Christmas Day Boys Ba'
The Xmas 1997 Boys' ba' was thrown up by Vira Burges, from a strong Doonie
family, several of whom have won Mens' Ba's in the past. The Uppies had
the weight from the start, but the Doonies kept up strong pressure, despite
an the Uppie superiority in numbers. A small scrum of perhaps 50
boys played a loose game with several attempted breaks. Eventually
the Doonies managed to push the pack as far as Orkney Television Enterprise
by about 11:00.
Around 12:00 Keith Harcus (Uppie) made a dramatic break, but was stopped
by George Keldie (Doonie). Balfour Baillie then ran as far as WHB
Sutherland before George Keldie again stopped the break. The scrum
soon reached James M Croy's shop, and another break this
time by Gary Kemp reached the West End Hotel in Main Street just before
An Uppie push was aided by the proximity of Mackeson's Corner, and the
Ba' was touched by 12:30.
After a good tussle between Barry Rendall and Balfour Baillie, the latter
was finally raised in triumph with his Ba'.
by Ken Amer, Orkney Photographic. Copies available. Please