Bromac Kelburne Men 1s start second half of season with win

Saturday 20th Februrary

Hillhead 0 ? 6 Bromac Kelburne Men 1s

Lee Morton ? 2

Jack Mackenzie ? 2

Josh Cairns ? 1

Ross Macpherson ? 1

Craig Morton ? 0

On a cold and wet Saturday afternoon it was time for Bromac Kelburne to get the 2nd half of the season underway. Sitting top of the table and with 4 trophies still to play for it was important the team laid down a marker for the remainder of the season.

Prior to the game a minute?s silence was held to pay respect to the late Gerry Ralph, a hugely respected man by Kelburne and wider hockey family.

The game started at a fast pace with Bromac Kelburne creating several chances however failing to break the deadlock. As the pace settled Hillhead began to work their way in to the game causing the Kelburne defence a few problems, thankfully man of the match Fergus Barrows kept them at bay.

Halfway through the first half the deadlock was broken, some scrappy build was finished off coolly by Lee Morton.

Half Time Hillhead 0 ? 1 Bromac Kelburne Men 1s

The team were given the proverbial rocket from Captain Johnny Christie, a higher level of performance was expected from everyone. The team duely obliged with far better connections, passing and work rate from all of the team.

Bromac Kelburne then began to put more pressure of the Hillhead defence and finally the goals were to follow. The pick of the 2nd half goals was a solo effort from Jack Mackenzie, finished off with a diving reverse stick in to the bottom corner. 6 goals I the 2nd half saw Bromac Kelburne eventually run out comfortable winners.

Full time Hillhead 0 ? 6 Bromac Kelburne Men 1s

Next game v?s St Andrews Uni (cup)

Young Kelburne Ladies 3's earn draw

Kelburne Ladies 3's v Loch Lomond Ladies - Sunday 21stFebruary 2016

Kelburne Ladies hosted Loch Lomond Ladies on Saturday in the West district League.  With a large squad, the ladies were looking for some much needed points after some disappointing results this half of the season.

However the young Paisley side began with a kicking back due to their regular keeper not being available.  The Kelburne defensive line sat very high up the pitch and ensured that the ball was kept as far away from Lynne Houston as possible.  Holly Hendry and Susan Deanie did well on each side of midfield during this spell, consistently supporting the defence and attack.

After some great attacking play and a series of short corners for both sides it was the Kelburne ladies who opened the scoring in the 20th Minute.  Philippa Saddler getting herself on the end of a cross. 

HT Kelburne Ladies 3's 1-0 Loch Lomond Ladies

The second half begun with a flurry of activity for the Kelburne squad.  Youngsters Eliza Caven, Jenny Gow and Cara Bruce working hard up front and consistently closed down and pressurised the Loch Lomond defence. 

However a lapse of concentration say the Kelburne side suddenly drawing with the visitors as a break away attack  resulted in a goal against the run of play.  Slightly rattled by the turn of events Loch Lomond added to their tally 10 minutes later and increased their lead to 2-1.

Nevertheless, characteristic of the young talented squad Kelburne, they never gave up.  With 10 minutes remaining Lucy Bliss collected the ball from outside the 23 and drove right into the circle, slipping past a trio of defenders.  Then from a seemingly impossible angle she somehow found the bottom left hand corner of the Loch Lomond goal with a fierce strike from close to the baseline.  Making the score equal at 2-2.

The Kelburne squad maintained their composure in the remaining minutes as Loch Lomond fought to gain the upper hand.  Christine MacCrimmon and Bethany Allan were invaluable stepping into the defence at this point, after injuries to key players.  Remarkably the keeper less defence kept out a string of 3 dubious short corners after the final whistle had blown and the score line finished a fair  2-2.

FT Kelburne Ladies 3's 2-2 Loch Lomond Ladies

Next week the young squad are away to Hillhead where they hope to continue playing well to secure another 3 points.

Young ProLife Kelburne Men's 5s lose to Glasgow University 3's

ProLife Kelburne Men's 5s v Glasgow University 3's

Saturday 20th February 2016

The young 5th team took to the field on a cold and wet Saturday lunchtime to face a fast and physical Glasgow Uni eleven. After observing a minutes silence to remember the passing of Gerry Ralph, Kelburne started brightly, with Willie Allan firing a shot off in the opening minute only to pull a great save out of the Glasgow Uni keeper. Possession was equal for the first 10 minutes, with Kelburne's Matthew Retson making some excellent saves. Unfortunately Kelburne couldn't make their early pressure amount to much, and Glasgow Uni took the lead after 12 minutes. Glasgow Uni furthered their lead around the 20 minute mark, with a scrappy goal. Kelburne were forced to work hard with defenders Ryan Wood and Matthew Reid being forced to contend with extremely quick Glasgow attackers. With some great saves and an extremely high work rate from the rest of the team, Kelburne were able to carry themselves through to half time, still in contention to win the game.

