I Dumbarton v Arbroath Boghead. Dumbarton (10mins Dumbarton East station). 3pm.

I Kilmarnock v Queen's Park Rugby Park. Kilmarnock (5 mins from Kilmarnock station). 3pm.

Saturday 17


I Dundee United v Hibernian Tannadice Park. Dundee. 3pm.

I Aberdeen v Hearts Pittodrie Park. Golf Road. Aberdeen. 3pm.

I Duniermline 1! Celtic East End Park. llalbeath Road. Dunfermline. 3pm.

I St Mirren v Stirling Albion Love Street. Paisley. 3pm.

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IClydebank v Stirling Albion KIIItOWtC l’ark Clydebank. 3pm.


I Clyde v Raith Rovers Firhill Park. Maryhill. Glasgow (from Hope Street. buses bl). (Tl andoo). 3pm.

I Meadowbank Thistle v ForiarAthletic Meadowbank Stadium. London Road. Edinburgh (from Princes Street. buses 26. Sti.

I Falkirk v Partick Thistle Brockville. Falkirk ( 100 yards (irahamston station). 3pm.

I Hamilton v Ayr United Douglas Park. Hamilton (2 mins from Hamilton West station). 3pm.

I Morton v Albion Rovers Cappielow Park. Greenock (5 mins Cartsdykc station). 3pm. SECOND DIVISION

I Stenhousemuirv Kilmarnock ()chilview. Larbe rt . 3pm.

I Stirling Albion v Berwick Annfield Park. Stirling. 3pm.

I Queen's Park v Cowdenbeaih l lampdcn Park. (ilasgow (5 mins Mount Florida and Kings Park stations). 3pm.

HOCKEY Saturday 10


I Guytech v Grange Meadowbank Sports Centre. London Road. Edinburgh. 12.30pm

I Kelburne v Gordonians Linwood Sports Centre. Linwood. 2.30pm. NATIONAL LEAGUE. DIVISION ONE. WOMEN I Hyndland \l Moray House Rawvards. Airdrie. 4.30pm. ' I Guytech Western v Hutchesons Stepps Playing Fields. Millerston.(ilztsgow.2p1n. Cruytech Western's foray in the inaugural indoor European Club Championships. held in Holland. left one or twoonlookers somewhat bemused. From the sublime to the ridiculous. they put 16 goals past Club Tuve from Sweden in the process of winning their group section. only to lose embarrassingly to Slough in the semi-final and (ironigen in the play-off for the bronze medal. In both matches. they lost two goals in the first three minutes. losing to (ironigen 5-2 after having beaten them 2-1 in their earlier group match. On a brighter note. coach Neil Menzies has been given the responsibility for coaching the national outdoor women‘s side. Menzies. who has won 35 outdoor and five indoor caps for Scotland. will continue to coach (iuytech Western. His first major test will come in the Home Countries Championship. which are taking place in Aberdeen at the end of the month.

I Boroughmuirv Guytech Western A Saughton Park. Edinburgh. 2.30pm.

I Edinburgh Ladies v Gymnasts Meadowbank Sports Centre. London Road. Edinburgh. 4.30pm.

Saturday 17


I Grange v NMP Menzieshill Moray House. Cramond Campus. near Edinburgh. 1pm. NATIONAL LEAGUE. DIVISION ONE. WOMEN I Hutchesons v Aberdeen Rawyards. Airdrie. 4.30pm.



Scotland and England battle it out to determine not only the destination oi the Calcutta Cup but also the Grand Slam title. And just as England have thwarted Scotland's Triple Crown aspirations on numerous occasions in the past, so current iorm suggests that England will disappoint Scottish hopes again.

While it may be premature to acknowledge England’s rugby pre-eminence, at least in the Northern hemisphere, they do seem to possess precious lew positional weaknesses.

In the set pieces England are potentially more poweriul and athletic. It’s diiiicultto imagine Wade Dooley or Paul Ackiord giving much in the Iine~out, and the same must apply to England's iront row where Brian Moore, at hooker, has had an outstanding season so iar.

In truth, England—who employ the highly qualitied services oi Scots athletics coach, Tom McNab are so much more able at keeping the ball

2. ,l. , I)A\'ll) S’l'R.»\.\'()CK alive, using the maul or ruck as part oi a menu oi options. Should the Scots’ back row be sucked into resisting English iorwards, driving iorward with the ball in their hands. one oi the few strong cards that the Scots might consider playing could be denied them. On the positive (patriotic) side, the

. Scots will be perhaps that bit more

match hardened. The game against the Welsh will have had the eiteci oi keeping the Scots on iheirtoes, while the English have had a month's lay-oil. Also, there will be plenty oi pride at stake. With Jim Aiiken’s1984 Grand Slam victory still very much in the mind, perhaps David Sole can lead his men into a gargantuan eiiort.

Ii successiul, the Calcutta Cup could overilow with pink champagne rather than be used as substitute iooiball, to be kicked in a pinnacle ol despair. (Mike Wilson)

The Calcutta Cup, Scotland v England, Murrayiield, Edinburgh, Saturday 17, 2.30pm.

I Gymnasts v Guytech Western Meadowbank Sports Centre. London Road. Edinburgh. 2.30pm.

GEE}— Saturday 10

I Ayr Ayr Racecourse. Whitletts Road. Ayr. Club £11). Paddock £5. Carrick Stand concessions £1. National Hunt racing. beginningat 2. 15pm.

