Events are listed alphabetically by sport, then by day. Sport listings compiled by Jonathan Trew.
I Scottish Claymores v Rhein Fire Murrayﬁeld Stadium. 220 1314. 3pm. £5—£20. See feature.
I Race Days Tuesdays. Thursdays and Saturdays, Shawﬁeld Stadium. Rutherglen Road. Glasgow. There are ten races in each meeting starting at 7.45pm.
I Falkirk v Dundee United Brockville Park. Hope Street. Falkirk. 3pm.
I Rangers v Aberdeen lbrox. Edmiston Drive. Glasgow. 3pm.
I Motherwell v Partick Thistle Firpark. Motherwell. 3pm.
I lllbs V Celtic Easter Road Stadium. Albion Road. Edinburgh. 3pm.
I ltilmarnock v llearts Rugby Park. Kilmarnock. 3pm.
I Clydebank v Airdrie Kilbowie Park. Arran Place. Clydebank. 3pm.
I Stranraer v Dunfennline Stair Park. London Road. Stranraer. 3pm.
I Dundee v Ayr United Dens Park. Sandeman Street. Dundee. 3pm.
I Hamilton v St Johnstone Firhill Park. Firhill Road. Glasgow. 3pm.
I Raith Rovers v St Mirren Starks Park. Pratt Street. Kirkcaldy. 3pm.
I Morton V East Fife Cappielow Park. Sinclair Street. Greenock. 3pm.
I Berwick Rangers v Stenhousemuir Shielﬁeld Park. Tweedmouth. Berwick- upon-Tweed. 3pm.
I Brechln V DOS Glebe Park. Trinity Road. Brechin. 3pm.
I Stirling Albion v Meadowbank Forthbank Stadium. Springkerse industrial Estate. Stirling. 3pm.
I Clyde v Dumbarton Broadwood Stadium. Cumbernauld. 3pm.
I Aberdeen V Celtic Pittodrie Stadium. Pittodrie Street. Aberdeen. 3pm.
I ilearts V Partick Thistle Tynec astle Park. Gorgie Road. Edinburgh. 3pm.
I Dundee United v ltllmarnock Tannadice Park. Dundee. 3pm.
I Falkirk V Motherwell Brockville Park. Hope Street. Falkirk. 3pm.
I Rangers V llibs lbrox. Edmiston Drive. Glasgow. 3pm.
I St Mirren v Stranraer St Mirren Park. Love Street. Paisley. 3pm.
I Ayr United V Clydebank Somerset Park. Tryi'ield Place. Ayr. 3pm.
I St Johnstone v Duniennline McDiannid Park. Cn'ef Road. Perth. 3pm. I Raith Rovers v Airdrie Starks Park.
SURF’S ON THE UP
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Surfing, pretty simple huh? A board, a Beetle, some waves and Bob’s your Baywatch extra. ’Fraid not. In order to sort out the tubes from the rimming, The List, with the aid of the Scottish Surfing Federation’s Andy Bennetts, provides its simple, sorted, eight-point surfing phactfile.
1) Surfing has taken off because people think it’s cool. ‘Like snowboarding there is a lifestyle attached to suriing. But it’s less to do with the sport than the image that is portrayed. in Scotland the surfing fraternity is very relaxed: we just adore the sport rather than playing on it being flavour of the month.’
2) It’s expensive. ‘Well no more than skiing. it’ll cost you £600 fora brand new state-oi-the-art board and wetsuit, but you can pick up decent second-hand gear for about £100. After that your only expense is travelling to the coast. because the sea is free.’
3) As Patrick Swayze proved in Point
Break, the surf can be lethal. ‘I love surfing because there is that element of speed and exhilaration. The danger, however, is minimal. I only know of one person who’s been rescued and that was because he was tired after paddling out too far.’ .
4) The sea is, quite literally, full of crap. ‘llo. In Scotland we don’t have the same problem that they do in the South because there aren’t huge populations living on top oi our best surfing beaches. No people, no crap.’
5) It’s freezing isn’t it? ‘There is no escaping that one I’m airaid.’
6) It’s pretty physical too? ‘Fitness is a considerable part of it because you have to paddle to the back of the wave and turn the board round. When you stand up and come back in you use a totally different set of muscles. In a twenty-minute section you’re going back and forward maybe ten times. So if you are in a competition which has five heats you’ll really be shattered at the end of the day.’
