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World Grand Masters Hong Kong 2008

Squad: Auld, Black, Bryce, Caren, Crichton, Downie, D. Dunbar, Dunlop, Margerison, McIntosh, Mitchinson, McNab, Tucker, Walter

The over 60s gave the eventual bronze medal winners Germany a run for their money in the opening game, leading 2-1 at one stage before the superior strength and power of the Germans in the last quarter saw them through 5-2. Scotland missed a great opportunity to qualify for the medal places through a poor performance against the hosts, Hong Kong, having to settle for the play-offs for 5th to 9th.

A creditable draw against South Africa with half the team suffering from stomach upsets was followed by three straight wins in the 5-8 play-offs against Japan, Italy and Netherlands to secure fifth place.

Results – Grand Masters (Over 60s)

Germany 5 Scotland 2 (McIntosh, Dunlop)

Scotland 1 (Walter) Hong Kong 4

South Africa 1 Scotland 1 (Dunlop)

Scotland finished in fourth place in Pool B, level on points with South Africa but with a poorer goal difference. The one point for the draw against South Africa was carried forward into the play-offs for positions 5-8.

Scotland 4 (Dunlop 2, Crichton, Walter) Japan 1

Scotland 3 (Dunlop, Walter 2 pen) Italy 2

Scotland 3 (Walter, Dunlop, McNab) Netherlands 0

The highlight of the tournament for the Scots was the final goal scored by full back Alastair McNab, who ran the whole length of the pitch, beating man after man, before firing an unstoppable shot past the Dutch goalkeeper.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Page last updated 6 March, 2009 by Ian Downie