HT Prolife Kelburne Men's 5s 0 ? 2 Glasgow University 3s

After some words of motivation at half time, Kelburne went back out hungry and after the victory. Glasgow Uni continued to work us very hard, with some last ditch defending from Ryan Wood preventing them from scoring early on in the second half. However, their pressure eventually told as they increased their winning margin to 3 after 40 minutes. Instead of letting our heads drop, Kelburne rallied and began to move the ball better, finding yellow tops more often. The midfield trio of Gavin Bantges, Willie Allan and Allan McNicol were working hard to try and create for the attackers. Young forward Jay Berry came close on a couple of occasions and watched one of his shots go inches wide. Kelburne were rewarded for their pressure with a penalty flick, and Craig Spiers stepped up to take it, but was unfortunately saved by the Glasgow Uni keeper. As Kelburne looked for a route back into the match late on, 2 goals were scored at the wrong end, after being caught on the counter attack.

FT Prolife Kelburne Men's 5s 0-5 Glasgow University 3s

Overall, the young 5s worked extremely hard to contend with the physicality of the Glasgow Uni eleven. However we do need to work on the basics of our game, as it would have been a whole different story if our passing was a little better.

Special mentions to Willie Allan and Gavin Bantges who stepped down from the 4s, and put in an excellent shift. Also to Matthew Retson in goals, who was absolutely phenomenal in-between the sticks for Kelburne today. Next week the young 5s play Strathclyde University 2s

Gerry Ralph

It is with great sadness that the club shares the news of the passing of Gerry Ralph. 

Gerry, a founding member of the club in 1969, has played a key role over a sustained period of time in many areas of the club which have contributed to the success of the recent past. A strong believer in youth he was the driving force behind the Saturday morning ?jockey? hockey which is still thriving to this day. The true value of his contribution will never be measured but his legacy will live on within the club.   

Gerry was a family man, and he took great pride in the achievements of his children as they celebrated success at Kelburne. It is with Maria, Claire, Mark and Nicola and the extended Ralph family that we now offer our condolences and support.   

With his passing the world is a much poorer place this evening. One of the really good guys. He truly was an inspiration to generations of young (and not so young) Kelburne athletes, committees and volunteers and for many of us the very reason we play the sport he loved so dearly. While now we are left with sorrow we can also reflect on our great pleasure in having known such a truly genuine man.

The club, Scottish Hockey and the EHF prepared a joint tribute to Gerry:

West District Indoor Cup ? Kelburne 3rd XI Pro-Life Development Team are Champions

The Tournament was played as an all-day competition,starting at 0930hrs on a dreary Sunday morning at the Paisley Lagoon Centre 

Last 16  :  Anchor 2 ? 3  Pro-Life Kelburne

The day started with a tough opener for the Kelburne 3rd XI Development Squad against a highly experienced and mature Anchor side who took an early two goal lead due to a slow start by the Kelburne team.  However things were about to balance themselves out after a period of sustained good play from the Pro-life Kelburne Team where Miles Goldie found the back of the net from close range which was quickly followed by Finn tucking in equaliser from a very tight angle, ending the half at 2 goals-a-piece.

The second half started brightly with Ewan Carmichael finding himself clear in the D where he promptly slammed the ball home to give us a 3-2 lead which proved good enough in the end, with the yellows holding the Anchor at bay with some exceptional defending by Alan Ralph and Fraser Hutchison and goalkeeping from new recruit GK Jambo Muir over the last 5 minutes, running out 3-2 victors and in to the Quarter Final round against Clydesdale.

Qtr-Final    :    Pro-Life Kelburne 3 ? 2  Clydesdale

After the slow start against Anchor, there was no chance of this happening again with the Kelburne team starting at a high pace and putting Clydesdale under heavy pressure. A few Kelburne chances went a-begging after some great saves from the Dale keeper but the yellows soon took the lead through promising junior Niall Taylor, where he slipped the ball past a helpless Dale keeper for a 1-0 lead to Kelburne and the tails were up. Soon afterwards a lovely 1-2 in midfield saw Ewan Carmichael slip the ball to Billy Anderson who flicked it past the keeper for a 2-0 lead and a strong position and closing out the first half.