Monday 12

I Ayr Ayr Racecourse. Whitlctts Road. Ayr. Club £11). Paddock £5. Carrick Stand concessions£l. More jumping. startingat 2pm.

Wednesday 21

I Kelso Kelso Racecourse. Kelso. Club £8. Paddock £5. A National Hunt meeting. beginningat 2. 15pm. ()nc ofthe best day's racrng in the Kelso calender. including the KOSB Handicap Chase (3m). the John Rutherford Daihatsu Hunter Chase and the Southeby‘s Novice Chase.

ICE HOCKEY Saturday 10/ Sunday 11

I Capital Foods Scottish Cup Murrayfield Ice Rink. Riversdale Crescent. Edinburgh. The semi-finals on Saturday will face-offat 2pm and 6.30pm; the final will be played on Sunday. beginning at 2pm. Adult ticket prices: £4 for both semis. £5 for the final. An adult series

ticket covering all three matches costs £10.

Sec panel.


Saturday 17

I Ayr Raiders v File Flyers Ayr Ice Rink. Limekilns Road. Ayr. 7pm.


I File Flyers v Murrayiield Racers Kirkcaldy Ice Rink. Kirkcaldy. b.3llpm.

RUGBY Saturday 10

The final league matches of the season. with Heriots FP in the race forthe Division One championship. 1n the battle to avoid relegation. Ayr and Selkirk take on West of Scotland and Stirling County respectively. with the former probably the more confident ofstaying up. given that West of Scotland are already relegated and have been roundly beaten in every league fixture to date. Congratulations to Edinburgh Wanderers on achieving promotion to the top flight after an absence ofthirteen years. by winning the Division Two title. Their final match at Kilmarnock could determine the outcome of the other promotion place. since the Ayrshire side are in the running. along with Currie and Preston Lodge. MCEWAN'S NATIONAL LEAGUE. DIVISION 1 I Stewart's-Melville v Hawick lnverleith. Ferry Road. Edinburgh. 2.3(lpm.

I Edinburgh Acads v Glasgow High/Kelvinside Raeburn Place. Stockbridge. Edinburgh. 2.30pm.

I West oi Scotland v Ayr Burnbrae. Glasgow Road. Milngavie. 2.3(lpm.


I Watsonians v Hillhead/Jordanhill Myreside. My'reside Road. Edinburgh. 3.30pm.

I Glasgow Acads v Kirkcaldy New Anniesland. llelensburgh Drive. (ilasgow. 2.3Upm.

I Currie v Gordonians Malleny' Park. Balerno. lidinburgh. 2.3(1pm.

I Preston Lodge v Musselburgh Pennypit Park. Rope Walk. l’rcslonpans. liast l.othian. 2.30pm.


I Merchiston Sevens Merchiston Castle School. Colinton Road. lidinburgh. 1.3(lpm. Sixteen of the country ‘stop rugby-playing schools compete in this now well-established tournament.

Wednesday 14

I Scottish U-21v Combined Services U-21

Murrayiield. lidinburgh. 3pm.

Saturday 17

I Scotland V England Murray field Stadium. lidinburgh. 2.30pm. Ticket prices: Centre sections of both Stands (£14). liast Side (£1 1 ). West Wingl£l()), linclosure (£7). (iround (£4). Schoolboy (iround (£3). Schoolboy linclosure (£2). Alternatively. pay hundreds of pounds on the highy inflated black market for tickets and contribute to the spiralling abuse of these games. See panel.

Wednesday 21

I Scottish Schools Cup Final Murrayiield. Edinburgh. 3pm.

VOLLEYBALL ' Saturday 10

The last league fixtures of the season. and the Volleyball Association has predicted correctly again by pairing Krystal Klear and Kinleith Plant in what w ill be the championship decider in the Men‘s First Division. Both sides have tasted defeat three times this season. with one of Krystal Klear's losses being at the handsof Kinleith. After last season’s nailbitingcnd to the linglish First Division between Liverpool and Arsenal. don't ask me how it will end. By playing away. might Kinlcith emulate A rsenal's dramatic victory"?


I Su Ragazzi v Airdrie St Ninian‘s i ligh School. Rouken (ilen Road. liastwood. (ilasgow. 2.30pm.

I Elliott Sports Jets v Bellshill Cardinals Ainslie Park Sports Centre. Pilton Drive. Edinburgh.3.311pm

I Krystal Klear v Kinleith Plant Artlrossan Academy. Sorbie Road. A rdrossan. 4pm. ROYAL BANK NATIONAL LEAGUE. WOMEN'S DIVISION ONE

I Glasgow Bannerman vAirdrie Banncrrnan CIiC. (ilasgow Road. Ballieston. (ilasgow. 2.30pm.

I Elliott Sports Jets v Deloitte Hazlehead Ainslie Park Sports Centre. Pilton Drive. lidinburgh. noon

Saturday 17


I Kinleith Plant v Team Novasportor Bellshill Cardinals John Wright Sports Centre. liast Kilbride. 3pm.

I Airdrie v Krystal Klear John Wright Sports Centre. liasl Kilbridc. 5pm. ROYAL BANK NATIONAL CUP. WOMEN'S SEMI-FINAL

I Adscreen Kyle v Provincial Insurance John Wright Sports Centre. liasl Kllbridc.

l 1am.

I Falkirk v Glasgow Bannerman John Wright Sports Centre. liast Kilbr'ldc. 1pm.

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