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The Boys are Back in Town

Dear Merchistonians and Friends

Full of heart (and no doubt a nibble of Easter chocolate), Wednesday saw all the boys back to School starting with a rousing Headmaster's Assembly followed by the traditional handshaking. After three weeks of harps, a youth orchestra
and a holiday activity camp, the campus is now alive with the sound of leather on willow, laughter and, for some, the last few nervous days of revision before examinations.

A round up of the last few weeks' news and events:

The second MRFC v Edinburgh Academicals rugby revival match was a great advert for both schools. It saw a spirited second-half come-back from MRFC but not quite enough to win for
our young side with a final score of EAFC 42 MRFC 29. There's always next year!

However, there was a win against Edinburgh Academicals for the Golf Team in the Halford Hewitt competition. Defending last year's win, the Team put in a great effort but went out in the quarter finals to Eton, this year's eventual winners. Commenting on the
match Eton said 'Saturday was quite brutal, playing what felt like two finals against Tonbridge and then you guys in quick succession. Watsons was a bit more comfortable, and then frankly the final was an anti-climax: I have no idea how Kings got there as
it was by far our easiest match in the whole run!' Outgoing Merchistonians captain Sandy Corstorphine said 'It was a great effort with the additional pressure as defending Champions. We all know we had the fire power again this year to go the whole way and
if we played Eton on another day I would back us to win.' Pictures courtesy of Neil Burnet (52-57)

On Tuesday 30 June, for Merchistonian golfers in the London and south east area, the London Scottish Schools Golf Society is running a Stableford competition for the Anniesland Trophy. Entries through Michael Ferndale before 19 June 2015. More
details here.

Another great performance for Sam Hidalgo-Clyne for Edinburgh over the weekend of 18/19 April in the European Challenge Cup semi-final led to praise in one source which put him in
the Best XV in World Rugby.

10, 30 and 60 year landmark reunions are being organised this year by
Robin Holroyd (98-05), Graham Campbell (80-85) and John Rigg (55-59). For more details please see
upcoming events.

And as I write, Andrew Walker (01-06) is training in the Arctic before trekking to the North Pole with the
Arctic Rugby Challenge. He is hoping to be part of the team that will play the northernmost game of rugby ever, in aid of charity Wooden Spoon. You can follow his progress

Merchistonian trivia for you: The Boys Are Back In Town gave Thin Lizzy their only top 40 hit in the US and was a last minute inclusion on the 1976 Jailbreak album where it became the band's biggest hit. Thin
Lizzy are said to have got their name from the Tin Lizzie character in the Dandy Comic, (some of you may remember these from your School days), a D C Thomson publication which for 54 years was the employment of the late director A G Thomson, a Merchistonian
from 1943-1947.

Kind regards


Joanna Khan
Acting Club Secretary
The Merchistonian Club
Merchiston Castle School

t/ 0131 312 2262
e/ merchistonians@merchiston.co.uk

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