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curling`s cool at lockerbie ice rink
Your Curler
The Royal Caledonian Curling Club Member Ezine
Issue
38
Mar 2016
CLUBS AND RINKS
University of Dundee celebrate the club’s 50th anniversary with a bonspiel, as well as lots more from
other clubs.
FEATURES
Member Ticket Offer – Exclusive European
Curling Championships tournament pass
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COMPETITIONS
This month’s competitions round-up including
the Scottish Seniors, Asham Slams, the World
Junior Championships and more.
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GLASGOW V DUNBARTONSHIRE INTER PROVINCE
COMPETITION
A new annual Inter Province competition was held at
Braehead on Saturday 30th January when 16 rinks from
Glasgow and Dunbartonshire competed for the ‘Thomson
Trophy’.
The trophy was presented by Clive Thomson, President of
Glasgow Province to encourage a closer relationship between the
two Provinces in Area 4.
Dunbartonshire came out on top by the substantial margin of 6631. The main difference was that Glasgow had opened up the match
to any individual curler in the Province whereas Dunbartonshire
asked 8 clubs to provide a rink. However, a good day was had by all
and Judith Thomson, Clive’s wife, presented David Wright (Bearsden
Ski Club), Dunbartonshire Province President, with the Thomson
Quaich and the winning curlers with a miniature curling stone.
Report by: Clive Thomson
EAST KILBRIDE AND
HAREMYRES EIGHT ENDER
Eight Ender scored by EK & Haremyres Ladies at Lanarkshire Ice
Rink on 9th February during the West of Scotland Ladies League.
Team Skip Agnes Strang, Anne Paterson, Caroline Morrison, Catherine Morrison.
2016 SCOTTISH
CURLING AWARDS
CELEBRATING CURLING IN SCOTLAND
CURLING’S COOL AT
LOCKERBIE ICE RINK
The P7 Primary Schools Festival was held on Friday
4th March at Lockerbie Ice Rink with 20 teams from
schools throughout Annandale and Eskdale competing
for the A & E Sport & Leisure shield.
Young Curler of the Year
Team of the Year
Grassroots Coach of the Year
Ice Diamond Award
© WCF / Richard Gray 2014
Six teams qualified for the playoffs with Eaglesfield emerging
as the winners. Olympic Bronze Medallist and current Scottish
Champion Anna Sloan presented the shield to the winning team,
made up of Caitlin Key, Maciek Sokolowski, Jamie Dalgleish and
Cameron Murray.
The Scottish Curling Awards are held annually to
acknowledge and celebrate the success and achievements
of Scottish curlers over the last year.
Visit www.royalcaledoniancurlingclub.org for award
criteria and to make your nominations online.
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SECONDARY SCHOOLS
BONSPIEL
The thirteenth annual Secondary schools
bonspiel
for the Andrew McClune Memorial Trophy was held at
Lockerbie Ice Rink on Monday 14th March 2016. Ten
teams made up from six schools took part. The bonspiel
was a great success and the Andrew McClune Memorial
Trophy was presented to the winning team by Christopher
McClune, Andrew’s youngest brother. This year there was
a new trophy presented – a stunning engraved curling
stone.
The prizes for first and second were presented by the sponsors
- Pauline Hyslop on behalf of the Rostrum Sports and Jill Callander
on behalf of Magnox Ltd. The evening was concluded with a light
supper provided by the Ice Rink Café caterers.
This year’s winning rink was Lockerbie Academy 1 skipped by
Ryan McCormack with team members Angus Naysmith, Robbie
McCormack and Jake Beattie. One shot behind were Stranraer
Academy 2 followed by Dumfries High 1. Other schools participating
were Wallace Hall Academy, Dumfries Academy and Maxwellton
High.
Report by: Gordon Gilchrist
Thanks go to the sponsors, the McClune family, the teachers and teams
and the ice rink who supplied admin support, Curling School coaches and
catering and refreshments.