Clydesdale started to create some good chances after the second goal and finally broke through after drag-flick from a short-corner appeared to hit the side netting only for the Umpire to give the goal in Clydesdales favour and after a dispute the goal stood.     2-1 up and a tight game ensued thereafter but the game was put beyond doubt when Billy picked up a great reverse stick stop and squeezed the ball low and hard past the defender and stranded goalkeeper for a 3-1 lead..   The pulsating game was petering out with 2 mins to go however Clydesdale pulled one back after a great run from their tall midfield play-maker but the Kelburne defence closed shop and ran out deserved 3-2 victors.

Semi-Final    :    Pro-Life Kelburne 4 ? 2  Hillhead 2

The squad was added to in the afternoon session with the arrival of the experienced David Fowler but depleted with the departure of Alan Ralph however with the juniors in fine form, it didn?t take long for the Pro-life Kelburne team to get on-track against the Glasgow team.  After 5 minutes, a disguised defence-splitting pass from ex-Scotland star David Fowler found Billy Anderson in the D which he deflected past the stranded goalkeeper for a 1-0 lead. This was quickly followed by a father-son combo with Rory Anderson taking control of the ball inside the D and slipping it deftly to Anderson senior to lob the Goalkeeper and take the yellows in to a commanding 2-0 lead.   Kelburne were moving the ball around with ease and this was a lead which would not be overcome.   After a few short-corners for the Paisley team, they took a 3-0 lead in to half-time with a powerful Fowler effort high in to the roof of the net.

The 2nd half saw almost a full Junior Kelburne team take the field and they coped well with the change however finally Hillhead make the breakthrough with a nicely worked goal to peg the Pro-life team back to 3-1 but with 5 mins to go, a nicely worked pass was worked by Fraser Hutchison to Anderson who slipped it to Finn Halliday, slotting underneath the goalkeeper an unassailable 4-1 lead.     Hillhead managed to pull another goal back in the final minutes but it was all over by then with Kelburne running out easy 4-2 winners.

Final    :    Pro-Life Kelburne 4 ? 2  Rottenrow 2

Going in to the final, the Kelburne Pro-life came up against an experienced but surprise package of Rottenrow 2s in the final.  Excellent defensive work at the start from Doug McEwan in goals and the back 2 of Fraser Hutchison and Finn Halliday set the attacking options up well for the Kelburne team push for the trophy and after 7 minutes, there was no doubt where it was going as the Kelburne team sprinted in to a 3 goal lead with no reply.    With a hat-trick of goals from Billy Anderson who received the payer of the tournament award for being the highest goalscorer,  Kelburne finished the half strongly despite losing a last-second goal to finish the half at 3-1 up.

Starting the 2nd half, the Rottenrow team pulled another goal back to make it 3-2 but the result was never in doubt and a goal with 10 minutes left from Ewan Carmichael made it 4-2 and the final winning result for Kelburne who ran out as West district Indoor Cup Champions.

As it proved to be, the experience of senior players, coupled with the willingness and fantastic physical efforts of the Junior development players, really paid dividends throughout the day, resulting in the famous victory.     Best for the Juniors were Halliday for his alertness, speed and goals scored, followed by young Taylor and Anderson who put in some brilliant performances for such a young age against senior men from the other Clubs.  Something that will bode well for future competitions and the rest of the season about to kick-start after the winter break.

Squad  :

Jambo Muir (GK), Doug McEwan (GK),  David Fowler (C), Ewan Carmichael, Fraser Hutchison, Miles Goldie, Billy Anderson, Finn Halliday, Rory Anderson, Niall Taylor

Goals  -   Billy (7), Finn (3),  Ewan (2),  David D (1),  Miles (1), Niall (1)

Prolife Kelburne 4s get good point in Ayr

Fantastic result v Ayr 1,s away at Cambusdoon

Ayr 1s 2-2 Prolife Kelburne 4s

Team played just great v a very strong former, national div 3 team
Credit to everyone who stepped up and committed to the game
Goals by newcomer Kenneth Mould and the more experienced Ewan Carmichael gave us an extremely valuable point.
Youngsters from the 5s also played a solid role in the result
Thomas, Fraser Whiting and John Miller

ProLife Kelburne Men?s 5s lose to Uddingston

ProLife Kelburne Men?s 5s v Uddingston  4s

Saturday 13th February 2016

The young 5th eleven took to the field against an equally young Uddingston 4s side. The game started well for Kelburne as they quickly got the ball into the area for Aaron Primrose to fire home. After this the play was very even with both teams creating chances but both being unable to finish. The young Uddingston side were well organised and began to have the better of the play. After 25 minutes Uddingston found the back of the net when Ryan Wood could only deflect the ball to the back post where an Uddingston forward was there to tap the ball home. There were a couple of half chances after this for both teams but the half finished one all.

