With a strong competing field both teams performed wonderfully in a weekend when Sunday was characterised by heavy downpours of rain. Our first team comprised mostly experienced seniors, for many of whom it was their last Gordon Shield. One senior was unable to attend after a sporting accident the day before and one member went down sick during the competition. Our second team comprised nearly all junior scouts with no leadership experience (none of them, for example, are patrol leaders).
With this in mind we had outstanding results with our first team wining the Gordon Shield for the second consecutive year (for the 9th time in our history) and our second team coming an outstanding 12th. With this win, only 3 troops have won Gordon Shield more times that we have. The only one of these troops still in existence is 1st Pinelands who have won it 11 times.
Well done to every member of the teams and thanks to the scouters who put in many hours of work behind the scenes and contributed to the competition as judges. For the second year in succession and for the second year in our history we hold both the Rayner Trophy and Gordon Shield. The trilogy of also holding the Upton Shield eluded us by a mere 2 points!