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June 2015 Results
Thursday 25th June    
Madras Sports Day

A big thank you to all staff who officiated and contributed in various ways to make this delayed day a great success. Madras College is one of the few schools who continue to provide their pupils with a full Sports Day experience. It can only happen with the help and support of all staff, so I am very grateful for all your co-operation. Here are some photos of the day and the Individual Champions for each group.

Mr J Tarvet (Principal Teacher of Physical Education)

Tuesday 23rd June    
Madras wins Perth Grammar International Invitation tournament

Madras Senior footballers competed in the Perth Grammar International Invitation tournament (each game was 50 minutes) and Madras were the eventual winners on the head - head result v Perth Grammar School. (3pts for a win 2 for a draw 1 for a loss). The boys were all a credit to Madras College in terms of their behaviour and sportsmanship !

Carroll HS (USA) 3 Madras 3
PGS 1 Menzieshill HS 0
Madras 2 PGS 1
Menzieshill 6 Carroll 1
Menzieshill 1 Madras 1
PGS 2 Carroll 1

1st: Madras College - 7pt
2nd: Perth Grammar 7pts
3rd: Menzieshill HS 6pts
4th: Carroll HS 4pts

by Mr Munn
May 2015 Results
Thursday 28th May    
Fife School Multi-Event Competition - Athletics

An early start on Thursday 28th May saw 12 Madras athletes set off for Pitreavie to compete in the pentathlon competitions in Dunfermline. Quite a few had been involved in the previous days's S1 Tournament and there was great dismay when the day started with blustery showers. Fortunately these abated and the rest of the competition was relatively dry. The day proved to be most succesful as the group came away with 3 Gold Medals, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze. The winners were Emma Malcolm S4- Gold, Issy Olsen S2- Gold, Robert Sparks S2 Gold, Abbie Hendry S4 - Silver, Taylor Baldie S2 - Silver and Tsen Day Beaver - Bronze.

by Mr Tarvet
Wednesday 27th May    
Dave Garland Tournaments

On Wednesday 27th May - although it could have been November! - 33 S1 pupils travelled to Glenrothes High School to compete in Rugby, Football and Netball competitions. The weather was cruel for summer term and right on kick-off the rain started then continued relentlessly throughout the afternoon. The Netball was changed to indoor and the format had to resort to friendly matches as space was at a premium. Meanwhile outdoors the boys were challenging the conditions and the opposition and stuck it out until the end. The rugby and football teams finished third overall but were just pleased to have survived the monsoon. For obvious reasons no photographs were taken of this event!

by Mr Tarvet
Thursday 21st May    
S1/2 Mixed Hockey Competition

S1/2 Mixed Hockey Competition Mr Forbes took a cheerful group of mixed S1/2 boys and girls to compete in a Fife-wide tournament at Glenrothes on the 21st May. They had a great day out with 3 wins, 1 draw and only 1 loss in the qualifiying rounds then a 3-0 win in the semis which gave them 3rd place overall.

by Mr Tarvet
April 2015 Results
Saturday 25th April    
Madras Fife Schools S1 7-a-side Football Tournament

Madras College S1 footballers were unlucky to finish runners-up in both the Buckhaven HS and Fife Schools 7 a side tournament on Sat 25th April Madras won their section (7min games) winning 1-0 v St Columbas HS, 1-0 v Balwearie HS, 1-0 v Buckhaven HS, 0-0 v Glenwood HS. Madras progressed to the knockout stages (10 min games).

In the quarter final: Madras 2-1 Lochgelly HS,
In the semi final: Madras 1-0 Queen Anne HS

In the Final: Madras lost agonisingly 0-1 to Beath HS to a golden goal in extra time!

(Madras goalscorers in the tournament were Jake Grady 5 and Ross Hazel 1)

by Mr Munn
Sunday 12th April    
NE Fife Tri Club - Easter Aquathlon

Madras Triathletes worked off their Easter Eggs and recorded a resounding success at N.E. Fife Tri Club’s Aquathlon in St Andrews.

In unseasonably cold and blustery weather conditions the unstoppable Eilidh Smyth won 1st Female overall and 1st Female Junior in the Adult Race. In the same race the increasingly powerful Guillermo Zamora took 1st Male Junior in an excellent time. Success continued in the Youth Category with Gregory Dritschel taking 1st place overall in this demanding race. Hot on his heels was Finlay Smyth followed by Kate Ballantyne both putting in strong performances.