GOLDEN ANNIVERSARY FOR
UNIVERSITY OF DUNDEE
CURLING
CLUB
The University of Dundee Curling Club was started in
March 1966 by some enthusiastic lecturers for the benefit
of both staff and students. Initially admitted to the RCCC
in 1966 as ‘Queen’s College Curling Club’, (part of St
Andrew’s University), its name was changed in May 1967,
after Dundee University had become independent.
Report: Judy Robinson
LOCKERBIE LADIES EIGHT
ENDER AT STRANRAER
A ladies team from Lockerbie achieved their first ever
eight ender earlier this season at the Stranraer Ladies
President’s Day at Stranraer Ice Rink. The team, pictured
with their eight ender award, are left to right: Jean Irving,
Christine Ross, Valerie Davidson and Helen Hally.
Early on, it initiated the Inter-University Bonspiel in 1967,
between teams from Dundee, Aberdeen, Glasgow and Edinburgh
Universities, which developed into the Scottish Universities
Curling Championship and ran for many seasons. Over the years,
membership has broadened to family members and friends of staff
and past students. Integration with current students is always a
challenge, as seasonal programmes are published and ice is already
available before new students arrive each autumn.
The University of Dundee Curling Club celebrated it’s 50th
Anniversary on Monday 22nd February 2016 at Dundee Ice Arena
with a Bonspiel against teams made up from 12 neighbouring
clubs. The opening ‘stanes’ were played by Bill Main, the oldest past
President still playing, and the current President, Lewis McNicol. The
University won 4 of the 6 games. The winning rink overall were team
Lewis McNicol, Simon Arthur, Linda Costello and Ed Brown, who
each received engraved miniature curling stones, and the losing rink
of Pitkerro and Monifieth players received hand-crafted wooden
spoons. The enjoyable games were followed by an excellent buffet
and a celebration cake.
Further celebrations will take place in November with a formal
dinner at the Royal Tay Yacht Club in Broughty Ferry, Dundee.
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LOCKERBIE AND DUMFRIES
COME TOGETHER IN CURLING
CELEBRATION
A new competition designed to bring lady curlers from
Lockerbie and Dumfries together in a spirit of fellowship
and friendship reached its climax at Dumfries Ice Bowl on
Friday 11th March. Eight teams, each with two Lockerbie
players and two for Dumfries, competed over a series of
four end games for the Symington Cup.
This cup was donated as a legacy from the Symington Club, now
sadly wound up, that had curled for many years out of Lockerbie.
It was fitting that two of the lady curlers, one from Dumfries and
one from Lockerbie had previously been members of Symington.
The competition that had been established to strengthen the links
between the two centres was a great success. The format allowed
players who had previously only met as opponents to play together
in integrated teams and new friendships were forged.
There was some excellent curling, both at Lockerbie in October
and again on Friday 11th March. The winning rink was skipped by
Fiona Hardie from Dumfries, with Margot Woods Lockerbie, Maureen Woods
(D) and Anne Vevers (L). Runners up were Valerie Davidson (L), Marion Mather
(D), Margaret Reavley (L), and May Bryden (D). Thomas Tosh from Thornhill
generously sponsored the competition and provided prizes that were very
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Callum Kinnear’s team (Callum Kinnear, Ryan McCormack,
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Photos: Barry McKenzie
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SCOTTISH CURLING SENIOR
CHAMPIONSHIPS
The Men’s and Women’s Finals of the Go Coco Scottish
Curling Senior Championships took place at a packed
Lanarkshire Ice Rink on Sunday 28th February with Team
Muirhead (Gordon Muirhead – skip, Norman Brown, David
Hay, Hugh Aitken) taking the 2016 Scottish Curling Senior
Men’s Championship title, and Team Lockhart (Jackie
Lockhart – skip, Christine Cannon, Isobel Hannen, Margaret
Richardson) taking the 2016 Scottish Curling Senior Women’s
Championship title. These teams will now go on to represent
Scotland at the World Senior Curling Championships in
Karstad, Sweden, 16th – 23rd April 2016.
Going into the women’s final, Team Lockhart were the only undefeated
team.
