You probably don’t give a ﬂying puck about ten men skating against each other ior three twenty minute periods. However, ten years ago Scottish teams ruled the British ice hockey scene, with teams like the Dundee Rockets and the Murrayiield Racers wiping the ice with all challengers. Sadly all that is in the past. Dundee now longer has an ice rink and Murrayiield has never quite been able to compete with Hibs, Hearts and the rugby squad tor the capital’s aiiections. Scotland now only has one team leit in the Premier Division, Kirkcaldy’s Fiie Flyers. Frank Dempster, the President oi the Scottish Ice Hockey Association bemoans the Scottish dilemma.
‘Rinks are in decline as council iacilities and some have been closed down because they are a drain on resources. The good news is that there are pockets oi development in Aberdeen and Paisley, but ior kids in Dundee, Perth and Glenrothes only the really dedicated continue. What we badly need up here is at least a couple oi new rinks in Scotland to progress.’
Dempster is hoping that Sky TV’s coverage deal oi the ice hockey premiership will spark oii a wave oi interest and investment as has been
the case in England. In Manchester a new 16,000 seater rink has been opened and Newcastle United Football Club bought over the Durham Wasps with the hope oi annexing them to St James Park. Dempster, however, is all too aware that a lack oi adequate resources in Scotland means that we will lose our best players, like Edinburgh's Tony Hand, to richer clubs irom the south.
‘A lot oi clubs have had the heart knocked out oi them in the last ten years. All these new English teams have sprung up without development programmes. They see these young guys in places like Dundee without a rink so they say come and play ior us, we’ll pay you to play proiessional ice hockey. All the work on those kids is gone and we never reap the beneiits.’ (Philip Dorward)
Paisley Pirates v Edinburgh Royals Lagoon Centre, Paisley. Sat 9, 6.30pm. Edinburgh Royals v llewcastle Warriors Murrayiield Ice Rink, Edinburgh. Sun 10, 6.30pm.
Paisley Pirates v Fiie Flyers Lagoon Centre, Paisley. Sat 16, 6.30pm. Edinburgh Royals v Paisley Pirates Murrayiield Ice Rink, Edinburgh. Sun 17, 6.30pm.
Events are listed alphabetically by sport, then by day. Sport Listings compiled by Jonathan Trew.
I Race Days Tuesdays. Thursdays and Saturdays. Shawﬁeld Stadium. Rutherglen Road. Glasgow. There are ten races in each meeting starting at 7.45pm.
FOOTBALL Saturday 9
I Rangers v Raith Rovers Ibrox. Edmiston Drive. Glasgow. 3pm.
I Hearts V Falkirk Tynecastle Park.
Gorgie Road. Edinburgh. 3pm.
I Motherwell v Partick Thistle Firpark. Motherwell. 3pm.
I Kilmarnock v Hibs Rugby Park. Kilmarnock. 3pm.
I Duniennline v Clydebank East End Park. Halbeath Road. Dunl’ermline. 3pm. I Dundee United V St Mirren Tannadice Park. Tannadice Street. Dundee. 3pm. I Morton V Dundee Cappielow Park. Sinclair Street. Greenock. 3pm.
I Dumbarton v Airdrie Boghead Park. Miller Street. Dumbarton. 3pm.
I Hamilton v St Johnstone Firhill Park. Firhill Road. 3pm.
I Ayr United V Foriar Somerset Park. Tryﬁeld Place. Ayr. 3pm.
I Clyde V Berwick Broadwood Stadium. Cumbernauld. 3pm.
I 005 V Stranraer Palmerston Park. Terregles Street. Duml‘ries. 3pm.
I East File v Montrose Bayview Park. Methil. Fil'e. 3pm.
I Stenhousemuir v Stirling Albion ()chilview Park. Gladstone Road. Stenhousemuir. 3pm.
PREMIER LEAGUE I Aberdeen V Celtic Pittodrie Stadium. Pittodrie Street. Aberdeen. 3pm.
I Celtic v Motherwell Celtic Park. Kerrydale Street. Glasgow. 3pm.
I Hibs V Aberdeen Easter Road Stadium. Albion Road. Edinburgh. 3pm.
I Partick Thistle v Hearts Fit-hill Park. EirhiII Road. Glasgow. 3pm.
I Falkirk v Rangers Brockville Park. Hope Street. Falkirk. 3pm.
I Raith Rovers v Kilmarnock Starks Park. Pratt Street. Kirkcaldy. 3pm.
I Airdie V Morton Hroadwood Stadium. Cumbernauld. 3pm.
I Clydebank v Dundee United Kilbowie Park. Arran Place. Clydebank. 3pm.
I Dundee V Hamilton Dens Park. Sandeman Street. Dundee. 3pm.
I St Mirren v Duniermline St Mirren Park. Love Street. Paisley. 3pm.
I St Johnstone v Dumbarton McDiarmid Park. Criel‘ Road. Perth. 3pm.
I Berwick v Stenhousemuir SieIlieId Park. Tweedmouth. Hem/ick-upon-Tweed. 3pm.
