Fettes College, Edinburgh, March 2022
With many thanks to Richie Murby for the following information on the 2022 Scottish Schools Championships, which were played on 3 separate days in March.
U18 Singles: Fettes College was the venue for the Scottish Schools’ Singles U18 Championships, in which 14 players from Edinburgh Academy, Fettes College, Merchiston Castle School and Loretto School took part. Encouragingly, each school advanced at least as far as the quarter-finals, and there were many thrilling and close matches throughout what was an extremely enjoyable day of Fives.
Edinburgh Academy’s young squad did well to produce four of the eventual quarter-finalists, but Wyman C of Fettes won the Boyd Trophy in the main competition in a scintillating final, while Merchiston provided the runner-up in the main competition, Lachlan F and took home the McKeown Plate.
U18 Doubles: Wyman C of Fettes College added to his Boyd Trophy win by taking the U18 doubles championship with his in-form doubles partner Toby C. Among many good performances from the four schools represented, Edinburgh Academy’s young 1st pair of Calum S and Ronnie B did very well to oust the 2nd seeds, Merchiston I, in the semi-finals. However, they had no answer to the composed combining and great finishing of the Fettes duo. Meanwhile, the Plate saw two very entertaining and close semi-finals, with Sam P and Isaac F of Merchiston deservedly emerging as winners. Wyman and Toby went on to win the Plate at the National U18 Doubles in London.
U16 Doubles: This competition was won by the pair from Merchiston Castle, Sam P and William G. There was no Singles competition held but Sam went on to win the National U16 Singles competition in London.
All four Edinburgh Schools entered players in the National Schools Championships in London and made their mark in each of the three categories, particularly in the U16s, where Calum S & Hugo R from Edinburgh Academy won the Marchant Cup, a first for the Academy, the Singles title having gone to Merchiston.
There was no Scottish tournament for the Girls this year but we look forward to seeing some of the players from the Edinburgh Academy at the National Schoolgirls’ Championships at Oundle School on Sunday April 24th.
Pool A: 1. Lachlan F (Merchiston); 2. Thomas W (EA); 3. Alec S (EA); 4. Jamie B (Fettes)
Pool B: 1. Nathan G-W (Loretto), 2. Calum S (EA); 3. Xander M. (EA); Murray H (Fettes)
Pool C: 1. Toby C (Fettes); 2. Hugo R (EA); Thomas R (Merchiston)
Pool D: 1. Wyman C (Fettes); Ronnie B (EA); Isaac C (Merchiston)
Quarter-finals: Lachlan F (Merchiston) bt Ronnie B (EA) 15-8; Toby C (Fettes) bt Calum S (EA) 15-11; Wyman C (Fettes) bt Thomas W (EA) 15-3; Hugo R (EA) bt Nathan G-W (Loretto) 15-2
Semi-finals: Lachlan F (Merchiston) bt Toby C (Fettes) 15-7; Wyman C (Fettes) bt Hugo R (EA) 15-6
Final: Wyman C (Fettes) bt Lachlan F (Merchiston) 12-11, 11-4
Plate: Isaac C (Merchiston)
Quarter-finals: Wyman C & Toby C (Fettes) bt Sam P & Isaac F (Merchiston) 15-3, Nathan G-W & Joshua F (Loretto) bt Will H & Max C (EA) 16-14, Lachlan F & Isaac C (Merchiston) bt Thomas W and Max K (EA) 15-2, Calum S & Ronnie B (EA) bt Jamie B & Matthew W (Fettes) 15-7
Semi-finals: Wyman C & Toby C (Fettes) bt Nathan G-W & Joshua F (Loretto) 15-4, Calum S & Ronnie B (EA) bt Lachlan F & Isaac C (Merchiston) 15-5
Final: Wyman C & Toby C (Fettes) bt Calum S & Ronnie B (EA) 11-1, 11-1
Plate semi-finals: Sam P & Isaac F (Merchiston) bt Will H & Max C (EA) 15-13
Jamie B & Matthew W (Fettes) bt Thomas W and Max K (EA) 15-13
Plate final: Sam P & Isaac F (Merchiston) bt Jamie B & Matthew W (Fettes) 15-9
The Scottish U18 Singles Champion with the Boyd Trophy
The Scottish U18 Doubles Champions from Fettes
U18 Singles McKeown Plate winner, and the runner-up in the Singles, Lachlan F from Merchiston Castle
National U16 Singles Champion from Merchiston Castle
National U16 Doubles Champions from the Edinburgh Academy