The East Senior Speechmaking competition took place on Sunday 27th January at the modern Abertay University, Dundee. Teams arrived in their club colours to the small lecture theatre to be greeted by Michael Rattray, who was brilliant at calming their nerves and relaxing competitors!
The audience soon filled out as the first team prepared to go on stage, consisting of family and friends, club members and past members keen to see how the speechmaking competition has developed since their time in SAYFC.
Bankfoot JAC ‘blue’ were first up, choosing the domestic topic of ‘Farming wives play a major role in a farming business’. Bankfoot JAC ‘white’ soon followed with the countryside themed topic of ‘There are too many vehicles on the roads’.
Judges Anne Steel, Joy Howat and Hamish Dykes were impressed with the standard of speeches, stating “Each competitor had brilliant body language and delivered an excellent speech. They were all so confident, and dealt with the difficult questions asked by the Question-master better than I could!”
Question-masters Lianne Brunton and Matthew Steel, both successful speechmakers within SAYFC, enjoyed devising question that would challenge the speakers’ views on the controversial subjects. Questions included ‘Would wives not be better earning an additional wage rather than helping out on the farm?’, ‘Would it be better for wives mental health to be off the farm?’, and ‘should the media be focussing on reducing vehicles on the road rather than other environmental impactors, such as cows?’.
After much deliberation, a brief crit was delivered by Hamish Dykes and the results were announced:
1st Place: Bankfoot JAC ‘blue’ (97/120 points)
Chairman Ewan Smith
Speaker Mhairi Dalgliesh
Vote of Thanks David Comrie
2nd Place: Bankfoot JAC 'White' (96/120 points)
Chairman Ellie Kirkland
Speaker Rosanna Fraser
Vote of Thanks Louisa Robertson
Best Chairman: Ewan Smith
Best Speaker: Mhairi Dalgleish
Best Vote of Thanks: Louisa Robertson
Thank you to our judges and questionmasters who gave up their time to attend the competition, and thank you to the audience for coming along to support the competition also.
Well done to all who competed, and good luck for the National final being held in Inverness as part of the National Competitions weekend!