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Events are listed alphabetically by sport,

than by day. Sport Listings complied byTom



Saturday 18—Sunday 19

I SAAA East District Championships Meadowbank Sports Centre. Edinburgh. Track and field events for men and women from the Eastern District clubs.

I SAAA West District Championships Dam

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looking ‘provincial’ clash instead of the usual big guns slugging it out. Dundee United have to be favourites to lay their ‘Hampden hoodoo‘ and collect the trophy. but Motherwell. our outside tip from early on. could pull off a surprise (and makethe gambling-crazy Sports Editor slightly richer in the process). See preview.

Saturday 18

I Hamilton Park Races Hamilton Park Racecourse. Bothwell Road. Hamilton. Club £10, Paddock £5 (£3). 6.30pm. Evening flat racing with the prospect of some large fields to baffle the punters.

Monday 20

I Hamilton Park Races Hamilton Park Racecourse. Bothwell Road. Hamilton.

Park, Ayr. Club£10, Paddock £5 (£3). 2.15pm. Flat i‘icjfig- ' Saturday 18


I Stirling County v Strathmore Williamfield. Stirling. 1pm.

I West Lothlan v Ayrshire Boghail, Linlithgow. 1pm.

I Eifeshire v Aberdeenshire McKane Park, Dunfermline. 1pm.


I Uddingston v West Of Scotland Bothwell Castle Policies, Uddingston. 1pm.

I Drumpellierv Greenock Langloan. Coatbridge. 1pm.

I Poloc v Clydesdale Shawholm. Pollokshaws, Glasgow. 1pm.

I Kelbume v Ferguslie Whitehaugh. Paisley. 1pm.

I Kilmamock V Ayr Kirkstyle, Kilmarnock.



I Freuchie v Royal High Public Park. Freuchie. 1pm.

I Stenhousemuir v Kirkcaldy The Tryst. Larbert. 1pm.

I Edinburgh Acads v ileriots Raeburn Place, Stockbridge. Edinburgh. 1pm.

I Watsonians v Grange Myreside, Colinton Road. Edinburgh. 1pm.

Saturday 25


I Ayrshire v Arbroath County The Oval, Prestwick. 1pm.

I Clackmannan County v Strathmore County The Arns. Alloa. 1pm.

I Fifeshire V Forfarshire McKane Park. Dunfermline. 1pm.


I Greenock v Uddingston Gienpark. Brisbane Street, Greenock. 1pm.

I Clydesdale v DrumpellierTitwood, Beaton Rd. Glasgow. 1pm.

I Ferguslie v Kilmarnocit Meikleriggs, Paisley. 1pm.

I Ayr V Kelbume Cambusdoon, Alloway. 1pm.

I West of Scotland v Poioc Hamilton

Camanachd, the ancient Gaelic sport of shinty, has a reputation for being a vigorously violent game. Vigorous it certainly is, with the best of the Highland teams elevating the game to a rip-roaring spectacle of skill and stamina, which has left no place for violence in the modern game.

Forthe uninitiated, it’s the proverbial game of two halves, twelve players a side, each using his caman (club) to knock a wee ball through the other side’s goal. Highlanders emigrating to Canada saw shinty evolve into ice-hockey, and lone players practising their set-pieces are said to have given rise to the sport we now know as golf.

This Saturday sees the final of the Bank of Scotland Glasgow Celtic Society cup, the game’s oldest competition, founded in 1879. Reigning champions Oban Camanachd will be looking to extend their run of wins to a record fifth year, while Glenorchy will be contesting their first final.

Should Glenorchy emerge triumphant, it will be only the second major trophy for the recently relormed club, which won the South league last year. Oban are generally thought to be

Shinty: fast and exciting

the form team, playing in three finals this year as well as taking the South League this season. However, clearing a recent fixture backlog meant playing two games a week for six weeks and caused several injuries to established players, weakening the side. Ominously, they needed extra time to dispose of Strachur in the semi-finals.

Oban might be feeling a bit of fatigue at the moment, but it is nothing compared to what the players in the earliest recorded game of shinty must have felt. This event took place in 1272 BC when the tribe of the goddess Danu invaded the reigning Irish tribe of Fir Bolg. Needing some time to prepare their weapons before joining battle, the Fir Bolg called for an armistice. To while away the time, the two sides played Camanachd, and according to one source ‘dealt many a blow on legs and arms, fill their bones were broken and bruised, and they tell outstretched on the turf and the match ended.’ (Thom Dibdln)

The Bank of Scotland Glasgow Celtic Society Cup Final is at 3pm, Saturday

18 May at Allen Glens Playing Fields,

Bishopbrlggs, Glasgow.

