The Inter-Scholastic Sports in 1914 took place on 16th May at Corstorphine, Edinburgh, in what was reported to be fine weather. Why Corstorphine? It was Edinburgh’s turn to host the event and the ground was that belonging to the Royal High School. The SAAA was clearly expecting a good turnout for the event as they had laid on a Special Train.
Ten schools took part including Allan Glen’s, Ayr Academy, Bellahouston Academy, Edinburgh Institute, George Heriot’s, Girvan HS, Morrison’s Academy, Royal HS and Stewart’s College. There may have been others but this was a fine mix of schools containing Fee paying and State schools, schools from both Edinburgh and Glasgow and their environs. The results and comments on the events were as reported in the ‘Scottish Referee’ of 18th May.
It seems to have been a successful meeting but there are always those who seem disposed to a pessimistic view. The ‘Edinburgh Evening News’ commented on the Friday evening before the meeting: “It is always a matter for regret that the three schools which originally fought out the championship at the inter-scholastic games should stand aloof, unfortunately there is no help for it, and the meeting must just get along with the lesser schools, athletically, putting up the best competition they can. Ten schools will be represented at Corstorphine tomorrow and some good lads will take part in the various competitions. In JM Davies, Stewart’s College have a boy who may do something out of the ordinary and in most of the items, the competition will be basic (???)”
The last word (underlined) may be wrong but the copies of the ‘Referee’ that were available were very blurred.
The winners and their schools are summarised below.
|100 Yards||W MacIntyre||Allan Glen’s High School||10.4 seconds *|
|440 Yards||N Brickmann||Stewart’s College||55.8 seconds*|
|One Mile||WJ Wilson||Allan Glen’s High School||5:00.8|
|120 Yards Hurdles||M Bain||Allan Glen’s High School||18 seconds|
|High Jump||M Dale||Allan Glen’s High School||5′ 3″|
|Broad Jump||J Davie||Stewart’s College||20′ 7″|
|Throwing the Cricket Ball||J Davie||Stewart’s College||98 yards 1 foot 10 inches|
|Putting the Weight||W F MacIntyre||Allan Glen’s School||33′ 7 1/2″|
|100 Yards||J Morton||Edinburgh Institution||11.0 seconds|
|880 Yards||GK Carey||Allan Glen’s High School||2:25.2|
|120 Yards Hurdles||G Govan||Royal High School||19.6 seconds|
|High Jump||C McMillan||Morrison’s Academy||4′ 10 3/4″|
|Broad Jump||G Govan||Royal High School||17′ 8 1/2″|
|100 Yards||J Elder||Royal High School||12.8 seconds|
|300 Yards||G Collier||Allan Glen’s High School||45.4 seconds|
|High Jump||G King||George Heriot’s High School||4′ 3 1/2″|
|Broad Jump||G King||George Heriot’s High School||14′ 7 3/4″|
The competition seemed real enough, despite the Edinburgh Evening News’s crystal ball of the night before, with two meeting records set in the open events.