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.
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.
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.
Celtic Cup Swansea 26-28 April 2019
Both Scotland Grand Masters and Scotland Senior Grand Masters finished second in their competitions, while Scotland Great Grand Masters were third. reports
Tilburg International Veterans Tournament 26-28 April 2019
Scottish Thistles White won the 2019 Over 67 Cup in Tilburg while Scottish Thistles Blue finished sixth in the Over 60 competition.
Lakes Tournament Cockermouth 18-19 May 2019
Scottish Thistles sent a mixed age team to the England LX tournament at Cockermouth on the weekend of 18/19 May. The opposition were England LX 60/65s and the Reivers (masters team from Cumbria, Northumbria and Durham who, at this stage are in the quarter finals of the England Over 60's cup). Thistles lost their friendly matches against the two England LX sides on the first day but beat them both in the competition proper on the Sunday. A loss to Reivers meant that they finished second in the tournament. report
Four Nations Tournament Aberdeen 24-26 May 2019
Scotland hosted the annual Four Nations Tournament in Aberdeen on 24-26 May 2019 and, for the first time, there was a Tournament Trophy involving sides from all four countries. In another first, Ireland made up the full set of teams in the International Over 70 competition. England came into the tournament as holders of all three age group trophies, won in Dublin in 2018.
In Aberdeen, England continued their domination of the competition, adding the inaugural Tournament Trophy to their haul through England LX, all three international sides retaining the respective trophies. Scotland Grand Masters and Great Grand Masters improved their positions from 2018, finishing runners up in two out of the three international tournaments, Senior Grand Masters staying static and finishing third, and Scottish Thistles claimed the runner up spot in the Tournament Trophy.