Scottish Schools Boys Hockey Champions
The Glasgow School of Sport/Bellahouston Academy Boys' Hockey team won the Scottish Schools Cup defeating
In an enthralling final Bellahouston went one nil down in the first minute before gradually coming into the game and assuming a commanding 3-1 lead. Back came the
Left to right: Lee Morton converts his penalty spectacularly, Gordon Amour calm and composed in midfield
Team: Andrew Duff, Fabian Goldie, Jock Breckenridge, Chris McFadden, Ruairidh McArthur, Connor Bain, Lee Morton, Gordon Amour, Antony Small, Dean Baber, Neil McIntyre, Jack Jamieson, Adam McInnes, Jack McKenzie, Declan Munoz, Jack McAllister, Fraser Ward, Rory McClure, Jack McAllister
Assistant High Performance Hockey Coach
Busy June for GSoS Pupils
School of Sport Hockey Pupils Excel for Club Side
Congratulations to Connor Bain, Fabian Goldie, Andrew Duff, Edward McGuire, Neil McIntyre, Jack Jamieson, Jack McKenzie, Jack McAllister and Ruairidh McArthur in winning the Scottish under 16 National League competition with their Club side Kelburne. The team played some fantastic attacking hockey and can be very proud of their efforts
The jubilant team pose for a photo after the match
S1 and S2 Give It Some Attitude
S1 and S2 Hockey pupils recently gave it some attitude during one of their training sessions. The pupils were involved in a photoshoot for Glasgow’s 2018 Youth Commonwealth games bid which is being finalised. The pupils, all of whom will be eligible for the 2018 Games, took a brief time out from training to pose.
Pupils Meaning Business
Left-right: Edward McGuire, Ellise Berry, Ciaran Quinn, Neil McIntyre, Rory McLure, Jack Jamieson and Dean Babe r
Left-right: Edward McGuire, Ellise Berry, Ciaran Quinn, Neil McIntyre, Rory McLure, Jack Jamieson and Dean Babe
Well Done Ruairidh and Andrew
Well done to S5 pupils Andrew Duff and Ruairidh McArthur for excellent performance for Scotland Under 16s in their recent training matches against Ulster under 16s. The three match series was halved with Scotland winning 3-1 in the first game; Andrew managed to score a goal and Ruairidh received excellent reviews from the coaching staff on his defensive performance.
S1-S2 Pupils Shine for West District Under 13s
Rory McLure, Ciaran Quinn, Jack Jamieson, Neil McIntyre, Dean Baber, Edward McGuire and Declan Munoz all recently represented West District Under 13s at the Nottingham Invitational Tournament. This was the first taste of representative tournament hockey for all the pupils and all received glowing reports from the coaching staff.
In the first game the team were up against a very strong representative team from the West of England and although the game finished 9-2, S1 Neil McIntyre scored an excellent goal from a short corner. The second game was a far tighter match against the South Midlands with S1 Dean Baber grabbing the winner with an excellent deflection with two minutes to go The third match was a 3-1 loss with Neil McIntyre scoring his second goal of the tournament after playing a cleverly worked 1-2 with class mate Jack Jamieson. The fourth game of the weekend saw another loss against a very strong Saxon select team and although the score line was 6-2 the man of the match was Declan Munoz who made countless passes and set up both of the goals for the West District team. The last match was the team’s best match with a thoroughly convincing 3-1 victory. Goal scorers for this match were Jack Jamieson from a rebound from Neil’s excellent shot and also from Declan Munoz who shot fired in off the post. Neil McIntyre pitched in with another late goal to seal the victory.
Overall it was a fantastic weekend for the players and an excellent experience.
Assistant High Performance Hockey Coach
Busy Easter for GSoS Pupils
Scotland Under 16 Team - Boys
It was a busy holiday period for the School of Sport hockey players as many of them represented Scotland in various tournaments across Europe at Easter (April 2012).
The Scotland under 16 boys played in a highly competitive Under 18 tournament hosted by HDM hockey Club in the Hague, Netherlands. Representing Scotland were Gordon Amour from S5 and Jock Breckenridge, Jack McAllister, Jack McKenzie, Fabian Goldie, Connor Bain and Andrew Duff from S4. Although the scores did not all go the way of the young Scots, both Andrew Duff and Gordon Amour scored excellent goals in the 2-1 win over the Swiss national under 18 team. Also on the score sheet in the tournament with another goal was Andrew Duff, Jack McKenzie and Connor Bain.
4-3 loss to Ipswich
2-1 loss to Gouda
2-1 loss to Kent
2-1 win via Switzerland
2-1 loss to Gouda
GSoS team in The Hague
Scotland Under 15 Team - Boys
The Scotland under 15 Development Squad played against Wales in three matches in Cardiff. Representing the School of Sport was S4 Ruairidh MacArthur. The squad played very well winning the series by 2 games to 1 beating their hosts 4-2, 3-2 and losing one game by 2 goals to 1.
Scotland Under 18 Team - Boys
The Scotland under 18 boys also played Wales under 18s in three matches in Cardiff.
