2021 Sporting Success

Posted on 11th Jan 2022 in Sport

The second half of 2021 was another impressive show of sporting success for the schools current and former pupils.


S6 student Archie Finnie was named 2021’s Scottish Boys’ Amateur Champion. While Andrew Ni (SMC 2015) flew over from university in Colorado to take part in the R&A Men’s Home Internationals earlier this summer.

On the professional stage, Grant Forrest (SMC 2010) won his first European Tour trophy at the Hero Open in St Andrews in August. Grant’s fine form continued, seeing him finish fourth in the Spanish Open, playing alongside world number one Jon Rahm.

Image of Grant Forrest by Andrew Redington/Getty Images supplied by Bounce Sport.



In November, The Mary Erskine School was named one of the UK’s top 20 all-girls schools for cricket. MES and ESMS Junior School has one of the largest cricket programmes for girls in Scotland, with over 160 girls playing cricket throughout the season. We are so proud of this achievement and recognition.

This success is exemplified by MES pupil Katherine Fraser and FP Hannah Rainey (MES 2015). As part of the Scotland team, they won their matches against France, the Netherlands, Ireland and Germany to take the next step in the women's T20 World Cup qualification.



Saturday 30th October was an incredibly proud day for ESMS, as former pupils Jamie Hodgson and Ross Thompson earned their Scotland rugby debuts, to play alongside George Turner (SMC 2010), against Tonga, in the Autumn Nations Series.

Current Head of PE and Sport Bryn Lockie coached Jamie and Ross while they were pupils at Stewart’s Melville College. Mr Lockie was incredibly proud to be in the crowd at BT Murrayfield, for the game, he said:

“It was fantastic and to be at the game on Saturday to watch Jamie and Ross join George in Scotland colours. [It] was brilliant. I had dropped them messages beforehand to wish them well and then to see them running out for the national team was special.”

Excerpt taken from an article for ESMS by Gary Heatly | @G_HMedia

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