HT ProLife Kelburne Men?s 5s 1-1 Uddingston 4s

The second half started with Uddingston playing the better hockey and creating some chances. This lead to a number of Penalty Corners which Kelburne defended well but it was only a matter of time before Uddingston would take the lead, scoring 10 minutes into the second half. This briefly spurred Kelburne on and, feeling aggrieved he had not gained a Penalty Corner when an Uddingston player played the ball whilst on the ground, Aaron drove into the area past 3 players and fired home. But Uddingston still looked the better team and it was no surprise when they took the lead again. As Kelburne tried to push for an equaliser their play got sloppy and this allowed Uddingston to fire home 2 more goals for what was a deserved victory.

FT ProLife Kelburne Men?s 5s 2-5 Uddingston 4s

A wake up call for the young 5th eleven with work to be done at training on Thursday

Next week ProLife Kelburne Men?s 5s play Glasgow University 3s at 12 o?clock at Glasgow Green

Young ProLife Kelburne Mens 5s given a lesson in finishing

Glasgow Accies v ProLife Kelburne Mens 5s

Saturday 6th February 2016

After the long Winter break the young 5th eleven took to the field against a much more experienced Accies team. The 5s started very much on the front foot with Accies having to defend. The 5s had the majority of play and the first effort fell to Ciaran Willcox whose shot cannoned off the post and bounced clear. The 5s were dominating without being able to create many clear cut chances but, after about 20 minutes, they managed to win a Penalty Corner. After the initial shot the ball bounced about the area and the keeper pulled off a good save from Ciaran which bounced out to Craig Speirs. As Craig was about to shoot he was blocked which resulted in another penalty corner. From the Penalty Corner, Aaron Primroses strike was well saved by the Accies keeper. Although Accies had created a couple of half chances their first real chance came from a Penalty Corner with about 10 minutes left in the first half. Although the ball bounced past the stopper it was picked up just behind and fired into the box, stopped and rifled past Dougie McEwan in goals. From the restart Kelburne gave the ball away and on the subsequent attack Accies won another Penalty Corner. From this Accies scored at the back post with a reverse stick strike. This was very harsh on the young Kelburne squad.

HT Glasgow Accies 2-0 ProLife Kelburne Mens 5s

The second half started with both teams pushing for the important next goal. Unfortunately it came for Accies who scored early on from their third Penalty Corner. Dougie managed to get his stick to the ball but it flew into the top left hand corner. Within 15 minutes the game was over as Accies scored their first goal from open play as they grew in confidence. The Kelburne youngsters kept working hard and began to create some half chances. But Accies got the final goal of the game from open play with about 10 minutes left. Young Jay Berry fired an excellent shot into the net with 5 minutes left but unfortunately he was just outside the area.

FT Glasgow Accies 5-0 ProLife Kelburne Mens 5s

Next week ProLife Kelburne Mens 5s play Uddingston 4s at Glasgow Greens, pushback 3pm

Kelburne Form New Partnership with SM Consultancy

Kelburne Form New Partnership with SM Consultancy

Kelburne Hockey Club are pleased to announce a new partnership with SMConsultancy. This partnership will help the club develop and progress in a number of different areas. Sports Management Consultancy is a firm set up to assist the sports clubs of Scotland reach their full potential, from gaining new members to increasing funds.

 ?SM Consultancy was founded with a single goal, and that was to shake up the existing sporting infrastructure of Scotland. We want to put the power back to the sports club and give them the ability to allow them to grow and flourish.

With over 10 years experience in sports development, from grass roots to high performance level, Sports Management Consultancy has worked with over 30 sports clubs to help become more sustainable or to achieve their development goals.?


This is exciting times for Kelburne with all areas of the club developing at pace including preparations for hosting the Euro Hockey Club Champions Trophy this May. SM Consultancy will be working along side the organising committee to aid with funding and sponsorship opportunities.


Further information about SM Consultancy can be found at their website: or Twitter @RobSMCon








A start-up meeting of the event organising committee and all event volunteers will be held at the club (downstairs lounge) on;
Wednesday 3rd February at 7:00pm.

It is important that all those involved / volunteering make every attempt to attend as your input and understanding of your role will be vital to the success of the event.  So please make every effort to attend.

