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A Victorious Week for Merchistonians

The Merchistonian Club Newsletter
16 March 2018

"A Victorious Week for Merchistonians"

Dear Merchistonians and Friends

Merchiston Take Over the Pitch

Last weekend Merchiston had 12 representatives on pitches ranging from the Scotland U18 to the full Scotland team, with a further three being selected to play for the Scotland U16 team next month.  Six pupils were playing in the Scotland U18 match, Stafford McDowall (14-16) and Finlay Richardson (12-17) both played for Scotland U20 and Fraser Brown (01-07) and Tiziano Pasquali (10-11) played at an international level for Scotland and Italy retrospectively. What an amazing achievement!


All the way from Costa Blanca

Chris Shorter (64-67)
has been in touch to say that he is delighted to hear about the 50 year reunion in May which he plans to attend.  Chris has been enjoying a one year travel sabbatical, dedicated to ticking off his bucket list of people, rather than places, who have enriched him greatly over the years. Twelve countries so far! Part of that list is the Merchiston Reunion for his 1967 generation.

"My three years at Merchiston were the happiest days of my education. Incredible staff, superb atmosphere, and inspirational academically as well as in my sporting exploits. As a senior prefect, I was Captain of Swimming and Fencing (Scottish Schoolboys) and belonged as well to the top shooting and athletics teams. In the Houses, I served under the hilarious, talented and amazingly eccentric IVBP and the avuncular MSP, who encouraged me to launch a lifelong career in the world of education."

Read more about what Chris has been up to here.

Filling up Fast!

There are limited spaces for the Classes of '66, '67, '68, '69 and '70 50 year reunion on Saturday 19 May.  So book your spot now! 


Grand Slam and National Champs

Well done to Hammy McMillan (04-10) and Grant Hardie (05-10) who are off to Vegas at the end of this month to take part in the Curling World Championships.

Scottish Champions Team Mouat beat Olympians Team Smith 9-3 in their final World Play-Off match decider. Read the full story here.

South West of Scotland 

Calling all Merchistonians in the South West of Scotland!  We're looking for a new area representative …what does that involve you ask?  Being there for any passing through Merchistonians, on the other side of the phone or keyboard should someone want to get in contact, arranging annual casual drinks, providing us with a short update for the annual magazine, offering any career advice or putting Merchistonians in contact with someone from your network.  If that sounds like you then please reply.

A big thank you to David Fulton (67-72) for all that you have done whilst you have been the South West of Scotland Representative.

Prepare to be Squashed

Brilliant news for all squash lovers, Andy Duff (76-79) has introduced a Squash Section to the Club. Along with Andy, Rod Binns (85-92), Ruaridh Kohler (74-80), Harvey Kane (07-14), Duncan Hodge (86-92) and Craig Smith (95-03) took part in the inaugural match against the School and the groups' experience showed as they won the majority of the games. Click here for the full report. If you would like to get involved with the latest Club initiative please get in touch. 

Catch of the Day

Current pupil, Fraser M, will be finishing his journey at Merchiston this summer but before going to study Applied Psychology (hopefully at Glasgow) he would like to spend some time on the open seas!  He's thinking along the lines of being a trawler man or working on a cruise ship but angling for the former.  Do we have any Merchistonians who can help Fraser?  Please get in touch if you can.

Rifle and Clay - We Win the Day!

Great news - The Merchistonian team won both the clays and rifle shoots last Saturday! 

"On Saturday 10 of March the annual Merchistonian Clay and Rifle competition took place against the School.

We kicked off early at Cluny Clays in Fife on a very wet morning but both pupils and Merchistonians were all very keen to get the days' challenge underway.  Some 11 Merchistonians and 15 boys were shooting."

Read Richard Dodds' (82-86) full update on the day here.


Remembrance 2018 - 100 pipers and drummers

Current pupil, James L, wrote to the Headmaster after the 2014 Remembrance Service (when he was in Pringle) with a super idea to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the ending of WW1 at the School's Remembrance Service this year with 100 Merchiston pipers and drummers parading.  Are you a piper or a drummer?  Help to make up the 100 by emailing us on merchistonians@merchiston.co.uk.  Please read James' words here

If you cannot attend the service at Merchiston you can send a photo of yourself playing pipes next to a war memorial.


International Honours for the Merchiston Golf Academy

The Merchiston Golf Academy will have 4 pupils in this year's ISGA Scottish Schoolboys U15 team. The international match, which is played against the English U15 Schoolboys team, will take place at Collingtree Park, Northampton, on Saturday 7,  Sunday 8 and Monday 9 April. The format is 2 ball foursomes, 4 ball foursomes and finishing with, the deciding singles matches on the Monday. It is sure to be an exciting event with some of the UK's top U15 boys competing in the Coda international match. We look forward to seeing all the boys in their international blazers and ties at the opening ceremony. Good luck to the whole Scottish Schoolboys' Team.


Best wishes

Gill, Merchistonian Club Secretary
Louise, Development Assistant

Headmaster's Headlines
Sports Desk 



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Halford Hewitt

21 April 2018
North Berwick 59th Annual Sevens Tournament

28 April 2018
Leith v Merchistonians FC

5 May 2018
Musselburgh 7s - Merchistonian FC

12 May 2018
Perth Rugby Festival - Merchistonian FC

19 May 2018
Class of '66 - '70 Reunion

20 May 2018
Golf Academy Taster Day

25 May 2018
Edinburgh Business Breakfast

2 June 2018
Edinburgh 7s - Merchistonian FC

9 June 2018
MFC v Accies

16 June 2018
Stay Strong Stu - Merchistonians FC

21 June 2018
Cyril Gray

22-27 July 2018
U13-U16 Summer Rugby Camp

22-27 July 2018
Summer Golf Camp

25 August 2018
Golf Autumn Meeting

15 September 2018
Class of '88 Reunion
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