In the Tristars 3 Category Madras continued to dominate with Robert Sparks securing the coveted 1st place and an excellent performance being recorded by Issy Olsen. Laura Brierley continued the tradition by achieving a strong overall position in Tristars 2. In addition Madras athletes worked unstintingly on the day to support those taking part in the Aquathlon with Hamish Ballantyne, Innes Methven, Lucy Montgomery and Harvey Rankin all marshalling and working behind the scenes to ensure the 400 participants enjoyed the day.

by Mrs Ingledew
Wednesday 1st April    
Annual Staff v S6 Pupils Football Match: Wednesday 1st April

This year, the staff versus S6 Pupils was a closely fought match which saw the pupils emerge victorious after some intense play. The skills of Sam Rigg and Stanley Ho in particular, brought the final score to 3 – 2. Both teams played a flat back four formation with the staff adopting a long ball style of play while the pupils favoured a more intricate play. The game was refereed by Mr Dagless. “It was great fun” said an exhausted staff member. “Looking forward to the next one” said another. Here is the Pre match photo of the 'toned' athletes ;-).

Man of the match: Mr Bruce Robertson

by Sam Rigg


March 2015 Results
Thursday 26th March    
Football v Dunfermline High School

The first X1 travelled to Dunfermline High School for a tough encounter with the league pace-setters and despite being several first choice players short they produced a great team performance to win 4-2. Caleb Addo took the credit for the seasons' first hat-trick with Arron Coleman scoring the other goal. Mr McLuskie must now wait until the final Fife games are played to see where his squad have finished the year.

by Mr Tarvet
Thursday 26th March    
Rugby Seniors: Perth 7-a-Sides Tournament

Madras College Senior Boys travelled to Perth Academy in the hope of retaining the 7-a-side Trophy. For the second week in a row Madras were placed in the same group as the eventual winners, Kinross High School. The group match was a tight affair with Kinross leading by two tries to nil in the first half then Madras responding terrifically to equal their try count, only to be pipped by a single try in the end. Madras clinically dispatched Sports Academy, Buckhaven, Perth 'B' and Highlanders to finish Runner-Up in Group A where they faced Blairgowrie High School from Group B in the Plate Final. An early score for Madras helped calm the nerves and three other tries gave a positive cushion until Blairgowrie staged a comeback against some tired legs. Madras held on well and were relieved to hear the final whistle and then lift the silverware. Madras Captain Hamish Anderson was voted 'Player of the Tournament' by the referees and received a handsome medal to go along with the 9 tries he scored. Cameron Gray was second top scorer with 8 tries and almost all the squad scored at least one try to keep everyone happy!

by Mr Tarvet
Wednesday 25th March    
Fife School S1 Netball Tournament

Madras College entered two teams into the Fife Schools S1 Netball Tournament at the Michael Woods Sports Centre in Glenrothes. Once again Ms Smith and Vikki Doherty took the enthusiastic netballers to this event and once again the girls had a great time and performed well. The A team played well and reached the semi-finals whereas the B team were unlucky to be put out in the quarter-finals. (by Mr Tarvet)

Here are some photos of the S1 Netball Squad: Both teams, A Team and B team.

Sixteen S1 girls headed off to take part in the Junior girls Fife Netball Tournament in Glenrothes.  Eight schools took part in this fun whole day event including Glenrothes, Woodmill, Bell Baxter, Viewforth, Beath, Kirkclady, Balwearie and Madras. Madras played well but the overall title went to Woodmill High.  “It was a great day, really fun,” said one S1 pupil.  “It was good to play as a team competitively,” commented another.  Overall it was a huge success!

Report by Aimee Thomson S1


Wednesday 18th March    
Buckhaven Under 16s Rugby Tournament

Buckhaven High School hosted their Annual Under 16s Rugby Tournament on a perfect day for rugby – no wind and dry conditions. Nine teams were invited and were split into three sections. Madras College found themselves in the proverbial ‘Group of Death’ with ultimate overall winners Dollar Academy and eventual Plate winners, Perth Academy. Transport issues for Perth meant the draw had to be swapped around and Madras’s first game was against Dollar. A promising start, where Madras threatened the Dollar line straight from kick-off was the only piece of action in the opposition red zone for the remainder of the 2x14 minute games. Dollar quickly established a running, open and attacking game which had the St.Andrews team tackling their socks off to limit the damage to 6 tries against. The Perth Academy game was a much closer affair with the Fair City team just winning by two tries to one with Madras finishing strongly and unlucky to not secure a draw.

The tiered teams then went into a new pool and after a comfortable victory against Glenwood, Madras then faced local rivals Waid Academy for the impressive Shield. Madras produced their best rugby of the day in this match with captain Campbell Redpath barging over the line for the first of many scores. This was a tough afternoon of rugby and the boys played with great spirit and enthusiasm. The fastest moves of the day were reserved for the Tea where the hosts prepared a fine feed, the centre piece being a Morland’s Pie!

by Mr Tarvet

Monday 16th March    
Boys Hockey v Kirkcaldy

Mr Forbes took the enthusiastic band of boys hockey players to Kirkcaldy High School and came back with an impressive win. Goals in the double figures for Madras and nil against set the boys up nicely for this week's local derby against St.Leonard's.