I Foriar V 003 Station Park. Carseview Road. Forl‘ar. 3pm.
I Montrose V Clyde Links Park. Wellington Street. Montrose. 3pm.
I Stirling Albion v Ayr United Forthbank Stadium. Sprinkerse Industrial Estate. Stirling. 3pm.
I Stranraer v East Fiie Stair Park. London Road. Stranraer. 3pm.
GYMNASTICS Saturday 9—Sunday 10
I Northern European Championships Kelvin Hall. Argyle Street. 357 2525. I.30pm Sat. 12.30pm Sun. £3 day pass. £5 two day pass. £20 two day family pass. Contestants from Ireland. Iceland. Norway. Wales. Denmark. Finland. Northern Ireland and Scotland will be battering the bars. balancing the beams and pounding the mats for the next two days.
I Ayr Races Ayr Racecourse. Ayr. First race 2. IOpm. Flat racing. The perfect gambler‘s weekend — three whole days of ﬂuttering away.
I Ayr Races Ayr Racecourse. Ayr. First race 2pm. Flat racing.
I Ayr Races Ayr Racecourse. Ayr. First race 1.55pm. Flat racing.
SRU TENNENTS NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION 1
I Watsonians v Stirling County Myreside. Myreside Road. Edinburgh. 3 m.
I Edinburgh Academicals v Gala Raebum Place. Stockbridge. Edinburgh. 3 m.
IpMelrose v Boroughmuir The Greenyards. Melrose. 3pm.
I Hawick v Heriot's FP Mansﬁeld Park. Hawick. 3pm.
I Kelso v Dundee High FP Poynder Pat-k. Poynder Place. Bowmont. Kelso. 3pm. I West oi Scotland v Jed-Forest Burnbrae. Glasgow Road. Milngavie. Glasgow. 3pm.
I Glasgow High/Kelvinside v Currie Old Anniesland. Glasgow. 3pm.
I Stewart’s Melville FP v Selkirk Inverleith. Edinburgh. 3pm.
I Biggar v Grangemouth Haiti-cc Mill. Biggar. 3pm.
I Kirkcaldy v Glasgow Academicals Beveridge Park. Kirkcaldy. 3pm.
I Musselburgh v Corstorphine Stoneyliill. Musselburgh. 3pm.
I Peebles v Preston Lodge FP Gytes
Leisure Centre. Peebles. 3pm.
SRU TENNENTS NATIONAL lEACUE DIVISION 1
I Melrose V Hawick The Greenyards. Melrose. Check times.
I Boroughmuir v Gala Mcggetlantl. Edinburgh. Check times.
I Heriot‘s FP v Watsonians Goldenacre. Edinburgh. Check times.
I Stirling County v Edinburgh Academicals Bridgehaugh. Stirling. Check times.
I Glasgow High/Kelvinside v West oi Scotland ()ld Anniesland. Glasgow. Check times.
I Jed Forest v Stewart’s Melville FP Riverside Park. chburgh. Check times. I Selkirk V Kelso Philiphaugh. Ettrickhaugh Road. Selkirk. Check times. I Currie v Dundee High FP Malleny Park. Balerno. Check times.
I Grangemouth v Glasgow Academicals GIensburgh. GIensburgh Road. Grangemouth. Check times.
I Corstorphine v Kirkcaldy Union Park. Carrickknowe Parkway. Edinburgh. Check times.
I Preston Lodge FP v Musselburgh Pennypit Park. Rope Walk. Prestonpans. Check times.
I Biggar v Peebles Hartree Mill. Biggar. Check times.
SRU TENNENTS NATIONAL LEAGUE DIVISION 1
I Hawick v Boroughmuir Mansﬁeld Park. Hawick. 3pm.
I Watsonians v Melrose M yreside. Myreside Road. Edinburgh. 3pm.
I Edinburgh Academicals v Heriot’s FP Raebum Place. Stockbridge. Edinburgh. 3pm.
I Gala v Stirling County Netherdale. Galashiels. 3pm.
I Dundee HS FP v Selkirk Maylield. Arbroath Road. Dundee. 3pm.
I Stewart/Melville FP v Glasgow High/Kelvinside Inverleith. Edinburgh. 3pm.
I West oi Scotland v Currie Burnbrac. Glasgow Road. Milngavie. Glasgow. 3pm. I Kelso V Jed-Forest Poynder Park. Poynder Place. Bowmont. Kelso. 3pm. DIVISION 3
I Kirkcaldy v Preston Lodge FP Beveridge Park. Kirkcaldy. 3pm.
I Musselburgh v Diggar StoneyhiII. Musselburgh. 3pm.
I Glasgow Academicals v Corstorphine New Anniesland. Glasgow. 3pm.
I Peebles v Grangemouth Gytes Leisure Centre. Peebles. 3pm.
I Glasgow Tigers v Swindon Shawﬁeld Stadium. Rutherglen Road. Glasgow. 613 I552. 6.30pm. £7.50 including race card. £3.50 for kids and OAPs. Premier League match.
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