Lockhart had been in control for most of the first half of the game,
with the score 3-1 in her favour at the halfway point, but Prentice looked
strong in the fifth, lying two and with a third stone in the house against
Lockhart’s one, by the time Gwen played her last stone. Although her
last stone was slightly heavy and tapped back one of her own, Team
Prentice were lying three when Jackie played her last – she managed
the hit and took one.
Although Lockhart had four stones left in the house by the end of
the sixth, Gwen managed a draw for two with her last, lessening the
gap between the teams with the score now 3-4 to Lockhart. It looked
like Team Prentice were again putting pressure on Team Lockhart in the
seventh, but a miss with Gwen’s last left Lockhart the opportunity to
draw for two.
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The final end saw Team Lockhart keep the house as clear as possible
in order to maintain their lead. Handshakes were offered after Jackie’s
first stone, with the final score 6-3 to Team Lockhart.
In the men’s event Team Muirhead and Team Howat (Robert Clark –
skip, Billy Howat, Dougie Templeton, Alex Torrance) had already faced
each other in the round robin, where Gordon Muirhead’s team had
come out on top 5-2 after seven ends. The final saw a tight game, with
lots of blanked ends. By the seventh end Muirhead was ahead 3-1, but
in an end which was kept pretty clean, Robert Clark was left a straight
hit for two, leaving the teams neck and neck with three each going into
the final end.
After Gordon’s first stone of the eighth end Team Muirhead were
sitting two. After a lengthy discussion, Team Howat’s Robert Clark
attempted the double, it wasn’t to be, and with two Muirhead stones in
the house and two still to play, handshakes were offered, with the final
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ASHAM UNDER 14 SLAM – PERTH
The third and final Asham Under 14
Slam took place at the Dewars Centre,
Perth, on the 5th March, where Team Gallacher
(Hamish Gallacher - skip, Finnan Brown, Isla Black,
Mollie Marley Milligan - pictured) came out on top,
winning the final 5 -1.
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WORLD JUNIOR CURLING
CHAMPIONSHIPS
The 2016 World Junior Curling Championships took
place in Tårnby, Denmark from 5-13 March and Scotland’s
men – Bruce Mouat, Bobby Lammie, Gregor Cannon,
Angus Dowell, alternate Robin Brydone and team coach
Alan Hannah – were crowned World Junior Champions
after a dominant display against Team USA in the final.
Scotland’s men were in good form all week – winning seven of
their nine round robin games and qualifying in second place. This
put them into the page 1 v 2 against the United States, one of only
two teams to have beaten them in the round robin. This game went
all the way with the Scots trailing by 5-4 going into the tenth end,
but with hammer. With his last stone, skip Bruce Mouat secured a
score of three and a place in the Gold Medal final, bypassing the
semi-final game which the USA would now contend.
The USA men bounced back with a 5-2 win over semi-final
opponents Switzerland to set up the gold medal decider with
Scotland; a gripping fixture as both teams had now defeated the
other over the course of the week.
Scotland got off to a strong start in the gold medal game, forcing
two one’s and taking two’s in the first half of the game, to lead 4-2
at the halfway point. The second half of the game was much tighter,
with both teams forcing ones or blanking. The USA had hammer in
the tenth end, but Scotland kept the end clean and managed to run
their opposition out of stones, with the final score 6-4 to Scotland.
The Scottish women – Sophie Jackson, Naomi Brown, Rachael
Halliday, Rachel Hannen, alternate Katie Murray and coach
Robin Halliday – encountered a tough week despite getting their
championship off to a winning start against Japan. They ended their
campaign in ninth place on two wins and seven losses meaning
Scotland will now compete at the B division in January 2017 to
regain the nation’s place at the World Junior Championships in 2017.
Photos: © WCF/Marissa Tiel 2016 and © WCF/Richard Gray 2016
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SCOTTISH SCHOOLS
CHAMPIONSHIP
Congratulations to Perth Academy on winning the
Scottish Schools Curling Championship 2016. Winners –
Perth Academy; Callum Kinnear (skip), Mili Smith, Angus
Martin and Conner Wilkie-Milne, pictured. Runners
up – Perth High; Duncan McFadzean (skip), Leeanne
McKenzie, Matthew McKenzie and Cameron Paterson.