Representing the School of Sport was S6 pupil Harry Godfrey who played in all the matches. The young Scots lost 5-1, 3-1 and showed a marked improvement drawing the final game one each. Also selected was S5 pupil Lee Morton, but Lee was on club duty representing Kelburne Hockey Club in the European Championships in Lille, France. The Paisley team did very well winning a silver medal when they lost narrowly to the French in the final by 3 goals to 2.
Scotland Under 16 Team - Girls
The Scotland girls' under 16 team played against Wales under 16s in three matches in Cardiff. Representing the School of Sport was S4 pupil Drew Berry. The girls drew the test series beating Wales 3-0, drawing 1 each and losing one game by 3 goals to 1.
Well done to all those who represented Scotland at these tournaments.
Scottish Schools Cup Quarter Final Training
After the long break for indoor, the hockey programme has just switched back outside. Fingers crossed that there will be no frost or snow and the pupils can get in a good block of training before the Spring break.
The senior team is practising hard for their Scottish School Cup Quarter Final match against
Big Win at Hutchesons' Invitational
On Saturday, 3 December 2011, the Glasgow School of Sport team entered and won the Hutchesons’ Grammar School Invitational. The tournament was split over two venues with Pool A being played at Hutchesons’ Grammar School and Pool B at the Glasgow School of Sport. The under 18 team played some fantastic hockey comfortably winning all three games. Special mention must be made for S3 pupil Antony Small who showed real maturity throughout the three matches and to S1 Angus Laing who made some vital saves.
From left to right - Gordon Amour, Andrew Duff, Lee Morton, Euan
Tailor-made Matadors at Glasgow School of Sport
Matador Hockey, produced by one of the largest and most prestigious manufacturers of hockey sticks in the world, has created a bespoke stick only for use by Glasgow School of Sport hockey players in a unique sponsorship deal.
Zaheer Muhsan with pupils and staff (photograph by Jonathan Faulds
Back Row from left to right; Harry Dunlop (High Performance Hockey Coach) – Connor Bain – Jock Breckenridge – Ruiridh McArthur – Andrew Duff – Brodie MacKay – Euan Miller (Assistant High Performance Hockey Coach)
Front Row from left to right; Molly Godfrey – Jack McKenzie – Zaheer Muhsan – Loraine Henderson (Coordinator - Glasgow School of Sport) – Fabian Goldie – Drew Berry
Ten of Glasgow School of Sport's talented hockey players' are to sign a deal with Matador Hockey that will launch this tailor made stick, designed to championship standard and which boasts the formidable black and yellow school-colours synonymous with this highly successful school.
The sponsorship deal includes a bespoke Matador Hockey outdoor stick as well as an indoor stick, shin guards and stick bag at no cost for ten of the hockey programmes aspiring stars.
Jack McKenzie & Andrew Duff, both in their 4th year at Glasgow School of Sport and who both represented Scotland Under 16s against Wales this April said “I used the sample Matador stick during training and thought it was very well balanced and loved the school colours. “I can definitely feel the difference of the carbon content in the GSOS stick when I hit with it, I get a much harder hit.”
It may be too early to say whether the stick is improving their performance however School of Sport High Performance Hockey Coach Harry Dunlop says "I am delighted with the new Matador sponsorship deal, the tailor-made top specification, performance based equipment package that Matador Hockey has provided for our players is superb and will really help develop a sense of identity within the School of Sport players, many senior international players would love this opportunity.”
This leading National Centre of Excellence has some outstanding achievements that have emerged from the hockey programme. At the Commonwealth Games in Delhi four hockey players, all graduates of the School of Sport hockey programme, William Marshall, Kareena Marshall, Kenny Bain and Amy Gibson, competed for Team Scotland.
Current players include nine that played for the Scotland Under-16 National Team and three for the Under 18 National Team this year.
Company Director of Matador Hockey UK, Zaheer Muhsan from Az-Tech Sports, Glasgow, himself an avid hockey player who has played at international level says “Matador Hockey UK is delighted to be sponsoring Scotland's aspiring stars of the future with our top specification performance based equipment. I've been very impressed with the achievements of these young players. The School of Sport is a hot-house of talent and I'm delighted that Matador Hockey is their product of choice."
Matador Stick (photograph by Jonathan Faulds
In addition to Matador Hockey sponsoring the ten players, every player within the School of Sport Hockey Programme can benefit from a 60% discount on Matador Hockey equipment.
- Andrew Duff
- Jack McKenzie
- Connor Bain
- Jock Breckenridge
- Fabian Goldie
- Ruairaidh McArthur
- Drew Berry
- Molly Godfrey
- Brodie McKay
- 1 x further player to be confirmed
Pupils Picked for Scotland Under 16 Development Squad
Seven hockey pupils recently represented the Scotland Under 16 Development Squad in matches against a UK Lions Select squad. A further two pupils from the School were selected for the UK Lions team resulting in some very competitive games over the weekend.
S3 pupils Andrew Duff, Jock Breckenridge, Jack McKenzie and Connor Bain all represented the Scotland A squad along with Antony Small from S2 with Fraser Ward of S2 and Rhuiraidh Macarthur from S3 both representing the Scotland B Squad. S4 pupil Gordon Amour and S3 pupil Jack McAllister both represented the UK Lions.
