Unlike the Battle of Largs in 1236, usually declared as a non-scoring draw, the second international tournament organised by South Lanarkshire’s enterprising wheelchair curlers ended in a victory for four modern Vikings. The competition held at Hamilton Ice Rink on the 17th and 18th of January ended with a final between the national teams of Norway and Sweden.
Last year World Champions Canada crossed the Atlantic to become first winners of the handsome granite curling stone trophy.
This time it was merely the North Sea to be crossed, as the two Scandinavian teams pushed aside their competitors from Scotland, England, and Germany. The Scots were represented by two teams of international players, and a development squad. These three teams included between them some six members of the host club, South Lanarkshire.
Despite losing so many experienced wheelchair curlers, the home club’s team was skipped by Jim Sellar, with Rosemary Lenton, David Morgan and Bill Masterton. Both Jim and Rosemary are seasoned international players, but their skills were not enough to secure victory. However the battle for third place was won by the Scotland 1 team, skipped by Strathaven’s Aileen Neilson.
Hampden and Murrayfield
The teams had been welcomed by South Lanarkshire Provost Russell Clearie who also hosted a reception for the eight teams and their coaches and helpers. At the prize giving dinner SLWCC Chairman Arthur Bell thanked the many sponsors of the tournament and all the players. He hoped that “Like the Vikings of one thousand years ago, the Swedes and Norwegians return regularly to Scotland… not nowadays for ‘rape and pillage’, but for this exciting annual international event”. The Swedes beat the Norwegians by eight stones to four, a result that Bell pointed out: “Would be as popular in Oslo as an English win at Hampden Park or Murrayfield is here.”
- For photographs of the event call Ian Archer on 0771 219 0501 or more information Arthur Bell on 01899 220064