Attended by 10 teams from across the country, with 5 SLWCC teams, the competition was run on a Round Robin format this year so every team had three games over three days. There were some new, up and coming curlers mingled with experienced hands and the mood is always upbeat with everyone enjoying competing to topple their opponents. We enjoyed meeting up with the team from Wales again and seeing the boys from the North of England who we do not see so much.
The Moray team skipped by Gregor Ewan and supported by Jim Gault, Mike McKenzie and Jackie Cayton were this years winners and the SLWCC team skipped by Paul Webster and supported by Gordon Rainey, Angela Higson and Brian Douglas were runners up.
The dinner afterwards is always a great way to finish the season and is attended by Boyd Tunnock, with Fergus and Karen, Ian Dunn and the Provost. Thanks to all those who participated, supported, helped out, and contribute to make this event a great success.
This competition was open to all SLWCC members and was run this year for the first time. The trophy is a fitting celebration of former founding member Craig Taylor’s life and is donated by his mother Mrs Taylor to commemorate Craig. The competition was run as a singles competition on the schenkle system.
24 Members fought it out for top spot. Mrs Taylor presented the trophy to the winner Angie Malone with Jim Sellar taking second place.
Some of our newer curlers participated for the first time and enjoyed the experience. Play was kept moving by the help of our volunteers and everything ran to time. Lunch was served during the day.
On behalf of our members David Morgan presented Boyd Tunnock with a set of crystal glasses and a bottle of Glenmorangie for his 80th Birthday on 24 January 2013. Tunnocks have been a great supporter of our Club for several years and we were delighted to mark this occasion and show our appreciation of his continued commitment to our club.
Thirty two hungry curlers faced up in eight teams to contest the 2nd World Haggis Curling Championship, organised by South Lanarkshire Wheelchair Curling Club, at Hamilton Ice Rink on Monday 21st January.
After seven ends the winning team was announced by umpire Ian Archer. It was skipped by Jim Sellar, and was composed of new club member David Bain, Steve Sutherland, and, reigning World Champion Jan Dryffe of Crawfordjohn.
In a play off for individual winner the Champion Jan retained her title.
Club President David Morgan thanked the sponsor Mike Shannon of Dam’d Delicious the Lanark Butchers who farm their own herd of Aberdeen Angus at Thankerton. Mike had supplied a haggis for each of the winning team, and a superb (dam’d delicious) plate of haggis, tatties, and neeps for all the curlers in the Ice Rink restaurant.
After the exciting, sometimes hilarious event, members started looking forward to a repeat competition in season 2013/14. Haggis should beware!
Last year’s Presidents of Cadzow Club (Jimmy Maxwell), and SLWCC(Arthur Bell), had agreed with their committees to set up an inter-club contest. Brian Douglas, a member of both clubs, had come up with the suggestion. So on Jan 17th a new challenge event took place at Hamilton Ice Rink.
Two teams from each club played a ‘no sweeping’ game, and the winners of both were SLWCC. Paul Webster and Jim Sellar skipped the two winning foursomes.
After the game Jimmy produced a superb new trophy and presented it to Rosemary Lenton of SLWCC. Cadzow had commissioned a Moffat based craftsman, and his extraordinary sculpted pewter wheel with curlers, all set on a slab of red Dumfries sandstone is truly impressive. Both clubs look forward to a return match next season, but Jimmy Maxwell threatened: “Next time we’ll play a sweeping game!”
Report by Arthur Bell
A message from the Chairman
I have much pleasure in announcing that Robert McPherson & Gill Keith have both been selected to represent GB at the World Championships in Russia come February 2013. Both players have been included along with Gregor Ewan, Aileen Neilson and Tam Killin to make the team.
A hearty congratulations to all, especially Robert & Gill. Another major achievement for South Lanarkshire WCC.
Repeort by David Morgan
A Higson and E Fleming, last years winners, proved no match for the team of W Mastertonand D Telfer in the final held on 19 November. Bill and David thrashed last years winners with a score of 8-0, playing a consistent game, and were worthy winners of the Trophy. Continue reading
Facing the strongest ever entry for the British Open, including two teams from the GB Paralympics squad and two from the Russian national squad – one of which is the current world champions, the teams from South Lanarkshire did not have high expectations of success. Against all odds, the team of Paul Webster, Gordon Rainey, John Doyle and Angela Higson with Bill Masterton as skip playing for Paul on one day, ultimately triumphed. Continue reading
Our AGM will be held on Monday 30 April 2012 at 12 noon at Hamilton Ice Rink. Note: This is changed from 7/6/12 which is a public holiday.