The results of the matches were as follows:
- Scotland A 1:3 UK Lions A
- Scotland A 3: 0 UK Lions B
- Scotland A 0:0 UK Lions A
- Scotland A 2:3 UK Lions B
- Scotland B 1:2 UK Lions B
- Scotland B 1: 1 UK Lions A
- Scotland B 2:2 UK Lions B
- Scotland B 3:2 UK Lions A
Very well done to Andrew Duff who scored, a special mention to S2’s Fraser Ward who also managed a goal and to debutant Antony Small who scored twice.
Como Hockey Academy visit Glasgow School of Sport
An Australian school from Perth, Como Hockey Academy, recently visited the School as part of their grand tour of Europe. In total 37 pupils stayed locally for three days enjoying the Scottish culture and sights. The main focus was two test matches against the School’s finest.
In glorious conditions at the National Sports Centre at Inverclyde the visitors from Down Under gave the boys a bit of a goal scoring lesson by running out comfortable winners by five goals to one. S5 pupil Michael O’Donovan scored a fantastic goal volleying the ball high into the net but the boys failed to take their chances.
The following day at Bellahouston the game was very different with the School taking an early lead through a great Michael O’Donovan reverse strike high into the goal. The home side had several other chances but they could not convert these. Over the course of the second half Como came more into the game and with only four minutes remaining our Antipodean guests equalised from a goalmouth scramble sweeping the ball high into the net. Worse was to follow a minute later as poor marking allowed an unmarked forward to push the ball home from close range for a late goal that proved to be the winner.
Despite disappointment the School of Sport boys played very well and the standard of the games over the two days was excellent.
Boys team: Jack McKenzie, Jack McAllister, Michael O’Donovan, Michael Nicol, Harry Godfrey, Lee Morton, Gordon Amour, Brodie Mackay, Jonathan Turner, Andrew Duff, Jock Breckenridge, Fabian Goldie, Edward McLean, Rhuaridh Macarthur, Antony Small, Chris McFadden, Jack Murphy, Fraser Ward, Declan Munoz
Drew Berry, Shannon Laing and Molly Godfrey also played against Como but for their club side Kelburne. Those two games were also of a very high standard with Kelburne winning by one goal to nil in both matches. All three girls played very well.
S1/2s are selected for West District Under 14s
Congratulations to Declan Munoz of S1 and Jack Murphy, Chris McFadden, Antony Small and Fraser Ward of S2 for gaining selection to the West District Under 14 District team. The day went very well with the boys being part of the winning team that narrowly won, in what was a closely fought final.
New High Performance Hockey Coach
The school is delighted to announce the appointment of Harry Dunlop as the new High Performance Hockey Coach. Harry brings a vast amount of knowledge and experience to the post which he has developed over the last 20 years coaching within Scottish Hockey. Harry has worked with both the Scottish Under 18 Men's & Women's National teams, right through to both our Senior Men's & Senior Women's B team, attending both the Women's World Cup and Men's World Cup Qualifier . Harry commented "Since joining the School of Sport I have been impressed by the professionalism of all the sport specific coaches and the strength and conditioning team, however the dedicated attitude of the pupils within these programmes has already exceeded my expectations. I am sure we have many future international sports men and woman currently at the school and I am looking forward to working with them to attain their maximum potential."
National Performance Squads
A number of the pupils are heavily involved in a heavy fitness training phase for the National Youth Training Squads. Gordon Amour, Lee Morton, Jack McAllister, Andrew Duff, Connor Bain, Jock Breckenridge and Michael O'Donovan are getting put through their paces twice weekly by Assistant High Performance Squad Coach Derek Forsyth in the West Performance Squads. Over 20 players attend from the West, all of whom have aspirations to make the starting team for both the Scottish under 16 and under 18 squads.
Gordon Amour and Lee Morton challenge for the ball in training
Congratulations to S6 pupils Michael Nichol who has been selected to play for the West District under 18 squad in the Indoor inter districts. Michael has battled back from injury to take his place in the squad and is a very suitable reward for all the hard work the S6 late entry has put in, since August. Well done.
S3 Drew Berry has also been picked for the Southwest District under 18 team for the inter district tournament. This is a fantastic achievement as Drew is actually only in the under 15 category.
The following pupils have been representing their clubs in the Scottish National League Indoor league in Perth. Lee Morton, Harry Godfrey and 14 year old Jack McAllister have been revelling as a result of Kelburne's decision to use indoor to develop their younger players. Pick of the goals was from Jack against Dundee Wanderers on his debut. Also cutting his teeth in National Division 1 is Gordon Amour who has put in a number of mature performances for his club Clydesdale to help consolidated their return to National League Division 1.
It's that time of the year again with a high amount of hockey applications all hoping for a place in the hockey programme starting in August 2011. Final selection is at the start of February 2011 and the hockey coaching team is really looking forward to working with the next batch of potential "superstars."
Action from the latest Glasgow School of Sport hockey primary school festival