourteen went down 7-1 to England in the annual Over 70 International in Durham on 5 March 2019. Alan Parker scored Scotland's goal on his debut for the senior side. match report

Second Place for Thistles White in Lille

Thistles White fought out the final of the Jacques Lévy Tournament in Lille on 17 March 2019 with Welsh Dragons but neither side could find the net and the match went to penalties. 2-2 after five penalties each led to sudden death and sadly it was Welsh Dragons who won the trophy after the last Scottish penalty was saved. Scottish Thistles Blue finished in seventh place, beating Alliance 2-0 courtesy of two first half goals scored by Tim Lorimer. The highlight was the first ever win over England LX in the semi final

Scottish Thistles White sealed their place in the tournament final with a close-fought win over England LX, a single goal from Gurdial Duhre making the difference between the two teams. Welsh Dragons also qualified for the final. Blues went down 1-0 to France C and played Alliance for seventh place in their final match.

the match ball from the semi final Lille 2019 Scottish Thistles White 1 England LX 0
the match ball from the semi final

results and reports

Thistles Whites finished second in their group after drawing 1-1 with Welsh Dragons in their final pool match, qualifying to meet Thistles Blues who had finished third in Pool B following a last minute loss to France B. Whites won to go on to play England LX, while Blues went into a play off against France C.

Scottish Thistles White beat both France A (1-0) and France C on the first day of the tournament - scorers Cliff Martin in the opening match, and Alan Parker and Gurdial Duhre in the second. Blues gave away four soft goals in the first half against England LX, John Connaghan pulling one back, but LX went on to win 5-1. Their second match, against Alliance, ended goalless in spite of strong Thistles pressure.

AGM 2019

The 2019 AGM was held at The High School of Glasgow on Sunday 31 March 2019. Kieran McLernan, John Hay and John Smith were re-elected as President, Secretary and Treasurer, and John Candlin and Jim Chisholm were elected to the Executive Management Committee as Ordinary Members. The Constitution was amended to allow proxy voting. Approval of the accounts and setting of the subscriptions was deferred until an Extraordinary General Meeting planned to be held during the Four Nations tournament at the end of May in Aberdeen.