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Scottish Veterans LX Hockey Club

Home page of the Scottish Veterans LX Hockey Club, for Scottish hockey players over the age of 60. The Club manages the National teams for Over 60s (Grand Masters), Over 65s (Great Grand Masters) and Over 70s (Senior Grand Masters). It fields teams under the Scottish Thistles banner at home and abroad.

Gerry Toner 1942-2017

After a long battle with illness, Gerry Toner passed away peacefully in hospital on Saturday 25 November 2017.

Alison and Gerry Toner in umpire fitness Test Neuss 2011

Gerry & Alison Toner fitness test Neuss 2011

Gerry represented Scotland as our umpire at tournaments all over the world, and behind the scenes he was our auditor for many years. He will be missed.

Two Thistles Teams in Lille

Scottish Thistles Blue, captained by Derek Johnstone, will be joined by Scottish Thistles White, captained by Tim Lorimer at Luc Ronchin Hockey Club, Lille, for the annual Jacques Lévy Supervétérans Tournament on 16-18 March 2018.

President Strikes Gold in Tasmania

For the second year in succession, President Kieran McLernan returned from the Australian Masters Hockey Championships with a Gold Medal.

Kieran McLernan with three awards Hobart 2017

With Western Australia Country unable to field an Over 75 side, Kieran switched to the State team, which won the Gold Medal. Kieran also picked up the top goalscorer and man of the tournament awards to add to his Gold.

Scottish Thistles in North East England

Scottish Thistles, England LX Red and England LX White Durham October 2017

Scottish Thistles took on England LX White and England LX Red in double header matches in Newcastle on Wednesday 11 October and in Durham on Thursday 12 October. report

Scotland Grand Masters Fifth

Grand Masters Hockey European Cup

In the final Scotland match of the tournament on Sunday 27 August, Scotland Grand Masters went down 4-0 to Wales to finish in fifth place, behind their opponents.

Scotland Senior Grand Masters finished their tournament on Saturday 26 August by going down 2-1 to Wales, a result which almost certainly leaves them in fifth place. Scotland LX (Scottish Thistles) then lost 4-0 to Netherlands to give them sixth place in their competition. The only win of the day came when Scotland Grand Masters beat Wales 5-2 to claim seventh place in the Grand Masters European Cup. It will be up to Scotland Great Grand Masters to maintain the sequence by winning their last match against Wales on Sunday 27 August to claim fourth place in their competition.

All three Scotland international teams played Belgium on Friday 25 August and Senior Grand Masters picked up their first win by 1-0 in the first match of the day to move them up to fourth place, a position they can consolidate by beating Wales in their final match. Great Grand Masters carried on the winning theme by beating Belgium 2-0, moving them up to fifth, which they can improve to fourth by beating Wales in their final match. Belgium were 2-0 up on the Grand Masters side before Scotland scored twice in the second half to tie the score at 2-2, but Belgium won the penalty shoot out 2-1 to go through to the 5/6 play offs. All three teams will now face Wales in their final matches.

Leading 1-0 with two minutes to go, Scotland Over 60s were pipped by a German penalty corner goal which gave them a draw and second place in Pool B on goal difference ahead of Scotland and Wales, both on five points. They face Belgium in the 5-8 play offs and a win will give them a match to decide 5th place. Scotland Great Grand Masters could manage only a late consolation goal by Ernie Britton-Dodd against Germany, who ran out 4-1 winners, but could still make fourth place if they win their remaining two matches. Scotland LX (Thistles) drew 2-2 with Welsh Dragons in their 5-8 play off match but won the tie 2-1 in a penalty shoot out to claim a place in the 5-6 final on Saturday 26 August.

In a bad day at the office, all three Scotland internationals lost on the fifth day of the tournament, Grand Masters and Great Grand Masters going down 4-0 and 8-0 respectively to Netherlands and Senior Grand Masters losing 5-0 to England. Senior Grand Masters can still make fourth place if they can win their last two matches against Belgium and Wales.

Scotland Senior Grand Masters did themselves no justice in a 5-0 loss to Germany on Tuesday 22 August.

Scotland LX kept England LX Red at bay until the very start of the second half in their final pool match on Monday 21 August but their opponents rattled in six goals to put paid to any chances of the Thistles making the semi final play offs. Their win against Team Germany Red was enough to give them third place and a favourable draw in the 5-8 semi finals. It was a rest day for all the other Scotland teams.

Scotland LX (Scottish Thistles) recorded their first victory early on Sunday 20 August, Tim Lorimer scoring twice to beat Team Germany Red 2-0. England Great Grand Masters proved too strong from Scotland Over 65s, who went down 4-0 in their second match. Scotland Grand Masters kept their unbeaten record after a ding-dong 3-3 with Wales.

All four of Scotland's teams werre in action on the first day of the 2017 WGMA European Cup in Glasgow on Saturday 19 August, and the undoubted highlight was a crushing 7-1 victory for Scotland Over 60 against Italy. Scotland Over 65 won 2-1 against Ireland. Scotland Over 70 went down 3-1 to a very strong Netherlands side while England LX White were too good for the Scotland LX Tournament Trophy team, Scottish Thistles, winning 6-0.