by Mr Tarvet
Saturday 14th March    
Hockey v Dollar Academy

The Madras College girls finished off their season with a home match against the formidable Dollar Academy. The S3 side came off best with an exciting 2-2 draw and were unlucky not to sneak a winner in the dying moments. The Senior squad and S1 team both lost to the same score 4-1 whilst the S2 battled hard but could not stop five goals being scored against. On the final Monday training the girls enjoyed a chocolate egg before going out to brave the sleet and cold for a final time.

by Miss Smith
Saturday 7th March    
Scottish Schools Cross-Country Championship - Irvine

On Saturday 7th March nine Madras College pupils travelled the long road to Irvine, Ayrshire, to compete in the Scottish Championships. The day was wild and blustery and really challenged the runners on the open course but the Madras participants came away with great success. The S2 Boys won their age group Team Cup with lead runner Robert Sparks ranking 13th out of 101 entries. Alexander Thomson, Evan Shively and Antonio Boyd finished high up the table to aggregate the best team score and take top prize.

Other highlights included a 4th place for Senior girl Eilidh Smyth who battled strongly for her position, just beaten to the podium by a runner from local school Waid Academy!  Guille Zamora finished in the top third of the Senior boys select group who charged around the course and stretched the field to the end.

S1 was represented by Isla Bell, Chloe Ritchie and Gregor Angus who competed well and enjoyed their first experience of National competition

A big well done to all the runners and a huge thanks to the parents who transported the pupils to the venue and supported all the runners.

by Mr Tarvet

Saturday 7th March    
Hockey v Morrison's Academy

Station Park and the University Astro were fully untilised on Saturday 7th March as the Hockey teams played host to Morrison's Academy from Crieff. Over the 4 games the visitors won all matches by scoring 14 goals whereas the home side were unfortunate not to score any.

by Mr Tarvet
Thursday 5th March    
Fife Schools Senior Boys Basketball Tournament - Michal Woods Centre, Glenrothes

Madras College entered this Fife competition without having played a single match in the last year and they finished a commendable 3rd in this twelve team tournament. The squad won their qualifying group by closely beating local rivals Bell Baxter 14-11 then St. Andrews High School, Kirkcaldy 18-1 in the 10 minute preliminary games. This unfortunately catapulted the boys into the ‘High Flyers Showdown’ against the teams who have regularly competed in the Fife league and first up was a second local derby against Waid Academy. The final score of 23-10 reflected the experience of the opposition and they deservedly won the 20 minute match. Madras then drew Cup holders Queen Anne High School whose squad boasted 3 Scottish players and the gulf between the teams was evident in the final score of 34-2 – Madras being delighted to avoid nil points! It was Queen Anne and Waid in the final showdown and the holders retained the trophy in a very skilful match. Madras completed their games with a win against Buckhaven, 24-10 which rounded off a great day of sport and competition. Madras College’s top scorer was the team’s youngest member from S3, Harry Morrice, who totally 24 points including 5b crowd-pleasing Slam Dunks. Matthew Don (20) and Chris Cameron (16) were the next highest points players for the team. Here are a few pictures of the day.

The Squad:

Ti Ti Sweeney (S6), Shane Ward (S5), Chris Cameron (S6), Stephen Doherty (S5), Tom MacMillan (S6), Ringo Lee (S4), Hamish Anderson (S6), William Davidson (S4), Matthew Don (S5), Harry Morrice (S3)

by Mr Tarvet

Thursday 5th March    
S2 Football v Kirriemuir

The S2 Football team who visited Webster High School in Kirriemuir on 5th March to play a Scottish plate match. The boys made a good account of themselves but came away with a 4-1 defeat to a fairly useful outfit.

Monday 2nd March    
House Matches

The Inter-House Winter games matches are under way with huge participating numbers despite the chilly and windy conditions. All houses are competing in Rugby and Football for the boys and Hockey and Netball for the girls. The Senior Sports Leaders are running the competitions as part of their final assessment and PE staff are supervising what is a very popular part of the whole school experience. Here are some pictures of some of the matches.

Results to follow

by Mr Tarvet
Wednesday 25th February    
Madras Retain Fife Cycle Speedway Crown

Madras retained their status as Fife Cycle Speedway Champions in the third and final leg of the 2nd Fife Championship. Madras had a 26 point lead going into this, the last leg at Glenwood on the 25th.

Madras - 74 (Championship Total - 246)
Semple - 17, Victor Hill - 13, Vas Hill - 17, Alsop - 14, Penny - 7, Miller - 6

QA - 76 (Championship Total - 222)
Ferguson - 13, Langdale - 18, Thomson - 12, Keenlyside - 14, La Trobe - 9, Fairfield - 10

Glenwood - 60 (Championship Total - 157)
Burns - 20 (maximum), Fraser - 14, Hardie - 10, C. Pirie - 8, Moran - 4, W. Pirie - 4

Read the full report.

by Mr Tarvet