The Championship took place at intu Braehead 11th –
13th March, with 24 teams taking part after qualifying
from local events.
Two one sided semi-finals took place with both games ending
before eight ends had been played. Perth High were on top form
in their game against Stranraer Academy 2, and won 10-0 after six
ends, while Perth Academy secured their place in the final after a
strong 10-3 win against Wallace Hall Academy.
Although Perth Academy won the toss in the final and blanked
the first end, Perth High managed to steal a one in the second and
Photo Credit: © Leslie Ingram-Brown
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fifth and sixth, securing their 6-2 win in seven ends.
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THE RINK CHAMPIONSHIP
The Rink Championship took place from the 4th – 6th February at Forfar Indoor Sports, with 24 teams representing their ice
rinks after qualifying from local events.
The Curl Aberdeen 1 Team of David Edwards, Ian Grigor, Rhiann Macleod and Craig McNaughton claimed the title after winning four of their five
round robin games. The Kinross 2 team of Grant Barr, Drew Thomson, Fraser Thomson and Craig Barr had also gone through the round robin with four
wins and one loss.
In the Final Curl Aberdeen 1 (Petroleum CC) won the toss over Kinross 2 (Dunfermline CC). The first end was blanked, with both teams gaining
momentum in the second and third end, trading twos. A three in the fourth for Curl Aberdeen, followed by another three in the sixth secured the game
for them and although Kinross managed a two in the seventh end, handshakes were offered. Final score 8-5 to Curl Aberdeen.
FOR ALL LINE SCORES FROM THE COMPETITION, VISIT THE RINK CHAMPIONSHIP HERE
RCCC FUNSPIEL
Ninety-six young curlers representing their junior clubs
took to the ice at intu Braehead on Sunday 20th March to
take part in the Under 13 and Under 15 RCCC Funspiel.
The teams in both age categories played three games of
four ends with the winner being determined by points,
ends, shots up, total shots scored.
Scott Hyslop led his Dumfries team to a fantastic achievement in
the Under 13’s by going undefeated throughout the round robin,
however the Lockerbie team (Jake Hathaway, Robbie McCormack,
Ben Crosbie and Robbie Graham) skipped by Hathaway played a
very strong game to win the trophy in the final.
The Under 15 Funspiel saw Greenacres, Ayr and Dumfries all
finishing top of their sections with Stranraer 1 qualifying fourth as
highest second place after 3 games. The winning team was from
Stranraer skipped by, Adam Cairne, Harry Hay, Matthew McCrone
and Iona Irving after playing a final against Dumfries.
Alongside the Funspiel, there was also the Hotshots Challenge –
for the second consecutive year – Stranraer 1 were clear Under 13
winners with 54 points, led by Niall Ryder along with Robyn Munro,
Robbie and Kerr Lyon. The Under 15 Hotshots Challenge had a
clear winner with Stranraer 2 winning with 60 points, the team led
by Finlay Audred along with Logan Hare, Gordon Johnstone and
Findlay Hare.
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SCOTTISH PAIRS CHAMPIONSHIP
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The Scottish Pairs Championship was held at Stranraer
Ice Rink from 18th – 20th March. There were 24 duos
taking part in the Championship, who each earned the
right to compete from qualifying events held at their local
ice rinks.
The teams were split into four sections, with the top two teams
from each section progressing to the quarter finals on Sunday
morning. By 3pm on Sunday the final two teams left to battle it out
in the final were Lockerbie and Murrayfield 1. The Lockerbie team of
Scott Hamilton and Robert Hamilton (pictured with Billy Howat, RCCC
President) came out on top to claim the Scottish Pairs title, with a final
score of 5-2.
FOR LINE SCORES FROM THE WEEKEND,
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HENDERSON BISHOP
From 29th of February to 3rd March 2016 the Ice
Rink at Lockerbie was host to the prestigious National
Henderson Bishop Trophy finals. Over four days, more
than 80 women in twenty teams from across Scotland,
who had already fought hard in local qualifying rounds to
represent their area, engaged in a spectacular display of
curling expertise. This culminated in a tense and riveting
session on Thursday afternoon.
