Looking Ahead into the Scottish Cup

SBC Opening tip

With the opening rounds of the 2019-20 Scottish Cup complete, we now take a closer look at those in contention for the title.

Men

The Senior Men’s competition got under way with an all-Division 2 matchup as newly relegated Stirling Knights hosted West Lothian Wolves. A close battle took place at The Peak, with the home side narrowly taking a 97-91 win.

Knights earned themselves a second round matchup against Division 1 side Edinburgh Kings. This will be Edinburgh’s first game in the Cup after their opening round matchup against Glasgow Storm was cancelled due to the opponents folding out of the SBC.

Cup opening night also saw Heriot-Watt University travel to The Lagoon to take on new look St Mirren. A comprehensive 116-43 win for the Saints gave the result many were expecting, but credit must be given to the students for holding their own against the Division 1 side.

Saints will play another academic side in round two as they travel to Glasgow University, who themselves come out of an all academic game versus Edinburgh University.

A top of the table clash saw Boroughmuir Blaze host D1 leaders Falkirk Fury. With Blaze and Fury both sharing finals and titles between them, The Crags was set for a fiery game. The winners of this titanic clash would advance themselves to the winners of Edinburgh Lions v Pleasance BC. A tight game saw Blaze take the 81-78 win and will face Lions in an all Edinburgh match up.

Perth Phoenix and Dunfermline Reign have taken two very different routes to round two of The Cup. The reigning SBC Champions, Dunfermline, cruised past Highland Bears, 125-49. However, D1 newcomers Perth Phoenix faced last years D2 Champions and fellow new D1 side, Ayrshire Tornadoes. A 78-75 win for Perth saw them squeeze their way into the next round.

Match up to watch

“The bookies” would say there are some clear favourites in Quarter-Finals, however, Perth Phoenix are set to host reigning League Champions Dunfermline Reign. A tight matchup could be in store as Perth will be hungry to show their strength over a big contender.

Women

This seasons edition of the Women’s Scottish Cup saw two matches played in the preliminary rounds. Falkirk Fury hosted Edinburgh University and scraped by with a 47-44 win. In the other preliminary game, West Lothian Wolves travelled to the Lagoon to take on St Mirren, falling 66-38.

St Mirren and Fury move into the next round as they face Glasgow Fever and Dunfermline Reign respectively.

Glasgow University will host City of Edinburgh in their opening cup match and Perth Phoenix host Lady Rocks’ after Yhana Van Wees’ off-season switch, she’ll welcome her old side.

Match up to watch

Lady Rocks travelling to Perth will provide Scotland with a fiery match up. The defending SBC Champions will face newly created women’s side Perth, however, Phoenix welcome back a host of former Tayside Musketeer players as well as the formidable players that have come through their youth system.