I Royal Righ v Gordonians J ock's Lodge. Edinburgh. 1pm.

I Ayr V Kelso Cambusdoon. Alloway. 1pm.

I West of Scotland v Dundee RSFP

- Saturday 25—Monday 27

I Scottish Masters Weekend Bush Croquet i I Racing Racewan, Cowdenbeath. 7pm.

Club, Bush Estate, Penicuik.

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Saturday 18

I Scottish Club Rally Crownpoint Road Sports Complex, Glasgow. 10am—4pm. Around 25 clubs will be competing in this end-of-season tournament for the Bank of Scotland Championship.

SPEEDWAY Friday 17

I Edinburgh Gulf Monarchs v Rye House Rockets Powderhali Stadium, Beaverhall Road. Edinburgh. 7. 15pm. The opening Sunbrite League fixture of the season. against a team strengthened by the signing of Martin Goodwin. who specialisesin scoring points at Edinburgh.


I Glasgow Tigers v Edinburgh Monarchs/Newcastle Diamonds/ Middlesborough Shawfield Stadium. Rutherglen Road, Glasgow. 7.30pm. First legof the National Fours tie. played one round-robin basis.


I Edinburgh Gull Monarchs vSheftield Tigers Powderhail Stadium. Beaverhall Road. Edinburgh. 6.30pm. A tough Gold Cup game for Monarchs against unbeaten Tigers. the surprise successes of the season so far.


I Glasgow Tigers v Long Eaton Shawfield Stadium. Rutherglen Road. Glasgow. 6.30pm. A Gold Cup clash for Tigers against the Midlands side.


' Saturday 18

Formula 2, Saloons and Minis are on the

; tarmac for a variety of races from the Fife

CTCSCC'“. Pec‘ 3W3“. Glasgow- 1Pm- Hamilton Crescent, Peel Street, Glasgow. w track. arose EAST LEAGUE _ _ 1pm. ' : Wednesda 22 I Carlton V Freuchio The PaVIllon. Grange I Stenhousemuir v Edinburgh Academicals G | a snow y

Loan, Edinburgh. 1pm.

I Royal iilgh v StenhousemulrJock's Lodge, Edinburgh. 1pm.

I Grange v Edinburgh Acads Raeburn Place, Stockbridge, Edinburgh. 1pm. I illrkcaldy v Watsonians Bennochy, Kirkcaldy. 1pm.

Sunday 26

The Tryst, Larbert. 1pm.

I Greenocit v Glasgow High/Kelvlnslde Glenpark, Brisbane St, Greenock. 1pm. I Grange v Northern Counties Raeburn Place, Stockbridge. Edinburgh. 1pm.

I Drumpellierv Perthshire Langloan. Coatbridge. 1pm.

I Clydesdale v Aberdeen GSEP Titwood, Beaton Rd. Glasgow. 1pm.

I Race Days Tuesday. Thursday and Saturday. Shawfield Stadium, Rutherglen Road, Glasgow. There are ten races in each meeting, starting at 7.45pm. £2.


I Race Days Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday. Powderhail Stadium,

- I Racing Knockhill. by Dunfermline.

6.30pm. Formula 2. Hotrods and Saloons

, rattle their way around the Fife circuit.

Saturday 25

I Racing Racewall, Cowdenbeath. 7pm. More bumps and bangs from assorted jalopies revving round the circuit.

WHYTE AND MACKAY SCOTTISH CUP E Beaverhall Road, Edinburgh. Each 1IltelbumevCarltonWhitehaugh,Paisley. meetingincludesten races, startingat 2 5 pm. 7.3 .£2.SOSt d;£1.SOG d.R i I Ayrshire V iiawlclt And Wilton The Oval, 18—8“ 19 progeanmme free syrith admissiogim ace J" n e

Prestwick. 1pm I Freuchie v Watsonians Public Park,

I Spring Weekend Tournament Glasgow Croquet Club, East Bowling Lawns.


I West of Scotland Championships

Freuchie. 1pm. (3135 ow Green Anothcr amc associated Giffnock Lawn Tennis Club, Glasgow.

I V Meiklcriggs, Patstey. summers andgcucumbcr 18 Senior and veteran ClaSSC-S (no Bjorn 1pm. sandwiches. Actually its a particularly scams" cup FmAL though) are represented in the first major I Stirling County v West Lothlan

Williamfield, Stirling. 1pm.

ungentlemanly sport where the most

I Dundee United v Motherwell Hampden

tournament of the season.

devious and ruthless players prosper. Parks GIaSgOW. 3pm. An intriguing I


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