7) To win all you have to do is hold your balance and swivel your pelvis like Elvis? ‘liot quite. Surf ludglng is like that of ice-skating; you can see what separates the good and the bad. You’re looking for the person to perform the most manouevres on a wave. You’re looking for him not to fall offend select the biggest waves. They’re marked out of 100 for each wave they catch and they get fifteen-twenty minutes out there. Their four best waves are chosen and the points added up.’
8) Grow your hair long, dye it blond, rename yourself Brad and shout, ‘Unreeeal, Gaby’. A lot. ‘Erm, no.’ (Philip Durward)
Surfing’s Scottish Nationals take place at Pease Bay, Berwick, Sat 15—Sun 16.
Pratt Street. Kirkcaldy. 3pm.
I Hamilton v Dundee Firhill Park. Firhill Road. Glasgow. 3pm.
I Stirling Albion v Brechin Forthbank Stadium. Spnngkerse industrial Estate. Stirling. 3pm.
I Clyde V Morton Broadwood Stadium. Cumbemauld. 3pm.
I DOS V Stenhousemuir Palmerston Park, Terregles Street. Dumfries. 3pm.
I Dumbarton V East Fife Boghead Park. Miller Street. Dumbarton. 3pm.
I Meadowbank v Berwick Rangers Meadowbank Stadium. London Road. Edinburgh. 3pm.
I Motherwell v Aberdeen Firpark. Motherwell. 3pm.
I Ribs V Falkif‘k Easter Road Stadium.
Albion Road. Edinburgh. 3pm.
I Kilmarnock v Partick Thistle Rugby Park, Kilmarnock. 3pm.
I Partick Thistle v Dundee United Firhill Park. Firhill Road._Glas_g_o_w. 3pm.
PREMIER DIVISION I Celtic V Hearts Hampden Park, Glasgow. 3pm.
I Edinburgh Races Musselburgh Racecourse. Musselburgh. First race 2pm. Flat racing.
I Ayr Races Ayr Racecourse, Ayr. First
'race 2.20pm. National Hunt racing.
KARATE ' Sunday 9
I Scottish Karate Championships Wishaw Sports Centre. Alexander Street. Wishaw, 01698 357739. 10am. Price TBC. Scotland's top kickers, choppers and blockers converge for the annual Bushido fest. There are usually around 300—400 entrants. Watch out for the talents of John Roddie and Kirsty Coulter.
MOTORCYCLE RACING Sunday 9
I Scottish Championship Motorcycle Racing Knockhill Racing Circuit. By Dunfemiline. Fife. 01383 622090. 1pm. £6 (£3). The ever popular motor sports season kicks off at Knockhill with some two-wheel mean machine action. The classes are 125 and 250 Supersport, 600 and the Regal 600 Series.
I Edinburgh Monarchs v Bradford Powderhall Stadium. Beaverhall Road. Edinburgh. 556 3979. 7.15pm. £7.50 including race card, concs for kids and OAPs.
I Glasgow Tigers v Wolverhampton Shawﬁeld Stadium. Rutherglen Road.
'Glasgow. 613 1552. 7.15pm. £7.50
including race card. concs for kids and OAPs.
I Glasgow Tigers v Long Eaton Shawﬁeld Stadium. Rutherglen Road. Glasgow, 613 1552. 7.15pm. £7.50 including race card, concs for kids and OAPs.
I Edinburgh Monarchs v Swlndon Powderhall Stadium, Beaverhall Road. Edinburgh. 556 3979. 7.15pm. £7.50 including race card. concs for kids and OAPS.
Friday 14-Sun 16
I Edinburgh lntemationai Swim Meet The Royal Commonwealth Pool. 21 Dalkeith Road. Edinburgh, 667 7211. Fri 4.30pm. Sat/Sun 10.30am. 4.30pm. Free. Friday afternoon sees the world's best swimmers competing in twelve races —— six for men and six for women. The entrants include Hungary's Tamas Damyi, Olympic and World Champion and considered the best all round swimmer in the world. The next two days promise multinational team contests.
Monday 17-Saturday 22
I Reebok Tour Event Craiglockhart Sports Centre. Colinton Road. Edinburgh. 225 1284. 10am. Free. The inaugural event at the Spanking new £3 million Craiglockhart Centre is a week-long tournament featuring some of Britain's top pfoEssional players. ‘ i r ‘
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