Scottish Thistles Grand Masters Hockey Tournament Dundee, August 6th to 8th August 2021

Dear hockey friends

The increase in popularity of Over 60, Over 65 and Over 70 Tournament Hockey over the past few years has meant that a great many of us ‘older’ players are keen to play in as many age-group appropriate tournaments as possible around the country. With this in mind, and after some discussion with many of you, Scottish Thistles are organising a friendly International Tournament in August 2021. The competition is intended as a Spirit of Masters event and Festival of Hockey. It is our wish (and intention) that this event will become part of the Masters annual calendar for August each year.

We are hoping that you will send a Tournament Team at some or all age-groups. We are also looking into the possibility of having a ladies Over 60/65 SoM age-group; if you think that you can arrange for a ladies team to take part then please let me know asap on 07817612529 or by e-mail and I will see what we can do.

It would be good to know if teams are able to bring an umpire. We will provide as many umpires and technical officials as possible, however it would be great if we had a larger pool of qualified people to assist in the tournament.

Please let me know by return using the form on the e-mail if your organisation wishes to participate in any/all of the age-groups at this tournament?

The tournament will take place from Friday 6th August 16:00 to Sunday 8th August 15.00 at Dundee Wanderers HC home pitches; Dalnacraig, Mayfield Sports Centre, High School of Dundee, 193 Arbroath Rd, Dundee DD4 7HS.

Age categories
Men Over 60
Men Over 65
Men Over 70
Ladies 60/65 (possible)

Overnight Stay & Travel
There are many quality hotels in and around Dundee and Broughty Ferry. We recommend the Apex Hotel, Malmaison and the Invercarse Hotel as slightly up market. Indeed the Dinner on Saturday evening will take place in the Invercarse and as a result of this the hotel has given us an event discount for rooms, simply state STMHC Tournament and you will be given a discounted price.

There are also many other hotels around Dundee, close to the Victoria & Albert Museum, to many of the bars and restaurants in the city and to the Bus and Railway Stations should you wish to opt for a slightly cheaper option.

The railway station is on a direct link from Kings Cross and St Pancras Eurostar while Edinburgh Airport is about 1 hour away by car or by direct Airport bus.

Given the situation surrounding Covid and travel restrictions at the moment, should the tournament be cancelled, and this would only be due to Government restrictions, then these monies would be refunded, less any bank charges we have incurred.

Catering, Bar and Dinner
We will provide a catering service serving cold and hot food each day together with a BBQ during the day on both Saturday and Sunday. The Clubhouse bar will be open from 3.30 pm on Friday and from 11.00 am on Saturday and Sunday

We have also arranged with the Invercarse Hotel for a Tournament Dinner on the Saturday evening costing £35.00 per person, this will include an alcoholic drink or a ‘mocktail’ on arrival.

Further information will be sent in a newsletter at the end of May. This newsletter will cover aspects of the Tournament, the dinner menu, things to do in Dundee, the Edinburgh Festival; (which is scheduled to go ahead this year), and travel.

The Tournament will be covered by Public Liability Insurance. However, we wish to emphasize that each team should arrange its own insurance per player and that sending us the application form will not institute a claim of any nature against SVLXHC Events Limited, Scottish Thistles Masters Hockey Club, Dundee High School or Dundee Wanderers Hockey Club and will not hold SVLXHC Events Limited, Scottish Thistles Masters Hockey Club, Dundee High School, Dundee Wanderers Hockey Club or any member of these organizations responsible for any damage or loss of any nature.

Physiotherapist and First Aid
We will have the services of several physiotherapy staff, cost reasonable, and have arranged St Andrews First Aid for the event.

Match Schedule, Results and Photos
Please be aware that during the Tournament pictures will be taken. It is hoped that these will be available on our Club website and on Dundee Wanderers’ website. By participating, it will be assumed that all players will have given their approval for the publication of these pictures, taken during the Tournament, together with any commentary. Any publication will not include personal names.

Draft Programme

Friday August 6th 2021
12:00 – Possible visit to the V&A Museum / Civic Reception
15:30 – Get-together and registration of teams (Mayfield Clubhouse)
16:00 – Brief Captains and Umpires meeting if required
16:30-19:30 – Matches

Saturday August 7th 2021

9.30-17.30 – Matches
19.30 – Dinner in the Invercarse hotel and Awards

Sunday August 9th 2020
10:00–15.00 – Matches

With our warmest and kindest regards,
For: The Scottish Thistles Organising Committee

Mike McInally

Scottish Thistles Masters Hockey Club