Mackie dominate Gibb Memorial Quaich

Senior team: L to R back row: James Hinchcliffe, Andrew McGillivray, Sam Muir, Freya Garden, Colleen Duncan
L to R front row:  Matthew Blackwood, Josh McKay, Eve Smith, Maria Leith
Senior team: L to R back row: James Hinchcliffe, Andrew McGillivray, Sam Muir, Freya Garden, Colleen Duncan L to R front row: Matthew Blackwood, Josh McKay, Eve Smith, Maria Leith

Mackie Academy has proved once again that they are the top School in Scotland when competing in the annual Secondary School Memorial Quaich.

The event, held at Ravenscraig Sports facility at the beginning of March, attracts schools from throughout Scotland and tests the competitors in all 3 disciplines, singes, double and mixed doubles.

Junior team:  L to R back row: Kyle Prothero, Matthew Lomax, Cameron Miller, Rosie Sterk, Beth Davidson
L to R front row:  Connor McRobbie, Owen Stewart, Megan Prentice, Jodie Harris

Junior team: L to R back row: Kyle Prothero, Matthew Lomax, Cameron Miller, Rosie Sterk, Beth Davidson L to R front row: Connor McRobbie, Owen Stewart, Megan Prentice, Jodie Harris

Mackie was represented in the junior event, S1 and S2, and the senior event, S3 – S6. The junior team faced competition at the group stage from Holy Cross High, who they dominated 5-0, Berwickshire High School who they narrowly lost to 3-2 losing 21-19 in the final mixed event, and Williamwood High who they beat 4-1, losing only the girls doubles in the tie.

This second place finish in the group stage earned them a semi-final tie against George Watson’s College. With 3 straight wins in the boy’s singles, girls singles and boys doubles the tie was won and a place in the final secured. This set up a re-match against Berwickshire High School. A couple of strategic changes to the team set up worked a treat converting a previous 3-2 defeat to a 4-1 victory and a title win for Mackie juniors, a fantastic turnaround.

In the senior event Mackie started well with a 5-0 victory over Clydeview Academy, this was followed by a much closer 3-2 victory over Stewarts Melville and Mary Erskine, a 24-22 win in the boys doubles clinching the victory. This set them up for their final group match against Grange Academy which they won 4-1, losing only the girls doubles.

Topping the table in the group stages meant they faced Lanark Grammar in the semi-final. Despite going 2-0 up after the singles events defeat in the boy’s doubles let Lanark back into the match. The Mackie girl’s doubles pair however proved too strong winning the tie 21-17 and setting Mackie up for a re-match in the final against Stewarts Melville and Mary Erskine.

This was always going to be a tough match but again some astute team management and slight changes to partnerships set up a fantastic final. Defeat in the boy’s singles was cancelled by victory in the girl’s singles, this was mirrored in the doubles events bringing the match to 2 all going into the final mixed event. In the group stage Stewarts Melville and Mary Erskine had been victorious in the mixed and with the Mackie pair down 11-9 at the break it looked like the victory would elude them.

Mackie however found strength from within and turned the second half around to win the match and the title 21-15, a clean sweep for Mackie and another superb result from both teams.

Junior team: Beth Davidson, Freya Garden, Jodie Harris, Megan Prentice, Rosie Sterk, Matthew Lomax, Connor McRobbie, Cameron Miller, Kyle Prothero, Owen Stewart

Senior team: Colleen Duncan, Freya Garden, Maria Leith, Eve Smith, Matthew Blackwood, James Hinchcliffe, Andrew McGillivray, Josh McKay, Sam Muir