Steve Bain ? Event manager

The following will form the items of agenda for discussion;

Authority and Contact
Organising Committee
Technical Requirements
Practice Facilities and Requirements
Hotel Accommodation
Tournament Officials
Other Requirements -Team/Official Hotels
Team Liaison Manager
Transport - Team Management
Tournament Officials
TD and EHF Representatives
Media Officer
Media Centre Manager
Media Centre
Media Accreditation
Television - QTV Sport / Live Streaming
Video/DVD Recording
Results Service
Commercial Rights, Publicity and Programme
Title Sponsorship
Advertising Rights - Organiser
Advertising Rights - EHF
Event Logo
Tournament Website
EHF Image and Presentation
VIP and Hospitality
With Competing Teams
With Officials and Umpires
With EHF Competitions Manager
Visa Requirements
Match Documents
Local Officials
PA System, Ceremonies, Protocol
PA and  Announcer
Opening Ceremony
Prize Giving/Closing Ceremony
Pre-match Protocol
Tournament Checklist
Guest Accreditation Checklist
Kit / Materials
Ball Patrols Management
Stewarding Management

European Champions Trophy 13th to 16th May 2016, Glasgow Green

As you will probably be aware, the club arehosting this year?s Men?s European Champions Trophy Tournament at Glasgow Green, from 12th to 16th May 2016.

This is a massive event for the club and also a fantastic opportunity for us to showcase the club.

I have been appointed as the Event manager for the tournament and we are well underway with the organisation and I urgently require volunteers for the following areas;

Team Liaisons

There are 8 teams competing, including our men?s 1st XI

Pool A

Pool B


HC Minsk (BLR)


SK Slavia Praha (CZE)


Banbridge (IRL)


Atasport (AZE)


Kelburne HC (SCO)


HC Bra (ITA)


HC Rotweiss Wettingen (SUI)


Cardiff & Met HC (WAL)

 I currently have four volunteers and require another four, I am also happy for people to share the position for a team.

The majority of the teams arrive on Thursday 12th may and depart on either the 16th or 17th so they have to be covered for that period.  You don?t have to spend all day with them, just be available at certain times and on the phone if they require any assistance.  Full duties will be made available shortly.

We need at least a dozen stewards to cover various areas of the 4 day event at Glasgow Green for the event.

Ball Patrol (Manager Rachel Ewing day)
We need at least 16 to cover the 4 day event at Glasgow Green, 8 per game.

We need at least 10 to cover the 4 day event at Glasgow Green.

(I think that?s what you call them), persons to cover games on twitter, sending constant updates on the games.

For all those involved above the club will be providing tops, polo shirts / bibs as appropriate for the positions.

Please get in touch with me by email, facebook, text etc to confirm your availability to assist.

Many thanks

Steve Bain, Kelburne Hockey Club, Event Manager, Champions Trophy, Men 2016
Mob: 07837 798360, Home: 0141 849 6182, email:

Bromac Kelburne Mens 1s draw but remain top of the league

Bromac Kelburne Mens 1s v Grange Mens 1s

Saturday 28th November

After a disappointing result the previous weekend Kelburne aimed to get back to winning ways against Grange. Grange are known to be frustrating opponents and that?s just what the game was. The game started at a high pace with the first good chance falling to Ross McIntyre after some great work from Jack Mckenzie found him at the penalty spot but he put his shot just wide. The rest of the half was very even with both keepers pulling off a couple of good saves each.

Halftime Kelburne Mens 1s 0-0 Grange Mens 1s

A quick start to the half from kelburne saw a short corner won in the first 3 minutes.  The only thing that stopped Josh Cairns putting Kelburne 1-0 up was a great stop on the line from one of the Grange players. As play continued Grange hit Kelburne on the break with only some brilliant tracking back from Chris Nelson stopped the Edinburgh side going 1-0 up. Kelburne had another opportunity to go ahead through captain Johnny Christie who was unlucky to see his shot go just over the bar. Kelburne finally got ahead in the game after some great skill from Michael Christie found Ross Macpherson whose back post shot was tapped in by Jack McKenzie. Grange then had a period of pressure where they managed to win a short corner.  It was run down but hit a foot leading to a second corner that Ben Rennie managed to pull off a great save to keep Kelburne in the lead. However Grange continued to pile on the pressure and a supposed off the ball incident led to a green card for Jack McKenzie and another short corner to Grange which they converted with 15 minutes left. Both teams continued to press but the game finished level.  This means going into the indoor season Kelburne sit top of the table.

Fulltime Bromac Kelburne Mens 1s 1-1 Grange Mens 1s