Western and Watsonians the Scottish champions

Western Wildcats and Watsonians were crowned the Scottish champions last weekend in Glasgow as they won their respective Grand Finals.

For Western, they retained the men’s title with a 2-0 final win over Grange with a pair of late goals. 

It was scoreless going into the final quarter with Grange going agonisingly close to taking the lead when Dylan Bean smashed the ball off the post at a penalty corner.

Then, with seven minutes remaining, the opening goal arrived. Callum Duke stepped forward to pick out Rob Harwood who was fouled for a penalty stroke which Andy McConnell buried for 1-0.

Moments later it went to 2-0. Mackenzie burst forward for Western and he picked out Johnny Christie, who showed composure to return it to Adam Mackenzie to slot home.

Western looked comfortable with their two-goal cushion and were crowned Grand Final champions, claiming their place in next season’s EHL.

 For the women’s competition, Watsonians defeated Edinburgh University 2-1. Sarah Jamieson opened the scoring when she went on a tremendous solo run past three defenders, and fizzed a low shot against the backboard. 

They went two via a direct Susan Hamilton run and effort at goal; the rebound fell to Jamieson who rattled the ball into the top left corner for 2-0.

The student side replied via a Jika Nyirenda penalty stroke and she went close to an equaliser with the last chance of the tie but Watsonians held on for the victory and Scotland’s top European spot for 2023/24.