The Royal Caledonian Curling Club

The Royal Caledonian Curling Club

National Governing Body for Curling in Scotland

Ayr’s Double Win : Maxwell and Morton Trophy 2013

Posted on Wednesday, March 13, 2013 at 10:17am

The Maxwell Trophy took place at Murrayfield on Tuesday 12 March 2013, on very good, keen ice.  The semi-finals saw Forfar play Ayr with Ayr winning two of the three games.  Borders took on Lockerbie and again won two of the three games.

The finals, sponsored by Murrayfield Curling Ltd, started slightly earlier than scheduled and saw Neil Kennedy (Ayr) against Keith Prentice (Borders), Robert Clark (Ayr) versus James Stark (Borders) and Billy Howat (Ayr) against Jim Cullen (Borders).  Ayr skips, Neil and Billy both won their games, with Border skip James, beating Robert.

Delighted at their win, Ayr Captain, Billy Howat, commented “it was good ice, the teams played well and the company was excellent”.

Pat Edington, Past President of the RCCC, presented the trophy and then the celebrations began, fueled by the news filtered through that the Ayr Ladies had won the Morton Trophy, to give Ayr Ice Rink the double.

Report/photo: Debbie Kerr
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The Morton Trophy final took place at Fife Ice Arena, Kirkcaldy on Tuesday 12th March 2013.Teams who had won through from the four sections were Ayr, Lanarkshire, Kinross and Inverness. The original draw paired Inverness with Ayr and Lanarkshire with Kinross for the semi- finals scheduled to start at 10.00am. Due to unforeseen travel problems the draw was changed and Kinross and Inverness took to the ice for the first semi-final with Inverness winning two of the three games. Lanarkshire /Ayr game started slightly later and this time Ayr won two of the three games.

The Finals took place at 2.00pm and saw Lorraine Shaw (Ayr) against Ann Gibb (Inverness), Gail Thomson (Ayr) against Brenda Macintyre (Inverness) and Margaret Agnew (Ayr) against Mo Simpson (Inverness). Spectators enjoyed a high standard of curling from all the teams throughout the final which ended with wins for all three Ayr skips.

Fiona Hardie Vice-President of Ladies Branch presented the Morton trophy to Liz Boswell (Ayr LSC rep). Liz thanked everyone for such a good day and couldn’t quite believe they had won the trophy after their difficult journey. The Ayr ladies were in high spirits as they left in their bus to join the Maxwell trophy winners for a celebration evening!

Report/photo: Marion Fraser