2019 Four Nations Tournament - Great Grand Masters (Over 65)

Countesswells Playing Fields, 233 Countesswells Rd, Aberdeen AB15 8AR on 24, 25 and 26 May 2019

The 2019 Four Nations tournament took place at Countesswells Playing Fields, Aberdeen from Friday 24 to Sunday 26 May.

Scotland Great Grand Masters had finished a disappointing fourth behind England, Ireland and Wales in the 2018 event in Dublin and, with many new faces coming up from the Over 60s, were looking for a major improvement under player-coach Ian Wilson. Not only did they improve their position, finishing second in Aberdeen, they showed signs that further improvement is on its way, with some excellent passages of play.

They got off to the best possible start with a 2-1 victory against a very strong Welsh side. Wales were on top for most of the match and took the lead in ten minutes through Steve Sparkes, but Scotland equalised early n the second quarter when Hew Bishop converted a penalty flick. The same player put Scotland ahead with a field goal just before the end of the third quarter, and Scotland held on to win the match and set them up for an early start against England the following morning, England having beaten Ireland 3-0 in their first match.

Scotland put on a very stuffy performance against England in the opening match of the second day but went down 3-1, while Wales cruised past Ireland 5-0. After a first quarter in which England were completely dominant, scoring from a crisply hit direct shot from a penalty corner, Scotland regrouped and began to create chances of their own. Into the second half, Hew Bishop was unlucky when he shot narrowly past at a penalty corner from point blank range. The final quarter saw the best of the goal action, England scoring first to go 2-0 up and Scotland replying through a reverse stick deflection by Gordon Loudon at a penalty corner, but England sealed victory in the final seconds when they scored again to make the final score 3-1.

Gordon Loudon scores against England

 

Scotland and Ireland completed their programme with a goalless draw, though there was no shortage of action in both circles and either side could have ended the winners. Scotland had the bulk of the midfield possession but could not find the killer pass to the forwards, while the quality of the Irish defence was outstanding. At the other end, Ireland were always a threat on the break and Chris Kalman in the Scottish goal had to look sharp on a couple of occasions to keep his goal intact. In the end, a draw was a little unfair on the Scots but you have to score to win. Scotland could be proud of the effort they put into the match and will go into the European Cup in good spirits. With Wales losing to England on the other pitch, a draw proved enough to give Scotland second place behind an undefeated English side.

Results

Friday 24 May 16:00

Pitch 1 Welsh Flag Wales 1 Scotland Flag Scotland 2 (Bishop 2)

Pitch 2 All Ireland Flag Ireland 0 England Flag England 3

Saturday 25 May 10:00

Pitch 1 England Flag England 3 Scotland Flag Scotland 1 (Loudon)

Pitch 2 Welsh Flag Wales 5 All Ireland Flag Ireland 0

Sunday 26 May 10:55

Pitch 1 Scotland Flag Scotland  0 All Ireland Flag Ireland 0

Pitch 2 Welsh Flag Wales 0 England Flag England 3

Altiusrt results and information

Grand Masters

 

P

W

D

L

F

A

Pt

GD

England

3 3 0 0 9 1 9 8

Scotland

3 1 1 1 3 4 4 -1

Wales

3 1 0 2 6 5 3 1

Ireland

3 0 2 2 0 8 0 -8

Scotland Squad

Chris Kalman​​​, Ian Wilson, Gerry McBride, ​​​ Jim Bate, Hew Bishop, Peter Burns, Jim Chisholm, John Connaghan, George Finlayson, Peter Gordon, Gordon Loudon, Les Mitchell, Bernie Morrison (C), Peter Robertson, Stuart Robertson, John Smith, Jonny Sudale.

Manager Donny Watson, Player-Coach Ian Wilson