You can watch YouTube video recordings of the Over 60 European Cup and Tournament Trophy sides' matches and the Over 70 European Cup match, courtesy of QTV Sports.

Subscribe to the YouTube Grand Masters European Cup channel where you can also catch up on any of the action you have missed, or relive your moments of glory.

European Cup schedule
results, reports, Scotland match schedules and squads

Over 70s draw with Scotland Ladies

Ten of the Scotland Over 70 squad for the European Cup, with Dick Pearce replacing Nigel Dixon in goal, took on Scotland Over 60 Ladies who fielded a number of younger players at Peffermill on Sunday 6 August. The men took command from the start and had a number of chances in the first quarter but the ladies came back into the game in the second quarter, forcing a number of short corners, from one of which they scored after a goalmouth stramash. The Over 70s replied from their first short corner soon after when Roy Crichton slipped the ball back to injector Ian Downie to score the equaliser. Both sides created more chances but good goalkeeping from both keepers kept the score at 1-1.

European Cup Scotland LX

Team Germany Gold has withdrawn from the Grand Masters Tournament Trophy because of lack of numbers. The tournament draw for this section only has been revised and the competition will now be played in two pools of four teams instead of three pools of three teams. Scotland LX (Scottish Thistles) will still have pool matches at the same times as before on Saturday 19 and Sunday 20 August, with their third pool match once again at 09:00 on Monday 21 August. They will have no matches on Tuesday 22 or Wednesday 23 August as per the original schedule. revised schedule 2 August

Thistles at Dragons Festival

Tim Lorimer organised a last minute Scottish Thistles trip to the annual Dragons Festival in Swansea, bringing on board a number of guest players, and they had the usual good time over the weekend of 28-29 August 2017. Faced with stronger than expected opposition, most of the teams using the tournament as final preparation for the European Cup, Thistles found the going tough but emerged with heads held high. report

Scottish Thistles in Dragons Festival 2017 Swansea

Over 65s too strong for Scotland Ladies

Scotland Over 60 Ladies, with a number of players unavailable because of holidays, took on the Scotland Men's Over 65 squad at Glasgow Green on Sunday 23 July 2017 in a training match ahead of the European Cup in August. For the record, the men won 7-0 but it was a useful exercise for both sides.

Peter Gordon in action against Scotland Over 60 Ladies
good old shoulder charge ...

photographs by Andy Lovat

England Over 75s Pip Scottish Thistles Over 70

Eight of the Scotland Over 70 squad for the European Cup, joined by keeper Dick Pearce and assisted by three underage players, took on the full England Over 75 squad on Friday 21 July 2017 at Cockermouth, Cumbria. In a closely contested match, England ran out 2-1 winners. On Saturday 22 July, England LX Red proved too hot a handful for the Scots who went down 7-1.

Scottish Thistles Over 70 Cockermouth July 2017
report

Aardvarks Too Hot For Thistles

An Over 65 Scottish Thistles team went down 4-1 to touring side Aardvarks at Meggetland on Saturday 15 July 2017. The following day, a Scottish Thistles side with a mixture of Over 60 and Over 70 players, and John Smith's much younger son Chris and wife Shelley, narrowly lost 2-1 to the visitors.

Scottish Thistles Go Down to England LX

Scottish Thistles and England LX Red teams 8 July 2017 Glasgow Green

Scottish Thistles lost 6-1 to England LX Red in a friendly match played at Glasgow National Hockey Centre on 8 July 2017. match report         action photos by Andy Lovat

European Cup Squads

Scotland will be represented by four teams in the European Cup: international Over 60, Over 65 and Over 70 teams and an Over 60 Tournament Trophy team.

Coach Murray Paton has selected the Scotland squads for the European Cup in Glasgow on 19-27 August 2017 and following on from the international selection, the Scotland LX squad playing in the Tournament Trophy as Scottish Thistles has been flnalised.

The full European Cup schedule shows that the Over 65 European Cup tournament will now be played as a round robin, with changes in the dates on which Scotland will play. The other competitions will run as scheduled except that Scotland Over 70 will not play Italy, who have withdrawn.

further details, Scotland match schedules and squads

Two second places for Scotland in Wales

Both Scotland Grand Masters and Scotland Senior Grand Masters claimed second place in their respective tournaments in Swansea in the Home Internationals, played over the weekend of 30 June - 2 July 2017. Scotland Great Grand Masters saw second place snatched from their grasp with five minutes to go in their final match on Sunday 2 July, Ireland scoring a winner to demote Scotland to third place on goal difference.

Once more England swept the board, winning each of the three age group tournaments. Wales collected the wooden spoon, finishing last in all three competitions.

tournament results and tables

Scottish Thistles in Tilburg

Scottish Thistles, playing for the second time in the 60-67 age group at the Tilburg International Hockey Tournament on 23-25 June 2017, picked up after a chaotic first day caused by transport difficulties, picking up a win and two draws in the final three matches of the tournament. Tim Lorimer, returning from a long period out of the game, scored two of their goals and George Pickett the other.