Two finals were played, one for the Henderson Bishop Trophy
itself, and a second for the Cherrystone – a prize contested by the
runners up in each section. In the Cherrystone final, Stirling came
up against Inverness and despite holding them to three all after
four ends, eventually Inverness triumphed with a score of 7 to 4.
The Inverness team was made up of skip Yvonne Birnie, vice Linda
Hoskins, second Alice Holland and lead Phyllis Tulloch.
The climax of the week was the Henderson Bishop Trophy,
keenly contested between Murrayfield and Ayr. It was a nail biting
game with the lead passing back and forth between the two rinks,
the score being 5 all after six ends, but in the final two ends Ayr
extended a lead to win by 9 to 5. The Ayr team were skip Margaret
Agnew, vice Gail Thompson, second Alison Cunningham and lead
Anne Anderson.
ABERDEEN INTERNATIONAL
CURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
The Aberdeen International Curling Championship
took place from the 25th– 27th March, at Curl Aberdeen.
Twenty men’s teams from across the globe are took part in
the new competition which is both a part of the Goldline
Scottish Curling Tour and the Curling Champions Tour.
The final on Sunday afternoon saw the same the two teams from
the Scottish Curling Championships Men’s Final come head to head
once again. However, this time it was Team Murdoch who came out
on top, with a 5-1 victory. Team Murdoch (Michael Goodfellow, Scott
Andrews, Greg Drummond, David Murdoch) were presented with
the Bruce Ferguson Memorial Trophy by Bruce’s wife, Kate Ferguson.
FOR MORE FROM THE WEEKEND, VISIT
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Lockerbie Ice Rink would like to thank everyone who contributed to the
success of this event, the sponsors, local hoteliers, the organising committee
and everyone who helped to give our visitors from across the country a taste
of warm and welcoming Lockerbie hospitality.
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FORD WORLD WOMEN’S
CURLING CHAMPIONSHIP
Scotland were represented at the Ford World Women’s
Curling Championship in Swift Current, Canada between
Saturday 19th and Sunday 27th March by Team Muirhead
(Eve Muirhead, Anna Sloan, Vicki Adams, Sarah Reid and
alternate Rachael Hannen) after they won the Scottish
Curling Women’s Championship in Perth in February.
After the round-robin stages Scotland secured seven games from
a possible eleven games, which put them in fifth position on the
table - just missing out on a spot in the knockout stages. The team
had been looking strong going into the last two days of round robin
play, with only one loss and six wins. They continued this form on
Wednesday morning with a decisive 7-1 win in just six ends against
the Russian team, skipped by Anna Sidorova.
However it wasn’t to last and in their second game of the day
against - eventual gold medal winners - Switzerland they were
beaten 7-6 after an extra end. After the game Muirhead seemed
upbeat, saying, “we’re happy with how we played out there. I don’t
think we can get too hung up on that at all. When you play a team
that’s shooting the lights out in the last few ends, it’s hard, but I’m
not going to get hung up on that at all.”
Unfortunately the final day of the round robin was also to be the
final day of competition for the Scottish women, with two losses
against strong opponents. The first was against Japan, where the
Japanese team opened well with a score of three in the first end and
followed that up with two more points in the third end and four in
the fifth. When Japan scored one more in the seventh end, the Scots
conceded.
Photos: Michael Burns
The last game of the round robin was a winner-takes-it-all showdown
against Canada, with the winner of the game progressing to the page 3v4
on the Saturday morning. Unfortunately it wasn’t to be for Eve Muirhead and
her team, with the Scots conceding after nine ends, with the final score 9-4
to Canada’s Chelsea Carey. After the game, Muirhead said, “it’s hard because
we played pretty well at the start of the week and we got a lot of good play
going. It’s hard to take that we’re out but we lost the last three games and at
major Championships you just can’t do that.”
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