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Two in a Row for 1st Bearsden

Tuesday 1st May 2018

A team from 1st Bearsden company, The Boys’ Brigade, has been crowned national champions for the second year running at The Boys’ Brigade ‘s Masterteam finals held in Liverpool last Saturday.

BB Companies from England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales competed at the finals at All Saints’ Church in Childwall. This annual quiz competition sees teams from each part of the British Isles compete for the honour of being crowned The Boys’ Brigade Masterteam Champions.

The winning team comprised of Lyle Hamilton , Fergus Hempel, Fraser Ellis and Ross Brown.

Ross Brown and Fergus Temple were members of last year’s winning team.

Ross, 17, said:

“After narrowly missing out on the Scottish title this year, it was a great reward to win the UK Masterteam for the second time running!”

Fergus, 17, said:

“At 1st Bearsden, we have a really good seniors with quite a few people our age, and when you’ve been with them since Anchors it’s great to be around friends.”



The team was presented with their medals and the championship trophy by Bill Stevenson, CEO of The Boys’ Brigade UK & RoI. The other finalists were: 1st Ardstraw and 4th Newtownabbey from Northern Ireland, 1st Cheslyn Hay from England; 2nd Llantwit Major from Wales; and the other Scottish company was 1st Polmont.


The youngest member of the 1st Bearsden team, Lyle Hamilton, said:

“As the new recruit and youngest member, I was delighted to be on the team representing 1st Bearsden and Scotland.”

The event was organised by Liverpool battalion, The Boys’ Brigade. Teams were welcomed to the city by Right Worshipful Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy.

1st Bearsden company captain, Graham Sharp, commented:

“I’m delighted for the team. To win the UK Masterteam title for the second consecutive year is an amazing achievement and one they should be very proud of.

“It was a great competition from start to finish and the fact the results in the final were so close is testament to the many fantastic young people in the BB today.”

Bill Stevenson, Brigade Secretary and CEO, presented the medals and also spoke to each of the teams. He commented afterwards:

“The teams have done brilliantly to reach the finals in Liverpool. It was a really close final, but congratulations go to 1st Bearsden for winning the trophy for the second year running.

“Competitions and events like this give our members the chance to experience opportunities the wider BB has to offer, whilst also promoting teamwork, trust and determination.”

Final results:

1st – 1st Bearsden
2nd – 1st Ardstraw

3rd – 1st Polmont and 2nd Llantwit Major

5th – 1st Cheslyn Hay

6th – 4th Newtonabbey

Learn more about The Boys’ Brigade’s National Competitions



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