Scottish Thistles and Italy teams in Tilburg 2017

results and match report

 

 

 

 

 

Membership

New members (and partners) will be made very welcome and there is room for all standards of players. If you want to continue playing hockey into your sixties and beyond, and to have the chance of playing for your country, check out the information about membership or complete the online application form.

Fixtures and Training 2017-18

Training sessions will take place at Glasgow Green on the following dates:

  • Sunday 10 December 11:00-16:00
  • Sunday 11 February 11:00-16:00
  • Sunday 25 February 11:00-14:00
  • Sunday 11 March 11:00-16:00
  • Sunday 25 March 11:00-14:00

Over 60s will train from 11:00 to 14:00 and Over 65/70s from 14:00-16:00. There will be a session in November for Over 60s only (date and venue TBA).

Scotland Over 70 will play England Over 70 at Durham on Wednesday 7 March 2018 (2 pm).

The annual Jacques Lévy tournament in Lille, France, in which Scottish Thistles are regular participants, will take place from the afternoon of Friday 16 March until Sunday 18 March 2018. Scottish Thistles are entering two teams for the first time.

Scottish Thistles Over 70 have been invited to the Aspirants 7-a-side tournament at Kettering H.C., Wellingborough from Friday 6 April to Sunday 8 April 2018.

The 2018 Celtic Cup will take place at Polo Hockey Club Marcq en Baroeul, Lille, France over the weekend of 20-22 April 2018

The 2018 Home Internationals will take place at Three Rock Rovers HC, Grange Road, Rathfarnham, Dublin, 14, Ireland on 11, 12 and 13 May 2018.

Scottish Thistles Over 70 have been invited once more to play England LX Over 75 and a Cumbria Over 70 select at Cockermouth, Cumbria on Friday 18 and Saturday 19 May 2018.

2018 World Grand Masters World Cup Logo

The 2018 World Cup will be held in Barcelona, Spain from 20-30 June 2018.

 

 


Scotland Over 70s beat Scotland Over 60 Ladies

In a training match played at Peffermill on Sunday 11 June 2017, the Scotland Over 70 men's squad, bolstered by a few younger substitutes who made cameo appearances, overcame the Scotland Over 60 Ladies squad 2-0 with goals by one of the substitutes, Peter Robertson, and Colin Tucker. match report

Scottish Thistles Edge Out Cumbria

Scottish Thistles narrowly won 4-3 against a Cumbria Select at Meggetland, Edinburgh on Sunday 4 June 2017 with goals from Stuart Robertson, Roy Crichton and two from Paul Bateson. match report

Over 70s Win Celtic Cup in Cork

Senior Grand Masters Gold Medal Celtic Cup 2017

Scotland Over 70s beat Wales Over 70s 1-0 in the 2017 Celtic Cup in Cork, Ireland on Saturday 29 April 2017 to claim the inaugural Senior Grand Masters Celtic Cup. The two sides played again on Sunday 30 April and once again Scotland came out on top, this time by 2-1.

Scotland Over 60s narrowly lost 0-1 to Ireland in their final match, Ireland scoring early against the run of play and holding out valiantly against constant Scottish pressure to take the trophy away from the holders, Scotland finishing second. A draw would have been enough for Scotland after an impressive 5-0 win against Wales on the second day after opening their account with a convincing 7-0 win over France.

The Great Grand Masters team finally recorded a victory in their last match, winning 2-1 against France, and finished in third place behind Wales and Ireland. They had gone down 2-1 to Ireland after taking the lead in their second match following a 0-0 draw against Wales in a match which could have gone either way.

fixtures and results

No goals for Scottish Thistles in Le Touquet

Scottish Thistles ended the third over 60 Le Touquet international tournament over the 2017 Easter Weekend with three successive 0-0 draws, inability to convert possession into goals costing them dear. Their only defeats came at the hands of the two French sides, the premier team Supervétérans France ending up tournament winners. Socially, the event was a great success and Thistles are looking forward eagerly to an invitation to the 2018 tournament.

Scottish Thistles squad in Le Touquet 2017

results and reports

Scottish Thistles Fourth in Lille

Scottish Thistles Lille March 2017

Scottish Thistles travelled to Lille for the 20th Jacques Lévy Superveterans Tournament on the weekend of 17-19 March 2017, finishing in fourth position. England LX retained the trophy for the fifth successive year and Welsh Dragons took second place, with Egypt in third. In the end, the unexpected defeats by Supervétérans France A on the first day of the tournament and Italians on the second day were decisive in preventing Scottish Thistles from making the final. Thistles played some superb, passing hockey at times but frustratingly could not produce the same form in every game. reports and results

Scotland Over 70 in Durham

Scotland Senior Grand Masters squad lost 4-0 to England at Durham on Tuesday 28 February in a game of two halves, England scoring all their goals in the second half.

Scotland captain Ally Philip presents Scotland LX whisky  to England captain Brian Perryman

Scotland Captain Ally Philip presents Scotland LX
whisky to England Captain Brian Perryman

match report