1997 Christmas Mens' Ba'. was thrown up at the traditional 13:00
from the Mercat Cross in Kirkwall's Broad Street by Ian Tulloch,
who was a strong Uppie player in the 50's and 60's. A big
scrum of Uppies and Doonies had some good action on Broad Street.
much effort the Uppies proved incapable of pusjing the scrum
up the Hill past the Museum, although they did at one point
reach George Bain's shop. By 14:00 the game was back at
the Market Cross after several sallies towards TP&JL Lows.
game then went up onto the Kirk Green and fetched up against
the Kirkyard wall, before inexorably moving towards the Tourist
Office, and finally into Albert Street about 15:00. By
16:15 the Uppies managed to stop progress towards the Harbour
in the lane at the Pomona
Cafe for some time. When the pack emerged about an hour
later some exciting play ensued.
loose play outside Stevenson's shop, Alan Craigie saw the Ba'
at his feet, and threw it as far up as he could. Uppies
then ran as far as Ridgway Travel with it before being stopped
by a spectator. The Uppie Kevin Hancock then ran all the
way to the corner, touching the Ba' about 17:50. After
the usual struggle, Stuart Gray was hoisted up with his Ba'.
He was quoted as being delighted with the teamwork which led
to the success of the break.